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Champions Maree finish National Men’s Division 1 campaign in style

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Tolka Rovers 46

Maree 108

 Maree finished their National League campaign on Saturday night in Dublin, when they put in an awesome display to beat hapless hosts Tolka Rovers by a whopping 62 points.

Liam Conroy was the game’s high scorer with 27 points. Maree finished the league on 40 points with 13 wins and just one loss, six points clear of Swords Thunder who held on to second place despite a 79-77 loss to Titans on Sunday in Cappagh Sports Centre. Cup-winners Titans finished in fourth spot on 29 points, just a point behind St Mary’s Castleisland.

Basketball Ireland has introduced a new end-of-season competition, the Champions’ Trophy, pitting Cup and League winners across the Premier and National Leagues against each other. This weekend, Maree host Dublin’s DCU Saints while Titans host Neptune of Cork. The winners move on to play Killester and Blue Demons respectively the following weekend.

Maree hit 32 points against Tolka in a powerful first-quarter display, fast-breaking with pace and in half-court offense against Rovers’ zone, moving the ball beautifully, to set up good outside shots. Meanwhile, their own man-to-man defense was virtually impenetrable; at one stage the score was 26-1.

Conroy hit 11 in that opening period, while Colm O’Hagan was good for 8 and Matt Hornbuckle 7. It was more of the same in the second quarter when Maree’s lead stretched further, with Pádraig Burke and Conroy notching 7 and Cathal Finn 6. At the half, the Maree lead was 59-16.

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

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Corofin boys miss a lot but still claim U19 A title glory

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Brian Cogger of Corofin gives chase to Mark Mannion of Salthill/Knocknacarra during Saturday's County U19 A Football Final at Tuam Stadium.

Corofin 1-10

Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-7

Pádraic Ó Ciardha at Tuam Stadium

COROFIN came out the right side of a closely-fought contest with Salthill-Knocknacarra to claim the U19 A Football County Championship in Tuam last Saturday. There was never more than a score between the sides until the 60th minute when a late 1-1 from substitute Finn McIntyre made sure of the win for Corofin.

While it was nip and tuck for most of the hour, few would argue that Corofin weren’t worthy winners on the day. Mike Nolan’s side were dominant in the crucial final quarter and that superiority would have been more evident on the scoreboard had they not racked up ten wides in the second half alone.

Karl Nolan and, in particular, Patrick Egan provided an excellent platform at midfield for Corofin to take a firm grip of proceedings while Gavin Kelly, Brian Cogger, Cian Murphy and Daithí Killilea pulled the strings in attack. Defensively, they were also extremely solid with Eoin Brady, Cormac Greaney, Bernard Coen and captain Josh McHugh leading the charge.

Salthill-Knocknacarra enjoyed good spells midway through both halves but they just couldn’t get a hold of enough possession to get full value out of what is undoubtedly a talented bunch. Their full-forward line alone contains Charlie Power and Matthew Thompson, both of whom featured in the Senior County Final, while the third of the trio, Mark Mannion, was an All-Ireland Minor winner this year. All three were forced to live off scraps in this one, however.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Battling Killimor run out of gas late on in thrilling final

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Killimor's Liam Fahy who performed well at centre back in their Connacht Club Intermediate Hurling Final defeat to Tooreen of Mayo in Athleague on Sunday.

Tooreen 0-22

Killimor 1-15

Ivan Smyth in Athleague

A gutsy Killimor side fell just short in their search for a first Connacht Intermediate crown as they were undone by Mayo outfit Tooreen in a rip roaring affair on Sunday.

With St. Thomas’ and Loughrea locking horns in Pearse Stadium at the same time these two outfits were going toe to toe, the action in Athleague certainly didn’t disappoint. In the end, Tooreen managed to fire over six of the last seven scores to seal this win after Killimor had led 1-14 to 0-16 with 53 minutes on the clock.

Tooreen used all their experience late on as midfielder Shane Kenny fired four points without reply to give his side the initiative. Although Killimor were reduced to 14 men after Kevin Hanney saw red after an off-the-ball altercation approaching the four minutes of injury time, they still clung on to their opponent’s coat tails. Jack O’Meara managed to break through on goal before he was cynically hauled down as Eoin Horan stroked over a free.

Even though Cathal Freeman angled over an excellent score to push Tooreen’s lead to three, Killimor dug in as they carved out one last chance. O’Meara fielded a Naise Muldoon line ball ahead of three Tooreen defenders but once more he was hauled down for a 20m free. Killimor ‘keeper Seán O’Grady strode up but with eight Tooreen men on the line he faced an arduous task to find the net, with his opposite number Bobby Douglas saving his rasping effort.

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Kilkerrin/Clonberne hold all the aces in big semis victory

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Kilkerrin/Clonberne's Lynsey Noone getting the better of Ballymacarbry Gretta Nugent during Saturday's All-Ireland Club Ladies Football semi-final at Fraher Field in Dungarvan. Photos: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

Kilkerrin/Clonberne 2-10

Ballymacarbry 0-2

John McIntyre in Dungarvan

IN this kind of foul weather in late November – a swirling wind and sweeping rain – anything can happen. It tends to bring average teams closer to good ones, but that wasn’t the script in Dungarvan on Saturday.

It wouldn’t have mattered if there was snow on the ground or this All-Ireland Club ladies football semi-final was played in a farmer’s thistle-smothered haggard, the result would have been still the same such was the gulf in standard between the teams.

Long before the end of a one-sided encounter, Ballymacarbry – the one time aristocrats of ladies club football – were left bewildered by the sheer pace and quality of the All-Ireland champions. On their journey to a remarkable 41st consecutive Waterford title and a first provincial crown since 2002, they hadn’t encountered anything like Kilkerrin/Clonberne.

Winners of ten All-Ireland titles over a 12-year period between 1987 and 1998, Ballmacarbry’s tradition alone would have entitled them to huge respect, but this was a rude awakening for the Waterford outfit on home turf.

They didn’t manage a solitary score in the opening half and only a brace of points from interval substitute Maeve Ryan saved them from an embarrassing blank. Ballymacarbry were simply out of their depth.

In contrast, Kilkerrin/Clonberne embellished their reputation as the top force on the club scene with a swashbuckling display in tough conditions. Willie Ward’s charges were streets ahead in terms of conditioning, mobility and the intensity they brought to the exchanges.

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