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Two tries for Cooney as Connacht put hapless Italians to the sword

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Connacht's scrum half John Cooney who scored two tries in their Guinness Pro12 trouncing of Zebre last Saturday.

Zebre 10

Connacht 40

Rob Murphy in Parma

RUGBY in Parma is in a precarious state and it brings back memories of what Connacht went through in the last decade or so. The Zebre franchise as a whole, players, management and supporters, are knee deep in a crisis at the moment. A lot of money has been spent and the prospect of progress seems further away than ever after the season that has just gone.

A six try to one demolition job by Connacht made for a frosty post game Parma press conference. This felt like the epicentre of the existential crisis within Italian rugby. It brought back echoes of a time when Connacht were at a similar low ebb, perennial cannon fodder at the wrong end of the table. They are asking the same question here that those in this province asked in recent years. Put simply, what is the point of professional rugby in Italy?

Things have changed out west. Some outside-the-box, positive thinking and heart-on-sleeve ambition has helped while the back door ticket to Heineken Cup rugby a few years back was probably key also, but either way, Connacht are now a much more competitive and consistent force in this league and they are becoming the benchmark for the likes of Zebre.

Ten wins and a draw for a record 49 points in 21 games means Pat Lam’s side hold seventh place after this win. Their aim is sixth but the Scarlets hold a four point advantage and are looking forward to a trip to Treviso while Connacht face leaders the Ospreys and might well need a win to fend off Edinburgh who sit a point behind ahead of their game with Leinster. All games kick off at 3pm. It is likely to be an unusual Saturday..

After a run of five defeats in a row, victory was essential here and a stellar no nonsense second half display in the heat helped seal the points. Zebre just didn’t have the answers to the speed of the Connacht backline in the first half and they were a demoralised force by the 52nd minute when try number four was scored. The small crowds and indifference of locals to the game isn’t going to change if results like this continue.

While it would be easy to dismiss the result from a Connacht viewpoint as a fait accompli, the measure and poise shown was remarkable in itself. The ability to pounce on turnovers in a flash and well carved out runs by the likes of John Cooney and Matt Healy all served to underline why Connacht are a very different attacking force this year than they were in previous campaigns.

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

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Ruthless Utd knock seven bells out of hapless hosts

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Galway United’s leading marksman Stephen Walsh who scored twice in their seven-nil rout of Bluebell United in the FAI Cup on Sunday.

Bluebell United 0

Galway United 7

Keith Kelly at Tolka Park

GALWAY United not only avoided a potential FAI Cup shock, they did so in record-breaking fashion on Sunday when breezing past the challenge of Leinster Senior League side, Bluebell United, in glorious sunshine in Tolka Park.

The victory was United’s biggest-ever in an FAI Cup tie – they did stick eight without reply past Salthill Devon in the group stages of the League Cup in the 1994/95 season – and was also the biggest win by a First Division side in an FAI Cup tie since the second tier of the league was introduced in 1985/96.

No-one will get carried away with a win over a non-league outfit, but considering previous United iterations had struggled against a similar level of opposition – they needed penalties to see off the mighty Killester United in 2017, and fumbled to a 2-1 win over Collinstown two years later – this ruthless annihilation of their hosts shows a very different mindset in the 2022 United model.

A Stephen Walsh double in the space of 90 seconds in the late stages of the first-half meant the tie was over by half-time, though in truth, it was a 190-second spell much earlier in the game which dictated just how the afternoon would finish.

United made three changes to the side which had beaten Athlone Town 3-1 in the league the previous week, including handing a debut to new signing, Bastien Hery, after his midweek loan move from Finn Harps that saw Gary Boylan go in the opposite direction.

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

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Thumbs up from Moloney as Galway is back in the groove

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Julianne Devine presents the winning trophy to Basil Holian, Athenry, after Soaring Monarch had won the Rockshore Handicap at Ballybrit. Also included are, Pamela and Bernie Holian, with Ber and Peter Fahey, trainer.

IT would have been easy to have got carried away on the wave of expectancy. With advance ticket sales strong and corporate hospitality booked out for the opening six days, it fuelled loose talk about huge numbers descending on the Galway Summer Racing Festival.

We even heard a couple of suggestions that Ballybrit wouldn’t be able to hold the crowds such was the anticipated pent-up desire to attend the popular festival after the Covid-hit meetings of 2020 – held behind closed doors – and last year when daily attendances were restricted to 1,000.

But Chief Executive of Galway Racecourse, Michael Moloney, had been guarded in his pre-festival expectations about the numbers which would end up heading west for one of Irish sport’s most iconic occasions.

Between the current cost of living pressures, the festival coming in the wake of a hectic period for Galway GAA teams, and high accommodation and fuel prices, Moloney knew the meeting would struggle to reach the total attendance of nearly 130,000 of the previous pre-pandemic fixture of 2019.

It was no reflection on what Galway had to offer, more a case of many people forced to be more selective about the number days they would attend Ballybrit due to their own financial considerations and priorities.

Galway Racecourse had run an energetic and innovative social medial campaign promoting the festival, while these who made it to Ballybrit last week had to be impressed by the increased covered areas and extra catering facilities around the enclosure.

Ultimately, over the seven days of the festival, there was an attendance drop of almost 10% from the last comparable meeting of three years ago. The total crowd was 116,720 which represented a decline of 12,338 spectators spread over the seven days.

That figure would have been lower only for the Friday evening and Saturday cards being hit by adverse weather, but the festival finished on a high with the Sunday crowd of 13,040 a significant jump on the 2019 figure of 9,998.

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

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Thousands to take part in 8k Streets of Galway race

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The 36th edition of the Blackrock Health Galway Clinic sponsored Streets of Galway 8km, organised by Galway City Harriers, takes place tomorrow (Saturday), with the race set to start at 7pm.

With the race returning to its traditional Saturday evening slot, huge crowds are expected to turn out to support the huge field who will race, with close on 3,000 athletes expected to race the famous route through the city streets.

The 8km returns to its 2019 route around the city, with race start at GTI on Fr Griffin Road, with the finish in South Park. The race routes over Wolfe Tone Bridge, Merchants Road, Eyre Square, Eglinton Street, over the Salmon Weir Bridge, and loops around the Cathedral and onto University Road, before turning left at the Hospital for a run along St Marys Road, Lower Salthill and into Devon Park, Devon Gardens and onto Dr Mannix Road.

A water stop at 5km is at Pearse Stadium, with the turn for home at Leisureland, seeing a fast stretch along Seapoint, Dr Colohan Road and the final kilometre on Grattan Road with the finish in the gates of South Park.

Race number collection will be at the Claddagh Hall, beside South Park from 3pm today (Friday) with limited registration on the day in person; and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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