Waterford minor hurling manager Sean Power believes that the county’s All-Ireland final win over Galway at Croke Park on Sunday will be hugely beneficial to the GAA.

The Déise stretched away in the closing stages of the encounter to record an eight-point win over the Tribesmen.

Power told RTÉ Sport: "We do need counties like this winning.

“It happens in the history of the GAA and hurling. It is just fantastic. It breaks it up a bit and shares out the silverware. It is great for the game and fantastic for us as a county.”

Commending his charges, the manager added: “They are a fantastic bunch of guys. I have been working with the fellas for a long, long time. It is great. We needed it in Waterford, we really needed it. They worked hard for it and you get what you deserve when you work hard for things. I am very proud of all of them.

“Maybe often enough, we don't just get our just desserts in Waterford. Thankfully, they did what they needed to do. Galway came back fighting - that is a good Galway hurling team.

“We're going to celebrate and enjoy our victory. The skills and fitness level these guys have won the day."

Power also singled out singled out a number of individual starlets for praise.

“Patrick (Curran) was fantastic,” he said.

“And there is a lot of work that goes on around Patrick that makes it easier for him to get scores. I thought our midfield did very well. Mark O'Brien is an unsung hero of this team. Tom Devine had a great game in there as well. The half-back line dominated I thought. They are some great hurlers.”