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Galway September meeting heralds dawning of new era

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Michael Moloney, new General Manager of Galway Racecourse, pictured with his father John, who stepped down from the role after 27 years at the helm.

A new era will be heralded at Ballybrit next week when for the first time since 1989, the track will host a race meeting without John Moloney at the helm.

The Limerick native stepped down as Galway General Manager after the recent summer festival, but in a smooth transition, the Moloney influence will now continue at the course through his son Michael.

Having just stepped into his father’s shoes, Michael is looking forward to his first meeting in charge having served as manager of Plumpton Racecourse in the UK for over two years.

He was ever-present during the 2015 summer festival, getting himself reacquainted with the workings of the country’s most popular race meeting having helped out at the track at different stages over the years.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and it’s a good time to be taking over as we are still on a high after a successful summer festival. Things are good at Galway racecourse at present,” he said.

Moloney had joined Plumpton Racecourse as financial controller four years ago before taking over as the track’s General Manager and he believes that experience will stand him in good stead in Galway.

He joined the team in Ballybrit last April and served as his father’s deputy until taking over after the summer festival. “I was seeing how it all works and there’s a great group of staff here who just get the job done.”

Moloney, who revealed there may be potential changes to the track’s racing calendar in 2016, reported that the going on the flat course is currently soft and yielding on the National Hunt circuit.

“There is a dry forecast for the next few days, but temperatures are low enough and there’s not much wind about. We’ve had a huge amount of rain since the festival, but I am expecting the track to dry out a little and we should have nice ground next week,” added Moloney.

The three-day September meeting kicks off on Monday next (4.15pm) when the highlight will be the Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes, a race won 12 months ago by the John Oxx trained Tarana.

Tuesday’s action, starting at 4.25pm, is dominated by the Ballybrit Novice Chase, while the feature event on Wednesday (4.30pm) is the Guinness Handicap Steeplechase. Total prizemoney for the meeting is €370,000.

Admission to Ballybrit each day is €15 with a discounted price on production of current ID for students and OAP’s available. Car parking for the meeting is free as are children under 14.

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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.

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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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