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Galway athletic teams bound for novice cross country championships

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Allanah Lally, Presentation College, Athenry, receives the Schoolgirls Athlete of the Year award from Michael Hunt, President of the Irish Schools' Athletics Association, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.

THE county’s top female athlete Alanna Lally was presented with the Schoolgirls Athlete of the Year award at the annual National Athletics awards ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry.

This was a well deserved award for her fantastic dedication and results throughout a stellar 2014. During the year, Lally won numerous National titles, including 400m and 800m, both indoor and outdoor, at U19 level.

She also set a championship best performance at 400m and won the All Ireland Schools Senior 800. Lally finished second in the National Junior 800m, just missing selection for the World Junior championships.

Meanwhile, Craughwell AC high jumper Cathriona Farrell was honoured with the Galway Bay fm Athletics Award 2014 at the radio station’s awards ceremony in the Loughrea Hotel on Saturday night.

During the year Farrell won a phenomenal number of titles, including the National Senior, National Intervarsites, National U23, indoor and outdoor, and was also selected on the Irish squad for her first senior international in the European Team Cup.

The Galway teams for Sunday’s All Ireland Novice Cross Country  championships have been announced. The race will take place in Santry with the women’s event off at 2.45 pm, over  4km, and the men’s starting at 3pm, over 6km.

GCH will also field club teams in the same event in both races, while Craughwell have a men’s team. Both Galway squads have some strong athletes and will be in the hunt for county team medals, with Keith Fallon and Neil Greaney, both strong track runners, along with triathlete John Greaney, having the poential for high placings in men’s event.

In the women’s race, GCH star Alvy Carragher will expect to go well following on from her 5th place at the National intermediates earlier this year. She will be well supported by Helen Corbett, Barbara Dunne and Niamh Hennelly among others.

Senior Men:  Neil Greaney, Paul Joyce, Ollie Mullins, Robert Hogan (all Craughwell AC, Martin Kearney, Billy King, Seamus Leddy, John Moroney, Culan O’Meara, Declan Duggan, Keith Fallon,John Greaney, Damien Ridge, Brian Bruton (all GCH), Vincent McGuinness, Crusaders AC.

Senior Women: Alvy Carragher, Helen Corbett, Barbara Dunne, Siobhan Egan, Niamh Hennelly, Sinead Brody, Gráinne Ní Uallacháin, Jane  Walsh (all GCH), Emer O’Connell (Corrib AC), Catherine Thornton (Crusaders AC).

This Sunday sees the annual Carnmore Turkey trot, over 5km, in aid of Carnmore Hurling Club, which will get underway at 1pm. Race director Andy Talbot expects a bumper attendance, with turkeys as prizes for the various category winners. The event headquarters is at Carnmore Community Centre.

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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.

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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.”

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