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Galway eager to settle an old score with Dublin in Leinster quarter-final

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Galway hurling captain David Collins

FOR the past quarter of a century, the Galway senior hurlers have had more than their fair share of trials and tribulations. And yet, year in, year out, they keep returning for more – more physical training, more psychological palaver – and, often, get very little credit for it. All for the love of it.

One such player is current Galway captain David Collins. Since making his senior debut in 2004, Collins has been through it all. The highs have been featuring in All-Ireland finals in 2005 and 2012, winning two National League titles (2004 & 2010) and claiming a Leinster crown three years ago. The lows?

Well, as many Galway supporters will be familiar with, there have been just as many, no more so than last year’s All-Ireland qualifier exit to Tipperary. “We slipped up last year. In fairness, that was what we did,” admits the Liam Mellows man. “We slipped up down in Thurles when we gave away a six-point lead.”

Galway suffered a 3-25 to 4-13 defeat and for the players it was another opportunity lost. They returned to their clubs but, for many of them, the wait to make atonement has been a long one. “We had nine weeks [from the league] to this game but we have had 10 or 11 months since our last championship game which we lost in horrendous fashion. That sits on your mind and plays with your head.

“You ask yourself ‘where did we go wrong that time?’ ‘Where did we go right?’ ‘What do we need to work on to get to that next level?’ That is what it is all about. Analysing what you did right and seeing if you can do it better. Analysing what you did wrong and asking how do you rectify it?”

Collins says this was something they sought to address in the league and to some extent, they had success with victories over Clare and Kilkenny and decent performances against Tipperary and, to a lesser extent, Cork.

“So, we have worked on that over the winter and over the last few months and I suppose what looked like a losing game against Clare in Pearse Stadium, we ground out that into a win. We also ground out a result against Kilkenny. I don’t know why we didn’t keep that going or why our aims and ambitions weren’t to grind out more results like that. League, though, is a different ball game.”

He confesses that winning a National League title or, at least, reaching the decider in order to keep them hurling closer to the championship was their early season objective but an unfathomable drop in intensity and work-rate saw performances dip in their defeats to Dublin and Waterford.

“Then again, in the league, you are trying out players and you are looking to get positions right,” continues the Galway captain. “Championship is where you really want to be and we have waited a year now to get back into this position where we can get into a Leinster semi-final.”

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

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kelly and McHugh land the key scores for title holders

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Colm Mannion of Mountbellew-Moylough comes under pressure from Annghdown's Ryan Ford and Jonathon Creaven during Sunday's Senior Football Championship tie at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13

Annaghdown 0-13

BARRY McHugh fired over seven points as Mountbellew/Moylough started the defence of their senior football championship title off with a deserved win.

Patrick Kelly’s goals in either half also proved decisive as Mountbellew/Moylogh overcame a stiff Annaghdown challenge to emerge with a six point triumph. Despite Michael Daly not featuring for last year’s champions, this was an ideal start to Mountbellew/Moylough’s campaign as they came through some rocky periods before their greater quality up front and ‘know how’ got the job done.

Annaghdown gave their opponent’s plenty to worry about in the first and third quarters but they went off the boil before half time, failing to score from play for the final 15 minutes of the opening period. They then went 13 minutes without a score in the concluding quarter as Mountbellew/Moylough were able to kick three of the final four points to seal an opening round triumph.

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Caherlistrane show plenty of grit to reel in Monivea-Abbey

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Jamie Burke of Monivea-Abbey secures possession ahead of Caherlistrane's Rory Glynn during Sunday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Caherlistrane 1-10

Monivea-Abbey 0-10

ALAN Morris’ 37th minute proved vital as Caherlistrane started their campaign with a gritty win over Monivea-Abbey at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Although all goals are valuable, this one proved to be a game changer with Monivea-Abbey enjoying their largest lead of the contest, four points, before Morris struck. Garvan McDaid’s side led 0-8 to 0-4 and looked to be in control against an off-colour Caherlistrane outfit.

Despite enjoying a numerical advantage when Monivea-Abbey’s Jamie Burke was black carded as he hauled down Oisín O’Brien after a short kickout malfunctioned, Caherlistrane could not shake free of their stubborn opponents as they only outscored Monivea-Abbey 0-3 to 0-2 while playing against 14 men.

This meant the sides were deadlocked at 1-7 to 0-10, but Caherlistrane kicked the final three points of the contest as Ronan Conneely’s 57th minute effort was followed by scores from substitute Joe Monaghan and Morris. Although Caherlistrane manager Frank Doherty will certainly be looking for improvements this weekend as they face Claregalway, this was a huge win for Caherlistrane as they have flirted with relegation in recent years.

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