Kevin Moran (hurler)

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Kevin Moran
Personal information
Irish name Caoimhín Ó Móráin
Sport Hurling
Position Midfield
Born (1987-03-03) 3 March 1987 (age 30)
Waterford, Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Club(s)
Years Club
2004-present De La Salle
Club titles
Waterford titles 3
Munster titles 2
All-Ireland Titles 0
Colleges(s)
Years College
2006-2008 WIT
College titles
Fitzgibbon titles 2
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
2006- Waterford 24 (0-29)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 2
All-Irelands 0
NHL 2
All Stars 1
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 18:33, 28 October 2012.

Kevin Moran (born 3 March 1987) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a centre back for the Waterford senior team.

Moran made his first appearance for the team during the 2006 championship and became a regular member of the starting fifteen over the following few seasons. Since then he has won two Munster winners' medals, one National League winners' medal as a non-playing substitute and one All-Star award. Moran has ended up as an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

At club level Moran is a two-time Munster medalist with De La Salle. In addition to this he has also won three county club championship winners' medals.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Moran plays his club hurling with the De La Salle club and has enjoyed much success.

He was still a minor when he made his senior debut as a seventeen-year-old in 2004, however, he quickly became a key member of the De La Salle team. In 2005 Moran lined out in his first championship decider as De La Salle faced Ballygunner. A narrow 2-10 to 1-12 defeat was Moran's lot on that occasion.[1]

After a number of years of early exits in the county championship, De La Salle reached the championship final again in 2008. Abbeyside were the opponents on that occasion and a close game developed. At the final whistle De La Salle were the champions by 0-11 to 0-9 and Moran collected his first county championship medal.[2] De La Salle subsequently represented Waterford in the provincial series and even reached the final. A narrow 1-9 to 0-10 defeat of Adare gave Moran a first Munster medal.[3] Moran's side later reached the All-Ireland decider where Portumna provided the opposition. De La Salle were well beaten on that occasion by 2-24 to 1-8.[4]

After surrendering their county and provincial titles in 2009, De La Salle bounced back the following year to reach the county final once again. A 3-13 to 1-11 defeat of Ballygunner gave Moran a second championship medal.[5] He later added a second Munster medal to his collection following a one-point defeat of Thurles Sarsfield's.[6]

Two years later Moran won a third county championship medal as De La Salle trounced Dungarvan by 1-21 to 0-12 in the county final.[7]

Inter-varsities[edit]

Moran also enjoyed much success with the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in the universities and colleges series of games. In 2006 he was full-back on the WIT team that took on University College Dublin (UCD) in the final. A 4-13 to 0-8 trouncing of UCD gave Moran a Fitzgibbon Cup medal.[8]

Two years later WIT were back in the final, this time with Moran as captain. A narrow 0-16 to 1-12 defeat of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) gave Moran a second Fitzgibbon Cup medal.[9]

Inter-county[edit]

Moran made his senior debut for Waterford in a National League game against Wexford in 2006. Later that year he made his championship debut during the All-Ireland qualifiers.

In 2007 Moran was still a peripheral figure on the Waterford team. He was a non-playing substitute as Waterford won the National Hurling League title following a 0-20 to 0-18 defeat of Kilkenny.[10] Moran, however, later claimed his first Munster medal as Waterford defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 1-14 in the provincial decider.[11] While Waterford were viewed as possibly going on and winning the All-Ireland title for the first time in almost half a century, Limerick ambushed Moran's side in the subsequent All-Ireland semi-final.

2008 began poorly for Waterford as the team lost their opening game to Clare as well as their manager Justin McCarthy. In spite of this poor start Moran's side reached the All-Ireland final for the first time in forty-five years. Kilkenny provided the opposition and went on to trounce Waterford by 3-30 to 1-13 to claim a third All-Ireland title in-a-row.[12]

Moran lined out in another Munster final in 2010 with Cork providing the opposition. A 2-15 apiece draw was the result on that occasion, however, Waterford went on to win the replay after an extra-time goal by Dan Shanahan. It was a second Munster winners' medal for Moran.

In spite of a disappointing season for Waterford in 2012, Moran was presented with his first All-Star award.

On 3 May 2015, Moran was captain as Waterford won their first league title since 2007 after a 1-24 to 0-17 win against Cork in the final.[13][14]

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

De La Salle
Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flynn's late magic keeps Gunners firing". Irish Independent. 17 October 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Murphy, John (10 November 2008). "Gallant De La Salle end 90-year title agony". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mullane basks in De La Salle euphoria". Irish Independent. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (18 March 2009). "Portumna the team of all talents". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Kirwan, Eddie (29 October 2010). "Two out of three ain't bad for rampant De La Salle". The Munster Express. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Munster club glory for De La Salle". Breaking News website. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Moynihan, Michael (15 October 2012). "Bigger tests loom for rampant De La Salle". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ryan's hat-trick sees WIT stroll to Fitzgibbon glory". Irish Independent. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Thrilling Fitzgibbon Cup win over holders L.I.T.". The Munster Express. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Breheny, Martin (4 May 2007). "Waterford end 44-year famine with National League title". Munster Express. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Breheny, Martin (9 July 2007). "Dynamic Dan adds some extra dash for the Déise". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13". RTÉ Sport. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Waterford power to victory". Hogan Stand. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Waterford's tactical masterclass delivers third ever league title as Cork flounder". Irish Independent. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Walsh
Waterford Senior Hurling Captain
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Achievements
Preceded by
Kieran Murphy
(Limerick Institute of Technology)
Fitzgibbon Cup Final
winning captain

2008
Succeeded by
Kevin Hartnett
(University College Cork)