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County’s veterans strike gold in All-Ireland indoor championships

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The Supermac’s New Inn 5km road race/walk will take place on Sunday, March 29 at 1pm. Pictured at the recent launch of the event is Race Director Padraig Kelly and sponsor Una McDonagh. Registration takes place in New Inn Community Centre from 11am and refreshments are provided in the centre afterwards. Entry is only €10 and everyone who enters is included in a raffle for numerous prizes. Any enquiries can be sent to newinn5kmroadrace@gmail.com

OVER 400 entrants for the All-Ireland Masters Indoors Championships held in Athlone last Sunday showed the strength of this level of athletics as numerous highly competitive events took place on the track and in the field.

There was great success for the many Galway athletes who competed. On the track, Galway City Harriers’ men took triple gold in the Masters 3000m, with wins for Matt Bidwell in the M40 section in 8.56, Martin Kearney in the M60 category and the evergreen Martin McEvilly in the M65 category. McEvilly also took silver in the 1500m O65 later in the day.

Peter O’Sullivan of Craughwell won gold in the M40 1500m in a sprint finish, clocking 4.10, while Eamon Hornibrook of GCH won silver in the 1500m M45 category. O’Sullivan also claimed a bronze in the M40 800m event in 2.03. Judith Roche of Loughrea won silver in the O60 Women’s 800m, running 3.20, and also took silver in the 1500m with a 6.44 timing.

In the sprints, Galway ladies performed well, with Margaret Higgins of Corofin winning the O60 gold 60m, Mary Barrett of Loughrea taking silver in the O55 60m, and Finula Cooke of Galway City Harriers securing bronze in the Ladies O50 60m, clocking 9.82.

In the field events, there were golds for both Mary Barrett, O55, throwing 10.44m and Margaret Higgins Corofin, O60, with 6.31m, in the shot putt. In the high jump, both Barrett and Higgins claimed two more gold in their respective categories, with Higgins jumping 1.10 a new Irish record.

Meanwhile, Mary Barrett of Loughrea competed in the British Masters championships recently in Lee Valley in London, winning gold in the shot putt, throwing 10.95m, silver in the high jump with 1.30m and equalling the Irish indoor record when winning bronze in the 60m hurdles. Mary also recently won the W55 British masters pentathlon in Lee Valley with a new Irish record.

Over 200 runners and walkers took part in the 2015 Abbey 10km held last Sunday. The race was won by Craughwell AC’s Damien Larkin, who is having a great season on the roads this year, clocking 35.21. Eddie Newman of Mullingar Harriers was just behind in second, 35.35, with Patrick Hanrahan of Ballinasloe in third.

Sinead Brody of GCH continued her good early season form, winning the ladies section easily in a time of 40 minutes flat, with Athenry’s Deirdre Quinn in second and Orla Kilraine third.

The 2015 Galway AAI 10 Mile Road Race Championships will take place in conjunction with the Craughwell AC 10 mile road race on this Sunday, March 22.

Medals will be assigned to the following categories: 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female Senior, O40, O50, O60 and O70; 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female teams of four finishers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Young Mystics cast their spell over Limerick visitors

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The NUIG Mystics squad that defeated Limerick Sport Husklies in the Women's Divison 1 last Saturday. Back row, from left: Kyle Walsh (assistant coach), Courtney Cecere, Laoise Walsh, Ava McCleane, Olivia Sasse, Sara Messler, Maggie Byrne, and Paul O'Brien (head coach). Front: Meadhbh O'Brien, Hazel Finn, Kara McCleane, Laura Lopez Morera, Caoimhe O'Sullivan, and Aoife Ryan. Missing from photo: Aine McDonagh.

NUIG Mystics made it two wins from two with a five-point win over Limerick Sport Huskies on Saturday in the Women’s Division 1, but there was disappointment for Galway’s other three sides.

Moycullen ran Tralee Warriors close on Sunday in the Men’s Super League but suffered another narrow defeat, having lost on the opening day to NUIG Maree. Maree’s hopes of making it back-to-back wins were ended with a poor fourth-quarter performance away to Neptune on Saturday, the Cork side running out convincing winners; while Titans also suffered a second defeat, going down at home to Dublin Lions.

WOMEN’S DIVISION 1

 NUIG Mystics 65

 Limerick Sport

 Huskies 60

A strong final quarter which saw Irish underage international Hazel Finn rattle in nine points helped Mystics make it two wins from two against a visiting side that was overly reliant on Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda.

The US import returned a stunning 31-point haul for her side, to add to the 27 points she hit on the opening weekend’s 79-76 win over Portlaoise Panthers, but a better spread of a scoring threat for Mystics saw Paul O’Brien’s claim what was at time a scrappy win.

It is a very young Mystics squad this year – there were three 18-year-olds in their starting five on Saturday – but they are mature as players, none more so than Kara McCleane, who finished the game with 23 points.

She drained a three in the first quarter to help Mystics take a 16-11 lead, with McCleane hitting 10 of those points, but the visitors rallied in the second quarter, with Ramirez Tejeda (8) and Taylor Herd (6) helping them draw level at 29-apiece at the break.

Maggie Byrne began to dominate under the defensive boards for Mystics, and when she threw in a big 3-pointer, which was soon followed by one from Finn, Mystics moved into a 41-31 lead early in the third quarter, with the visitors’ first points of the quarter coming just before four of the 120 minutes had elapsed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shefflin named as surprise new Galway senior hurling manager for first intercounty role

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Henry Shefflin

Galway GAA are pinning their hopes on one of the greatest hurlers of all time proving that he’s fairly handy at management as well after unveiling Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager.

The shock appointment of Shefflin (42) was confirmed on Wednesday night, catching many people on the hop, including our sister paper, the Connacht Tribune, as it had been widely expected that Davy Fitzgerald was getting the job.

“Galway GAA is delighted to announce Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager,” read a statement posted on the Galway GAA website on Wednesday night.

“Henry’s achievements as a player are unrivalled. As a manager he has guided Ballyhale Shamrocks to All Ireland Club titles in 2019 and 2020. Henry will be joined by fellow Kilkenny man Richie O’Neill as a coach and his management team will be finalised in the coming weeks,” the statement read.

The appointment ends a seven-week period of speculation as to who would replace Limerick native Shane O’Neill who held the position for two years, before announcing at the start of September that he would not be seeking a third year in charge.

He had led Galway to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2020, only to lose to Limerick; before a nightmare 2021 in which Galway failed to win a game in the championship, losing lost to Dublin in the Leinster semi-final, and Waterford in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht need the win for two very different reasons

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Abraham Papali’i will be hoping to start against Ulster this Saturday, having come off the bench in last weekend's defeat to Munster. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

By JOHN FALLON

The switch of Connacht’s game against Ulster from the Sportsground to Aviva Stadium was, from the outset, met with not insignificant negativity by some fans and the business community, and with the anticipated attendance expected to be in the region of a disappointing 8,000 or so, some must be wondering if was worth moving the fixture at all.

Two things can alter that. There could still be a decent run on tickets which would make the venture financially worthwhile; and the other is a Connacht victory. A Connacht loss and the forfeiture of home advantage will come into the equation.

It could, equally, be argued that no matter where this game is a played, form so far in the URC suggests an Ulster victory. They are the only side with maximum points, four straight bonus point wins, and Connacht go into it with just one win in four.

Connacht coach Andy Friend says the players and management are not under any extra pressure to win Saturday’s clash.

“No, I don’t think so. I think we’ve got a lot of Connacht supporters who are going to be there. Family and friends are going to be there, so there’s always pressure to try and impress in front of them and to make sure you’re playing the best brand of rugby.

“But I don’t think moving the game to the Aviva has added pressure to us. Certainly, I don’t feel that, and I don’t think any of the players feel that.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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