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Duffy jumps up the world rankings on Portugal tour

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Galway show jumper Michael Duffy’s meteoric climb up the international show-jumping ladder continued to gain pace over the last four weeks, where he has been competing very successfully in the World Ranking Atlantic Tour in Villamoura, Portugal.

During this four-week period, Duffy has won 20 top five placings against international competitors from all over Europe, with 80 to 100 competitors on average in each class. Coming into last weekend, Duffy already had three wins and many placings under his belt, but this was to get even better when he won the 1.4 metre class on Friday riding Shahanez and following on immediately to finish third in the 1.45m world Ranking Class riding the grey stallion Widney.

A very fast jump-off was always the prospect with 29 of the 100 starters making it through to the timed round, and Duffy and Widneys time was just one second off the winner.

Saturday provided Duffy with his biggest individual win so far when he came out on top in the 1.45m World Ranking Class worth €23,500, riding the Irish-bred Touch of Chilli, bred by his owner Linda Buchannan.

They annihilated the field of 88 starters when triumphing with three seconds to spare. To top that success, he also finished fourth in the same class with Shahanez. These good results over the month have set Duffy up well for the forthcoming season and will help him to get into even bigger world ranking Shows throughout Europe.

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Clifden break new ground with a five-star final show

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Clifden's Gearoid King, who has Michael O'Toole in support, breaking out of defence against St Ronan's of Roscommon during Saturday's Connacht Club Junior Football Final at Hyde Park. Photos: Bernie O'Farrell.

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John McIntyre at Hyde Park

A lot can change in one year. Just ask the mould-breaking Clifden junior Gaelic footballers for confirmation.

In the space of 12 months, Galway’s most westerly Gaelic football bastion has gone from fighting relegation to being crowned Connacht champions.

It’s some turnaround in fortunes by any standards, and Clifden are not finished yet with an All-Ireland Club semi-final to look forward to in early January.

Having taken out highly-rated Islandeady of Mayo in the semi-final, suddenly the burden of favouritism for provincial glory fell on Clifden’s shoulders, but they made light of this new-found status at Hyde Park on Saturday.

Coming up against St Ronan’s of Roscommon – a club which was fighting for survival itself just five years ago – in the Connacht final, a progressive Clifden outfit carried too much firepower and quality for opponents who are based close to the Sligo border.

Having suffered defeat in the club’s two previous provincial final appearances – in 2006 and 2015 – Clifden were determined to make it third-time lucky and the fact their supporters rarely had cause for concern underlines how much they were in control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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An Spidéal raise their game after being hit by black card

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Kinvara full forward Joshua O’Connor is challenged by Liam Ó Fatharta and Eoin Ó Conghaile of An Spidéal during Saturday's County U19 B Football Final at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Iain McDonald.

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Kinvara 1-6

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

AN Spidéal claimed the county under 19 B football title on Saturday following an entertaining contest with North board winners Kinvara at Tuam Stadium.

The Connemara side were deserving winners on the day as they played the superior football for long spells. Nevertheless, they were well tested by a hard working Kinvara side, who produced a strong third quarter performance and took the lead in the 43rd minute.

An Spidéal weathered the storm however, to take control of the contest in the final quarter, scoring the final five points of the game to deservedly take the title.They displayed a greater ability to generate scores from play, which made all the difference in the end. An Spidéal’s tallied 1-6 from open play, while Kinvara were held to 0-3 by comparison.

Both sides deserve credit for serving up an entertaining spectacle in tricky conditions at Tuam Stadium. Kinvara played against the wind in the opening half but made a bright start when Oisín Ivers pointed from the right corner.

An Spidéal replied with their first score, which proved to be a major one. A strong run from Liam Ó Conghaile saw him break through Kinvara’s defence before firing a shot to the bottom corner past Shaun Philips.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cox leads way on a historic weekend for Maigh Cuilinn

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Maigh Cuilinn's Luke McLaughlin gets to the ball ahead of Claregalway's Ryan Flaherty during Saturday's County Minor A Football Final at Duggan Park. Photos: David Cunniffe.

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Ivan Smyth at Duggan Park

MAIGH Cuilinn survived a late Claregalway onslaught in extra time as they were crowned Minor A champions for the first time since 2013 at Duggan Park on Saturday.

The Gaeltacht side secured their third ever county title at this grade as they dethroned the holders in a rip roaring decider. With Maigh Cuilinn pegged back late on by an Éanna Monaghan free, the winners showed no shortage of resolve to engineer a one point lead by the sixth minute of extra time. Between added time at the end of both halves, they kept Claregalway scoreless for the final 17 minutes of the contest.

Maigh Cuilinn manager Martin Cooke, whose son Peter played a key role in the club’s first ever Connacht senior title the follwoing day, managed to accurately sum up the palpable tension at the end of normal time and in the 20 plus minutes that followed. “It’s an amazing day for Maigh Cuilinn. There’s a reason my hair is as grey as what it is and it isn’t about having four children in their 20s, it’s about managing football teams.”

Although the nerves of every supporter in Duggan Park were tested as Maigh Cuilinn held on desperately to a one point lead, Cooke was quick to hail the resolve shown by his side. “These guys are amazing. We have 35 guys on the panel. They give you everything. Every time their character is questioned, and they have to go to the well again they go there. They went there time and again today.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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