Séamus Prendergast

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Séamus Prendergast
Personal information
Irish name Séamus de Priondragás
Sport Hurling
Position Centre-forward
Born (1980-01-01) 1 January 1980 (age 37)
Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Club(s)
Years Club
Ardmore
Club titles
Waterford titles 0
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
2000-2014 Waterford 58 (2-47)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 4
All-Irelands 0
NHL 1
All Stars 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 21:48, 16 October 2014.

Séamus Prendergast (born 1 January 1980) is an Irish hurler who played as a centre-forward for the Waterford senior team.

Born in Ardmore, County Waterford, Prendergast first played competitive hurling in his youth. He first arrived on the inter-county scene as a member of various Waterford teams at underage levels. Prendergast joined the senior panel during the 2001 championship and subsequently became a regular member of the starting fifteen. He went on to win four Munster medals and one National Hurling League medal. Prendergast was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions, Prendergast won one Railway Cup medal. At club level he is a two-time championship medallist in the intermediate grade with Ardmore.

His brother, Declan Prendergast, also enjoyed a lengthy career with Waterford.

Throughout his career Prendergast made 58 championship appearances. He announced his retirement from inter-county hurling on 14 October 2014.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Prendergast plays his club hurling and Gaelic football with Ardmore and has enjoyed some success.

In 2002 he won his first championship medal in the intermediate grade following a narrow 2-5 to 0-10 defeat of Clonea.[9]

After a period in the senior ranks, Ardmore found themselves back in the intermediate grade again by 2013. That year Prendergast won a second championship medal as Ardmore defeated Dunhill by 0-23 to 2-13.[10]

Inter-county[edit]

Prendergast made his senior debut for Waterford in a National League game against Derry in 2001. As the first Ardmore man to play senior inter-county hurling for Waterford, he immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen. On 10 June 2001 Prendergast made his championship debut against Limerick in a Munster semi-final. In spite of scoring a goal after just two minutes, Prendergast's side were defeated by 4-11 to 2-14.[11]

In 2002 Waterford emerged from the doldrums by reaching the Munster final where they faced reigning champions Tipperary. A high-scoring game produced a 2-23 to 3-12 victory for Waterford. Not only was it a first Munster medal for Prendergasr but it was Waterford's first provincial crown in thirty-nine years.[12]

After surrendering the Munster title to Cork in 2003, Prendergast's side were back in the provincial showpiece for a third successive year in 2004. In one of the greatest games of all-time Waterford defeated Cork in a Munster final for the first time in forty-five years, with Prendergast winning a second Munster medal following a 3-16 to 1-21 victory. An All-Ireland appearance subsequently eluded the team yet again.

The following few years proved difficult for Prendergast. Waterford crashed out of the early stages of the provincial championship in 2005 and 2006. On both these occasions his team was defeated by Cork in the All-Ireland series.

In 2007 Prendergast added a National Hurling League medal to his collection when Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 0-20 to 0-18 in the final.[13] He later claimed a third Munster medal as Waterford defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 1-14 in the provincial decider.[14] 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 Waterford in the 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 Prendergast's side reached the All-Ireland final for the first time in forty-five years. Kilkenny provided the opposition and went on to defeat Waterford by 3-30 to 1-13 to claim a third All-Ireland title in-a-row.[15]

Prendergast lined out in another Munster final in 2010 with Cork providing the opposition once again. 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 fourth Munster medal for Prendergast.

The following few years sew Waterford go into decline. Prendergast played his last game for Waterford on 19 July 2014 in a 3-15 to 2-15 defeat by Wexford.

Inter-provincial[edit]

Prendergast also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial hurling championship. In 2005 a 1-21 to 2-14 defeat of Leinster gave him a Railway Cup medal.[16]

Recognition[edit]

Prendergast is regarded by his peers as one of Waterford's greatest-ever servants.

Kevin Moran, one of Prendergast's teammates, said of him upon his retirement: "He was one of the true greats, he was one of the team’s great leaders. He led on and off the field. His hurling did the talking and then when needed he would offer the required words off the field. In the last couple of years he took the panel’s younger members under his wing, showed them ropes. His experience was vital. Seamus was a guy I looked up to and who showed me the ropes when I came on board.".[17]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Ardmore
Waterford
Munster

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prendergast calls time on Déise career". RTÉ Sport. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Prendergast retires from inter-county scene". Breaking News website. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Prendergast retires from inter-county action with Waterford". Southeast Radio website. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Prendergast confirms his retirement". Setanta Sports website. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Four-time Munster championship winner with Waterford calls it a day". The Score website. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Prendergast retires from inter-county scene". Irish Examiner. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Prendergast retires from inter-county duty". Hogan Stand website. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Powerhouse Prendergast calls time on his 15-year career". Irish Independent. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gaelic games scoreboard". Irish Independent. 18 November 2002. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Prendergast points Ardmore back to senior ranks". Waterford News and Star. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Hogan, Vincent (11 June 2001). "Limerick rise from ashes with late goals". Irish Independent. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Breheny, Martin (1 July 2002). "Waterford wonders whip Tipp with awesome display". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Breheny, Martin (4 May 2007). "Waterford end 44-year famine with National League title". Munster Express. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Breheny, Martin (9 July 2007). "Dynamic Dan adds some extra dash for the Déise". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13". RTÉ Sport. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Railway Cup Hurling". Munster GAA website. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  17. ^ Cormican, Eoghan (15 October 2014). "Moran: Retiring Prendergast 'one of the greats'". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 16 October 2014.