Date Published: 13-Apr-2011
THE two dominant forces in camogie come to face to face once again in the final of the National League where Galway will be anxious to atone for last September’s All-Ireland final defeat when they meet reigning champions Wexford at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday (12:45pm).
Despite a few knocks and niggles picked up during the weekend’s club action, team manager Noel Finn and his mentors, Helena Huban, Peter Kelly, Noel Power and Bertie Sherlock have a full panel to choose from when they sit down to decide on the starting 15 later in the week.
Although the semi-final victory over Kilkenny marked a huge psychological boost, the management may be tempted to rejig the midfield and half-forward line, but apart from that it will be a case of as you were for Sunday’s showdown.
While the possible return of Brenda Hanney to the starting line-up will be a major boost for the attack, Galway’s main concern this week will be to iron out the defensive problems which were most evident during the first half of the Kilkenny tie.
Nevertheless, if Galway can secure a decent supply of possession, then the forward zip is certainly there with Veronica Curtin and Noreen Coen thriving on the plentiful delivery of crisp low ball in Nowlan Park a fortnight ago.
Added to this, Aislinn Connolly looked extremely comfortable in her centre forward role, while outside of the Castlegar stickwomen, minors Niamh McGrath and Rebecca Hennelly showed, in patches, their ability to cause trouble.
The wide open spaces of Semple Stadium will suit Galway’s attack, but likewise Wexford’s Katrina Parrock and Kate Kelly are also blessed with lightning speed. Parrock, in particular, will require close observation.
Speaking ahead of the final, Manager Noel Finn expressed delight at the character shown in the semi-final, adding that the injection of young blood into the panel has really increased competition for a starting berth.
“The girls showed great character to come back twice. We went three down after their (Kilkenny) second goal and then hit five without reply to come out on top.
“We’re very happy with the younger players on the panel. It’s a big step up from minor to Senior. Senior players are bringing them along as it’s daunting for them to be playing alongside the more experienced girls, but there are five of six of there and they are doing well. We have a good panel this year, probably stronger than last year.
After coming through a thrilling encounter against Kilkenny in the semi-final, with Galway scraping through on a scoreline of 0-14 to 2-7, the Westerners now face their biggest challenge in a bid to reclaim a title they last won in 2005.
“Wexford have a strong panel. It is much the same team as last year with some new players such as (Evelyn) Quigley and (Lisa) Bolger. They are a good physical side and we will need to move the ball quick,” said Finn.
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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.