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WLR Commentary Of Harry Ruddle Making Hurling History Is Glorious

WLR Commentary Of Harry Ruddle Making Hurling History Is Glorious
By PJ Browne

Ballygunner created history for their club and Waterford on Saturday afternoon when they became the first side from the county to win an All-Ireland senior club hurling title.

With the three minutes of injury time almost up, and reigning champions Ballyhale Shamrocks leading by two points, Ballygunner won the ball on their own half-back line.

A combination of Paddy Leavey and Peter Hogan worked the ball to Harry Ruddle who would go on to write himself into hurling folklore.

Ruddle, who had been on the pitch for 10 minutes, struck a low shot from just inside the D which got the better of Ballyhale goalkeeper Dean Mason.

It was a moment perfectly captured by WLR FM commentator Kieran O'Connor.

"Ball goes on inside," said O'Connor.

"Harry Ruddle in space inside the D. What's Harry going to do? Takes a shot.

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"GGGGGOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!

"Harry Ruddle, number 17 on his back. Will that jersey be framed out in Jack Meades tonight? That jersey could be framed. It deserved to be framed."

WLR commentary Harry Ruddle All-Ireland hurling final winning goal

Twice during their run to the All-Ireland final - against St Rynaghs in the Leinster semi-final and St Thomas' in the All-Ireland semi-final - Ballyhale had won games with a last-gasp goal.

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"Shamrocks have been done for, what they've done to so many teams," said Kieran O'Connor's co-commentator Eoin Murphy immediately following the final whistle.

"They thought they had it won like so many teams thought they had Ballyhale beaten. What a sucker punch for Ballyhale.

"I have to say, this Ballygunner team have been showing that resilience all year. Resilience is the word, and never say die."

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Featured image: 12 February 2022; Harry Ruddle of Ballygunner, left, who scored the winning goal in injury-time celebrates with teammate Barry Coughlan after their side's victory in the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between Ballygunner, Waterford, and Shamrocks, Kilkenny, at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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