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Talented Costello wins gold medal in relay at European Youth finals

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THERE was a milestone victory on the international stage last Friday for Milltown girl Laura Ann Costello of Galway City Harriers, who was the third leg runner on the gold medal winning Irish girls 4x100m relay team at the European Youth Olympics Festival in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The successful Irish relay squad composed of Costello, Niamh McNicol, Roseanna McGuckian and Phoebe Murphy as they showed a clean pair of heels to all rivals in a time of 46.55, ahead of Ukraine in second and Belgium.

It represented a stunning achievement for the talented Irish girls as they also had to overcome the challenges of strong teams from Russia, Italy, Spain France and Holland on their way to European glory

Meanwhile, three Galway athletes were selected for the prestigious Track & Field Schools International which took place last weekend in the Morton Stadium, Santry. The event sees teams from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales compete annually.

Nicholas Sheehan and Damien O’Boyle of Craughwell AC and Alanna Lally of GCH were called up to the Irish team and performed with distinction. Sheehan was placed fourth in the 800m in a time of 1.58.80, just outside his PB, while O’Boyle raced to a new PB of 4.37.18 when coming 5th in the 1500m Steeplechase. GCH athlete Lally, just back from the World Youth Championships, came an honourable third, running 2.09.33 in the 800m.

The final weekend of The Athletics Ireland Juvenile Track & Field 2013 was held in Tullamore. There were plenty of medals for Galway and GCH relay teams, and individually for Galway athletes Damian O’Boyle (silver U17 1500m steeplechase), Maebh Brannigan (silver U17 1500m), Cillian Greene (silver U16 200m), Solange Veranda (bronze U19 200m), Veronica Burke (silver U18 3k walk U18) and Sinead Treacy (silver U17 200m).

Individual results – Under 19 Girls 200m: 3rd Solange Varanda (GCH), also competed Eleanor Whyte (GCH); Under 17 Boys 200m 4th Conor Duggan (Craughwell); Under 17 Girls 200m: 2nd Sinead Treacy (Galway); Under 16 Girls 200m: Tara McNally 4th (Craughwell); Under 16 Boys 200m: 2nd Cillian Greene (GCH); Under 19 Boys 1500m; 4th Neil Greaney (Craughwell); Under 18 Girls 3000m Walk: 2nd Veronica Burke (Ballinasloe & District); Under 17 Boys 1500m: 2nd Damien O’Boyle (Craughwell); Under 17 Girls 1500m: 2nd Maeve Brannigan (GCH); Under 14 Boys 1500m: 4th Oisin Lyons (Craughwell).

Other Galway athletes who competed with distinction were Cathal O’Brien, Abdul Wahab, Darragh Finnerman, Rory Monaghan, Aaron McDonnell, Claire Ryder, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Hayley Hession, Janic Schulte, Dearbhaile Walsh, Shannon Lee, Nicholas Sheehan, Roisin Dobey, James Mitchell, Alison Leahy.

The final day  of the annual Galway Track and Field Championships took place last week on the NUI Galway track at Dangan. The first event saw the sprinters in action. In the Junior men’s event, Ben Cooney won gold for GCH with the fastest time of the evening in11.85, with Shane O’Rourke of Tuam AC second in 12.16 and Janic Schulte, Loughrea third in 12.47.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Murphy proves the star of Tuam’s convincing victory

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Tuam Stars' Brian Mannion breaking away from Eoin Ó Droighneáin of An Spidéal during Saturday's Senior Football Championship encounter at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Tuam Stars 0-16

An Spidéal 0-8

Darren Kelly at Kenny Park

JAMIE Murphy bookended this senior football championship contest on Saturday with three point contributions to ensure Tuam Stars secured their second win in Group 1

The 2005 All-Ireland U21 winner was quickest into proceedings with three white flags in the first 10 minutes, but it was his three late frees that ultimately ensured Kevin Reidy’s charges the spoils.

Tuam Stars were the better team and An Spidéal didn’t reach the heights of when nearly turning over Moycullen the previous weekend. But with an ever growing injury list that had three additions over this hour, Tomas Costello’s squad can make a claim to be the unluckiest team in Galway currently.

Athenry was roasting and the water breaks returned but one of the most experienced campaigners seemed to revel in the conditions. Murphy was involved from the start and a kick from the left on two minutes got Tuam Stars off the mark.

And it could have been much better for the 2019 finalists when Gavan Connell played in Cormac McWalter on seven minutes.  Amazingly, their championship’s top scorer drew a blank here but that would have been different were it not for keeper Maghnus Breathnach’s save.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway rower Keogh adds to major championships’ medal haul in Munich

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The Ireland women's four celebrate their European Rowing Championships silver medal in Munich on Saturday, from left: Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Galway's Afric Keogh and Natalie Long.

OLYMPIC hero Aifric Keogh rowed her way into the history books last weekend, winning a silver medal at the European Championships in Munich.

The 30-year-old athlete from Aill an Phréacháin in Na Forbacha followed up last Summer’s bronze medal feat with a second place finish in the Women’s Fours final on Saturday at the Olympic Regatta Centre.

Keogh, along with fellow Olympic medallist Eimear Lambe, as well as Tara Hanlon and Natalie Long, had a blistering start and led the rest of the field until the second quarter when they were overtaken by favourites Great Britain.

The Irish crew pushed GB all the way to the line, finishing just two seconds adrift, while seeing off a late surge from Romania and Denmark in third and fourth place.

A time of 6:52.99 was impressive given that the quartet had just four solid weeks training together beforehand.

The performance in their heat suggested a gold medal was a very real possibility but silver probably exceeded the expectations they had going to the European Championships.

This was Aifric Keogh’s third European medal; she won bronze and silver at the 2020 and 2021 championships before qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Keogh and Team Ireland now go into camp for six weeks in preparation for the World Championships at Racice in Czech Republic which starts on September 18. The ultimate aim is Paris 2024 and qualifying for that is 12 months away.

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Claregalway bounce back thanks to facile group win

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Claregalway's Peter Divilly eyes up his options against Joe Monaghan of Caherlistrane during Saturday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium.

Claregalway 3-12

Caherlistrane  0-9

Kevin Egan at Tuam Stadium

THESE two teams came into Saturday evening’s clash at Tuam Stadium in very different frames of mind, given their contrasting experiences in the first round of this year’s championship.

Claregalway scored just 1-5 in their battle with St. Michael’s, and while Caherlistrane weren’t exactly prolific in their contest with Monivea-Abbey, the important statistic is that they scored more than their opponents, and thus had reason to have much more of a spring in their step going into this fixture.

However to clubs like these, one or two personnel changes can mean a lot. Claregalway manager John Fitzmaurice was able to call in Conor Campbell and Jack Glynn to bolster his defence, and while the latter’s performance was a pale shadow of those that lit up the intercounty championship this summer, he still represented a huge boost to the men in green and gold.

Campbell was even more influential, both in defence and when he was moved into a more attacking role, while for good measure, the decision to switch Conor Flaherty out of goals and into full forward bore fruit in spectacular fashion, particularly in the early stages when Claregalway were battering at the Caherlistrane door, but the lock was holding firm.

Meanwhile, Caherlistrane were without the services of both Éanna Glynn and Céin D’Arcy, meaning they weren’t where they wanted to be in terms of getting their best team on the field.

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