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‘Wegians pay the price for failing to take their chances

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Aidan Moynihan kicked well for Galwegians against Old Belvedere.

Old Belvedere 24

Galwegians 12

For the second week running, Galwegians suffered a disappointing and frustrating defeat away to a Dublin side, this time going down to Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on Saturday in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League.

’Wegians came into this game determined to open their away winning account, but the hosts took the lead on 12 minutes courtesy of a penalty from Shane McDonald. But ’Wegians were getting on top and deservedly took the lead when winger Ed O’Keeffe crossed for a well-taken try, which was converted by out-half Aidan Moynihan for a 7-3 lead.

’Wegians should have added to their lead, but some scoring chances went abegging and they failed to add to their scoring tally, and instead it was the hosts who scored next when Steve Crosby landed a penalty to reduce arrears.

And although the visitors should have held on to the lead, they went in to the break in arrears when they conceded a crucial score in the last play of the half. Although they managed to turn over a home scrum, the Blues failed to adequately clear their lines which allowed Belvedere to take a quick lineout. This set up an attacking move and an overlap created the opportunity for centre John Kennedy who crossed near the corner for a sucker-punch score.

’Wegians dominated the third quarter but once again struggled to make their possession and dominance count on the scoreboard. Finally they made it count on the hour mark when O’Keeffe crossed the whitewash again for his, and ’Wegians’, second try of the game, although Moynihan was wide with the conversion to leave them in front by the narrowest of margins.

However the final quarter saw the Blues implode somewhat as the game completely turned ran away from against them. Crosby soon added another penalty to put the hosts back in front for the third time at 14-12, and thereafter it all went downhill for Wegians.

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

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IRFU and Connacht Rugby call time on 2019/20 domestic rugby season

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Connacht’s Jack Carty is encouraging people to be supportive and avoid trolling or scaremongering when using social media as part of Rugby Players Ireland and Z Zurich foundation’s #ImTakingControl campaign. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie.

The domestic rugby season has been brought to an end by the outbreak of COVID-19, with both the IRFU and Connacht Rugby respectively confirming that the All-Ireland Leagues and the provincial competitions have been deemed as finished.

The IRFU announced last Thursday that Irish Rugby’s 2019/20 domestic season is to conclude with immediate effect due to ongoing concerns over coronavirus.

The directive applies to all incomplete national and provincial competitions, and means that there will be no promotion or relegation in any of the five divisions of the Energia Men’s All-Ireland League.

The planned expansion of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League for the 2020/21 season remains in place.

There will be no league or cup winners in any competition organised at a national level including the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup and the Energia Bateman Cup.

“The decision to end the domestic rugby season for 2019/2020 season has not been made lightly. All options were discussed and the IRFU is satisfied it has arrived at the only equitable solution.

“These are challenging times for us all and we know clubs will be impacted by this directive, but we will look back at this season as one where we put the physical welfare of our rugby community above all else,” said IRFU Director of Rugby Development, Colin McEntee said:

The news was not unexpected by Galway’s two AIL clubs, Galwegians and Corinthians, who both ply their trade in Divisioon 2B of the AIL.

Chairman of Galwegians RFC, Frank Kinneen, said that “it’s disappointing of course for many of our teams who were still involved in competition”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Taking training online to keep the connection with players

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Suzanne Clarke and her daughter Olivia demonstrating the exercises for the Naomh Mhuire ladies football club's live online yoga session for their U-8 and U-10 players last Friday evening..

With all collective sporting activities having ceased in the bid to slow down the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus, clubs are looking for new ways to not only keep their members fit and healthy, but to also ensure they stay connected.

One such club is Oranmore/Maree’s Naomh Mhuire ladies football club, which last Friday evening ran a live online children’s yoga session for its U-8s and U-10s. In all, 32 children logged on to the session, which, in many cases, was also undertaken by extended family members, such as parents and siblings.

The 30-minute workout was run by qualified yoga instructor, Suzanne Clarke – a mother of one of the Naomh Mhuire players – from her home; while, on a different portal, the technological aspects of going live were dealt with by another parent, Gordon Crowley, from his home.

The session was the brainchild of Crowley. A driving force behind the club’s nursery programme – U-6, U-8 and U-10 – in recent years, he says it is crucial, now more than ever, to cater for the physical and mental wellbeing of their players.

“Since I got involved with the Naomh Mhuire girls, we have always put a lot into developing a connection between the girls. I fundamentally believe not only in the physical benefits of sport, but also the mental and social benefits of it as well, the latter in terms of each child becoming part of a little tribe,” explains Crowley.

“We were due to go back playing football soon and, when it [Covid-19] came around and we couldn’t meet up, I started thinking: how can we retain the connection between the girls? That was the number one thing on my mind.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s hopes of landing first league title dashed by COVID-19 cancellations

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Mairéad Seoighe jumps for joy as the final whistle is blown and Galway defeat Mayo to capture the Connacht title last year. Galway's hopers of landing a first-ever league title this year have been ended after the league was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Inset: Galway manager, Tim Rabbitt.

Galway senior ladies footballers, who had led Division 1 of the National League until the enforced break due to Covid-10, will not have a chance to claim a first ever Division 1 title after the LGFA took the decision to cancel the remainder of the competition this week.

In a statement on Tuesday, the LGFA said: “In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, the prime concern for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association at the present time is the health and wellbeing of our members.

“Consequently, a number of decision have been made in respect of LGFA competitions, which have not been taken lightly. The 2020 Lidl National Leagues have been cancelled for 2020, and will not be completed.”

Among the other competitions that have fallen by the wayside are the post primary schools competitions, the interprovincial competition, the All-Ireland U-14 Championship, Féile na nÓg and Féile Skills.

The statement continued: “The 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Championships will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, in line with Government regulations, while there is a possibility of provincial action in the U-16 and Minor Championships, when LGFA activities resume.”

However, the decision means that National League leaders Galway will have to wait another year to possibly secure that elusive Division 1 title.

“It is disappointing because we would have liked to have gone on and finished out the league strong but there are bigger things at play now and we have to play our role as well,” said Galway boss Tim Rabbitt.

“We can understand the decision; people’s health and wellbeing has to come first. Look, we will survive, we understand it, and hopefully we will get back for the championship.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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