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There’s plenty of life left in Galway’s Masters panel

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The Galway Masters squad which will face Mayo in the All-Ireland final in Clonberne on Saturday. Back row: Stephen Joyce (Joint Manager, Clonbur), John Wilson (Killererin), Dónal Ó Flatharta (Spiddal), Colin McCaul (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Brian Walsh (Cortoon Shamrocks), Connie Guidera (Carraroe), Paul Bradley (Cortoon Shamrocks), Tom Corbett (Headford), Kevin Brennan (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Timmy Ó Flatharta (Spiddal), Conor McGauran (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Colin Daly (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), David Glynn (Caherlistrane), Kieran Kelly (Cortoon Shamrocks), Sean Ó Neachtain (Carraroe), David Cronin (Dunmore McHales), Finbar Thomas (Killannin), Seamus Ó Ráinne (Leitir Mór), Matt Duggan (Joint Manager, Annaghdown). Front row: Kevin Lee (Headford), John Slattery (Dunmore McHales), Sean Flatharta (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Denis Fallon (Dunmore McHales), Ger Lee (Headford), Pat Cullinane (Sarsfields), Declan Beirne (Vice Capt, Athenry), Seamus Silke (Williamstown), John Davin (Tuam Stars), Richard Donovan (Captain, Claregalway), Mairtín Ó Chonaghaile (Carraroe), Eamon Ó Shea (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Padraic Reilly (Caherlistrane), John O'Reilly (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Brian Silke (Corofin), Francie Browne (Caherlistrane). Missing from photo: Ollie Hynes (selector, Tuam Stars), Marion Reynolds (physio, Mountbellew/Moylough), Trevor Burke (Corofin), Tom Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Danny Kelly (Athenry), Noel Dempsey (Mountbellew/Moylough), Muiris Quinn (Barna), Eoin Mc Ginn (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Leo Hynes (Cortoon Shamrocks), Alan Feerick (Milltown), Brian Forde (Milltown), Carl Donlon (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Eoin Godwin (Milltown), Mark Kelly (St. James’), Proinnsias Glynn (Milltown), Tom Greaney (Corofin).

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They may not enjoy the profile of the great Galway football team of the 1960s but the county’s Masters will look to achieve their own memorable three-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles when they face Mayo in the national decider in Clonberne on Saturday (3:30pm).

For Galway captain Richard Donovan, it certainly would mean just as much to him and his Over 40s team-mates, particularly given the reigning All-Ireland champions face their greatest rivals, Mayo in the decider.

“When it comes to Galway and Mayo, there is rivalry all over the place. I am married to a Mayo woman, a passionate Mayo supporter, and she has mixed feelings about the final. She said she would find it hard to shout against Mayo but since I was her husband she would give me a shout on the day,” laughs Donovan.

“That’s what makes it. We know so many Mayo people. They are our friends, they are our neighbours but once we put on the maroon jersey – and Mayo the red and green – the rivalries kick in. Friendships go out the window for 60 minutes and you give it socks. After that, let the better man win on the day.”

Training under floodlights in Loughgeorge, you could not be but impressed by the Galway Masters set-up. “Every night we would have 30 plus and we had a squad of 42 togged the last day against Leitrim for the All-Ireland semi-final. So, a huge squad of committed guys have the training done.”

In all, nine county teams took part in the 2014 series which began for Galway with an opener against Longford in August. By this time, they had already six weeks of training behind them, including challenge games against Athenry’s juniors and a Garda selection.

At any rate, Longford were subsequently put to the sword before the Tribesmen, jointly managed by Clonbur’s Stephen Joyce and Annaghdown’s Matt Duggan, recorded another impressive victory over Dublin on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-7 in a physical game played at Clann na nGael’s GAA grounds outside Athlone.

This set up an All-Ireland semi-final against Leitrim, who had recorded wins over Tyrone, defeated by Galway in last year’s decider, and Dublin on route to the penultimate stages. “Leitrim, they gave us a tough game. Tougher than we anticipated,” acknowledges Donovan, who still plays junior football and hurling with Claregalway and Carnmore respectively.

“That was our own fault. We were probably complacent, expecting an easier game. We had the wind in the first half but they got a goal on us within a minute. That gave them confidence and knocked us back for 10 or 15 minutes. We never put the heads down though and battled hard.”

In the end, Galway emerged victorious by 3-12 to 3-5 while, on the other side of the draw, Mayo qualified for the decider with a 1-6 to 0-7 win over Longford. It sets up an attractive final which will be shown live on Irish TV (Sky 191) on Saturday.

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

Connacht Tribune

Connacht raise the roof again with magnificent late heroics

John McIntyre

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Claregalway's Dara Whelan, Conor Flaherty, Barry Callanan and Dylan Buckley with the Padraig Stephens Cup after their County U20 A Football Final victory over Salthill-Knocknacarra at Duggan Park on Saturday. Photo: Enda Noone.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

THE dramatic finale at the Sportsground on Saturday ought to have made the RTE Six One News sporting headlines, but there wasn’t a mention of Connacht’s extraordinary late heroics against Gloucester which keeps the province’s hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals alive.

Instead, the rugby spotlight was on Munster’s away defeat to champions Saracens. Later during the sports segment on the Six One News, Connacht’s never-say-die comeback was relegated to the last match of the Champions Cup wrap up. RTE, in their wisdom, believed that Munster’s 15-6 loss and Leinster’s routing of a makeshift Northampton on the same day were somehow more meritorious.

If Leinster or Munster had achieved what Connacht did in the latest round of European pool matches, can you imagine how gushing RTE’s coverage would have been? When a Tipperary man with a strong GAA background starts taking offence over Connacht not getting the coverage they are entitled to, it does give an insight into why rugby in the West feels hard done by in terms of national acclaim.

For all that, last Saturday was another thumping experience on College Road. With their European Championship knock-out ambitions on the line, it was victory or bust for Caolin Blade and company. But when Connacht trailed by 24-13 with less than six minutes remaining, it was impossible to see how they could salvage a result.

A pragmatic Gloucester already had the four-try bonus point in the bag. They may have trailed 10-7 at the break having faced the elements, but  tries from Mark Atkinson (two) and captain Lewis Ludlow turned the game on its head. Connacht were remaining competitive but the breaks were going the way of a team they had never previously beaten.

The home fans in the crowd of 6,800 were understandably resigned to the worst. The yellow carding of Ludlow for a deliberate knock on meant Gloucester were reduced to 14 for the closing minutes, but nobody at the Sportsground thought much of it. Connacht were 11 points behind with time running out. They needed a miracle.

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Being backed into a corner could help to ignite the Galway hurlers

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Galway full back Daithí Burke giving Wexford's Paul Morris no quarter during Sunday's Leinster hurling championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

MICHEÁL Donoghue faces the biggest challenge of his management career so far after Galway’s latest subdued display of 2019 at Pearse Stadium last Sunday. A lot of the same personnel are still there from the team’s magnificent All-Ireland triumph of two years, but the form of a number of influential players has nose-dived since last September’s championship loss to Limerick.

After a late collapse against Waterford in the National League quarter-final, Galway had some questions to answer ahead of their Leinster campaign and not withstanding their significant injury problems over the past few months, the Tribesmen’s stock has continued to decline judging by this month’s displays against both Carlow and Wexford.

Though it’s far from a full-blown crisis and we must keep a sense of perspective, there’s no point being wise after the event. On the evidence of what have seen to date this summer, Galway are dicing with an unexpected premature exit from the championship unless the squad can rediscover the hunger, intensity and quality which characterised many of their performances in 2017.

The continued absence of Joe Canning – and it is a mighty blow – can’t explain everything. Sure, Daithí Burke, Joseph Cooney, Jonathan Glynn, Adrian Tuohey and John Hanbury, an important introduction against Wexford, remain short of competitive action, but as a package, Galway should still be better than this.

Failing to find the net against either Carlow or Wexford, together with the lack of fluency and sharpness, has some local alarm bells ringing, leaving the team management with plenty to ponder on ahead of Sunday week’s big collision with Kilkenny. Lose that and Galway’s season will hang on getting a result at Parnell Park – an unforgiving venue at the best of times.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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St Thomas’ man behind the scenes typifies why club is going so strong

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The St. Thomas' management celebrate after their county SHC final victory over Liam Mellows. Left to right: Kenneth Larkin, Claude Geoghegan, Kevin Lally and TJ Ryan.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

WHAT was meant to be a few minutes of soundbite ahead of St. Thomas’ All-Ireland senior club hurling semi-final clash against Cushendall on Saturday has metamorphosed into a full-scale Talking Sport interview. Simply, because, Claude Geoghegan is an interesting guy.

For the past decade, Geoghegan has been the man behind the scenes and in his own inimitable way he has contributed just as much to St. Thomas’s success story as anybody else in Kilchreest and Peterswell. Perhaps, even more so.

As club secretary, he presided over St. Thomas’ historic county and All-Ireland club victories in the 2012/2013 season while, in the past three years, he has served as selector under managers John Burke and Kevin Lally, winning a county senior crown with each in 2016 and 2018 respectively. It is a proud record.

“I have held a few positions alright over the best part of a decade now — four or five years as secretary — and this is my third year involved now with the senior team. It is a way of life, I suppose, more than anything else,” begins the 31-year-old.

“When you are from a rural locality, it is what you are brought up with. It is what you know. If I wasn’t involved in the club in some capacity, I would feel I had a bit too much spare time on my hands. I would feel a bit odd without it, being honest.”

A history teacher at Presentation College, Athenry, Geoghegan explains his family are steeped in GAA tradition. His father Seamus hurled with the club before managing the intermediate team, as it was back then, while his older brother James has also done his duty as club secretary.

“Also, when the club amalgamated in 1968, my father was on the U14 team that won the county championship that year. We actually haven’t won the ‘A’ championship at U14 since. We have won plenty, but not that.”

Indeed, three SHC county titles in the last seven years would suggest that St. Thomas’ is a very special club but Geoghegan argues they are no different to any of the other clubs around. “Every other club is putting in the time that we are putting in. We are not special in any way in comparison to anyone else but we are incredibly fortunate to have a special group of players who have come together at one time.”

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

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