Galway’s Schools and Clubs know their Cup Opponents following weekend’s games

first_imgGalway’s clubs now know their opponents in the quarter final stages of their respective National cup competitions following the weekend’s games. Moycullen still have the second leg of their National Cup First Round game with Templeogue to play on the 5th of December in Dublin trailing by ten points from the weekend.NUIG Mystics will play meteors in the Quarter Finals of the senior Women’s national Cup following the weekend’s games. The Quarter Final will be played on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of December.In the mens Under 20 National Cup there will be an All-Galway Quarter Final on the last weekend in November with Maree taking on Moycullen while in the Under 18 Mens National Cup, Maree will face Tralee Imperials and Moycullen will play St Mary’s Castleisland. In the Under 18 Women’s National Cup Maree will play Brunell Ladies in the Quarter Final.At Schools Level, Calascantius College will play St Aidan’s of Dublin in the Semi-Final of the Under 19 A Boys cup in early January while St Paul’s Oughterard will play Rathmore Grammar in the Semi-Finals of the Under 19 B Girls Cup.In the Under 16 competitions, St Josephs the Bish play St Malachy’s in the Boys A Cup Semi Final. All the Schools Cup Semi-Finals are scheduled for the week of the 11th to the 15th of January.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Top Oil Schools Cup Finals Triple Header on Wednesday

first_imgThere will be a triple-header of Top Oil Connacht Schools finals at the Sportsground next Wednesday (March 15). The Schools Senior Development Cup final will take place at 6pm with Pres Headford taking on St. Muiredach’s. Pres Headford defeated Rice College 19-12 in their semi-final with St Muiredach’s emerging with a 24-23 victory over Gortnor Abbey.Both Junior Cup last-four games were played on Tuesday afternoon with Garbally recording a convincing 31-5 win over Marist College in Garbally as The Jes edged out CBS Roscommon 17-14 in a thrilling encounter.A very strong Garbally team, who recorded six bonus-point wins in their six Schools League fixtures, came out on top thanks to a five-try victory over Marist, who fought gamely throughout.Two-try Tom Fitzpatrick, Oisin McCormack, Padraig Flanagan and Niall Collins touched down for Garbally with Cian Treacy kicking three conversions.The other tie could have gone either way and went right down to the wire. A try in the opening minutes for Coláiste Iognáid by Luke Hurson put The Jes 5-0 to the good and the Galway school were 12 points up when Dara Hanrahan crossed with Hanrahan himself converting.CBS were in no mood to lie down though and lock Jack Tucker crossed in the right corner with Mark Purcell landing a superb touchline conversion against the wind to make it 12-7.The Roscommon school made the better start to the second half and completed the comeback when centre Richard Walsh latched onto his own kick to cross for the levelling try as Purcell’s second conversion gave CBS Roscommon the lead for the first time.Now trailing, The Jes scored a superb third try that started with a quick tap-and-go in their own 22 and after a number of phases, MacDara Ó Griofa crossed to make it 17-14.Purcell had a tough chance to level matters with a late penalty for CBS Roscommon but the young goal-kicker couldn’t repeat his earlier heroics and The Jes progress to next Wednesday’s final at the Sportsground.Both Senior Cup semi-finals were played last week with holders Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes) overcoming Sligo Grammar in the Newcastle rain to secure their place in the final against Summerhill College.The Jes led 17-0 at half-time thanks to tries from replacement Conor Briscoe, Tomás Forde and Jake Gallagher with impressive captain Diarmuid Codyre kicking a conversion.Summerhill were much improved after the break but Coláiste Iognáid proved too strong with Briscoe and Forde adding further tries in the second half. A late intercept try for Grammar captain Niall Gray, converted himself, was just rewards for their efforts but the Sligo school bowed out at the semi-final stage.A Ross Hickey try, converted by out-half Brian Cox, proved the difference as Summerhill edged past Garbally in Sligo last Thursday to claim their place in the Top Oil Schools Senior Cup final.Two Colm Reilly penalties to one by Cox meant visiting Garbally led 6-3 at the break in very difficult conditions.In a low-scoring affair, the first try was always going to be crucial and it was Summerhill star centre Hickey who touched down his fifth try in four Senior Cup games with the Cox conversion making it 10-6 to the hosts.A third Reilly penalty narrowed the gap to a single point but Summerhill held on to claim their place in the Senior Cup final at the Sportsground next Wednesday. Top Oil Connacht Schools Triple-Header Fixture DetailsTop Oil Schools Junior Cup Final: Garbally College v Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes), Sportsground, 2pm;Top Oil Schools Senior Cup Final: Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes) v Summerhill College, Sportsground, 4pm;Top Oil Schools Senior Development Final: Pres Headford v St. Muiredach’s, Sportsground, 6pm;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes) are chasing a double as they face Garbally College in the Junior Cup final at 2pm and Summerhill College in the Senior Cup final at 4pm.last_img read more

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Galway and Midwestern Teams Gaynor Cup Begins On Thursday

first_imgThe Galway U14 and U16 Gaynor Cup Squads This week sees the Gaynor Cup for Girls Squads get underway at the University of Limerick. Having performed well over the last few years winning U12, U14 and U16 titles the Galway Girls and Midwestern soccer squads will be looking to challenge at all age-groups for the titles. The Galway U14 team play their first game on Thursday at 10am against Wexford while the Midwestern U14’s will play their first game against the Metropolitan League. Meanwhile the Galway U16’s will start their campaign against the Midlands on Thursday while the Midwestern side will take on Tipperary South. All U14s and U16 teams will play 5 matches over the 4 days with the Quarter Finals on Friday, The Semi-Finals on Saturday and the Final on Sunday.The Galway U12 s have already qualified for the Semi-final to be played on Sat 24th June where they will play Sligo/Leitrim. U14s SchedulesGalwayThursday 22nd June 10am Galway V WexfordFriday 23rd June 10am Kildare V Galway U16s ScheduleGalwayThursday 22nd June 11.30am Midlands V GalwayThursday 22nd June 3.30pm Galway V ClareFriday 23rd June 11.30am Galway V CarlowSaturday 24th June 10am Donegal V Galway Midwestern leagueThursday 22nd June 10am Midwestern v Metropolitan LeagueThursday 22nd June 2pm Midwestern v Longford The Galway U14 and U16 Gaynor Cup Squads MidwesternThursday 22nd June 11.30 Midwestern v Tipperary SouthFriday 23rd June 11.30am Midwestern v Limerick CountyFriday 23rd June 3.30pm Midwestern v KilkennySaturday 24th June 10am Midwestern v MetropolitanThe Midwestern U14 SquadThe Midwestern U16 Squadprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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The GAA & PDST Launch Future Leaders Transition Year Programme

first_imgThe Super Games Centre allows players to take ownership of the Games and feel a sense of belonging and enjoyment in a fun, safe environment. As the TY pupils themselves are responsible for organising and running all aspects of the 1st and 2nd Year Super Games Centre, this course encourages and empowers the Transition Year pupils to take ownership and responsibility for everything linked to the games, which make the match day experience what it is. By completing the various modules and running a Super Games Centre, pupils really develop, mature and benefit in so many ways, which can only be achieved by putting their newly acquired skills and knowledge to use in a practical, real life setting. The Programme is comprised of 8 modules.All modules are between 6 – 10hrs long, stand alone and individually certifiable. Pupils will receive a certificate for each completed module.A school can choose to deliver one or more modules. Delivering five modules plus the organisation of a GAA Super Games Centre/Coaching initiative through the pupils, results in them being awarded the “GAA/PDST Future Leaders Award”.When registered, each pupil gets an online e-Portfolio to store and share documentation and to submit tasks. Pupils receive certification for each module when all the tasks are completed and submitted to their e-Portolio.Modules:Future Leaders FMS & Coaching of Hurling / Gaelic football ModuleFuture Leaders Nutrition ModuleFuture Leaders Refereeing ModuleFuture Leaders Administration ModuleFuture Leaders Sports Journalism ModuleFuture Leaders Performance Analysis ModuleFuture Leaders Event Management ModuleFuture Leaders Wellness Module Course Structure: This Programme will future proof our games in towns and villages countrywide by developing capacities in young people to empower them to take ownership of the games and carry them forward for the next generation. They will be the future administrators, coaches, referees, ground staff, performance analysts, nutritionists etc. They could be the reason 1000s of children will play our games in every corner of the country in the years to come.There are presently 48 schools delivering the Programme as part of Pilot Phase 2. The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) are our partners in this programme and are providing training and development to the teachers involved in this initiative. The Programme will be rolled out nationally in 2018/19 and presently we have more than 250 schools registered to start in September. From an educational perspective the benefits of the Programme are huge with TY pupils enhancing their Physical Literacy Skills, Digital Literacy Skills, Literacy & Numeracy Skills and their Presentation Skills. From a social view point, the benefits to the pupil are equally important as the Programme, and the running of the Super Games Centre, embraces inclusivity and fosters a sense of belonging in the pupil. There are benefits to the pupil, the school, to the local community and in turn to the country as a whole. The Future Leaders Transition Year Programme has the potential to make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, of the young people of Ireland. This comes at a time when Irish children are engaging in less and less physical activity and levels of obesity and diabetes are on the rise. “The PDST team are delighted to be part of this wonderfully innovative project which provides rich opportunities for students to develop in the most holistic sense in line with the principles of the TY programme. I believe that this initiative provides a unique and creative learning pathway for young people to acquire skills which are both sports related and transferable not only across the curriculum, but beyond TY itself. It is a privilege to work with the schools involved and our colleagues in the GAA “ .  Ciara O Donnell, National Director of the PDST“This programme will be of great assistance to teachers in providing them with material for multi-skill development by the students away from the main curriculum.”John Horan, Uachtáran Tofa, CLGPost Primary School Teachers/Principals who wish to express interest in delivering the Future Leaders Transition Year Programme can do so at learning.gaa.ie/futureleaders.PLEASE USE #GAAFutureLeader for related social media posts and follow @gaafutureleader on Twitter.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The GAA, in collaboration with the PDST, has recently developed the Future Leaders Transition Year Programme. It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the Programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Centre for younger students or assist in Coaching at the local Primary School.last_img read more

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Conquering The Connemara 100

first_imgStarting with a lap of Clifden town the runners made their way to Letterfack, Lettergesh, The Inagh Valley, Maam Cross, Leenane, back through the Inagh Valley on to Roundstone, Ballyconeely and finally back to Clifden, where there were magical moments of emotion, elation and celebration for runners, their support crew and event organisers. The 10th edition of the Connemara 100 took place last weekend and, as expected, the milestone anniversary of the 100-mile road running event did not disappoint. Thirty-two courageous runners took to the roads of Connemara at 6am on Saturday morning with 100 miles of road ahead to be completed within 30 hours. Of the 32 daring runners who started the event on Saturday morning, 29 crossed the finish line in Clifden late Saturday night right into Sunday morning, after battling not only their own minds and bodies, but the inclement weather conditions that one can only believe by experiencing in the heart of Connemara.The fastest of those who started and winner of the 2018 event with an almost three-hour lead was Thomas Kilmas in a time of 15:48:3. Second place was Andrew D’Arcy in 18:12:28, followed by Rex Brillantes in 18:44 to take third place. The women’s winner who was 11thoverall was Nicola Duffy, finishing in a time of 22:28:42 −an extremely close and exciting finish ahead of second placed female Miriam O’Connor who finished in 22:35:48.Runners travelled from New Zealand, Finland, Chicago, Italy, Scotland, UK and all over Ireland to complete the 100-mile road race. Amongst those taking part was race founder and event director Ray O’Connor, who completed the course in a time of 23:19:04. Anto Lee completed the first event in 2009, he ran ten hours quicker this year in 18:56:25. Thirteen of the twenty-eight finishers have previously participated in the event, most notably is John Boyle who has a record five Connemara 100 mile finishes under his belt. Simon Hallissey was the youngest finisher at just 21 years old, he completed the event in a time of 23:43:37 while Paul Brunnock who finished in 4thplace received his Marathon Club Ireland medal for reaching the milestone of finishing 100 Marathons.Completing the Connemara 100 is for many, the holy grail of ultra running. No matter how many hours of training and preparation you put in, on and off the road, nothing can really prepare you for the hardship that is experienced in making your way through the many, many miles ahead; the up’s and downs of emotion, almost in sync with the undulating hills of the route, the ability to dig deep physically, mentally and emotionally −an essential trait required to conquer the Connemara 100.For full results and photos on the event go to Connemara 100print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Youth Olympics update from Buenos Aires

first_imgDavid Kitt added; “We had just bogeyed fourteen and fifteen so were a bit annoyed with ourselves, then Lauren hit a really nice shot into sixteen and on seventeen I hit it a foot, so that was another birdie. Luckily I chipped in on the back of the green on the last, so was a great way to finish and sets us up nicely for tomorrow.”The evening session of day eight will see Dearbhla Rooney in action in the preliminary round of the women’s featherweight boxing (54-57kg) where she meets USA’s Roma Linda Martinez, while yesterday in Boxing Dean Clancy qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s flyweight category while Lauren Kelly lost in the quarter finals and Sophie Meredith finished tenth in the women’s long jump. Lauren Crowley Walsh and David Kitt (Mountbellew) are lying tied fifth on 5 under par going into today’s final rounf of cumulative play in the mixed teams, just three shots off a medal. Speaking after yesterday’s foursomes, they were happy with their performances. Dubliner Crowley-Walsh said, “It’s going pretty well the last few days, we are tied fifth going into the last day. It was four-ball yesterday and foursomes today. We played really well both days, in the four ball we got off to a really nice start, we were six under after nine holes which really got our confidence up. Today the foursome was a bit of a harder format but we worked really well as a team.”center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Galway Minor Team Unchanged For All-Ireland Final

first_imgThe Galway Minor team to play Cork in theAll-Ireland Final on Sunday is as follows: 1- Donie Halleran – Cortoon-Shamrocks2- Jonathan McGrath – Caherlistrane3- Ruairí King – Clifden4- Liam Tevnan – Northern Gaels5- Cian Hernon – Bearna6 -Ethan Fiorentini – St Michaels7 -Kyle O’Neill – Caherlistrane8 -James McLaughlin – Maigh Cuilinn9 -Daniel O Flaherty – Salthill-Knocknacarra10- Evan Nolan – Salthill-Knocknacarra11- Warren Seoige – Leitir Mór12 -Dylan Brady – Corofin13- Nathan Grainger – Claregalway14 -Tomo Culhane – Salthill-Knocknacarra15- Daniel Cox – Maigh Cuilinnprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway Minor Football Manager Donal O Faharta has named his team for Sunday’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final with Cork. Again, the team is unchanged from the side that beat Kerry by 0-14 to 0-13 in the Semi-Final. last_img read more

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Dynamiters rout Leafs 8-zip to grab early lead in Kootenay Conference Finals

first_img Kimberley scored five power play goals. The series shifts to Nelson for Games three and four, Monday and Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.Note the special start time of 7:30 p.m.Friday, in Kimberley is was all Dynamiters. Kimberley outshot the Leafs 40-23. Kimberley scored a short-handed tally — the fourth time in the playoffs Nelson has surrendered a goal with the man advantage. Ouch! Did that ever hurt.The Nelson Leafs took a major shot in the chops as the Kimberley Dynamiters waltzed to a 1-0 series lead in the opening game of the Kootenay Conference Finals Friday in the Bavarian City.The Nitros exploded for four first-period goals en route to an 8-0 spanking of the Green and White.Kimberley leads the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference Final 1-0 with Game two Saturday back in Kimberley.center_img Kimberley had six players with multiple-point games, including Cooper Page and Matt Davies, each finishing with four points. The game was the third in four contests Nelson has started slow in the opening period.Mason Palaga and Cooper Page each scored twice to lead the Dynamiters. Singles went to Nicholas Ketola, Cam Russell, James Farmer and Davies.Cody Campbell had an easy time pitching a shutout to register his ninth win of the playoffs, stopping all 23 shots as Nelson mustered five shots in the opening frame and just four in the third.Josh Williams managed to play just 11 minutes and 31 seconds before being replaced by Caiden Kreitz in the Nelson nets.The good thing, if any during an 8-0 rout, is Nelson gets a chance to even the series and head home feeling pretty good when the teams take to the ice for Game two Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Kimberley Civic Centre.In the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, Osoyoos Coyotes travel to Revelstoke for Game one of the best-of-seven series.last_img read more

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Bombers cruise past Stanley Humphries

first_imgPlaying for the first time this season, LVR had to shake off some rust before turning a 12-11 first quarter lead into a 32-21 advantage by halftime.LVR then outscored Stanley Humphries 14-4 in the third quarter to completely take over the game.Nara Arensio added eight points while Sam Chirico had seven for LVR. Paige Holmes and Mae Lovick had eight and 12 points, respectively, for Stanley Humphries.The LVR Bombers open the Kootenay Classic 2020 High School Boys Basketball Tournament Friday at the Hangar at12:45 p.m. against the Prince Charles Comets of Creston.Other teams in the tournament include Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook, Mount Sentinel Wildcats, Fernie Falcons, South Okanagan Hornets of Oliver and David Thompson Lakers.The tournament continues Saturday with Consolation Final at 3:30 p.m. and the final at 5:15 p.m. The L.V. Rogers Bombers were in mid-season form for the home opener as the squad blasted Stanley Humphries of Castlegar 53-31 in West Kootenay High School Girls Basketball action Thursday night at the Hangar.Maddy Bonikowsky scored 14 points and Emma Zacharias-Streib added 12 as the Bombers cruised to the victory.last_img read more

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Leafs overpower Spokane to take 2-0 lead in Murdoch Semi Final

first_imgIf necessary, Game five would be played Thursday back at the NDCC Arena.Nelson defenceman earns Murdoch AwardPrior to Friday’s game, Leafs Kaleb Comishin was presented with the Neil Murdoch Top Defenceman award by Nelson vice-president Jeff Wright.Comishin, who was injured in January, was back in the lineup Saturday after missing Friday’s game.Nitehawks overcome scare to grab 2-0 lead.For 57 minutes it appeared the Castlegar Rebels were in control of the first game of the Murdoch Division Semi Final Series with Beaver Valley.However, trailing 2-0, Luke Woodrow and Bradley Ross scored to tie the game at 2-2 before Nathan Ingram netted the overtime winner with 4:08 remaining to send the Hawks onto a 3-2 victory Friday at the Fruitvale Arena.Saturday, Beaver Valley built up a 5-2 lead in the second period to coast to a 6-3 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.Games three and four are Monday and Tuesday in Castlegar.Thunder Cats, Rockies surprise Eddie Mountain top seedsCreston Valley Thunder Cats and Columbia Valley Rockies shocked favourites Kimberley Dynamiters and Fernie Ghostriders on opening night of the KIJHL Playoffs.Creston edged Kimberley 3-2 while Columbia Valley edged Fernie 4-3 to take 1-0 leads in the best-of-seven series.Kimberley shutout Creston 4-0 Saturday to even the series at 1-1.However, Columbia Valley took a commanding 2-0 lead over Fernie with a 3-1 victory.In the Okanagan Conference, Revelstoke, 100 Mile House and Princeton each hold 2-0 leads in the best-of-seven series.North Okanagan, after scoring an opening night upset, is tied with Kelowna Chiefs.Prior to the opening puck drop at the NDCC Arena for the Murdoch Division Series between Spokane and Nelson, Leafs Kaleb Comishin was presented with the Neil Murdoch Top Defenceman award by Nelson vice-president Jeff Wright. — Photo courtesy Nelson Leafs Hockey Club The Nelson Leafs took care of business on home ice as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final Series opened this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs outscored visiting Spokane 10-2 in two games to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Semi Final.Nelson opened the series Friday with a hard-fought 4-1 decision over the Braves. The Leafs followed up the strong performance Saturday, dumping the Braves 6-1 behind the three-point performance of Alek Erichuk.Friday, after Leaf Captain David Sanchez settled the nerves of the home team with a breakaway goal late in the open period to tie the game at 1-1, Reid Wilson and Shawn Campbell scored second period goals to give Nelson a lead the host team would not relinquish.Campbell, with his second of the game coming on the power play, completed the scoring for Nelson.Anderson Violette stopped 27 of 28 shots to register the win in goal.Austin Madge took the loss in goal for Spokane.Campbell, and teammate Aiden Jenner, each finished the game with three points for Nelson.Saturday, Nelson built a 5-0 lead 35 minutes into the game before coasting to the victory.Erichuk, in the first period, followed by goals from Ryan Janowski, Wilson, Brady Miller and Sanchez gave Nelson the huge lead.Logan Steven scored for Spokane to stop the onslaught.However, Tyler Pisiak answered that marker with one of his own before the period ended to complete the scoring.Nelson outshot the Braves in the contest 38-26.Violette registered his second consecutive win in goal while Marcello De Antunano was in goal for the Braves.The series resumes Monday and Tuesday in Spokane.last_img read more

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