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Bane inspires Caherlistrane to surprise first round win

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Caherlistrane's Shane Bohan is about to challenge Milltown's Mark Hehir during Saturday's senior football championship clash at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Enda Noone.

Caherlistrane 0-13

Milltown 1-8

This much-anticipated first round clash delivered on some of its promise with Caherlistrane producing a stirring fightback in the second half. With Cormac Bane in fine form, Stephen Faulkner’s side defied the pre-match odds to get the better of their local rivals.

Milltown were six points up early in the second half but they allowed their opponents to claw their way back into the contest and by the time Diarmuid Blake was sent off with ten minutes to go, Caherlistrane’s momentum was all-but-impossible to break.

It was Milltown who stormed out of the blocks at the beginning, opening the scoring with a goal inside 24 seconds. Former intercounty player James Kavanagh won the throw-in and played a one-two with Diarmuid Blake before finding himself through on goal. The midfielder scuffed his shot but the ball landed right at the feet of Cathal Blake, who stabbed it past Rory Conlon.

Blake’s height was also causing problems for the Caherlistrane defence early on and the full-forward turned provider a couple of minutes later as Mike McWalters put Milltown four points to the good.

Three scores in as many minutes brought Caherlistrane back into the contest by the ten minute mark with Cormac Bane at the centre of much of the good work. Conor Faulkner opened his side’s account with a half-volley after a Bane free had dropped in around the square. Bane then kicked the next two scores himself, including a fine effort after cutting in from the left-wing.

Milltown pulled away again, however, hitting the four points without reply, Mark Hehir and Damien Brennan sharing the scoring duties. Both of Hehir’s scores came from placed balls while Brennan was proving a threat from deep, attacking from midfield to land both of his points.

Caherlistrane had gone nearly 20 minutes without scoring at this stage but, while Pat Madden put a decent goal chance wide on 28 minutes, Barry McCabe popped up to land a much needed score just before the break, leaving four points between the sides, 1-5 to 0-4.

Michael Martin had been relatively subdued in the first 30 minutes but he opened his account 30 seconds into the second half and when another Mark Hehir free put Milltown six points up a minute later, they looked to be on their way to victory. The tide of the game switched soon after, however, and Miltown would only score another point in the remaining 28 minutes of the half.

Two Cormac Bane frees, from the exact same spot 21m out, got the Caherlistrane comeback going before Conor Faulkner bagged his second point of the day in the 40th minute. Milltown then lost John Martin to a black card for a trip with Eric Monahan pointing the resulting free from the right-wing.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s senior panel strongly support the split-season formula

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Galway camogie captain Sarah Dervan who strongly favours a split-season between inter-county and club.

OVER 90% of the Galway senior camogie panel have voted in favour of a split-season between inter-county and club.

And the Tribeswomen will be standing firm with the other 11 senior counties in boycotting the upcoming National League if the Camogie Association doesn’t perform a U-turn on its controversial fixtures calendar.

The plan to run off the club championships between the National League and All-Ireland inter-county campaigns has sparked an outcry among the sport’s elite.

In response to widespread protests, the Camogie Association is currently carrying out a survey among its clubs and members before deciding on a final fixtures template.

Galway camogie captain Sarah Dervan has already nailed her colours to the mast in supporting the split-season formula.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht turn to South Africa for team’s new forwards coach

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South African Dewald Senekai who will be Connacht's new Forwards Coach next season.

A 40 year-old South African is on his way to the Sportsground as Forwards Coach for the start of next season.

With Nigel Carolan and Jimmy Duffy departing the Connacht coaching staff at the end of the current campaign, the province has moved quickly to fill the void.

Already Connacht had moved Peter Wilkins (new Defence Coach), Colm Tucker and Mossy Lawler up through their own coaching ranks, but the need for an outside appointment remained paramount.

Dewald Senekal arrives with extensive coaching experience, most recently serving as Forwards Coach for Stade Francais in the Top 14 after taking over from Paul O’Connell in the role.

From 2017 to 2019 ,he was Joint Head Coach of Grenoble, leading them to promotion from Pro D2 to the Top 14 in his first season.

Senekai began his coaching career in 2015 as Forwards Coach of Bayonne where he finished a long playing career. He also lined out for French sides Toulon and Agen, and South African outfits, the Cheetahs and Lions.

Head Coach Andy Friend is delighted that the South African has signed up with Connacht. “Following an extensive recruitment process, we are thrilled that Dewald is joining the Connacht coaching team.

“He is an extremely impressive individual who will add a lot to the set-up, as well as providing a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas. I know the players will really enjoy working with him and the coaches likewise.

“Our coaching team is now complete with Dewald joining Pete, Mossy, Cullie and myself for the next two years, and we feel very optimistic about what we can achieve both as a group and in the club.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Resurgent Connacht relishing battle with vulnerable Leinster

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Connacht winger Alex Wootton who has recovered from injury and is available for Saturday's Rainbow Cup clash against Leinster at the Sportsground.

By Rob Murphy

TAKE a breath of the fresh air that surrounds the Connacht rugby team right now and you’ll get the unmistakable impression that they are relishing the Rainbow Cup competition.

Leinster arrive in Galway on Saturday evening for round two of the six game end of season tournament, licking their wounds after another Champions Cup semi final heartbreaker, while the westerners are looking for a second straight inter-provincial win.

Now let’s not oversell this. The Rainbow Cup has not gone to plan by any means, with the South African sides pulling out of the hastily arranged tournament at the last minute turning it into a six game rehash of the usual fixture, but for Andy Friend and his management team it has been a case of perfect timing for a group that really were looking for a reset button before breaking up for the summer after a long 12 months.

Two weeks on from the victory over Ulster in Ravenhill, the shouts and chirping from the pitch on College Road in Galway are no doubt that bit louder as they bellow across Bohermore and Lough Atalia. A win can do a lot for the mood of a group of athletes. The defeat to Leicester in the Challenge Cup is a distant memory and the next few weeks are about building confidence and developing new patterns. Friend is enjoying the process.

“We are pushing hard in the last few weeks and that’s a compliment to our coaching staff as well as the players. We are in the middle of three inter-pros and that’s how we are looking at it. Yes it’s the Rainbow Cup as well but first and foremost they are games with a lot to play for anyways.” noted Friend.

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