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Football legend joins Galway Sports Stars Hall of Fame elite

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SOME of the county’s top sporting personalities will be honoured for their achievements over the past 12 months at the 51st annual Galway Sports Stars awards banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill on Saturday night, January 23.

They will be joined by Hall of Fame recipient Bosco McDermott, who was ever present on the Galway football team which won the All-Ireland three-in-a-row during the sixties and subsequently guided the county to the Connacht title in 1995 during his term as team manager.

It will also be a big night for the Corofin GAA Club as the exploits of their senior footballers in powering their way to the All-Ireland title last March is being recognised with the Team of the Year award, while a mainstay of that side, Gary Sice, will pick up the Gaelic football accolade for the second consecutive year.

A third award for the parish of Corofin goes to Galway Ladies Football star Tracey Leonard.

History will also be made when Kinvara’s Colm Callanan becomes the first goalkeeper to be honoured as the Hurler of the Year, while Liam Mellows clubman Jeffrey Lynskey, who guided the Galway minors to a terrific All-Ireland triumph, claims the Manager of the Year award.

A striking feature of the 2015 awards is the equine theme to three of them as recipients, Leigh Roche (Horse Racing), Michael Duffy (Showjumping) and Cathal Daniels (Eventing), are horsemen of the highest calibre in their respective sports and are all previous Sports Stars award winners.

Irish indoor and outdoor senior shot putt champion Sean Breathnach is also no stranger to these awards and he will be feted for the third time in athletics, with national single sculls title holder Sinead McCrohan, Tribesmen RC, adding to the rowing award she won in 2010.

Moycullen Basketball Club, national champions at U14, U17 and U20 level, along with their senior team regain promotion to the Irish Superleague, will receive the Club of the Year award to celebrate their impressive list of achievements.

Newcomers to the honours list are Niamh McGrath (Camogie), James Cleary (Boxing), Devin Morley (Golf), Ellie Noone (Hockey), Daryl Horgan (Soccer), Andrew Moore (Swimming), Karen Dolphin (Karate) and John Cleary (Rugby.

Another highlight of the presentation banquet promises to be the honouring of Imelda Brennan as the Special Dedication award winner in recognition of her lifetime’s involvement with hockey between playing, coaching and administrating.

The Special Achievement award for 2015 goes to a talented group of young golfers from Galway GC, the club’s Fred Daly team who were crowned Home Nations Inter-club champions in Malaga, Spain last March.

The Sports Stars awards are the definitive benchmark of sporting achievement in the county and special guest at the presentation banquet – the social highlight of the local sporting year – will be Pat Lam, Head Coach of the Connacht rugby team which is currently enjoying its best ever season.

Galway’s biggest private employers and medical devices company, Medtronic, have come on board as sponsors and the panel of local journalists who adjudicate on the awards are indebted to the US multinational for its support.

The selection panel comprised of: John McIntyre, Connacht Tribune; Billy Coss, Tuam Herald; Mártan Ó Ciadhra, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Frank Farragher, Connacht Tribune; Stephen Glennon, Connacht Tribune; Michael Glynn, Connacht Tribune; Seán Bán Breathnach, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Noel Carney, Tuam Herald; Keith Kelly, Connacht Tribune; and Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune.

 

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Referee shortage sees local games called off

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The Salthill Devon side that beat Corrib Celtic 4-1 in Drom last Friday night. Back row from left: Jackson Da Silva, Andrew Connolly, Cillian Doyle, Shane O’Rourke, Calum Crowe, and Arek Mamala. Front: Matthew Barrett, Darren Darcy, Matthew Murray, Michael Gallagher and Vinny Faherty. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It is not often that Mervue United have to wait until the third series of games in the Premier Division to get their first win, but after earlier losses to Maree/Oranmore and Athenry they finally secured their first success on the all-weather at Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

A 2-1 win over St Bernard’s moved them off the foot of the table, but in a close contest it was an outcome that could have gone either way. Mayo native Eoin Prendergast took both his goals well, although they were of the simple variety as deliveries over the top exposed the visitors cover and the former Conn Rangers striker was left with simple tap-in’s as they led by two at the break.

In contrast the St Bernard’s reply was a cracking effort as Matty Finn crossed from the right and the inrushing Paddy Mullins headed powerfully past Rob Carr to pull one back.

The visitors had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, but it was an occasion when their finishing let them down. Twice Dillon Murphy threatened a breakthrough, but his opening effort few across the face of goal; before failing to connect with a Keith Forde delivery.

Brian Moran had an effort that was easily gathered by Rob Carr, before Matty Finn was well off target with a late chance. All the opportunities were not at the one end, as Mervue threatened when Robert Carroll headed over following a Eli Sheedy corner; while Prendergast missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but fired over from in front of goal after a neat knockdown by Stephen Larkin set him up.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Lyons’ spectacular bicycle kick carries day for United

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Mikie Rowe of Galway United and Cork City's Cian Coleman in a race for possession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway United  2

Cork City 1

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THERE is no doubt that the Galway United players will have had more of a pep in their step at training this week as their come-from-behind victory over Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night finally ended their five match winless streak and. hopefully, in the process installed a bit of confidence in their own ability.

No doubt the fact that the visitors would have clinched the Airtricity First Division title if they were to win was a further incentive for the home side to raise their game to a level that had gone missing in recent outings.

However, United did fall behind for the fourth game in succession, before two goals in a three minute spell by Wilson Waweru and Charlie Lyons rescued the situation and moved them to within seven points of the league leaders. United do enjoy a game in hand and while they are free this weekend, their next outing away against Treaty United will bring them level on games played with Cork City.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht thrashed by Ulster but internationals return for tough South African trip

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Connacht's Caolin Blade who scored their only try in Saturday's heavy URC defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

By JOHN FALLON

ANDY Friend says Connacht need to pick up the pieces quickly from an opening night hammering (36-10) to Ulster after going down by five tries to one in Belfast.

Ulster dominated the opening half and were good value for their 14-3 lead as Connacht had to defend for long periods of a half littered with mistakes by both sides.

Centres Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey were dominant and the two combined for the opening score after 27 minutes, before 21-year old hooker Tom Stewart crowned his first start by punishing poor defending when he looped around a lineout to score three minutes from the break.

Connacht finished the half with a boost when Conor Fitzgerald landed a penalty from 35 metres to cut the gap to 11 points but they fell apart after the restart, coughing up six penalties in ten minutes.

Scrum-half Nathan Doak extended the lead with a 45th minute penalty and then he touched down for a try six minutes later when Stewart was stopped just short.

Doak’s third conversion made it 24-3 as both sides emptied their benches and Ulster secured the bonus point when full-back Stewart Moore got over after Connacht No.8 Paul Boyle was binned for offiside.

Replacement scrum-half Caolin Blade got over for a consolation try ten minutes from time after former Leinster out-half David Hawkshaw also impressed after coming on, but other than the performance of another ex-Leinster player, flanker Josh Murphy, there were few other consolations as Ulster finished on a high with replacement prop Callum Reid getting the touchdown and Doak converting from the right.

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

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