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Heartbreaking loss for Connacht in Challenge Cup thriller

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Grenoble 33

Connacht 32

A truly sensational 80 minutes of rugby came down to the last few seconds on Saturday night as 14,887 supporters held their breath and watched Fionn Carr dance through tackles and burst towards the line.

At that point, for all the world the game was over, the fiery winger in the twilight of his rugby career was about to write his own place in west of Ireland rugby folklore.

Seconds later, he was on the ground after an ankle tap tackle ended his progress and John Cooney’s supporting run had also being halted. Connacht finished the game with a series of phases on the home 22 while Grenoble fans held their hands on their heads hoping for a mistake and the 400 strong travelling army of Connacht fans hoped for a miracle. It didn’t come and relief swept through the home stadium.

A game that had ebbed and flowed had concluded with everyone on their feet in the atmospheric state of the art stadium. The westerners had stunned the home crowd with three brilliant, outrageous, mesmerising tries, all orchestrated by Matt Healy’s electric pace from full back in the first half to lead 19-3 before Grenoble pegged them back to 19-16 by half time.

In the second half, Healy crowned his all encompassing performance with an early try that put his side back in control. O’Leary’s boot had them up to 29-16 ahead again but back Grenoble came with their half backs sparking a revival that ultimately led to a Denis Buckley sin bin and two vital tries during the ten minute spell.

Buckley returned on 71 minutes and turned the game on its head once more by winning a penalty on the restart. Replacement scrum half John Cooney stood up and delivered the three points for a 32-30 lead but that only paved the way for one more score, a drop goal in fact, from the hosts. The winning score.

On statistics alone, this was a hard game to make sense of seconds after Matthew Carley had blown the final whistle. Grenoble owned the ball and bossed the territory stats yet Connacht made most of the gains with ball in hand, scored four tries to their hosts three and produced the game’s most electric moments.

So why did Grenoble triumph? in short it came down to Jonathan Wisniewski, a journeyman ten in his 30s with long past memories of international rugby, popping his head above the crowd and saying, ‘I’ve still got it’, ‘I’m still very relevant’ and ‘a game of cup rugby against a feisty and skilled opponent is my time to shine’.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Agony for St Thomas’ as mighty effort goes unrewarded

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St Thomas' Conor Cooney and John Headd give chase to Ballyhale Shamrocks' TJ Reid during Sunday's All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Semi-Final at Semple Stadium. Photos: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-15

St Thomas’ 0-20

John McIntyre in Thurles

THIS harrowing All-Ireland Club hurling semi-final defeat in Thurles on Sunday will traumatise and torment St Thomas’ for weeks to come. It was that gut-wrenching – that undeserved.

On an afternoon when St Thomas’ did Galway hurling proud, we are all struggling to come to terms with how they lost a match that they had largely dictated the terms of engagement of, and had Ballyhale Shamrocks in all sorts of distress.

Producing arguably their best-ever team display – characterised by unrelenting commitment and the slick transfer of possession – St Thomas’ stood on the brink of a famous victory over the most decorated club in the over 50-year history of the championship.

Protecting a 15-match winning run outside their county borders, Ballyhale were staring down the barrel of a surprise defeat, having played second fiddle to an inspired St Thomas’s outfit for significant tracts of a gripping and high-quality encounter.

But the reigning All-Ireland champions have mastered the art of pulling games out of the fire – notably their Leinster semi-final escape against St Rynagh’s – and there was always the chance of late drama at Semple Stadium.

St Thomas’ had done so many things right on the day: making great starts to both halves; carrying the battle to Ballyhale; picking off a series of wonderfully-crafted points; and looking the more accomplished stickmen. And somehow . . . it still wasn’t enough.

On a couple of occasions in the second-half, they went four points clear and with the scoring rate of both teams starting to drop, it appeared a healthy advantage in the circumstances. By the 57th minute, St Thomas’s were still 0-18 to 0-15 ahead.

You could sense the rising hope of their supporters in the stand, but they too were left visibly shocked after the influential TJ Reid bailed Ballyhale out of trouble with two bullets from placed balls in the dying embers of the match.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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St Brendan’s best comes up short in low-scoring struggle

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St Brendan's Ava Trayers is chased by Nicole Shelly of Mullinahone during Sunday's All-Ireland Club Ladies Football Junior Semi-Final in Callan. Photos: Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile.

Mullinahone 1-6

St. Brendan’s 0-6

Eanna O’Reilly in Callan

A gallant effort from St. Brendan’s ladies football team came up just short on Sunday in the All-Ireland Club Junior semi-final in Callan.

Tipperary and Munster champions Mullinahone proved to be a step too far for John Kilroy’s side in a game where St. Brendan’s never managed to lead on the scoreboard.

Nevertheless, this was an evenly contested semi-final and St. Brendan’s brought a huge effort and highly impressive work rate on the day. Very little separated the sides throughout the game, with Lorraine O’Shea’s first half goal keeping Mullinahone’s noses in front.

Although they got back to within a point on a couple of occasions, St. Brendan’s never managed to equalise the contest. Mullinahone did just enough to keep the Connacht champions at bay in a low scoring, hard fought struggle.

Mullinahone opened the scoring with a point from Kilkenny camogie star Denise Gaule, who was a huge presence for the Tipp side on the day. St. Brendan’s equalised with the next attack, which saw Liadan Greally kick a point from the right corner.

Lorraine O’Shea soon kicked an impressive score to put Mullinahone back in front, after a neat passing exchange with Aoibhe O’Shea. The O’Shea’s combined again shortly after, with Aoibhe putting Lorraine through on goal, before the latter fired to the bottom corner of the net past Sinéad Kelly.

With St. Brendan’s in need of scores, full forward Michelle Delaney stepped up to the plate and kicked three consecutive points. Delaney followed up a converted free with two points from play as she linked up effectively with Becca Conway on two occasions. A pointed free from Lorraine O’Shea saw Mullinahone take a 1-3 to 0-4 lead into the half time interval.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway Sports Stars award winners to be revealed next week

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Galway senior camogie captain Sarah Dervan, lifts the O'Duffy Cup after their All-Ireland final triumph over Cork at Croke Park last September.

By John McIntyre

GALWAY’S vibrancy as a sporting county will be underlined next week when the Medtronic Galway Sports Stars award winners of 2021 will be announced.

With the lifting of Covid hospitality restrictions, the Galway Sports Stars banquet will now go ahead in the Galway Bay Hotel on Saturday night, February 19.

After the historic achievement Olympic Games’ achievement of rowers Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh, together with the Galway camogie team regaining the All-Ireland title, there will be no shortage of star talent to be honoured

There will also be a Hall of Fame recipient, somebody who has gone into sporting folklore. Who is that person? Find out in next week’s Connacht Tribune.

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