Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Sports

Galway are braced for tough camogie test as Tipp roll into town

Avatar

Published

on

Ardahan's Aoife Callanan who has been ruled out of Galway's Camogie clash with Tipperary

SEVEN weeks from their disappointing league final performance, Galway’s senior camogie team begin their All-Ireland championship quest on Saturday when they host Tipperary at Kenny Park (5.15pm).

The Tribeswomen find themselves in an unusual position. Strong favourites against the Premier county but facing dangerous opponents who have made strong strides since their league encounter last February.

Galway came out 3-7 to 0-5 winners that day after a dominant second quarter, but Tipperary responded with three victories pushing them into the league semi-finals before they ran eventual winners Kilkenny to extra-time.

Cait Devane is Tipperary’s key player but the gradual introduction of younger players is starting to pay off.

The Fryday sisters (Ereena and Sarah) grow in influence while Jenny Grace has taken the role of scorer-in-chief. Indeed, she contributed 11 points against the Noresiders and sliced a late penalty just over the bar that could have made an interesting finish.

“I think Tipperary are going really well and the rumours that are out there is that they are performing very well in challenge games,” said Galway manager Ollie Bergin during the week.

“So we know we’ll have to be at our very best to beat Tipp and we’re not treating them lightly in any shape or form.”

But despite their poor 2-7 to 0-7 reversal to Kilkenny in the league final, Galway’s league grading was positive and they struck back in the Gael Linn Interprovincial series taking their first title since 2008.

With seven wins from eight competitive eague games, Galway are going in as one of the championship favourites and this side will be looking to emulate the class of 2013. “I think our preparations have gone very well,” added Bergin.

The panel has been boosted by the inclusion of Killimor pair Susan Keane and Denise Starr while Galway minors Roisin Black, Ava Lynskey and Carrie Dolan have also been added. Bergin used the league campaign to give game time to his whole squad and his selection will eagerly anticipated when announced later in the week.

“We wanted to create that competitive spirit within the panel,” stated the Kinvara man.

Aoife Donohue (1-1) and Aoife Callanan (2-1) were Tipperary’s tormenters in the league game but the latter is missing.

Callanan’s medial ligament injury could rule her out of the group campaign and Therese Manton (cruciate) is a long-term absentee.

However, the rest of the squad is available. And Galway will have a strong deck.

In all, Galway should carry the day but expect the margin to be much reduced. A strong effort will boost Galway’s focus and mental strength, but Tipperary will need to apply a stern examination of Galway’s credentials to maintain their improving standards.

“We’re always looking for a performance as well,” concluded Bergin.

“We want the right attitude on the field. If we don’t have that, then cracks will appear later on in the year. We always want the right attitude and the performance is key. And if we have the right attitude and performance, the result will take care of itself.”

For a longer version of this preview see this week’ digital edition of the Galway City Tribune here.

Connacht Tribune

Odds favour Turloughmore and St Thomas’ showdown

Avatar

Published

on

Loughrea's Martin MaManus and Conor Jennings in action against Conor Kavanagh of Liam Mellows during the recent senior hurling championship quarter-final. They face title holders St Thomas' at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

By Patrick Earley

IT’S been one of the best championships we’ve seen for years and this weekend, we reach the penultimate stage of the 2020 senior hurling championship with two epic contests in store at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

In what has been a year of new structures, new routines in training and on match-day, the cream has once again risen to the top with the four teams left standing in the race for the Tom Callanan Cup.

Loughrea ensured there would be some alteration to last year’s semi-final line-up dumping Liam Mellows out of the title race in the quarter-final but that aside, it’s as you were with St Thomas’, Cappataggle and Turloughmore all returning to this stage again. What happens from here though is anyone’s guess.

St Thomas’ v Cappataggle

Pearse Stadium (1.30pm)

It’s hard to credit given the success of these two sides in the last five years that this will be their first meeting in the senior championship in recent memory.

Luck of the draw has kept them apart in the groups and knockout games over the years, but now the stars have aligned to pit these two senior hurling heavyweights against one another in Sunday’s opening semi-final contest.

Both came through contrasting quarter-final contests with St Thomas’ playing some scintillating hurling at times in a deserved victory over Killimordaly, while Cappataggle for their part had to show character and patience to weather an opening half onslaught from Ahascragh/Fohenagh before taking over in the second period to secure a six-point victory.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Utd steal the points thanks to Farragher’s late winner

Keith Kelly

Published

on

Galway United's Shane Duggan scoring his team's opening goal in Friday night's First Division win over Shamrocl Rovers B at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 2

Shamrock Rovers B 1

Keith Kelly at Eamonn Deacy Park

GALWAY United were given the runaround by a bunch of kids last Friday night, but just when it looked like they would have to settle for what would have been a scarcely deserved draw, Kevin Farragher popped-up to head home a winner four minutes into injury-time for the grandest of larcenies this side of the Belarussian election.

As good as they were against UCD the previous Monday, United were well below par on Friday night against a second-string Shamrock Rovers side that featured nine teenagers in the starting XI – including one 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds.

In another time, United would have wobbled away with a draw – at best – but the new-found confidence instilled in the side by John Caulfield since his arrival less than a month ago is plain for all to see, and while the win didn’t mean the gap on the top five was closed, what it does give is momentum, and coming towards the end of a season, that is a precious commodity.

As for Caulfield, Friday’s win means he is only the second-ever manager in United’s history to begin his managerial tenure by winning his first three league games. The only other man to achieve that feat was the legendary Tony Mannion, who took charge of United for the first time in the 1985/86 season and saw his side win their first five league games.

In fact, Mannion presided over a 16-match unbeaten run in that 22-game league season, with the first defeat coming in what was effectively a title-decider against Shamrock Rovers in Terryland on March 2. If Caulfield can match that kind of start, you can be sure it will lead to a spot in the play-offs.

“It was a game I was really worried about all week. We played two games away, a midweek match that saw us get home at 2 in the morning, and Rovers are a dangerous team, very quick, beautiful on the ball, and we were second best for much of tonight,” Caulfield said after the game.

“There haven’t been a lot of smiles around the club in a while, and coming off the pitch and winning those two games last week, you could see the smiles on their faces, and it was the same there tonight.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Mountbellew/Moylough rarely at full throttle in dismissing 14-man Killannin

Avatar

Published

on

Killannin's Ruairi Greene is challenged by Colin Ryan of Mountbellew/Moylough during Sunday's senior football quarter-final at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13

Killannin 1-5

JOHN FALLON AT PEARSE STADIUM

THERE was little demand on Val Daly’s Mountbellew/Moylough to show their full hand at Pearse Stadium on Sunday as they brushed aside the disappointing challenge of Killannin in a one-sided senior football championship quarter-final.

Killannin really couldn’t afford to have to chase this game but after losing the toss and having to face the wind, they were as good as gone by half-time when they trailed by 1-7 to 1-1 and were down to 14 men.

That meant that Mountbellew/Moylough just had to contain their advantage after the restart and they did this with considerable ease in a dismal contest full of ball being played back and forth across the pitch.

Killannin just could not mount a comeback with the elements but didn’t help their cause by laboured build-ups, and their task was near insurmountable when wing-back Ronan Caldwell was sent off for an off-the-ball tussle with Ger Donoghue just before the break.

The contest wasn’t helped by a lot of niggly fouling and play-acting by both sides and referee Ronan McNulty might have gone with a firmer hand but, in truth, Mountbellew/ Moylough’s dominance was never in doubt and the question that remains is how much they can now raise their game as they bid for a fourth final appearance in six seasons.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

 

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Advertisement

Weather

Weather Icon
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending