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Boyle tops seedings as Galway Rally set for the off

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Niamh Bent, Bobby Clinton, Ray Bent, Colm Quinn (Colm Quinn BMW, sponsors), Kenneth Lee, Eamonn Dervan, Kieran Donohue, Clerk of the Course, Tina McNabola, Patsy Finnerty and Shane Cunniffe at the recent launch of the 2015 Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally.

A capacity entry, headed by the current Irish Tarmac rally champion Declan Boyle from Donegal, has been confirmed for the Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally which takes place this weekend.

Galway Motor Club has also revealed that teams are coming from Germany, Austria, Australia and America in addition to numerous UK and Irish crews.

At the rally’s recent launch, Clerk of the Course, Kieran Donohue, said that Galway Motor Club was indebted to the staff of Galway County and City Councils, An Garda Siochana, Failte Ireland, the Road Safety Authority and Colm Quinn BMW for their support of the Rally.

He also paid tribute to the 300 volunteer marshals from all over Ireland and the residents along the various routes in Gort and the south of the county for their assistance with temporary road closures to ensure the safe running of the event.

The Rally will commence with a Ceremonial Start in Eyre Square on Friday evening at 8pm, following afternoon scrutineering of cars at the Colm Quinn BMW showrooms on the Tuam Road from 2pm. These are ideal opportunities to see the rally cars and drivers prior to the start of the competition.

Headquarters for the event is the Clayton Hotel and the rally route will cover six closed road stages on Saturday, February 7, and a further eight on the following day. The Service Park will be in Gort Mart each day, by kind permission of the Mart Committee.

Sunday evening will see the Ceremonial Finish back at the Colm Quinn premises on the Tuam Road from approximately 3.30pm. Admission to all events is free over the weekend.

The Official Rally Programme contains full listings of stage times, service area times, detailed Ordnance Survey Route Maps and all of the information required to locate the many spectatoraccess points. The Programme costs €10 and is available from the Clayton Hotel and fromvarious filling stations, newsagents and outlets in the city and county listed on the rally website, www.galwayinternationalrally.com

The entries have been seeded by the organisers and the rally winner is likely to come from one of the top 10 seeds. Seeded number 1 is the current Irish Tarmac rally champion, Declan Boyle from Donegal, with his cousin Brian Boyle co-driving.

Declan is driving a Subaru WRC car. He will be followed at 2 by Gary Jennings from Fermanagh and Rory Kennedy, also in a Subaru WRC. Number 3 is Eugene Donnelly from Maghera, co-driven by Paul Kiely, driving one of two MINI WRC rally cars entered by the event sponsor, Colm Quinn.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

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Late points from Burke and Wall grab draw for Corofin

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Tuam Stars' Paul Collins tries to halt Ronan Steede of Corofin in his tracks during Sunday's Senior Football Group 1 encounter at Tuam Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Corofin 0-16

Tuam Stars 0-16

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

A late point from Corofin’s Ian Burke denied Tuam Stars a notable win over their close neighbours in an entertaining contest at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a closely fought contest, the Stars appeared to have done enough with two late points from Brian Mannion putting them ahead by 0-16 to 0-14 in the dying minutes of the second half.

In typically composed fashion however, Corofin refused to panic and used all of their experience to engineer two late scores, the first from Dylan Wall, before Burke held his nerve to convert a mark to give Corofin a share of the spoils.

The result means that both sides qualified for the quarter finals, after both finished the group stages with eight points. Corofin were drawn against defending champions Mountbellew/Moylough in a mouth-watering tie, while Tuam Stars will face Salthill/Knocknacara in another intriguing clash.

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