Widening hurling’s base

The race for the Liam McCarthy Cup has been a club of too few counties. Michael McMullan got the thoughts of some of those involved in hurling outside the elite on how to start closing the gap. WITH just four teams left in the race to put their ribbons on the Liam McCarthy Cup, Ulster’s […]

It’s do-or-die time for the Down hurlers

By Shaun Casey THINGS are fairly simple for Down this weekend as they head south to take on Kildare. Win, and they remain in the Joe McDonagh Cup for another season but lose, and they’re guaranteed relegation. A draw won’t do for Ronan Sheehan’s men has the Lilywhites have the upper hand in terms of […]

Down aiming to build confidence

By Kieran Lynch DOWN haven’t enjoyed the easiest of seasons to this point, and whilst Sunday’s upcoming clash against Carlow won’t impact their Joe McDonagh Cup status, it’s a chance to build confidence and momentum ahead of a relegation decider in round five. The Mourne County have yet to win a competitive fixture in 2023, […]

Hurling round-up: Down hurlers face table-toppers Offaly

By Shaun Casey DOWN have had a difficult start to the championship season, losing to Kerry in round one of the Joe McDonagh Cup before suffering a 7-24 to 0-14 defeat to Laois last weekend. Things can only get better for Ronan Sheehan’s men when they travel to Offaly this weekend, but it won’t be […]

Down hurlers are bidding to bounce back

By Shaun Casey DOWN will be keen to bounce back from their 12-point defeat at the hands of Kerry last weekend when they travel to Portlaoise on Sunday for their Joe McDonagh Cup second round showdown against Laois. Losing to the Kingdom is no disgrace, Kerry competed in the Joe McDonagh Cup final last year, losing […]

Down hurlers set to welcome the Kingdom

By Niall Gartland THERE’S a fine line between success and failure and the Down hurlers will hope that the cards fall in their favour in their Joe McDonagh Cup campaign which gets underway against Kerry at Ballycran in Saturday. Down only had a single point at the table when the curtain was drawn on their […]

Derry braced for crucial Ballycran battle

By Shaun Casey IT’S all on the line in Ballycran this weekend as Derry and Down battle it out for their first two points of the season. The two Ulster sides sit at the bottom of Division 2A, both on zero points after three games, so Sunday is a huge opportunity to get off the […]

Performance the priority for Down against Offaly

By Niall Gartland DOWN boss Ronan Sheehan says they’ve adopted a stoic approach to their league opener against Offaly in Sunday’s Division 2A opener. The Leinster side are new to the second-tier following last year’s relegation, but Sheehan is more conscious about the departure of some Down stalwarts, some temporary and some permanent, and what […]

A season of ups and downs for the Down hurlers

By Shaun Casey THE 2022 season was a roller-coaster ride for Down hurling and was quite literally a year of highs and lows. The Mourne men topped the Division Two league table but produced their worst performance of the year in the league final against Westmeath. A huge win over Kerry followed in the McDonagh […]