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Gold medal for Murphy at the Jiu Jitsu World Championship

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GALWAY-based martial artist Tim Murphy has become the first Irishman to win a gold medal in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world championship.

In a dramatic finale, Murphy was able to come from behind to submit his opponent by applying a choke with less than a minute left in the scheduled seven minute match. Prior to the finals, Murphy won the quarter final by decision and the semi final by an arm lock submission.

After winning the gold, Murphy said: “I knew I was up against it in the final. He was a tough competitor and had a lot of supporters cheering him on. I’m just glad I was able to seize the opportunity when it presented itself and get the submission. It was quite a surreal moment after I had won. It took a little time to sink in.”

Hundreds of jiu jitsu practitioners from as far away as Argentina, Japan and Europe compete in the annual event at different belt levels. The event took place last weekend in Long Beach, California, near Los Angeles, and was hosted by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. The vast majority of gold medalists come from Brazil and the US.

On representing Ireland, Murphy said, “There was a small group of Irish competitors at the event. All of the guys are serious BJJ competitors but still we knew we were up against it, the standard in all the divisions is so high at this level. It was an honour for me to bring back a gold medal and do my part in helping to promote this fantastic sport in Ireland”.

Murphy was accompanied to LA by his coach and fellow competitor, Black Belt Fergal Quinlan from Co. Clare. “Tim’s performance was outstanding, particularly in the final where he had to come from behind to win,” said Quinlan.

“Tim won a gold at the European Championship earlier in the year but there was a big step in the level at the Worlds and he rose to the occasion. The standard of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Ireland is rising all the time and, hopefully, we will be bringing home a lot more international medals over the next few years”.

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

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Murphy proves the star of Tuam’s convincing victory

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Tuam Stars' Brian Mannion breaking away from Eoin Ó Droighneáin of An Spidéal during Saturday's Senior Football Championship encounter at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Tuam Stars 0-16

An Spidéal 0-8

Darren Kelly at Kenny Park

JAMIE Murphy bookended this senior football championship contest on Saturday with three point contributions to ensure Tuam Stars secured their second win in Group 1

The 2005 All-Ireland U21 winner was quickest into proceedings with three white flags in the first 10 minutes, but it was his three late frees that ultimately ensured Kevin Reidy’s charges the spoils.

Tuam Stars were the better team and An Spidéal didn’t reach the heights of when nearly turning over Moycullen the previous weekend. But with an ever growing injury list that had three additions over this hour, Tomas Costello’s squad can make a claim to be the unluckiest team in Galway currently.

Athenry was roasting and the water breaks returned but one of the most experienced campaigners seemed to revel in the conditions. Murphy was involved from the start and a kick from the left on two minutes got Tuam Stars off the mark.

And it could have been much better for the 2019 finalists when Gavan Connell played in Cormac McWalter on seven minutes.  Amazingly, their championship’s top scorer drew a blank here but that would have been different were it not for keeper Maghnus Breathnach’s save.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway rower Keogh adds to major championships’ medal haul in Munich

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The Ireland women's four celebrate their European Rowing Championships silver medal in Munich on Saturday, from left: Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Galway's Afric Keogh and Natalie Long.

OLYMPIC hero Aifric Keogh rowed her way into the history books last weekend, winning a silver medal at the European Championships in Munich.

The 30-year-old athlete from Aill an Phréacháin in Na Forbacha followed up last Summer’s bronze medal feat with a second place finish in the Women’s Fours final on Saturday at the Olympic Regatta Centre.

Keogh, along with fellow Olympic medallist Eimear Lambe, as well as Tara Hanlon and Natalie Long, had a blistering start and led the rest of the field until the second quarter when they were overtaken by favourites Great Britain.

The Irish crew pushed GB all the way to the line, finishing just two seconds adrift, while seeing off a late surge from Romania and Denmark in third and fourth place.

A time of 6:52.99 was impressive given that the quartet had just four solid weeks training together beforehand.

The performance in their heat suggested a gold medal was a very real possibility but silver probably exceeded the expectations they had going to the European Championships.

This was Aifric Keogh’s third European medal; she won bronze and silver at the 2020 and 2021 championships before qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Keogh and Team Ireland now go into camp for six weeks in preparation for the World Championships at Racice in Czech Republic which starts on September 18. The ultimate aim is Paris 2024 and qualifying for that is 12 months away.

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Claregalway bounce back thanks to facile group win

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Claregalway's Peter Divilly eyes up his options against Joe Monaghan of Caherlistrane during Saturday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium.

Claregalway 3-12

Caherlistrane  0-9

Kevin Egan at Tuam Stadium

THESE two teams came into Saturday evening’s clash at Tuam Stadium in very different frames of mind, given their contrasting experiences in the first round of this year’s championship.

Claregalway scored just 1-5 in their battle with St. Michael’s, and while Caherlistrane weren’t exactly prolific in their contest with Monivea-Abbey, the important statistic is that they scored more than their opponents, and thus had reason to have much more of a spring in their step going into this fixture.

However to clubs like these, one or two personnel changes can mean a lot. Claregalway manager John Fitzmaurice was able to call in Conor Campbell and Jack Glynn to bolster his defence, and while the latter’s performance was a pale shadow of those that lit up the intercounty championship this summer, he still represented a huge boost to the men in green and gold.

Campbell was even more influential, both in defence and when he was moved into a more attacking role, while for good measure, the decision to switch Conor Flaherty out of goals and into full forward bore fruit in spectacular fashion, particularly in the early stages when Claregalway were battering at the Caherlistrane door, but the lock was holding firm.

Meanwhile, Caherlistrane were without the services of both Éanna Glynn and Céin D’Arcy, meaning they weren’t where they wanted to be in terms of getting their best team on the field.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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