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Medtronic make it a hat-trick of titles in Galway Interfirms

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The Medtronic panel which captured the Galway Gaelic football Interfirms title. Back row, from left: Tomas Wrynne, Karl Dooher, Michael McNamara, Cian Mimnagh, Ger Cafferty, Ronan Conlon, Barry O’Donovan, Aaron Molloy, Ronan Rogers, Keith Murphy, Damien McHugh, Colm O’Donovan, Martin Shaughnessy and Jimmy Heverin. Front: Cormac Ó Conaire, David Hogan, Aaron McHugh, Enda Mullarkey, Adrian Warde, Raymond McDermott, Tomas Monaghan, Sean Ó Brien, Damien Joyce and Joe Canny.

Medtronic 3-14

Galway Garda 0-11

Medtronic won the Galway Interfirms Senior Football title for the third year in succession when they defeated the Galway Garda in a keenly contested decider which was played in the Connacht Centre of Excellence during the week.

Even though storm Abigail battered the country earlier in the day, the match was played in ideal conditions and both sides contributed to an entertaining encounter.

Two goals in 60 seconds with 10 minutes remaining were decisive and settled the contest in Medtronic’s favour. In the end it was Medtronic’s greater spread of scores which won the day, as the Garda relied heavily on the accuracy of Cormac Bane.

It was Medtronic who started the brighter with Cian Mimnagh’s accuracy from play and placed balls enabling the winners to build up a five point advantage after just 10 minutes. Martin Shaughnessy, after linking well with Colm O’Donovan, was also on target.

The Garda showed why they dominated Interfirms in the first part of the decade as they hit back with three frees from Bane to narrow the gap to two at the end of the opening quarter.

Barry O’Donovan and Cormac Bane exchanged points before Medtronic struck the first of their three goals. Adrian Warde and Joe Canny linked up to set up Colm O’Donovan who made no mistake to leave Medtronic five clear after 25 minutes.

A converted free from Colm O’Donovan stretched Medtronic’s advantage before a fine effort from Bane left the half-time score at 1-7 to 0-5 in Medtronic’s favour.

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

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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