Senior Hurling Championship
Athenry seniors may be classed as a developing side, but entered into the summer months off with a perfect record of two wins from two that placeed them top of Group 1 in the Senior B Hurling Championship. A late Noel Keogh goal helped them past Beagh two weekends beforehand, but their viictory this time around was more commanding in nature. James Divilly and Conor Burke set the tone from the halfback line, the duo contributing a point apiece and were complicit in Athenry's second goal, where Keogh was again on hand to apply a finishing touch to what was the best move of the match.
They recorded their third group win, defeating Ahascragh-Fohenagh, but had to withstand a strong second half fightback from 10-point deficit to secure their place in the knockout stages. Goalkeeper John Grealish smothered a late goal opportunity to level the game and Athenry weathered the storm.
Athenry 4·13 Ahascragh-Fohenagh 2·15
Athenry: John Grealish; Jack MacCullagh. Ian O'Shea. Cathal Moran; James Divilly, Conor Burke. Shane Quirke; Mark Hannon. Martin Cullen (0-1); Ronan Hardiman (0-2). Paddy Hannon 0-0). Noel Keogh; Conor Lawless (1-1), Jack Carr. Cian Burke (0-7. 0-4 frees). Subs: Paddy Rabbitte (1·2). for Paddy Hannon inj.. half-time; Eoin Caulfield, for Cullen. 39 mins, Donal Parr for Keogh. 55 mins.
Galway capture first Camogie League Title
Galway produced a performance fit for the occasion to dethrone four in-a-row-chasing Kilkenny and capture a first National League Division I Camogie tite in four seasons at Croke Park. The Tribeswomen were very impressive and well-organised throughout, and were more dominant than the two-point winning margin may suggest. Kilkenny were pedestrian in comparison, playing second fiddle to Cathal Murray's charges for long spells and went eight points down at one stage, a lead the winners never fully relinquished.
This was Galway's first league title since 2015 and they were in great form throughout the campaign, easing their way to the final and outclassing Limerick at the semi-final stage.
Galway: Sarah Healy; Shauna Healy, S. Dervan (captain). H. Cooney; T. Kenny, E. Helebert. L Ryan: A.M. Starr, A. Donohue (O-3); N. Kilkenny (0-2), A. O'Reilly (O-1), N. McGrath; C. Dolan (0-8,0-6 Frees. 0-2 45’s). N. Hannilfy (0-2), N. Coen. Subs: S. Spellman for McGrath. 42 mins; M. Cooney for Coen. 51 mins: D. Higgins for Ryan. 62 mins. L. Ryan for Dolan, 63 mins.
Three-in-a-row for Galway Minor Hurling Team
Three is the magic number or at least it was for Galway as they captured a first ever three in-a-row of All-Ireland minor hurling titles at Croke Park in what amounted to a facile 11-point victory over Kilkenny.
Better still, it meant a fourth crown in five seasons, with the only blemish in the Tribesmen's near flawless copybook a lone 2016 semi-final defeat to Tipperary across half a decade. Galway's imperious record over this spell now stands at: played 17, won 15, drawn one and lost one.
Athenry’s Brian Hanley was the man in charge as Galway created history and joined Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny achieving the accomplishment. The first time a county has done so in modern hurling for 48 years. Eoin Lawless played at full back and was flawless throughout game taking home his second All-Ireland Minor Hurling Medal. Mark Hardiman was also a member of the panel.
Final score Galway 3-14 Kilkenny 1-12
GALWAY, M. Egan (Cappataggle): C. Brennan (Clarinbridge), E. Lawless (Athenry), A. Nolan (Kilnadeema-Leitrrm): E. Collins (Carnmore), I. McGlynn (captain. Kilconieron), J. Cooney (Sarsflelds): L Leen (Clarinbrldge), A. Connalre (0-1. Sarsflelds): C. Cunningham (Moycullen). S. McDonagh (2·8, 1·0 penalty, 0-6 trees, 0-1 65, Mountbellew-Moylough). T. Killeen (0-2. Loughrea) G. Thomas (0-1. Ballygar), S. Morgan (Loughrea). R. Davitt (1·2. Oranmore-Maree). Subs: G. Lee (Carinbrldge) for Cunningham. 46 mins, C O’Hanlon (Turloughmore), for Morgan. 51 mins, E. Davoren (Moycullen) for Collins, 56 min: C. Molloy (Kilnadeema-Leitrim), for Davitt 60 min: N. Glynn (Ahascragh-Fohenagh). for Thomas, 62 mins.
No joy for Presentation College in Post Primary School's Final
There was no joy for Presentation College in the All-Ireland Post Primary Senior A Hurling Championship Final at Tullamore.
A year previous, it took St Kieran's College until extra time to eventually overcome a courageous Presentation College, Athenry outfit. Twelve months down the line, it was the Kilkenny nursery once again who pipped their Galway counterparts in another closely contested decider.
Finals are often decided by the hop of the ball and heart-breakingly for the Pres men it was the opposition who got the rub of the green in the 53rd minute with Kieran's substitute Conor Kelly kicking the ball to the net from the base of a huddle.
The O'Loughlin Gaels clubman's fortuitous break ultimately proved the difference and knocked the stuffing out of the Athenry college who were outscored 1-4 to just two points in the closing ten minutes of the game.
Final score: St. Kieran’s Kilkenny 1-15 Presentation College Athenry 1-12
The Senior Hurling Team had a six point win 4-13 to 2-13 over Ahascragh/Fohenagh at Loughrea to keep their Championship hopes on track.
Great Under 6 Hurling Blitz with Craughwell. Thanks to all the boys, their parents and coaches for a great effort.
Mary McGovern R.I.P.
St. Mary's GAA Club was profoundly saddened to hear of the passing of a great club stalwart Mary McGovern. Mary and her husband Sean were great servants of the club over many decades and were to the forefront in setting up and running the club's Lotto.
Indeed Mary and Sean could be found every Sunday night in the location of the Lotto selling, counting proceeds and checking numbers. Mary took great pride in attending the Sean McGovern School of Hurling every year and in more recent years watching her grandchildren taking part in the tournament set up in honour of Sean.
Our club will greatly miss Mary for her great support and her warm friendly outgoing demenour. Mary was a loyal club member and a special Lady.
We extend our deepest sympathies to her son Sean, daughters Ann Marie, Brenda and Niamh, grandchildren, sons in law, brothers, sisters, relatives and her wide circle of friends.
Ar Dheis de Go raibh a hAnam uasal. Ni bhfeidh a leitheid ann aris.
Two Athenry Under 12 Hurling teams played in the Killmacud Crokes Juvenile Hurling Tournament.
The Athenry A team narrowly lost to Waterford's Ballygunner in the final but the B team were successful against the hosts B team. Well done to all the players, manager Paddy Kelly and his mentors
Under 12 team that won the Michael Brennan Trophy in Ballygar
Galway All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions 2019
Front Row: (left to right) Jack Linnane (Gort), Ruben Davitt (Oranmore-Maree), Liam Leen (Clarinbridge), Adam Nolan (Kilnadeema-Leitrim), Paddy Commins (Gort), Tiernan Killeen (Loughrea), Ian McGlynn (captain, Kilconieron), Michael Egan (Cappataggle), Colm Cunningham (Moycullen), Oisín Slevin (Ardrahan), Luke Prendergast (Ballinderreen), Matthew Rosengrave (Michael Cusacks), Sean McDonagh (Mountbellew-Moylough), Alex Connaire (Sarsfields) and John Cooney (Sarfields). Back Row: (left to right) Gavin Lee (Clarinbridge), Mark Hardiman (Athenry), Niall Glynn (Ahascragh-Fohenagh), Christy Brennan (Clarinbridge), Shane Morgan (Loughrea), Conor Slattery (Tommy Larkins), Greg Thomas (Ballygar), Enda Collins (Carnmore), Eoin Lawless (Athenry), Ryan Howley (Craughwell), Ben O’Connor (Ardrahan), Declan McLoughlin (Portumna), Cillian Callaghan (Castlegar), Eoin Killeen (Gort), Sean O’Hanlon (Turloughmore), Colm Molloy (Kilnadeema-Leitrim) and Éanna Davoren (Moycullen)
Conor Murphy of St Kieran’s, Kilkenny (left) and Presentation College’s Shane Quirke with referee Johnny Murphy before throw-in in the All-Ireland Post Primary Senior A Hurling Championship Final at Tullamore.
Congratulations to Carnaun National School winners of the Division 1A Hurling 11 a side Final against Kiltullagh on a score line of 7-10 to 3-6 at Loughgeorge. Well done to all the players and team management
Galway National League Division 1 Camogie Champions
Back: Laura Glynn (Sarsfields), Molly Mannion (Mountbellew-Moylough), Niamh Murphy (Clarinbridge), Laura Ward (Sarsfields), Karen Kennedy (Mullagh), Leanne Freaney (Athenry), Niamh Hanniffy (Oranmore-Maree), Sarah Healy (St. Thomas'), Heather Cooney (St. Thomas'), Sarah Dervan (captain, Mullagh), Catriona Cormican (Cappataggle), Dervla Higgins (Athenry), Maria Cooney (Sarsfields), Niamh McGrath (Sarsfields), Lisa Casserly (Balllnderreen), Ciara Murphy (Clarinbridge), Mairead Dillon (Kilconieron), Anne Marie Starr (Killimor): Front: Catriona Lee (Castlegar), Ellsha Broderick (Castlegar), Carrie Dolan (Clarinbridge), Catherine Finnerty (Mountbellew-Moylough), Sarah Spellman (Sarsflelds), Ava Lynskey (Ardrahan), Noreen Coen (Athenry), Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses), Ailish O'Rellly (Oranmore-Maree), Tara Kenny (Sarsflelds), Emma Helebert (Balllnderreen), Shauna Healy (Ardrahan), Lorraine Ryan (Kiltullagh-Killmordaly) and Aolfe Donohue (Mullagh).