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Breathnach throws life time’s best in capturing national indoor gold medal

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Sean Breathnach, Galway City Harriers AC, on his way to winning the men's shot putt at the Woodies DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone last Sunday. Photo Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

SEAN Breathnach of GCH produced a record-breaking performance in the shot putt at the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championship in Athlone last Sunday

The Camus native threw a lifetime best of 17.14m, which was also a stadium record and places him fifth on the Irish all time indoor list, in capturing the gold medal.

The throw was almost half a metre ahad of his previous best and bodes well for a good season ahead for Breathnach.

Also at the games, Craughwell’s Cathriona Farrell won the high jump with 1.75m, while Mary Barrett Loughrea was third in the high jump (1.30m). She also set a new masters Irish record in the women’s shot W55 category, throwing 10.91m.

Meanwhile, the second round of the indoor national track and field league was held in Athlone IT on Saturday last and the Craughwell AC ladies team performed exceptionally well to score a total of 29 points.

This brought the team’s total points to 75.5 points after the two rounds of heats and leaves Craughwell in first place heading into the final on this Saturday, February 7.

Competing on the day for the team was Sinead Treacy (200m), Sinead Gaffney (400m), Ciara Greene (1500m), Aisling Keady Cummins (high jump) and Sarah Finnegan (triple jump). Craughwell will be hoping to put in another strong performance in the final and will start among the favourites along with Cork club, Leevale AC.

The National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country Championships take place in the Palace Grounds, Tuam, on Sunday, February 8.

This will be run alongside the Juvenile Development events for U11-U17 athletes, and are the first National Cross Country Championships to be held in Galway since 1999. The event is set to attract almost 1,000 competitors and similar numbers will attend the venue in support of some of Ireland’s top cross country runners and upcoming juvenile athletes.

The programme includes Masters women and Over 65 men who run together at 1pm over 4km, Master Men Over 35-64 who run 7km at 1.30pm, intermediate women who run 5km at 2.10pm and the blue riband event, the intermediate men’s 8km which is off at 2.40pm.

Galway teams and individual athletes will have no shortage of motivation to aim for medals in front of the home crowd, and the Masters men’s Over 35 squad will be one tipped for team and possibly individual medals, with the likes of Matt Bidwell and Fintan Hyland of GCH, and Craughwell AC’s Peter O Sullivan expected to challenge for honours. GCH athletes Owen Byrne and Brian O’Connor will also be aiming for top 30 finishes.

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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