Pat Lam’s received a twin boost ahead of Connacht’s final Challenge Cup pool game with Enisei.Robbie Henshaw and Kieran Marmion are both in contention to play at the Sportsground having recovered from injury.Both players are also likely to feature in Joe Schmidt’s squad for the Six Nations when it’s revealed later.Staying with Connacht, Hooker Jason Harris-Wright suffered a concussion during the first half of the game with Brive on Saturday. The 27-year-old will continue to go through the return-to-play protocols.Back row forward Eoin McKeon returned form elbow injury to start in the B&I cup game for the Connacht Eagles at the weekend. However, the Galway man sustained a hip pointer injury and is subsequently unavailable for selection this weekend.Versatile back Darragh Leader, also returned to match action at the weekend when he lined out for the Eagles but re-aggravated a previous wrist injury during the game. The 22-year-old from Galway remains unavailable for selection as he consults a surgeon this week.Craig Ronaldson remains unavailable as pain continues on a shoulder impingementThe Connacht team to face Enisei-STM will be named on Friday at 12 noon.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Other sponsors that sponsored our tournament are :Celtic School of Motoring, Noel Reilly Crash Repairs, Dolan’s Bar, Dr. Sandra Lewis, Chiropractor, The Big Bite and Star Trophy Centre Ballymoe.Williamstown Handball Club would like to thanks all the participants who came from near and far to compete in our annual tournament. We thank our sponsors sincerely as without their support we would not be able to host our tournament. We are indebted to the many parents and juvenile members of our club who helped out in so many ways over the weekend, by making tea and refreshments, by refereeing, by running between courts and tidying up each evening. We would also like to thank our sister club, Williamstown GAA Club, for the use of the Complex, without which, we would not be able to host our tournament. So until next yearGo n-éirí an bóthar leat and keep playing handball!!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email In the Hubert Deane and Associates Ltd. Ladies Open final, Roscommon’s Fiona Tully took on Claregalway’s up and coming star Niamh Heffernan in a terrific final. Having beaten 2014 Ladies ‘B’ Champion Sinéad Ní Ainle, in the semi – final, Niamh was in high spirits going into this match. However, as always with Fiona, she can produce fantastic handball in the blink of an eye, and unfortunately for Niamh, this is exactly what happened. Fiona took the first game 15/9 after some outstanding handball from both girls. Niamh looked sharp and used her agility on the court to help keep in touch with the dominant Tully. This unfortunately was not enough and Fiona eased through the second game taking the Hubert Deane Ladies Open Title for 2016. The future is bright for these to players and I have no doubt that they will meet again in many tournaments in the coming years.Here is a list of all the results:Glenamaddy Credit Union U11 Boys: Winner Fiachra Ó’Duill, R-Up: Irslam YakhyaevBurke Motors Williamstown U11 Girls: Winner: R-Up:David Burke Electrical U12Boys: Winner: Kyle Jordan, R-Up: Cormac FinnSparkey’s Discount Store U12 Girls: Winner: Skylynn O’Malley Walsh, R-Up: Carragh KennedyMichael Whyte Engineering U14 Boys: Winner: Cormac Scollan, R-Up: Mikey KellyWispy’s Discount Store U14 Girls: Winner: Heather Burke, R-Up: Cailliosa Ní DhúillAPK Architects and Engineers U16 Boys: Winner: Gareth Delaney, R-Up Fionn CusackTarmeys Tavern U18Boys: Winner: James Prentice, R-Up: Diarmuid MulkerrinsDG Roofing and Cladding Ladies ‘B’: Winner: Ellen O’Connor, R-Up: Shonagh RuaneKennedy’s Bar Combined Masters: Winner: Brian Havern R-Up: Frank MackenHubert Deane and Associates Ladies Open: Winner: Fiona Tully, R-Up Naimh Heffernan.E.M.P. FURNITURE LTD Men’s Open: Winner: Martin Mulkerrins, R-Up: David Hope Hope fades as Mulkerrins conquers David.In the E.M.P. Furniture Ltd Men’s Open final, Martin Mulkerrins faced off against Offaly’s David Hope. With Mulkerrins’ reputation going before him, many thought this was a foregone conclusion but as his name suggests, David was hopeful he could pull off a surprise. In the first game Martin raced into an 8/0 lead and at this point the crowd began to think it was all over. However David came back into the tie steadily and closed the gap in the first game to 9/7. It was side in side out with martin picking off a few vital aces in between times and he eventually took the first game convincingly enough 15/7. The second game started like the first and Martin again picked off scores for fun, using his power and accuracy to lay down a 6/0 lead. David did not give up and fought back to go one up at 7/6 and again at 11/10. David’s serve was causing Martin some problems and the Offaly man was showing he could fly kill as good as the rest of them. When push came to shove, David held his nerve and closed out the second game 15/14 to cause a tiebreak. Martin was not going to be denied his maiden Williamstown One Wall Open Title and he wasted little time in the tiebreak to use his fitness to full advantage as he pushed David from side to side before sealing victory on an 11/2 score line.Tully rises to the top of the pile. In the Ladies ‘B’ final Ellen O’Connor, a long time supporter of the tournament captured the Ladies ‘B’ title which will see her play the senior grade next year. In the final she beat Mayo’s up and coming Shonagh Ruane to claim the title. Again in the Girl’s U14 grade, the talent on show was at a very high level and when the final came around Armagh’s Callíosa Ní Dhúill went head to head against Mayo’s Heather Burke. In a tense affair and with some great shots and gets by both girls, Burke just snatched it at the death and claimed the championship for 2016. Williamstown Handball Club hosted a memorable One Wall Tournament again this year with many old faces returning and some new ones coming along to experience the club’s hospitality. Play got under way at 7pm on Friday night with juveniles filling all three courts until 10pm when the various grades were whittled down to the last rounds. Saturday saw a mixture of sunshine and showers weather wise, but on the court some of the country’s best handballing talent was to be seen in the juvenile brackets. The skills on show were breathtaking with names like Finn, Yakhyaev, Ó’Dúill, Scollan, Kelly and many more on the lips of both coaches and parents alike. The U16 Boy’s grade saw some of the best talent on show at the weekend and the shear fitness and athleticism was a sight to behold with tiresome rallies and heartbreaking gets all key features of the grade. In the finish there could only be one winner and that accolade went to St. Coman’s Gareth Delaney for 2016. The Boy’s U18 grade saw two future stars of the game reach the final but not before being put to the pin of their collars by the many competitors in this grade. In the final James Prentice from the Ballina Club in Co. Tipperary had just too much for Moycullen’s Diarmuid Mulkerrins and captured the title 15/14, 6/15, 11/7.
FixturesKilconieron 5 MileNext Sunday 25th February will see the 10th edition of the Kilconieron 5 Mile Charity Run & Walk, which will take place at 12.15pm, with a kids run at 11.30. The race is a major charity fundraiser and this year recipients are the Réalta & Butterfly Classes, Autism Unit, Carrabane National School & Carrabane Community Games. Registration is at The Gate Lodge pub and the start line is a short walk from thereprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email National Senior Indoor Championships Jerry Keary Craughwell AC, left, Silver medal winner in High Jump, with Barry Pender winner and Lucas Moylan thirdConnacht Indoor Championships The 2018 Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships take place in the Athlone IT Arena next weekend, and will be held over two days. Saturday 24th sees the U12 and U13 age groups compete, and Sunday 25th February will feature the 14 age groups up to Senior, with a 10 am start both days, and close to one thousand athletes expected to compete. Winner Sean Breathnach of Galway City Harriers A.C. competing in the Senior Men Shot Put during the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships. Picture Credit: Sportsfile Alanna Lally of UCD AC, Co Dublin, celebrates winning the Senior Women 800m during the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture Credit: Sportsfile Award for Dempsey Jack Dempsey, Athletics Ireland award winner for 2017Jack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers was awarded “Galway Athlete of the Year” for 2017 by Athletics Ireland in Tullamore at the National Juvenile Awards held Saturday last. Dempsey was National Champion over 60m indoors and 100m outdoors as well as a 200m bronze medalist in 2017 in the U19 category.The young GCH star has also been selected on the Irish relay panel for the upcoming U20 World Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland. It was a phenomenally successful weekend for Galway athletes at the National Track and Field Indoor Championships, held in the superb National Indoor Arena in Dublin, with national titles for both Sean Breathnach and Alanna Lally.Sean Breathnach of Galway City Harriers gets better with age, and on Sunday he took yet another National Shot Putt title, and in the process set a new National Indoor Shot Putt record of 18.30m, to win gold after an enthralling competition. Breathnach had a great battle with the up and coming John Kelly (Finn Valley AC), who led early on with a best throw of 17.53m, which ultimately gave him second to a champion performance from the Connemara man Breathnach.Galway’s Alanna Lally now with UCD AC, won her first National senior title in the women’s 800m, where she dominated from the gun, to take gold in 2:08.71.Jerry Keary of Craughwell AC also took his first National Senior medal claiming silver in the Men’s High Jump with a 1.90m leap.Other notable Galway performances over the weekend came from Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe and District AC, who placed fourth in the Ladies 3k Walk and Sinead Gaffney of Craughwell AC who made the 800m final, placing eighth and running a club record 2.19 in the process. GCH’s multi-eventer Michael Breathnach competed in five events, with a best finish of fourth in the Shot Putt, behind brother Sean, while Brendan Staunton of GCH was seventh overall in the Shot final. NUIG athlete Damien Landers placed fifth in the Men’s 1500m, competing for Ennis Track AC.
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Kevin Walsh spoke to Barry Cullinane who put it to him that training must have gone well considering Galway had booked their place last Sunday. Galway face Dublin tomorrow in Pearse Stadium in the Allianz Football League (Throw In 2pm) with a place in the Division One Final already Secured. Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/KEVIN%20WALSH%20PRE%20DUBLIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
The Galway Minor Hurlers have booked their place in the All-Ireland Final with an impressive 3-22 to 0-16 win over Dublin in Croke Park Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20MINOR%20HURLING%20SEMI-FINAL%202018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Here is another opportunity to hear the commentary again with Niall Canavan and Liam Hodgins Niall also spoke to Galway captain Sean Nearyhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/SEAN%20NEARY%20GALWAY%20MINOR%20HURLING%20CAPTAIN%20POST%20DUBLIN.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After the game, Niall spoke to Galway manager Jeff LynskeyAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/JEFF%20LYNSKEY%20GALWAY%20MINOR%20HURLING%20MANAGER%20POST%20DUBLIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Welcome to our Sunday Sports MATCH TRACKER of the All-Ireland Minor Football Final between Galway & Kerry, Croke Park 1pm. FULL TIME: Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14 A Trojan effort from the Galway lads but Kerry make it 5-in-a-row – Thanks for your company – Gerry MurphyAnd, they add another from play. Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14Games is fizzling out…Kerry have another free in…..another free? another point. Kerry 0-20 Galway 1-14Eanna McCormack comes in for Matthew Cooley60+1 Oisin Gormally pegs one back for Galway. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-14There will be 6 minutes of added time60′ Another for the Kingdom. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-1359′ Falvey adss another and put 2 between the sides. Kerry 0-18 Galway 1-1359′ That man Paul Walsh kicks a point. Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-1355′ Lavel again…Tomo Culhane with a lovely score. Galway 1-13 Kerry 0-16Cian Hernon comes on to the Galway team54′ Kerry back in front Begley with a point from play. Kerry 0-16 Galway 1-1253′ Paul Kelly levels it again with a fine point from play. Galway 1-12 Kerry 0-1550′ Cathal Sweeney off injured….Conor Halbart comes in47′ Begley points for Kerry, they’re back in the lead. Kerry 0-15 Galway 1-1146′ Daragh Rahilly answers straight away …level again. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-1446′ Tomo Culhane kicks a beauty for Galway. Galway back in front. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-13Oisin Gormally on for Aidan O’HalloranTom Culhane comes in for Daniel Cox44′ Matthew Cooley levels it again from a free. Galway 1-10 Kerry 0-13Yellow Card for Kerry’s Dan Murphy42′ Dylan Geaney puts Kerry into the lead. Kerry 0-13 Galway 1-942′ All square Rahilly points with his left foot. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1239′ Dylan Geaney dances through the Galway defence and points for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1138′ Oisin McCormack comes on the Galway team in place of Sean Horkan38′ Cheap free given to Kerry. Paul Walsh gets the point. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1036′ Another goal chance for Galway…saved and out for a 45. That is missed on this occasion.35′ Kerry get the opening score of part 2. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-9Yellow Card for Tony GillSECOND HALF UNDERWAYHALF TIME: GALWAY 1-9 KERRY 0-8.30+2 Killian Falvey adds another, Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-830+1 Paul Walsh tags on a point for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-7There will be 2 minutes of added time.29′ Conor Raftery kicks his second point of the game. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-627′ Another point for Kerry Daragh Rahilly. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-626′ Killian Falvey answers for Kerry. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-525′ Liam Judge now gets on the score sheet. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-424′ GOALLLLL for Galway…Tony Gill finishes a brilliant Galway team score. Galway 1-7 Kerry 0-422′ Another free in for Galway. Matthew Cooley makes no mistake. Galway have score 6 points in a row. Galway 0-7 Kerry 0-421′ Matthew Cooley slots a sublime free from pout the field. Galway 0-6 Kerry 0-419′ Captain Conor Raftery puts Galway into the lead. Galway 0-5 Kerry 0-4Tom Culhane replaces Daniel Cox on the Galway team….blood sub17′ Free in for Galway…..over the bar by Matthew Cooley. All-square…Galway 0-4 Kerry 0-416′ Great chance of a goal for Galway as Eoghan Tinney tries to palms the ball into the net….saved by the Kerry goalkeeper!15′ Eoghan Tinney narrows the gap with his first of the game. Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-310′ Matthew Cooley lands a lovely point for Galway: Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-29′ Free for Kerry pointed by Paul O’Shea…that was for over 50 metres! Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-17′ Kerry’s Paul Walsh adds a third. Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-15 ‘ Another point for Kerry from play Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-1. Centre back Dan McCarthy4 Mins: Point from a 45 for Kerry from their Captain, Paul O’Shea. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-122 seconds: Opening score for Galway Ryan Monaghan comes from the back and finishes a good team move. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-01 pm. GAME ON!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Connacht team to play Sale Sharks tomorrow night in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final has been named with Bundee Aki and Jack Carty restored to the starting team. In all, Andy Friend has made 12 changes to the side that beat Benetton last weekend, with only Darragh Leader, Kyle Godwin and James Cannon retained.
Pat Smullen pictured in Navan in 2016. Photo: Patrick McCann Would your rugby club like a kicking master classwith Ronan O’Gara? Would you and your friends fancy a day’s racing and lunch inthe Gigginstown House Stud box at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day? Or how aboutmaking in-roads into that bucket list with VIP racing trips to the Dubai WorldCup, Royal Ascot and Hong Kong, or see Liverpool take on Manchester United atAnfield? Racing,sports and entertainment packages lead auction items These are among the amazing auction items kindlydonated by the sporting and racing world for Pat Smullen’s online auction inaid of Cancer Trials Ireland, one element of the fundraising activitieshappening over Longines Irish Champions Weekend.There is also a unique illustration of Pat Smullenand the nine champion jockeys taking part in Pat Smullen’s Champions Race atthe Curragh on September 15 by racing cartoonist Birdie, a lifetime use of aplain set of light blue racing silks, and yard visits to legendary trainersAidan O’Brien and Willie Mullins.Others have answered the call with signed jerseys,football and hurling final 2020 tickets, racecourse walks with Oisin Murphy andDavy Russell, golf memorabilia and free Irish racing for a year for two people.The full list of auction items is now available toview at app.galabid.com/smullenTo register via SMS1. Text: smullen followed by your full name2. To:086 18037863. Example: smullen John SmithFollow the registration link you are sent fromGalaBid to log in and place bids.To register via browser1. Visit: https://app.galabid.com/smullen2. Click on the ‘Register’ button3. Enter your details and click ‘Register’You will then receive a text to your mobile phonewith a verification link. Clicking the link will take you to the auction whereyou can log in with the password you entered during registration. You are nowready to bid.All proceeds raised from the auction will be donatedto Cancer Trials Ireland, the leading cancer research trials organisation inIreland.Cancer Trials Ireland has two pancreatic trialsready to start – one is a trial on a new drug and another in radiotherapy, andall proceeds raised over Longines Irish Champions Weekend will ensure that theystart as soon as possible.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
RACE 2 THE TOTE GUARANTEES TONIGHT S6 350 20:07 = TRAP2 FIFTY POUND LASS RACE 3 THE ONLINE BOOKINGS A7 525 20:22 = TRAP 1CROKERS FIZZ RACE 4 THE GREYHOUNDS AS PETS S9 350 20:37 = TRAP 6WILBROOK BLONDE RACE 5 THE RACE ENTRIES A5 525 20:52 = TRAP 1 BAYLINLEADER RACE 6 THE CHRISTMAS FOOD PACKAGES S5 350 21:07 = TRAP1 KILBANNON HUGO RACE 7 THE THURSDAY NIGHTS A4 525 21:22 = TRAP 3LISCARRA BONUS RACE 8 GREYHOUNDS AS PETS A3 525 21:37 = TRAP 1CURIOUS SEAN (NAP)RACE 9 THE UPCOMING SWEEPSTAKES A2 525 21:52 = TRAP3 DROMBEG BLAKE RACE 10 THE THURSDAY NIGHTS A2 550 22:07 = TRAP 1ASTRO ABBY RACE 11 THE HIT OR BUST A1 525 22:19 = TRAP 3RATHMEEHAN MAY print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email RACE 1 WELCOME TO GALWAY GREYHOUND STADIUM A6 52519:52 = TRAP 1 NIVEALASS
It remains to be seen what format the 2020 Intermediate Hurling Championship will take when the draw takes place next month. The 2019 championship was organised into 2 groups of 7 teams. The 15 teams in the 2020 Intermediate Hurling Championship are: The Galway Hurling Committee have agreed to allow Kiltormer remain in the Intermediate Hurling Championship for 2020. The East Galway Club were relegated to Junior A last season (2019) when they lost out to Kilbeacanty in the Intermediate Championship Relegation Final (see Connacht Tribune headline above). The decision to keep the former All Ireland Club Champions in Intermediate was made at a Hurling committee meeting last week and means that there will be 15 teams in the IHC in 2020. Athenry were promoted to the Intermediate Championship by virtue of winning the Junior A championship. It’s not the first time a team relegated from Intermediate remained in the championship the following season with the likes of Annaghdown and Kilbeacanty among the clubs to benefit in recent years. Abbeyknockmoy, Annaghdown, An Spideal, Athenry, Carnmore, Castlegar, Kilbeacanty, Kilconieron, Killimor, Kiltormer, Meelick-Eyrecourt, Moycullen, Rahoon-Newcastle, Sylane, Turloughmoreprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email