Colin Ryan of Clare: “All you want to do is win. . . I’m sure the Waterford fans would love it if they won an All-Ireland no matter what way they are playing.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It was so furious and crowded around the middle sector at Semple Stadium on Sunday that there wasn’t much time to think, let alone find time to dwell (...)

Maurice Shanahan scores the equalising point with the last puck of the game. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

For a league final this was a strange game of hurling, and for a while it felt like neither team knew how to win. Waterford were the marginally better(...)

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan celebrates scoring the equalising point with the last puck of the game. Photo: Donall Farme/Inpho

Seventy minutes gone on May Day and everyone in the old place is riveted to their seats. Davy Fitzgerald stands alone on the sideline, arms folded. D(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: “That is what hurling is all about. You want a man’s game; you want it toe to toe.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald nodded when told that Derek McGrath had said that Clare-Waterford had just become a trilogy. Before this match, the benefits of mee(...)

Waterford players warm down after playing extra-time in drawing against Clare in Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Not even Sun Tzu could make much sense of this, a new chapter in the art of war where two teams couldn’t decide which mattered more – the winning or (...)

Waterford’s Shane Bennett, with Patrick Curran, has been playing a more prominent for the county. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday All-Ireland Under-21 FC final Cork v Mayo, Cusack Park Ennis, 6.0 – A high-quality championship reaches its climax in Ennis with the meet(...)

Waterford’s Michael Walsh tries to escape the attentions of Dublin’s Shane Barrett. Photograph: Inpho

Waterford 0-14 Dublin 0-19 A game of fits and starts, the sort of tactical gumming-up of the works that you can easily imagine folk grumbling about(...)

Liam Rushe returned to the Dublin side after suspension  against Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Division One A game at  Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

SATURDAY Division One A Dublin v Cork, Croke Park, 5.0 – The division’s weird boom-and-bust cycles have passed Cork by, as they have uniquely lost(...)

Cork and Waterford players await the dropping sliotar during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-14 Waterford 0-20 Waterford heaped more misery on Cork by surviving a late rally to make it two wins from two at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday nig(...)

Robert Lennon is one of four changes Kilkenny have made for the Allianz Hurling game against Tipperary at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny have made four changes to the team that lost the county’s opening match of the Allianz Hurling League to Waterford for Sunday’s game against (...)