Annaghdown Handball Club look to the New Year

first_imgJohn Hession joined Gerry and John on Over The LineAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/John+Hession.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Annaghdown Handball Club have been very busy with teams in action over the Past Twelve Months. This year, they have released a Calendar to help fund the Clublast_img

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Galway Senior Footballers reach Connacht Final

first_imgThe Galway Senior Footballers booked their place in the Connacht Final on July 10th with a 1-12 to 0-12 win over Mayo in McHale Park. Commentary from Ollie Turner, Frank Morris and Bally Cullinane Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/GALWAY+V+MAYO+JUNE+18th.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Mayo: R Hennelly; C Boyle (0-01), K Keane, B Harrison; S Coen (0-01), L Keegan (0-01), P Durcan; A O’Shea, J Gibbons; K McLoughlin, C O’Connor (0-06, 5f, 0-01 ’45) , T Parsons (0-01); E Regan (0-01, f), J Doherty (0-01), K Higgins.Subs: S O’Shea for Gibbons (21), D Vaughan for Boyle (46-47, blood), D O’Connor for Harrison (59), D Vaughan for Keane (59), A Moran for Regan (64), A Freeman for Parsons (69)Galway: B Power; D Kyne, E Kerin, D Wynne; G O’Donnell, L Silke, G Bradshaw; P Conroy (0-02), T Flynn (1-00); G Sice (0-04, 3f), S Walsh (0-01), J Heaney (0-01); E Brannigan (0-03), D Comer, D Cummins (0-01).Subs: A Varley for Walsh (66), P Sweeney for Cummins (66), S Denvir for Heaney (69), E Tierney for Flynn (71, black card)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Galway Athletics Report

first_imgNUI Galway posted two good performances at the University Road relays held in Maynooth last Saturday. In frosty condition the ladies team of Niamh Hennelly, Aisling Joyce, Maebh Brannigan and Anna Giatraki placed ninth team overall. The NUIG men’s team led by Andrew O’Donnghaile also place ninth.Corrib AC racesCorrib AC held their annual ‘Run Like the Wind’ 8k and 4k races on Saturday, 19 November 2016 last in Killannin. The supremely talented Kathryn Casserly of GCH stormed to victory in the 4km, clocking a good time of15.21, well clear of Dan Daly in second and Sean Folan of GCH, third home.Neil O’Leary took the honours in the 8k, running 30.09, with Brian Lalor second and Ronan O’Conghaile of GCH third. Catherine Thornton of Crusaders AC was first lady home in 32.54.Road Race NewsMatt Bidwell of GCH won yet another race Sunday last – this time the prestigious Hollymount International 10k in Mayo, clocking 33.14 for victory, with John Byrne of Mayo second and Alan Ashton of Liverpool AC third.Barbara Dunne of GCH ran an excellent 1hr 27 in the Clontarf Half Marathon to place second female.FixturesSouth Galway AC’s annual Ballindereen 10k takes place on Sunday November 27th at 12. 30pm.It’s a flat fast course which is recognized as providing a great chance of a fast time.It starts at Ballindereen village with an anti-clockwise loop finishing at the community Centre. The course is certified measured by AAI and is chip timed., with prizes for various categories.Registration is available online for €20 or on the day at Ballindereen Community center from 10.30am -11.30 am.Parking and toilets will be provided within the GAA grounds.Teas/coffees snacks will be provided at Community Centre after the event.GCH Awards Photos (Pics: John O’Connor) GCH National Track and Field League team which won National indoor silver team and outdoor bronze team medals (L To R)Brendan Staunton, Sean Breathnach, Igor Muntean, Luke Shaughnessy ,Linas Mitkas, Sean Kilmartin, Cillin Greene, Robert Meaghar, Gary Thornton, Eoghan Dobey, Cliff Jennings, Michael Breathnach, Brendan Glynn (manager).Picture Credit: John O’Connor print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Ladies team has a strong chance of team success in their 8km race, with Laura Shaughnessy of DSD and Jane Ann Meehan of Athenry AC the standout runners. Both will be aiming to secure places on the Irish cross country team for the European championships, which is selected based on this race. The duo are ably backed up by Niamh Hennelly of GCH who is captain of the team and having a fabulous season, Irene Gorman of Crusaders, a product of GCH’s juvenile system, Ann Marie Hynes of Tuam, as well as the ageless Christine Kennedy of GCH, Joanne O Boyle GCH, and Eimear O’Leary of MSB ACJamie Fallon of Craughwell AC will target an Irish berth in the Junior race, which is over 6km and is in with a strong chance, also Joe Tannian of GCH should feature well, Eanna Folan of GCH runs in the U18 and should place in the top ten if he performs to his potential. Aishling Joyce of NUI Galway will be targeting a top ten finish in the Junior ladies and is one to watch over the coming season.The Juvenile races start the programme with many Galway athletes and clubs competing at U12, U14, U16 and U18 level, in what is likely to be a hugely exciting days racing at the new purpose built National cross country course, IUAA Road Relayscenter_img GCH National Juvenile All Ireland gold medal winners 2016, L to R Dave Shaughnessy, coach, Cillin Greene,  Nicole King, Seren O’Toole, Emma Moore and coach Frank McGuire.Senior Ladies Award Winner, Niamh Hennelly with Club Chairman Vincent Jordan.Grainne Ni Uallachain, Siobhan Egan, and coach Jerome Debize accepting National marathon championship winners medals for ladies team. National Cross Country Championships Preview Galway Men’s and Ladies teams will attempt to retain their National Cross Country team titles next Sunday at the National Championships in Abbotstown, Co Dublin. Galway men’s squad go over 10km , and are captained by Sean McDermott of Castlegar AC, and will look to the likes of John Moroney and Andrew O’Donnghaile of GCH, Brian Furey of Rathfarnham and Vincent McGuinness of Crusaders AC to lead the charge in what is surely the most competitive race on the entire Athletics calendar. The squad also features Connacht and Galway cross country champion Brian O Connor, Castlegar trio- the hugely talented Rob Lennon, Alan Forde and Frank King, Tuam’s Sean Burke, as well as GCH athletes Tim Jones, Alan Kelly, Seamus Leddy, Ronan O’Conghaile and former National marathon champion Michael O Connor.last_img read more

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Galway United Face Dundalk In Tomorrow’s EA Sports Cup Semi-Final

first_imgLAST MEETINGJune 26, 2017 | Dundalk 2-0 Galway United.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email TEAM NEWSRonan Murray is suspended after an accumulation of yellow cards.Jonah Ayunga is cup-tied after already featuring in the EA SPORTS Cup with Sligo Rovers.Conor Melody returns following an ankle injury to give Shane Keegan a fully fit squad to choose from.OFFICIALSReferee: Ray MatthewsAssistant: Alan SherlockAssistant: Declan TolandFourth Official: John McLoughlin Galway United’s previous five gamesSt Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Galway UnitedGalway United 3-1 LimerickGalway United 4-1 Drogheda UnitedCork City 2-1 Galway UnitedFinn Harps 1-3 Galway UnitedDundalk’s previous five gamesBray Wanderers 0-3 DundalkBohemians 0-1 DundalkDundalk 0-1 Shamrock RoversSligo Rovers 1-1 DundalkDundalk 3-0 Limerick GALWAY UNITED GOALSCORERSRonan Murray – 10Gavan Holohan – 6Vinny Faherty – 4Padraic Cunningham – 3Stephen Folan – 3Kevin Devaney – 2David Cawley – 2Gary Shanahan – 2Eoin McCormack – 1Jesse Devers – 1Lee Grace – 1center_img EA Sports Cup Semi-FinalGalway United v DundalkEamonn Deacy ParkMonday, August 7th. Kick-off: 4.00pmGalway United will look to book their place in the final of the EA SPORTS Cup when the Tribesmen host Dundalk at Eamonn Deacy Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Kick-off is at 4.00pm.United reached the final of the competition in 2015, but suffered heartache, losing to St Patrick’s Athletic on penalties at Eamonn Deacy Park.The clubs route the semi-final in 2017 has seen Shane Keegan’s side knock out the Mayo League, Derry City and Sligo Rovers. Dundalk meanwhile reached the semi-final by knocking out First Division outfits UCD and Waterford FC and they last lifted the trophy in 2014.Galway United have not won the EA SPORTS Cup since New Years Day, 1997. Denis Clarke guided the club to a 4-2 win against Cork City over two legs.SHANE KEEGAN RELISHING CUP SEMI-FINAL“The game couldn’t have come at a better time for us,” Keegan explained.“There is a lot of positivity about the club. We’ve won three of our last four games. The players are in a good frame of mind. The Finn Harps result was fantastic.“What more could you ask for now, we’re playing the current league champions, it’s a nice game to look forward to. The players understand the extent of the challenge, but they’re embracing it.“It’s a cliche, but it is a nice distraction from the toil of the league campaign for us. To reach a semi-final has been nice, but with the added morale at the moment, if we could pull of a result and reach the final, the morale would go through the roof.“You would’ve liked to have seen Dundalk in a tighter race for first, they might’ve taken their eye off the ball a bit then. In all likelihood, they won’t win the league this year, so Stephen will be looking at both Cups and they’ll be going full pelt for it.” FORM GUIDElast_img read more

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Galway Athletics Report

first_imgKevin Mooney (Craughwell AC) winner of the Athenry leg of the Galway 5k Series.The fifth race of the 2018 Galway 5km Series was held in Athenry last Tuesday on a fast and flat course. Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell AC was first across the line, the wheelchair athlete clocking a very quick 15.15. Kevin Mooney of Craughwell AC then stormed home to victory, clocking 16.27 to come home ahead of Limerick’s Dave Richardson in 16.41 and young Craughwell star William Fitzgerald in third in 16.51. Galway 5km Series Irish Schools Track and FieldThe Irish Schools Championships will be held Saturday 2nd June in Tullamore, with many Galway athletes competing for medals in what is probably the most competitive event on the Athletics calendar.Contenders for National honours at junior level will include Emma Moore of Presentation Athenry in the 800m, and St Enda’s Uyi Agbonayinma, in either 200 or 800m. At Minor level on the track, Galway hopes rest with the likes of Ava McKeon of AM Ballinasloe, Darragh Jennings of Carraroe, Callum Healy from Presentation Athenry, and St Mary’s Joshua Osifo. In the field events, Jade Moorehead and Lukas Schukat, both of Presentation College Athenry will be among those who will go for glory.At Intermediate level, Chloe Casey of St Raphael’s Loughrea has been in superb form all season, winning double Connacht gold in the Discus and Shot Putt, while Seren O’Toole of Ballinrobe and GCH is a medal hopeful over hurdles. Sprinter Robert O’Domhnaill of Colaiste na Coiribe won the Connacht double over 200m and 400m and will be in with a medal shot also.In the senior events, Galway has a wealth of up and coming young talent. Brendan Lynch of St Brigid’s College Loughrea will compete in the Triple Jump, while in the High Jump Jerry Keary of St Raphael’s Loughrea will expect to do well. Sprinter Jack Dempsey of HRC Mountbellew will contest both Senior Boys sprint titles over 100m and 200m.In the Senior Girls events, Aoife Sheehy of Dunmore CS will aim for a Hurdles medal, Laura Nally of Calascantius College Oranmore goes over 400m, Aine O’Farrell will run the Senior girls 3000m, while in the field, Laura Cunningham of Pres Athenry is a great talent who will compete in the Jumps.Thomas McStay of Colaiste Baile Chlair Jack Maher from Clifden and Eanna Folan (Colaiste na Coiribe) will all compete across the hugely competitive middle distance events. Regina Casey of GCH continues to impress, claiming her fourth win of the series in 17.27, with Aisling Joyce also of GCH second in 18.05, and Barbara Dunne making it a GCH clean sweep, third in 18.08. GCH are hosting the final leg and series finale in Kilcornan Estate, Clarenbridge, on Tuesday 29th May. Universities Match v ScotlandNUI Galway athletes competing at the Celtic Games v Scotland last weekend Aengus Meldon, Finlay Daly, Bridget McDyer, Sinead Treacy, Sarah Quinn and Talon ThompsonSix NUI Galway athletes travelled to Scotland with the Irish Universities squad for last weekend’s Celtic Games match versus the hosts. The college had some fantastic results via Sarah Quinn – 2nd in the 100m Hurdles and 3rd in the 200m, Sinead Treacy 4th in the 200m, Aengus Meldon 2nd in the 800m, Bridget McDyer 4th in the Shot putt, and Finley Daly and Talon Thompson, 1st and 2nd in the 3000m Steeplechase, respectively.center_img International meeting – BelgiumCillin Greene and Jack Dempsey, both of Galway City Harriers, competed in the prestigious Oordegem track meet in Belgium last weekend. Greene clocked 11.04 for 100m and 21.69 for 200m while Dempsey ran 11.18 over 100 and also ran on the Irish sprint relay team. Galway Track and Field ChampionshipsBrendan McDonnell GCH, Galway 1500m championDay One of The 2018 Galway Track and Field Senior/Masters Championships was held in perfect conditions last Thursday, 24th May, with a large turnout across the events, held at Dangan track, NUIGalway.There were some impressive performances on the night, most notably by Katie O’Donoghue of Craughwell AC who claimed an amazing four Senior titles, the Long Jump in a PB of 4.92 m, Javelin, Shot Putt and the 100m Hurdles. Michael Breathnach of GCH, also had a very successful first day as he claimed triple gold – winning the 110m Hurdles, Javelin, and Long Jump.On the track, Conor Duggan of Craughwell looked impressive on his return to action, winning the Galway Senior 100m in 11.20. Conor Naylor of NUI Galway took the Men’s 400m crown in 53.31. Ciara Barry of NUI Galway ran strongly to claim both the Ladies 100m and 400m titles. In the distance events, Brendan McDonnell of GCH and Sinead Gaffney of Craughwell took the 1500m titles, while Seamus Leddy of GCH and Fiona Doughan of Athenry AC claimed the 3000m Walk golds.In the field, Brendan Staunton of GCH claimed gold in the Shot Putt.The second day of the championships will be held in Dangan this Thursday May 31st will see the following events; 200m, 800m, 3000m (Women)/5000m Men, 400m hurdles, Discus, Weight throw, High Jump, Triple Jump and relays.Craughwell ladies who competed at the Galway Track and Field championships (L to R) Aisling Keady, Sinéad Gaffney, Orla Ryan and Katie O’DonoghueNational Combined EventsConor Hoade wins silver- L to R 1st Alex Reynolds Nenagh Olympic A.C. 2nd Conor Hoade, Galway City Harriers 3rd Leo Carey-McDermott Tír Chonaill A.C. at the Irish Life Health National combined events, presented by Athletics Ireland President Georgina Drumm.Conor Hoade of GCH won a super silver medal at the National Combined Events in Dublin Saturday in the U15 Boys category. Conor achieved a great total of 3019 points over five events. He ran 12.45 seconds in the 80m hurdles, threw 10.35m in the Shot Putt, and jumped 4.62m in the long jump and 1.56m over the high jump. He then went on to clock 2.32 in the 800m to secure second overall.Liam Shaw (Athenry AC) also won a Bronze medal in the National Combined Events.  In doing so, Liam also set 4xPBs, including a 10cm PB in High Jump and a 12s PB in the 800m. FixturesThe refixed Kinvara series of races takes place this weekend, with the 10k, Full and Half Marathon events on Saturday June 2nd.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Griffin poised for 100th Connacht appearance against Dragons in the Sportsground

first_imgEoin Griffin is poised to make his 100th appearance in a Connacht jersey as he is named on the bench for the Guinness PRO14 clash with the Dragons in the Sportsground on Saturday (kick-off 5:15pm). The Galway man made his Connacht debut in 2010 and is on his second term with the province having spent two campaigns with London Irish from 2014 to 2016. He returned to the Sportsground ahead of the 2016/17 season. With Bundee Aki, Quinn Roux and Finlay Bealham all away on international duty in Chicago, Head Coach Andy Friend is forced to make a number of changes to his starting team. He is however boosted by the availability of Kieran Marmion who starts at scrum-half as he prepares for the upcoming home November internationals. Marmion has a new half-back partner with David Horwitz set to make his first start for the province at out-half. Kyle Godwin also comes into the midfield where he partners Tom Farrell.In the back three there is a start for Colm De Buitléar on the wing, with Cian Kelleher on the opposite wing and Tiernan O’Halloran at full-back.In the forwards, Conor Carey steps in for Finlay Bealham while James Cannon comes into the second row for Quinn Roux.The only other change is in the back row where captain Jarrad Butler starts at number 8 with Colby Fainga’a slotting in at openside.Eoin Griffin is joined on the bench by academy player Matthew Burke and summer arrival Joe Maksymiw who are both in line to make their Guinness PRO14 debuts for the province.Commenting ahead of the game, Head Coach Andy Friend feels his players need to be capable of adapting to whatever is thrown at them; “We’ve got to be a team that can adapt. If we’re allowed to get the quick ball and play the way we want, we will threaten any side. If we can’t, whether that’s because of our ball carrying not being strong enough, or the ball not coming out because tacklers aren’t being removed, then we need to trust our defensive system. Our attack is potent enough if we get the ball we want, but if we can’t we have got to adapt”, Friend said ahead of the game.Friend also praised experienced centre Eoin Griffin as he prepares his landmark achievement of 100th appearance with his home province, “Eoin Griffin is the ultimate professional rugby player, who is an example to every up and coming player in the province. It is fitting that he is making his 100th appearance in front of his home crowd. It is a significant milestone for him and his family and everyone in Connacht Rugby”, Friend said.#DRAvCONKick-off 5:15pm:(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Kyle Godwin, Tom Farrell, Colm De Buitlear, David Horwitz, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, James Cannon, Sean O’Brien, Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (Capt).Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Matthew Burke, Conan O’Donnell, Joe Maksymiw, James Connolly, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty, Eoin Griffin.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Connacht 24 Munster 31 – Pro 14

first_imgDominating both possession and territory, Munster continued to attack. Wave after wave had been repelled by the hosts by the time Dan Goggin powered over on 25 minutes. A Joey Carbery conversion, followed swiftly by a Jack Carty penalty, saw Munster head into half-time 14-10 to the good – just rewards for their dominant play.However, just as they had done at the start of the opening period, Connacht made another fast start, scoring their second try of the game just after the break. The impressive Tom Farrell – a constant throughout in attack – was once again the heart of the move, breaking clear before feeding Cian Kelleher to touch down. The topsy-turvy nature of the clash continued as Munster mounted their second fightback of the game to wrestle back the initiative through tries from Goggin and Carbery.The gap between the teams was now 14 points, but just as all looked lost for Connacht, substitute Ultan Dillane burst a hole in the Munster rearguard, allowing the supporting Carty to reduce the deficit and ensure a nervy conclusion. But with replacement Conor Murray and Carbery orchestrating proceedings, chances for the hosts were few and far between, with Munster holding on to take top spot in Conference A after Glasgow’s defeat at Benetton. Connacht’s losing bonus point sees them draw level with third-placed Ospreys, who tasted victory against Cardiff Blues earlier on Saturday. Connacht were playing with the type of confidence that comes with having won four of their last five Guinness PRO14 fixtures, but instead of cowering in the face of the early blow, Munster grew in stature. Slowly but surely they began to puncture holes in the hosts’ defence, and just six minutes later they were level with a landmark score. Chris Farrell crashed through the middle and from the ensuing quick ball, Peter O’Mahony held off two defenders to finish in the corner. The try was the 500th of the Guinness PRO14 season, and served as the basis for a spell of sustained pressure for the Thomond Park outfit. CONNACHT – D Leader; C Kelleher (C de Buitlear 74), T Farrell, T Daly (D Horwitz 72), M Healy; J Carty, C Blade (A Lloyd 65); P McCabe (M Burke 59), D Heffernan (capt) (T McCartney 54), D Robertson-McCoy (F Bealham 44); G Thornbury, Q Roux (U Dillane 58); P Boyle, C Fainga’a, E Masterson (C Gallagher 65)MUNSTER – A Conway; K Earls, C Farrell, D Goggin (S Arnold 74), A Wootton (T Bleyendaal 60); J Carbery, A Mathewson (C Murray 51); J Loughman (D Kilcoyne 61), N Scannell (K O’Byrne 67), J Ryan (S Archer 40); J Kleyn, T Beirne; P O’Mahony (capt) (B Holland 65), T O’Donnell, A Botha (CJ Stander 52)Ref – M Adamson (SRU)(report courtesy of Guinness Pro14 website)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Joey Carbery guided Munster to a 31-24 victory over Connacht and top spot in Conference A of the Guinness PRO14 after a pulsating encounter at the Sportsground. The Ireland fly-half scored a try and kicked a further 11 points to hand Johann van Graan’s men bragging rights at the home of one of their fiercest rivals.With valuable points up for grabs and the table hotting up, both sides were quick out of the traps in the early stages. And much to the delight of the home crowd, it was the hosts who struck the first blow. Tom Farrell ripped the ball out of Arno Botha’s hands before racing to clear to score the opener.last_img read more

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Two Galway Boxers in European Quarter Final action

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Two Galway boxers will be fighting for at least a bronze at the European U22 Championships in Russia this afternoon. Adam Hession from Monivea enters the ring for the first time when he faces Rotyslav Bilototskyi from the Ukraine in the 52Kg Quarter Final and Olympic Boxing Club’s Gabriel Dossen fights for the third time when he takes on Aleksei Semykin of Russia in the 75Kg Quarter Final. Gabriel Dossen has won his last two matches 5-0 beating Florin Simion from Romania and Andrei Vreme from Moldova.last_img

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Hurling Fixtures for the weekend

first_imgFriday April 26th IntermediateHurling Championship Kilconieron V Kinvara in Duggan Park at 7pmAn Spidéal V Rahoon-Newcastle, 7pm Venue:TBC Saturday April 27thIntermediateHurling ChampionshipKilbeacanty V Moycullen in Carnmore at 6pmSunday April 28th SeniorHurling League FinalCappataggle V Pádraig Pearses in DugganPark at 6.30pmIntermediateHurling ChampionshipCarnmore V Sylane in Kenny Park at 6.30pmKillimor V Meelick-Eyrecourt in Loughreaat 5pm Kiltormer V Castlegar in Loughrea at 6.30pm Junior Hurling League FinalTurloughmore V Sarsfields in Duggan Park at5pmMonday April 29thMinorA Hurling ChampionshipGort V St Thomas in Kinvara at 7pmKinvara V Clarinbridge in Ardrahan at 7pmCastlegar V Salthill-Knocknacarra inPearse Stadium at 7pmKillimordaly V Turloughmore in Kenny Parkat 7pmArdrahan V Carnmore in Ballindereen at 7pmOranmore-Maree V St Mary’s Athenry inCarnmore at 7pmMinorB Hurling ChampionshipAnnaghdown V Sylane in Creggs at 7pm Ballygar V Kilnadeema-Leitrim in Ballygarat 7pmMoycullen V Mullagh/Kiltormer inMoycullen at 7pmMinorB Hurling ChampionshipCappataggle V Sarsfields in Cappataggleat 7pm Kilconieron V Liam Mellows in Kilconieronat 7pmPádraig Pearses V Loughrea inBallymacward at 7pm Minor B1 Hurling ChampionshipAbbeyknockmoy V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry inAbbeyknockmoy at 7pmMichael Cusacks V Ballinderreen inMichael Cusacks at 7pmSkehana-Mountbellew/Moylough V RahoonNewcastle – Bearna Na Forbacha in Skehana at 7pmAhascragh/Fohenagh V Killimor inAhascragh at 7pmMícheál Breathnach V Portumna in Indreabhánat 7pmBallinasloe V Craughwell in Ballinasloeat  7pm print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Tribeswomen End Rebel Run To Return To All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final

first_imgReport: Daragh Ó Conchúir at the LIT Gaelic Grounds Galway produced a performance of real steel to match their talent to return to the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final for the first time in four years.They already have National League honours under their belt and will be looking for a first Championship success since 2013.In the process, they put an end to Cork’s reign and the Rebels’ three-in-a-row dreams.In a one-point game, it is impossible to discuss merit but Galway led from the time Carrie Dolan slotted a 24th minute free and never gave up that lead, despite the savage efforts of their valiant opponents.Picking a significant moment in such a close affair can be difficult but in the period after Julia White hand-passed to the net for Cork in the 18th minute after a blistering run by Hannah Looney, Galway outscored Cork by six points to one.In the context of how the scoreboard read at the final whistle, that was significant.The workrate on show was phenomenal in a very physical affair and it is certainly an area of improvement among the Tribeswomen in recent years. So too was the tactical approach and in particular, the pressure they placed on Aoife Murray’s puckout, so often the launching pad for Cork attacks.Galway would have been delighted too with the amount of space they were able to get Niamh Kilkenny into, and the Pearses flier responded with a player-of-the-match performance.Cork looked sharp early on despite not having played for four weeks, in comparison to Galway’s two, replying to the concession of an early Ailish O’Reilly point to lead by two, Orla Cotter (free), Linda Collins and Katrina Mackey hitting the target.Mackey’s point came straight after Sarah Healy had her 12th minute penalty saved by Gemma O’Connor after Laura Hayes had fouled Carrie Dolan, following a mistake by Aoife Murray.Healy proved unbothered by the failure to convert and would go on to make a couple of key interventions, gathering well under heavy pressure just before the break and then making a really good save from a deflection 10 minutes into the second half.Galway didn’t fret either, not even when White put Cork a goal ahead. They were level four minutes later, Kilkenny splitting the posts and Caitriona Cormican hitting a pair inside 60 seconds.Cork’s most dangerous attacker, Amy O’Connor restored Cork’s lead but Aoife Donohue and two Dolan scores put some daylight between the sides.There would never be much between them but Galway would always keep their noses in front and it was 0-10 to 1-6 at the change of ends.The intensity lifted further in the second half, although the scoring rate dropped, and if there were plenty of mistakes, that was assuredly down to the do-or-die nature of the exchanges.Murray drew Niamh Hanniffy out from the full-forward line to good effect, Aoife Donohue and Kilkenny were flourishing, but at the other end, Cork were heavily reliant on O’Connor to make ground.Hanniffy hit an inspirational point on the hour despite shipping a heavy tackle by Laura Treacy and though O’Connor made it a one-point game again with two minutes of injury time still remaining, Galway held firm for a September 8th date with Kilkenny. SCORERS FOR GALWAY: C Dolan 0-5(3fs); N Kilkenny 0-3; A Donohue, C Cormican 0-2 each; N Hanniffy, A O’Reilly 0-1 eachSCORERS FOR CORK: A O’Connor 0-4; O Cotter 0-3(fs); J White 1-0; O Cronin, K Mackey, L Collins 0-1 eachGALWAY: Sarah Healy, Shauna Healy, S Dervan, T Kenny, L Ryan, E Helebert, H Cooney, A Donohue, N Kilkenny, A O’Reilly, S Spellman, C Dolan, N Hanniffy, N CoenSubs for Galway: C Finnerty for Coen (48), R Hennelly for Spellman (60+3)CORK: A Murray, L Treacy, P Mackey, L Hayes, H Looney, G O’Connor, C Sigerson, L Coppinger, B Corkery, K Mackey, O Cronin, O Cotter, J White, L Collins, A O’ConnorSubs for Cork: N McCarthy for White (53), K Hickey for Corkery (54), L Homan for K Mackey (56)REFEREE: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway 0-14 Cork 1-10 last_img read more

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