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Kevin Walsh and Anthony Cunningham reappointed for 2016 GAA season

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Kevin Walsh and Anthony Cunningham have both been ratified to lead Galway's senior Gaelic football and hurling teams in 2016. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

‘Peace for Our Time’ – a phrase made famous by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his speech concerning the Munich Agreement and the Anglo-German Declaration in 1938, a year before the outbreak of World War II.

While ‘war’ might be too strong a word to describe the civil unrest in Galway hurling over the Winter months in recent years, the Galway Hurling and County Committees would appear to have learned from the harsh lessons of the past by moving quickly to reappoint their senior managers this week.

At a County Committee meeting in Loughgeorge on Monday night, both Anthony Cunningham and Kevin Walsh were reappointed as 2016 senior hurling and football managers respectively after they had both addressed delegates.

For Cunningham, who was made to fight hard to hold onto the post last year before guiding the Tribesmen to the All-Ireland senior hurling final last month, his prompt ratification should ensure still waters in Galway hurling over the slow months between October and January.

“The important thing was to do it very timely and quickly and get positivity out there so we could move on,” said Galway Hurling Chairman Michael Larkin this week.

“I would say from the Hurling Committee point of view – and Galway GAA – we basically wanted to ensure continuity [after reaching the All-Ireland].

“Things go on and things move on quickly. There is a 10-week break to the inter-provincials (v Ulster), which take place on the first week of December, while the first round of the Walsh Cup is on January 3. So, it was important to move quickly.”

Despite coming under intense competition from other candidates within the county in late 2014, including his former coach Mattie Kenny, Cunningham was backed by the County Committee to remain in the post for another two years, with a review to take place after the first.

After the All-Ireland defeat to Kilkenny, the GAA Committees locally moved swiftly to reappoint Cunningham for a fifth year, although it remains to be seen if any changes are to be made to his backroom staff, which includes trainer Eugene Cloonan and selectors Damien Curley and former team-mate Pat Malone.

“Like everything else, Anthony will be reviewing all aspects of his management team, and his backroom team, because that is part of the review that has to take place. If you just expect to continue with what you have, you are basically going to stand still and at the end of the day we know we have to improve and beef it up again,” said Larkin.

“We certainly don’t want a situation like we had where there was a lull in 2013 after reaching the All-Ireland final the year before. We need to ensure that type of situation doesn’t happen again and ensure we get back into the All-Ireland final next year and this time go one better.”

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

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Killannin U20s get over the line in extra time against battling Clonbur

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The Clonbur U20 football team which lost out to Killannin in the West Board B Final. Back row, left to right: Seosamh O Corraoin(bainisteoir), Iarla O Cathain, Seamus Mac A Bhearsula, Eoin O Dolain, Darra Mac A Bhearsula, Ronan Mac A Bhearsula, Rian O Shioradain, Seamus O Cadhain, Mairtin O Ciarragain, Cillian MacGiolla Fhaine, Tomas O Morain, Tomas MacEochagain, roghnoir. Front row: Padraig Seoighe, Sean O Cearnaigh, Padraic O Firic, Cian O Cadhain, Padraic O Cathain, Niall O Conamha, Liam O Mochtaigh.

Killannin 3-10

Clonbur 0-17

John O’Sullivan in Clonbur

KILLANNIN’S rising stars edged the West Board U20 B  football final with a hard-earned victory over Clonbur after extra time on Saturday.

A big personal haul of 1-8 from corner forward Cathal Walsh – son of former Galway manager, Kevin – sufficed for Killannin along with a goal apiece from Cian Folan and Sean Seoighe. Their victory was all the more impressive when seen in the context of having to play the final in Clonbur’s home venue due to a lack of available pitches in the county.

Clonbur, led by free scoring corner forward Sean O Cearnaigh, who notched 11 points, eight of which were from frees, were determined and dogged throughout. Their scoring efficiency meant the teams could not be separated in regulation time, with the final whistle sounding with the score 1-8 to 0-11.

On balance, however, Killannin – whose wastfulness in regular time troubled the umpires with a raft of wides – were worthy victors by virtue of their territorial and possessional dominance, factors they finally took advantage of in extra time.

Finals tend to be cagey affairs, with the fear of losing paralysing the attacking intent of teams. However, in a brilliant exhibition of the idealism and fearlessness of youth, both contestants committed to attacking game plans; producing a final that provided a distraction to the bitterly cold November weather for the onlookers camped in the stand.

Encouraged by the vocal crowd on their home turf, Clonbur – with midfielder Ronan Mac A Bhearsula a source of dynamism and forward momentum – started well and were the first to make an impression on the scoreboard. O Cearnaigh, showing the accuracy that notched him such a big personal haul of points, kicked the game’s opening score. The corner forward would add three more points, including two from frees, in the first half and he was joined in the scoring act by Maritin O Ciarragain and Padraic O Cathain, accounting for their seven points at half time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Extra-time agony for brave Athenry boys in epic battle

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Presentation College, Athenry's Nigel Kelly breaking away from St Kieran's Dara Mason and Tommy Phelan during the All-Ireland PPS Junior A Final in Banagher on Saturday. Photos: Mike O'Hehir.

St Kieran’s, Kilkenny 1-19

Pres Athenry   1-18

(After extra-time)

IF this was to be the last ever All-Ireland PPS Junior ‘A’ final — as the powers-that-be have indicated it to be — then the competition got one hell of a send-off. However, if the hurling schools around the country are to fight for the championship to remain in place, then, equally, this decider has provided the strongest argument for its retention.

That they played in one of the best deciders in recent years will be of little consolation to the boys of Pres. Athenry, who, having appeared to have lost this game in normal time, then seemed to have won it in the first period of extra-time, before they lost it again when conceding the last two scores of this epic late on.

Yet, had this absorbing contest been measured on heart and courage alone, the Galway college would surely have edged it. Instead, what ultimately decided the outcome was the concession of a free in injury-time in the second period of extra-time, a margin of defeat commonly known as a hair’s breadth.

Arguably the best point of entry into this reflection on the 2019 All-Ireland PPS Junior ‘A’ final is the 47th minute, when the lively Padraig Lennon fired over a neat point to put St. Kieran’s College six points up, 1-14 to 1-8. It appeared as if the Connacht champions’ race was run.

However, in a remarkable final quarter, in which the intensity levels raised substantially, Pres. Athenry hit six points without reply in an eight-minute spell to gain parity with their illustrious rivals.

Shaun Gillian hit the first of these; the excellent Gavin Lee added three more, two from frees and another from play, after emerging triumphantly out of a ruck; while wing-back Matthew Tierney and the impish Nigel Kelly, following a run that typified Pres. Athenry’s persistence, supplied the remainder.

Pres. Athenry were in a rhythm now, and they could have — and possibly should have — taken the lead when further opportunities presented themselves to Gilligan and Ryan O’Donnell in the closing stages. That said, St. Kieran’s, too, had their chances, with Harry Shine putting a free wide in the first minute of injury-time before Dara Mason left a long range free short over two minutes later.

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Claregalway make it tough but pull away in extra time

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Claregalway's Conor Campbell is challenged by Corofin’s Gavin Burke during the North Board U20 A Football Final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday. Photos: Enda Noone.

Claregalway 3-16

Corofin 2-13

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Tomás Keating at Tuam Stadium

CLAREGALWAY were almost made pay for their complacency as they squandered an eight point lead, despite being the far superior team, in the North Board U20 football final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday. But they made no mistake in putting away a gallant Corofin side in extra time as they blitzed them for two goals in the space of minute.

In the 41st minute, Claregalway’s Jason Reilly curled over a score to put his side 1-11 to 0-6 to the good. Claregalway had been well on top up until this juncture, their goal came three minutes into the restart as the in-form Galway minor Nathan Grainger seared in along the end-line, only to let the ball slip from his grasp. Luckily for Claregalway, however, Mark King was quick to respond and struck first time into the back of the net.

Six minutes later, there seemed to be dramatic sea-change. Grainger, who was proving to be a thorn in the side of Corofin’s full-back line, weaved his way through and his powerful effort smacked off the crossbar and bounced out. Corofin regained possession went straight up the field and Colin Kelly’s shot from a tight-angle found its way to the right bottom corner. It was a crucial six-point swing, as instead of being down by nine points, Corofin were now only three behind as Claregalway led 1-11 to 1-8.

Claregalway extended their lead to five, with Conor Campbell and Reilly both scoring exceptional points, with the latter’s coming from a brilliant individual run from the half-way line. Corofin replied in kind, as Dylan Brady and Conor Newell both raised white flags to put a goal in it.

In injury-time, Claregalway decided to drain the clock as they kept the ball for a full two minutes and made no attempt to get an insurance score. This tactic is all well and good, but once you lose possession, it gives your opponents a great chance of counter-attacking and punishing you. Once Corofin turned it over, they did just that.

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