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Goldrick pulls the strings in clear-cut final victory over Caherlisterane

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Claregalway minor football joint captains Thomas Coyle and Barry Goldrick are presented with the Cup by Padraic Kelly, North GPC Secretary.

Claregalway  3-12

Caherlistrane  0-7

FOR the first time since 2006, neither Corofin or Mountbellew-Moylough had booked a place in the North Minor A football final and it was Claregalway who made the most of their absence to take the 2016 crown. The eventual champions produced an impressive display in both attack and defence and left Caherlistrane with no real answer.

The 14 point gap between the sides at the end of play is unfair on Caherlistrane as their opponents’ three goals all came in the final quarter but it was clear from early on in the contest that Claregalway were a step or two ahead. Had they not been so profligate in the first half, Claregalway could have been out of sight at half-time and when they rectified that in the second 30 minutes, they streaked away.

It was Claregalway who opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Barry Goldrick fired over, a sign of what was to come as the county minor had a hugely productive afternoon. Conor O’Shaughnessy brought Caherlistrane level a minute later with a neat point on the turn before Gary O’Neill put them in front with a fine solo effort.

The contest struggled to get going in the early stages with these three scores being the only ones in the opening 20 minutes but had Claregalway been more accurate and had Caherlistrane goalkeeper Brian Walsh not been in such fine form, things could have been very different.

Walsh produced two excellent saves midway through the half, first denying Cillín Greene and then shutting out Padraig Commons at his near post. As well as failing to take those two chances, Claregalway also hit five wides between the 14th and 19th minutes and nine in total in the first half. The only saving grace was that their defence was playing superbly and turning over Caherlistrane attackers time after time.

Padraig Commons brought an end to Claregalway’s wastefulness in the 22nd minute when he fired over a super score from a tight angle and it seemed to signal a shift in fortune for his side’s forwards. Sean Lyons pointed moments later and Commons, Cillín Greene and Shane Moylan posted further scores before the break to leave Claregalway four points to the good at the interval, 0-6 to 0-2.

Caherlistrane were now approaching 20 minutes without a score but they made a promising start to the second half with Gary O’Neill converting a difficult free within 90 seconds of the restart. Unfortunately for them, Claregalway only got more and more clinical as the game wore on.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

 

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Galway’s senior panel strongly support the split-season formula

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Galway camogie captain Sarah Dervan who strongly favours a split-season between inter-county and club.

OVER 90% of the Galway senior camogie panel have voted in favour of a split-season between inter-county and club.

And the Tribeswomen will be standing firm with the other 11 senior counties in boycotting the upcoming National League if the Camogie Association doesn’t perform a U-turn on its controversial fixtures calendar.

The plan to run off the club championships between the National League and All-Ireland inter-county campaigns has sparked an outcry among the sport’s elite.

In response to widespread protests, the Camogie Association is currently carrying out a survey among its clubs and members before deciding on a final fixtures template.

Galway camogie captain Sarah Dervan has already nailed her colours to the mast in supporting the split-season formula.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht turn to South Africa for team’s new forwards coach

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South African Dewald Senekai who will be Connacht's new Forwards Coach next season.

A 40 year-old South African is on his way to the Sportsground as Forwards Coach for the start of next season.

With Nigel Carolan and Jimmy Duffy departing the Connacht coaching staff at the end of the current campaign, the province has moved quickly to fill the void.

Already Connacht had moved Peter Wilkins (new Defence Coach), Colm Tucker and Mossy Lawler up through their own coaching ranks, but the need for an outside appointment remained paramount.

Dewald Senekal arrives with extensive coaching experience, most recently serving as Forwards Coach for Stade Francais in the Top 14 after taking over from Paul O’Connell in the role.

From 2017 to 2019 ,he was Joint Head Coach of Grenoble, leading them to promotion from Pro D2 to the Top 14 in his first season.

Senekai began his coaching career in 2015 as Forwards Coach of Bayonne where he finished a long playing career. He also lined out for French sides Toulon and Agen, and South African outfits, the Cheetahs and Lions.

Head Coach Andy Friend is delighted that the South African has signed up with Connacht. “Following an extensive recruitment process, we are thrilled that Dewald is joining the Connacht coaching team.

“He is an extremely impressive individual who will add a lot to the set-up, as well as providing a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas. I know the players will really enjoy working with him and the coaches likewise.

“Our coaching team is now complete with Dewald joining Pete, Mossy, Cullie and myself for the next two years, and we feel very optimistic about what we can achieve both as a group and in the club.”

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Resurgent Connacht relishing battle with vulnerable Leinster

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Connacht winger Alex Wootton who has recovered from injury and is available for Saturday's Rainbow Cup clash against Leinster at the Sportsground.

By Rob Murphy

TAKE a breath of the fresh air that surrounds the Connacht rugby team right now and you’ll get the unmistakable impression that they are relishing the Rainbow Cup competition.

Leinster arrive in Galway on Saturday evening for round two of the six game end of season tournament, licking their wounds after another Champions Cup semi final heartbreaker, while the westerners are looking for a second straight inter-provincial win.

Now let’s not oversell this. The Rainbow Cup has not gone to plan by any means, with the South African sides pulling out of the hastily arranged tournament at the last minute turning it into a six game rehash of the usual fixture, but for Andy Friend and his management team it has been a case of perfect timing for a group that really were looking for a reset button before breaking up for the summer after a long 12 months.

Two weeks on from the victory over Ulster in Ravenhill, the shouts and chirping from the pitch on College Road in Galway are no doubt that bit louder as they bellow across Bohermore and Lough Atalia. A win can do a lot for the mood of a group of athletes. The defeat to Leicester in the Challenge Cup is a distant memory and the next few weeks are about building confidence and developing new patterns. Friend is enjoying the process.

“We are pushing hard in the last few weeks and that’s a compliment to our coaching staff as well as the players. We are in the middle of three inter-pros and that’s how we are looking at it. Yes it’s the Rainbow Cup as well but first and foremost they are games with a lot to play for anyways.” noted Friend.

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