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The Galway Hurling Board held their monthly meeting last Wednesday 17th October with the following news items amongst many...* Secretary Pat Kearney outlined the plan over the next few weeks:Senior semi's Sunday 28th Oct in Athenry. Final 11th Nov.Shield semi's Sunday 28th Oct or Bank Holiday MondayJun B w/e 27th/28th with semi's 11th Nov and final 18th Nov.Jun C semi's this w/e and final sat 27th Oct.U21A Athenry vs St Thomas semi-replay 3/11 or 17/11* Chairman Joe Byrne asked the meeting for their views on how long of a break should...

IMPORTANT: Changes for weekend

Friday 19th October, 2012


Due to weather and other reasons, please note the following:1) Both Minor A and Minor B finals now switched to St. Brendan's Park, Loughrea. Same times and same day. Saturday 20th October2:30pm: Minor B Final......Portumna v St. Thomas4:00pm: Minor A Final......Tommie Larkins v Turloughmore2) Junior A quarter-final between Castlegar and Portumna now called off and will be refixed possibly for next weekend.3) Junior A quarter-final between Barna-Furbo and Sylane now called off and will be refixed possibly for next weekend....


The only SALTHILL HOTEL Senior Hurling fixture this weekend takes place on Sunday when Mullagh and Loughrea face each other again after last weeks draw on a scoreline of Mullagh 1-13 to Loughrea's 0-16.Last Saturday's draw was a match that Mullagh will feel they let slip after being ahead by 1-13 to 0-12 with only 5 minutes left to play, Mullagh were previously ahead by 1-10 to 0-8 after 10 mins in the second half, but Loughrea pulled back, only for Mullagh to pull those 4 points clear again with only 5 minutes remaining. But such is the...

JUNIOR C1 quarter-final time!

Friday 19th October, 2012



There are three GULLANE'S HOTEL Junior C1 Quarter Finals down for decision this weekend and some interesting ties lie in store.On Saturday in Turloughmore, the men of Liam Mellows will take on Annaghdown. The Mellows men will feel they were unlucky in last years Semi Final and will want to get back there and banish the memories of that heartbreaking defeat. They have put up some good scores in their group games and are aiming to go all the way this year. Annaghdown will have something to say about that and will be boosted with the return of...

"davey fitz" slips up and gets hunted down!

Thursday 18th October, 2012



The 2012 facetheball Galway Hurling Prediction Competition took an interesting twist last week with leader davey fitz finding the going tough as he only correctly predicted one of the winners from last weekends 5 matches. That only gave him a week point total of 23 points, which means his opponents had opportunity to make up ground and try reel him in. This brings to mind an event like the Tour de France where one rider has broken away on the half-way mark but the pelleton are slowly reeling him in. But will the finish line appear in time for...

Minor A final of T'Larkins and Turlough

Thursday 18th October, 2012



This years pairing for the PIER HEAD Minor A Hurling Final brings together two sides who will fight for the right to be crowned kings of minor hurling 2012. There can be no denying the right of both sides to contest this years final and this can only add to the anticipation for Saturday in Kenny Park.Taking their place on the field for the 4pm throw in are the lads of Tommy Larkins and Turloughmore. These two sides have won many A titles in the past few years such as Tommy Larkins U16A in 2010, and Turloughmore U16A in 2011 and 2012. This...

Kenny Park on Saturday is the day and venue for this eagerly awaited replay and hopefully by shortly after 3.30pm we will know where this years PIER HEAD MINOR B Hurling Title will be going.Two weeks ago St. Thomas and Portumna played out an action packed, high intensity final, that resulted in a draw. This Saturday will be the third meeting of the year between these two sides, with Portumna winning the earlier group game. As aways, with these two fine hurling clubs, there will be nothing left behind them as they go all out for this win and...

Semi-finals this weekend in Junior 1

Thursday 18th October, 2012


The battle to represent Galway in the Connacht Junior Championship continues this weekend with the JUNIOR 1 semi-finals being played.The final four sides consist of 3 Junior A teams who are already knocked out of their championship, while the only Junior B side are still alive in theirs.Up first on Saturday sees the holders from Ballygar face Michael Breathnach. These two sides met earlier in the Junior A championship group game, and there was nothing to separate them as they played out a tense draw 1-9 to 0-12.Ballygar went on to...

Intermediate Shield semi-final

Thursday 18th October, 2012


The first of this years INTERMEDIATE SHIELD semi-finals takes place this coming Sunday with the meeting of Ballindereen and Oranmore-Maree both looking for a place in the final.Ballindereen looked impressive against Kilnadeema-Leitrim in their quarter-final and no doubt that game will stand to them, as is the fact that they are obviously taking this competition serious and would like to finish their season on a high note.Against them are Oranmore-Maree who, like most Intermediate teams, are disappointed not to be in the...

GULLANES HOTEL Junior C semi-finals time!

Wednesday 17th October, 2012



While all the talk in the last few weeks may have been about the Senior and Intermediate Quarter Finals, we should spare a thought for Junior teams across the county who were just as busy preparing for the knockout stages of their grades. Junior Hurling is an area of our GAA that doesn't get the publicity it deserves and more often than not these Junior A, B, C and C1 hurlers train just as hard and give just as much commitment to their teams as most Senior and Intermediate hurlers do.Junior Hurling Standards in all grades have improved...

The final part of the festival of hurling took part in Craughwell training pitches on Sunday the 14th of October. Following on from the Skills competition for U-8's up to U-16's, and the U7/U8 Invitational Tournament, the Craughwell Juvenile Committee held the U9/U10 Invitational Hurling Tournament.With 8 (Oranmore, Athenry, Ardrahan, Kilnadeemna/Leitrim, Turloughmore, Castlegar, Tynagh-Abbey Duniry, Sarsfields) clubs attending, with a team in each age group, there was over 260 players present on the day. Thankfully the...


This weekend sees the Finnerty Plant Hire Intermediate Championship semi-finals take place, with two mouthwatering ties to decide who will play in the 2012 Co. FinalNot too many would have predicted the semi-final pairing of Ahascragh/Fohenagh v's Killimor before a ball was struck in this years Championship, but thats not to say that both sides don't deserve to be there because they certainly do.Ahascragh/Fohenagh have made good progress in recent times and certainly will be hard to handle. If they can bring the confidence and...

Connolly/Cunniffe U14 - a great success

Tuesday 16th October, 2012


Connolly/Cunniffe U14 Tournament Draws Curtain on successful Hurling Season by Adrian Hession in Woodmount The Connacht GAA Development Squad Hurling Coaching Program for 2012 drew to a close recently as 180 young hurlers from around Connacht descending on the Padraig Pearses GAA Grounds in Roscommon for the annual Veronica Connolly/Micky Cunniffe Memorial Tournaments. In total nine teams were in action throughout the days fare, with sixteen games played throughout the afternoons activities. In the Veronica Connolly...

Turlough claim back to back U16A titles

Tuesday 16th October, 2012



Match report of OCEAN HYGIENE U16A Hurling Championship Final 2012Turloughmore 0-16...............Gort 0-15 Turloughmore secured back to back titles at U16 A, with a hard fought victory over a determined Gort side in a most entertaining game. After the All-Ireland Feile na nGael champions of 2010 dominated first half proceedings, they were put to the pin of their collar in the second half, when Gort, inspired by Ronan Burke and Aidan Helebert responded bravely but just came up short. With Conor Shaughnessy in execellant...

OCEAN HYGIENE U16 B & C finals

Tuesday 16th October, 2012



The 2012 Coiste Iomana na nOg's competitive calendar should come to a successful conclusion this coming weekend with the playing of the OCEAN HYGIENE U16 B and C finals, in Duggan Park this Saturday 20th.The U16C final see's the meeting of good rivals Abbeyknockmoy and Mountbellew-Moylough at 11:00am, while that match is followed by the much anticiapated clash of Padraig Pearses and Cappataggle in the B final. Saturday 20th Octoberin Duggan Park, Ballinasloe2012 Ocean Hygiene U 16 C Hurling final Abbeyknockmoy V...


Carnmore kept their senior status survival hopes alive last weekend with a narrow one point win over the already safe Kiltormer.That win by 0-14 to 1-10 takes Carnmore off the foot of the table but still deep in the relegation zone, alongside Liam Mellows, Ardrahan and Clarinbridge.In summary, we started with five teams.......Kiltormer are home safe and sound.......while other four sides can all still be relegated.This weekend see the meeting of Clarinbridge and Ardrahan in Kenny Park on Sunday. The bottom line in this fixture is...

Shields and Juniors draws made

Monday 15th October, 2012



The draws were made yesterday evening as follows:GULLANE'S HOTEL JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINALSSarsfields v BeaghSalthill-Knocknacarra v Oranmore-MareeTynagh-Abbey-Duniry v KillimorArdrahan v CappataggleGULLANE'S HOTEL JUNIOR C HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALSAthenry v Tynagh-Abbey-DuniryMeelick-Eyrecourt v MullaghSENIOR HURLING SHIELD SEMI-FINALSKinvara v SarsfieldsTynagh-Abbey-Duniry v CraughwellINTERMEDIATE HURLING SHIELD SEMI-FINALSBallindereen v...

The Weekend Scoreboard!

Monday 15th October, 2012



It was another busy weekend in Galway club hurling with teams exiting and others advancing in their respective championships.Salthill Hotel Senior Hurling quarter-finalsThe big result this weekend was the win by Turloughmore over Portumna in a great game played yesterday. Although the winners shot numerous wides, they managed also to raise more white flags than their opponents. Elsewhere, Mullagh and Loughrea will have to meet again after playing out a thrilling draw, while defending county champions Gort were made work all...

The draws were made this evening for the 2012 Salthill Hotel Senior and Finnerty Plant Hire Intermediate hurling championships as follows:SALTHILL HOTEL SENIOR SEMI-FINALSGort v St. Thomas'Turloughmore v Loughrea or MullaghFINNERTY PLANT HIRE INTERMEDIATE SEMI-FINALSCappataggle v KillimordalyAhascragh-Fohenagh v Killimor

SALTHILL HOTEL Senior quarter-finals

Friday 12th October, 2012



The new format of this years SALTHILL HOTEL Senior Championship is getting to the money side of things when this weekend sees the four quarter-finals being played.There are two double headers taking place that should attract hurling fans from all over the county - in Duggan Park on Saturday, and Kenny Park on Sunday.2012 SALTHILL HOTEL QUARTER-FINALSSaturday 13th October, in Duggan Park, BallinasloeLoughrea v Mullagh, at 3:00pmGort v Padraig Pearses, at 4:30pmSunday 14th October, in Kenny Park, AthenrySt. Thomas v Castlegar,...

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