Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Sports

Young and old celebrate magnificent effort by Corofin

Published

on

Corofin's Man of the Match Michael Lundy fends off the challenge of St. Vincent's Jarlath Curley during the All-Ireland Club football semi-final in Tullamore on Sunday. Photo: Enda Noone.

BACK in 1990, on the second Sunday of September, an image sticks in my mind of a fanatical Corofin supporter leaving the county final minutes before the end, with his club flag straddled across his shoulders in the hope of better days to come.

He had just witnessed his side taking a 4-12 to 2-3 hiding in the county final at the hands of Salthill and we all thought that we were watching a major sea change in the balance of Gaelic football in Galway . . . from country heartlands to more urban power centres.

A few days later, I was in conversation with the then Salthill manager Tony Regan, who while delighted with his own club’s success that day, cautioned me into drawing too many dramatic long term conclusions about the nature of the result.

“Country clubs like Corofin will come back stronger than ever. The football traditions is there and they’ll be back,” he said at the time, and how right he was.

Last Saturday in Tullamore right in the middle of the field, I met that same supporter who so forlornly walked out of Tuam Stadium on September 9, 1990, one of the club’s greatest fans over the years, one John Joe Forde from Myles Park in Corofin.

John Joe has seen off eight decades of life and last Saturday, he was there with his flag and smiling as happily as any seven-year-old going to his first match.

“Well, what did the Connacht Tribune think of that,” he asked, knowing full well that the reply was going to be his liking. “Brilliant, just brilliant,” I answered rather obediently. “Well it was,” he replied and “maybe even a bit better”. At that moment, John Joe wasn’t gone 80 – his face and mind was that of a 10-year-old.

His mood captured the sheer joy of Corofin’s success last Sunday as friends, girlfriends, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, congregated around their own hero. Everyone knew that one mighty obstacle had been overcome in the dream of winning a second club title – they’re not there yet, but they’re mightily close.

Gary Sice, Galway’s Gaelic football Sport Star of 2014, knew that one very difficult bridge had been crossed at Tullamore on Saturday, but typical of the Corofin attitude, there was to be no talk of celebration over the weekend.

“Today is a big day for us, but it’s still just another step along the way. We really put a massive effort, not only today, but since Christmas. A week of recovery is what we need now but there’ll be no talk of celebration,” said Sice.

He admitted to being ‘done’ at the end of the game: ‘done’ in the sense that he had nothing left to give and like the rest of his colleagues, every drop of sweat had been squeezed from his pores over the course of an intense hour’s play.

“It really was a very intense game of football – there was just no let up from start to finish. We never expected it to be any other way – St. Vincent’s were All-Ireland champions and hadn’t been beaten in over two years. We knew that a mighty effort was required,” said Sice.

Like many more of his team-mates, he was loud in his praise for Stephen Rochford and the meticulous preparation that went into this game, although the manager was quick to give the credit to the players.

“There’s a massive talent here in Corofin but that’s matched by a huge determination and honesty too. We didn’t fear St. Vincent’s today, but we did respect them: they had come through the landmine of the Dublin championship and had real quality through their ranks,” said Rochford.

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

CITY TRIBUNE

Bragging rights go to NUIG Maree on opening weekend

Published

on

NUIG Maree's Eoin Rockall jumps to shoot as Grant Olsson of Moycullen tries to block in the Super League meeting between the sides in NUIG last Saturday. Photo: Ed Shiel.

NUIG Maree made it four straight wins over local rivals Moycullen in the Men’s Super League to get their 2021/22 campaign off to a winning start in the Kingfisher Gym last Saturday.

A tense game between two nervous-looking sides went the way of Charlie Crowley’s charges, though both sides will know there is plenty of scope for improvement in the weeks ahead.

NUIOG Mystics also made a winning start to their season, blowing away the challenge of the Marble City Hawks down in Kilkenny, and with a side featuring seven players who featured for Maree in the Women’s Super League two season ago, in addition to two string US imports, Paul O’Brien’s side could be dark horses for league honours this season.

Titans mase a welcome return to the national league on Saturday but their trip to league newcomers, Drogheda Wolves, ended in defeat, though jack Considine’s already young squad was hit by a raft of injuries ahead of the game, though taking a long-term view, the club is handing a lot of young players valuable league experience, which can only benefit Titans in the years ahead.

Maree  70

Moycullen 68

Super League basketball fans got a scintillating return to action Saturday night in NUI Galway as Moycullen and Maree played out a nail biter, with Maree scraping by as winners 70 to 68. writes Cian Nihill.

After an enthralling back and forth encounter, the local derby and season opener came down to the final minutes when six straight Grant Olsson points for Moycullen had the nominal visitors trailing by one with 24 seconds left and possession.

It would be Olsson again who took on the responsibility and, having dragged his side to within touching distance of the win, had to endure the heartache of seeing his 3-point attempt narrowly miss.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Hibs get off the mark with derby win over Rangers

Published

on

Mervue United goalkeeper Daire Geraghty gets his clearance away despite the challenge of Loughrea's Kieran Bane in Mervue's 5-2 league win over their visitors in Fahy's Field last weekend. Photo: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

Recent seasons have proved to be somewhat of a struggle for Hibernians, but despite regular positioning in the lower regions of the Premier Division, they have always survived and in the current campaign with four teams to be relegated from the 12-team league, matters look like they will be very competitive for a number of teams to avoid the drop.

Just about six weeks into the new season, just four points separate the nine teams outside the top three and indeed just one point separates the bottom seven sides.

The action is competitive and indeed three of those lower positioned teams fashioned a first league win of the campaign over the weekend, with Hibernians the most impressive with a 5-0 success over Corrib Rangers.

Dean Cullinane, Shane Walsh, Jason McPhilbin, Jason McDonagh (pen) and Alex Murphy with his first senior goal all found the range for the Bohermore side on Sunday morning.

Maree/Oranmore were also convincing winners with a 3-0 away success over Tuam Celtic as Luke Smyth, Andrew Connolly and Pricewell Diala all found the range for the visitors.

Kerill Hardiman and Ryan Noone got the goals as Colemanstown United also fashioned a first win with a 2-1 success over a Corrib Celtic side for whom Shane Concannon got their lone reply.

Even at this early stage of the season, the challenge for Premier Division title looks to lie between three sides as Mervue United, Athenry and Salthill Devon appear to be the likely contenders.

Mervue United were making it five wins on the trot as they maintained their top position with a 5-2 win over Loughrea at Fahy’s Field. As ever, leading scorer Enda Curran found the range with a brace, as Jonathan Hannifin, Hakeem Ryan and Aaron Molloy also hit the target in a convincing success. Kieran Bane was on the mark with both goals for the visitors.

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

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Aki returns for daunting trip to Thomond Park

Published

on

Connacht’s Matthew Burke braces for a tackle from Aaron Wainright of the Dragons in last weekend's game in the Sportsground.

BY JOHN FALLON

The return of Bundee Aki will give Connacht a badly needed boost after their collapse against Dragons last weekend as they face into two crucial derby clashes against Munster this Saturday in Thomond Park (7.35pm)and then against Ulster in Aviva Stadium on Saturday week, October 23 (5.15pm)

Aki is set to become the first British and Irish Lion to play for Connacht in the professional era and Peter Wilkins, who has moved to a more senior role as well as taking charge of attack, said that Aki is gunning for action.

“The way we are playing gives him that little bit more freedom to express himself, and also for him to feed off the opportunity of other attackers around him. I think the way we are playing will suit him. He’s enjoying training and the details that goes into that. It’s enormously exciting for him and it’s great for us.

“Bundee’s specific role over the past few weeks was to get up to speed with the way we are trying to play in attack and defence. Obviously, there are way more changes to the way we are attacking so it has been him getting up to speed with that.

“There have been different avenues to that, there has been work off-field, one-on-one meetings with us as coaches, obviously he has had catch-ups with the players, with the leadership groups and he has been able to be on the grass at training in the past few weeks, observing, and then training with the group. So he has had a really nice layer of introductions to what we are trying to do.

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

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

 

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending