Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
At Semple Stadium
THERE is a gap beginning to develop in the camogie pecking order. Wexford, very much the queens of the small ball game are out front, comfortably ahead of the chasing pack, headed by Galway. On Sunday, at Semple Stadium that gap grew yet again.
This should have been a day when Galway sent out a clear message of intent as to their All-Ireland aspirations, but once more they were outmuscled and outclassed by a Wexford side slowly tightening their stranglehold on the game.
Again championship looms and serious question marks hang over the desire and resolve of this Galway outfit. It’s certainly no time to be writing obituaries, but it seems at this point in time that Galway do not possess the capability to make a serious bid for All-Ireland glory.
When it came to the crunch on Sunday the Galway forwards simply didn’t deliver the goods. Tied at 1-6 to 0-9 entering the final quarter, Aislinn Connolly missed a free to put Galway ahead, while Niamh McGrath, Noreen Coen and Tara Rutledge all squandered chances subsequently.
There were to be no such mishaps at the other end as Wexford registered 2-4 in the final 12 minutes of action to comprehensively annex a third consecutive league title.
All in all, JJ Doyle’s charges were physically more powerful than Galway in the key head to battles and displaying a ruthless streak in front of goal, there’s little to suggest they will be stopped in their quest for back to back All-Ireland success.
By comparison with Wexford, Galway’s central spine just isn’t strong enough. The Galway panel is without players of the calibre of Catherine O’Loughlin, Mary and Una Lacey, and until such quality within the county is unearthed, the wait for the O’Duffy Cup will continue.
In both league and championship, this was Galway’s fourth final appearance since 2008. They failed to emerge victorious in all four encounters and therein lies the problem. For this group of players it has been defeat after defeat on the big day. The seed of doubt planted in 2008 where Galway lost both the league and championship deciders, grows bigger with experiences like Sunday.
The conclusion of Galway’s league campaign was a carbon copy of its start and although the Tribeswomen showed promise in their semi-final win over Kilkenny, a lot of boxes remain to be ticked before the championship opener against Wexford on June 12th.
In truth, defensive frailties cost Galway dearly. The second and third goal in particular were avoidable and if Galway are to be in hunt for honours later this summer then the management must embark on corrective surgery, especially in the full back line, where Galway were torn asunder by the pace and skill of Wexford’s full forward line.
Further forward, Galway’s attacking inertia is encapsulated by the fact that the Kilkenny sisters, playing at half back and midfield, scored more from play than the six starting forwards combined.
In any event, there were just four minutes on the clock when Una Lacey blasted the sliotar to the roof of the net following excellent play by Lenny Holohan to draw in Sarah Dervan before releasing possession inside.
Brenda Hanney opened the scoring for Galway, but Wexford threatened to put this to bed early on with further points from Una Lacey, Michelle O’Leary and Ursula Jacob to stretch their advantage to six.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.