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Moycullen honoured as Irish basketball Club of the Year

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GALWAY was to the forefront of the National Basketball awards last weekend in Dublin as Moycullen BC was honoured with the Irish Club of the Year award while NUIG Mystics star Ailish O’Reilly was awarded National League Young Player of the Year.

“It’s a great day for Galway basketball and a recognition from people who know the game how much work is being done here,” said John Cunningham who collected the Club of the Year award on behalf of Moycullen.

“Moycullen has received huge levels of support from a lot of Galway basketball people throughout our first four years in SuperLeague and in general for our role in promoting the game. While we might have been the most visible club in recent years, the award is really a touch of the hat to all the clubs that are driving the game to new levels in Galway.”

The award was decided exclusively by votes from members of the national media who regularly feature basketball in their coverage, pointing to the excellent profile Moycullen has on a national stage.

This season in particular, Moycullen enjoyed success on the big stage with two of the club’s most memorable wins, the overtime SuperLeague thriller against  DCU Saints and the U18 National Cup quarter final triumph away to KUBS of Dublin, being broadcast on television on Setanta.

Those highlights along with their generally eye-catching SuperLeague season, large presence on Irish squads of all ages and numerous nationally competitive underage teams helped persuade the media to name them club of the year.

Saturday marked the third occasion that Moycullen have won Club of the Year honours, the previous two coming in 1997 and 2000 as the club continued to develop one of the best underage programmes in the country into a serious senior contender also.

They are not the only Galway club to be honoured in the past by the national governing body with Titans winning the award in 2006 as it exploded onto the scene while Calasanctius in Oranmore and St Joseph’s ‘The Bish’ in Galway city have both previously been named basketball school of the year.

While unable to attend the award ceremony itself on Saturday, Ailish O’Reilly of NUIG Mystics was named the National League Female Young Player of the Year. Her teammate Aileen Crowley accepted the award on her behalf.

Speaking about the award, O’Reilly credited her team-mates with her success during the season. “It’s amazing to be given the award but really the whole Mystics team deserved it. We had an amazing bunch and were unlucky not to have finished with silverware, so it’s nice for us to be represented at the end of season awards.”

O’Reilly enjoyed an outstanding season with Mystics, who reached the Women’s Division One play-offs for the first time. She led the team in scoring with 21 points per game and was the engine of the team throughout the season as the 19-year-old proved a true court leader despite her young age.

 

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Galway golfer takes top prize in German Boys Open

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CONNEMARA’S Luke O’Neill shot a final round 70 for a total of 11-under par to win the prestigious Allianz German Boys Open at Golf Club St Leon Rot over the weekend.

The Ballyconneely native, son of Connemara professional Hugh O’Neill, held off the challenge of Philipp Katich to win by a single shot. O’Neill held a two stroke lead going into the final day, after recording rounds of 69 and 66 over the opening two days before holding his nerve to claim victory. The Allianz Germany Boys Open is regarded as one of the top three boys golfing events in the world.

Katich, playing on his home course, pushed O’Neill all the way and moved to the top by the 12th hole, thanks to an excellent front nine performance, which included an eagle and two birdies.

Not panicked, O’Neill kept his composure and that ultimately proved to be the catalyst for his victory. The 13th and 14th proved disastrous for Katich. The German, who recently won French Boys Open, had a bogey on the 13th, before finding water on the 14th and eventually posting a triple bogey 7. O’Neill, meanwhile, birdied 14.

Another German, Felix Krammer, entered the conversation for victory as he sensationally struck a seven-iron shot for a hole-in-one at the par-3 13th.

Read full report in this week’s Tribune Sport.

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Galway duo Mulkerrins and Heffernan bid for world glory

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GALWAY ace Martin Mulkerrins will lead the Irish team at the 2018 World Handball Championships which are starting this week in Minnesota.

And the current national senior champion is joined on the Irish team by fellow Galwegian, Niamh Heffernan from Claregalway, in a total playing party of 13.

Moycullen’s Mulkerrins will be competing in the Men’s Open event while Heffernan should be a strong contender for the Girls 17U World title.

Multi-talented Heffernan, who also plays camogie at County level, previously took home gold medals from Calgary, Canada in 2015. A rising star of the game, it’s little wonder that she qualified for Team Ireland.

Another Galway member is Frances Curran, Michael Breathnach’s, who is traveling Stateside as Team Ireland Liaison Officer.

According to Mulkerrins, this year’s Men’s Open singles field at the World Handball Championships is so strong that it will be a case of kill or be killed!

Now aged 25, he took gold at the 2009, 2012 and 2015 Worlds as a juvenile, and captured his maiden All-Ireland senior singles title back in March. This time around he will be competing against the USA professional players in his bid for the World glory.

The blue riband Open Singles draw is stacked with quality and, says Mulkerrins, the player who can marry consistency with aggressive shot-making will be the one crowned champion.

“I would consider myself an offensive player, I would go for the kill if it’s a 50-50 call. “I think especially in tournaments like this, with a round of 32 and an extremely tough round of 16, you don’t want to be in that court any longer than you have to.

“With the speed of the American courts and their ball, I don’t think too many players will be adopting a defensive style. I see it as a tournament where we are going to see a lot of low, hard power play and players looking to finish games quickly,” he said.

See full coverage in Tribune Sport.

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Hanniffy out as Galway take on the Dubs in quarter-final

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GALWAY’S senior camogie team will be looking to bounce back from their final round group defeat to Kilkenny when they face Dublin in a tricky All-Ireland quarter-final assignment at Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork on Saturday evening (7:15pm).
Following victories over Clare, Waterford and Limerick, Galway had looked to seize the automatic semi-final berth against Kilkenny last day out and for three quarters of that contest they were certainly in a good place to achieve this.
Indeed, they had the Cats in all sorts of bother early on with Ailish O’Reilly, in particular, looking dangerous up front. However, with Kilkenny using sweeper Anne Dalton to good effect and Galway struggling to by-pass this defensive mechanism, the National League champions swung the tie in their favour to take the win on a 1-17 to 0-13 scoreline.
While the margin of defeat will have frustrated manager Cathal Murray, there were still enough positives in the performance to give rise for optimism ahead of this weekend’s knockout game against Dublin. “There was plenty of positives but we were just disappointed with the last 20 minutes to be honest with you,” says Murray.
“We kind of threw in the towel a small bit but we now have to look for a response against Dublin, who won’t be bad. So, all round, we need to improve. There is not just one area really but we do need to get a performance to get ourselves back on the road again. Dublin, though, will be no pushovers.”
Unfortunately, Galway have been hit with a setback with the news that Oranmore/Maree full-forward and goal threat Niamh Hanniffy looks set to miss the rest of the campaign with a knee-ligament injury. “Niamh is a massive loss to us,” confirms Murray. “It is disappointing in fairness.
“We also have a few more injured at the moment. Sarah Dervan, Becky Hennelly and Caitriona Cormican are all carrying knocks. Look, they will probably be okay but, at the moment (early in the week), they are unable to train.”
Injuries aside, it is unlikely Galway will digress too far from the side which did lose to Kilkenny. Sarah Healy will start between the posts with captain Dervan, Tara Kenny, Lorraine Ryan and Heather Cooney backboning the Tribeswomen’s defence.

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

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