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Keogh sisters in the medals at Irish Open Taekwon-Do championship

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The Galway Taekwon-Do School held a special presentation night last week to mark the achievements of two of its junior members at the recent Irish Open, which was held in Dublin.

Roscahill sisters Maebh and Eilis Keogh were recognised for their achievements in the national championship, which saw Maebh take a bronze medal in sparring, while sister Eilis won gold in patterns and special technique.

Eilis also took home the  Overall Junior trophy for the entire competition beating off some very strong competition from all around the country – the girls are the youngest of six family members who train together in the School every week at the Renmore Community Centre.

A presentation was also made on the night to Eabha Kelly from Oranmore for Most Improved (flexibility) – Eabha is one of the School’s newest members, only taking up the discipline in September.

The trio are part of Galway Taekwon-Do School’s Tigers and Dragons Programme, a unique approach to teaching Taekwon-Do to junior students which has been running in the Galway School for the past six years.

The programme was devised by Master Robert Howard (7thDan), who is also a Physics lecturer in DIT and co-founder of GTS and is being taught in several schools around the country.

The emphasis is on gradually building the skills, co-ordination and technical proficiency to achieve the highest possible standard. Gradings are less frequent, giving children a chance to build the skills, co-ordination and athletic ability required to achieve excellence in the art.

The School’s classes are currently full but it operates a waiting list for those interested in enrolling, with the next intake of students planned for September. Classes are held in Renmore Community Centre Centre on Wednesdays. The programme is also running in The District Health and Fitness Centre in Athenry, and Total Fitness Solutions in Tuam.

For more information, log on to www.galwaytkd.ie.

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Connacht eager to make up for lost time against Italians

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Connacht scrum half Caolin Blade who has recovered from injury and is back in training. Inset: Nigel Carolan the team's attacking coach.

By Rob Murphy

ALL going well, Connacht are due to take on Benetton this Friday at the Sportsground (7:35). ‘All going well’ has to be the phrase after last weekend became the third time in eight short weeks where a game involving the westerners was called off at late notice. Similar to before, it was an issue in the opposition camp, a case of Covid-19 within the Ospreys squad, that put an end to the fixture.

This weekend’s game is a re-fixture from round five when Benetton had to withdraw from the contest in Galway. They’ve since got back on track in terms of getting games played but after a number of impressive seasons in recent years, the disrupted campaign has not been kind to the men from Treviso as they are yet to win a game after six rounds of action.

For Connacht, the form lines are a little better but they could have done with more games. They only found out about Saturday’s cancellation 24 hours beforehand with the captain’s run session having been completed that morning. After the ups and downs of previous rounds, hopes had been high that two good performances against the Ospreys and Benetton could have steadied the ship. Attack coach Nigel Carolan noted this at Tuesday’s press conference.

“Momentum is an important word at the moment, and we’re missing the chance to develop it with games being cancelled. We have had our inconsistencies, games like Cardiff and Scarlets along the way, so we certainly would have taken a lot of confidence from the win over Zebre. We were very pleased with it and we were hoping to roll that into the Ospreys game.

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

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Confidence in Galway camp that their best is yet to come

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Galway's Tracey Leonard on the attack against Monaghan's Aoife McAnespie during their recent All-Ireland ladies football championship clash in Carrick-On-Shannon.

GALWAY and Cork renew rivalry when they meet in this Sunday’s LGFA All-Ireland semi-final at Parnell Park (1:30pm), with Galway boss Tim Rabbitt noting that his side’s season – disrupted as it was – has all been about building toward this stage of the championship.

With All-Ireland champions Dublin already back in the final following their win over Armagh in their penultimate fixture last weekend, it means the three best teams in the country are now left fighting it out for the Brendan Martin Cup.

In recent times, Galway and Cork have vied to be four-in-a-row chasing Dublin’s main threat, although both fell short to Dublin in the knockout stages in 2019. Cork lost to Mick Bohan’s outfit 2-11 to 0-11 in the semi-final before Dublin defeated Galway in the final on a 2-3 to 0-4 scoreline.

As it stands, Cork would still be viewed as a step ahead of Galway, given their successes since 2005 and having beaten the Tribeswomen in the National League final last year, but there have been green shoots from a Galway perspective.

Reaching an All-Ireland final in 2019 was a big boost to the set-up while, in the past two seasons, Galway have beaten both Dublin (2018) and Cork (2019) in the group stages of the National League. The next step Galway need to take now is to beat one of the above in championship.

Galway manager Rabbitt agrees. “To be fair, we have been building towards this point all year long, knowing this game was going to come. It has come now and it is just about being ready and that we attack the game and that we are brave enough to take it to Cork.

“They pose a lot of challenges in terms of physicality and their belief in themselves. They have a lot of quality footballers throughout the field and they can definitely hurt us if we are not on top of our game. So, that is what everything is geared towards in training; to make sure we are ready for this game on Sunday.”

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

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Galway & District League’s Team of the Millennium is revealed

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Mike Rafferty

Last week the Connacht and City Tribune published a selection of 44 players who were chosen by the clubs in the Galway & District league as amongst the best players who had played in the local junior game over the past two decades.

A selection committee has now selected its starting XI from that shortlist as the Galway League’s Team of the Millennium, picking the 11 players in a 4-4-2 formation.

All the players were nominated by the clubs throughout the league and the side chosen will be awarded with caps by the FAI to honour their selection in an event sponsored by the Galway Truck and Van Centre on the Headford Road.

While picking the original shortlist of 44 players was difficult enough, but selecting the actual 11 players to make the team was even more challenging.

Some played with powerhouse sides that challenged annually for titles, while others plied their skills and qualities with some of the less successful teams, but still stood out for their ability and class.

As highlighted last week, Athenry and Mervue United won the majority of domestic and provincial honours in the last two decades and their achievements are acknowledged by a fair selection of selection of players from the respective sides – for some, they shared the joys by moving between the two clubs and winning honours with both.

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

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