Celtic look to get on winning ways in local derby

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Big win needed: Castlebar Celtic’s Emma Hansberry will be hoping her team can pick up a first league win 
of the season on Sunday against Galway WFC

The start of the current Women’s National League could not have got off to a worse start for Castlebar Celtic, after four games the Hoops are pointless and rooted to the bottom of the table as the only side without a point to their names. It is still early days but Adrian Carberry’s women will be hoping they can pick up their first win of the season in the Connacht derby against Galway WFC in Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

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The running man

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

The year 1984 was significant in Irish athletics. It was the year of the Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. Ireland's John Treacy made history winning silver in the marathon in 2:09:56 - Ireland's 13th Olympic athletics medal. In the 1984 games too it was the first time a women's marathon had been held - Joan Benoit (USA) won in 2:24:52. Just four years before the Dublin Marathon was held for the first time.

For one Christy O'Malley, 1984 was also a significant year. The Carramore native had just turned 18 and in October of that year he ran his first marathon in Dublin finishing in 3:47:00. Christy is a popular member of Mayo AC, and he will reach a unique milestone when he takes part in next week's Dublin City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday - a race which also incorporated the AAI National Marathon championships. He will be running his 50th marathon and it will also be his one thousandth race to date in an athletics career spanning 30 years. Back in the summer of 1984, Christy was a prominent footballer with Carramore GAA club. His athletics inspiration came from a number of sources. His brother Gerry ran the 1983 Dublin marathon. Both of them had seen TV coverage of the great Dick Hooper (Raheny Shamrock) winning the first Dublin marathon in 1980 and Christy was hugely influenced by that - Dick Hooper is still his athletics hero.

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Will anyone be able to challenge Westport next season

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

There are not many superlatives left to describe how good Westport United have been this season in league and cup competitions in Mayo. A second treble in three years of the Elverys Sports Super League, FCS Cup and Connacht Gold Cup was achieved last Sunday, with a 3-0 win over Ballyheane in the Connacht Gold Cup Final, and with that they went through the entire domestic season, league and cup unbeaten. The only minor blemish on their record was a draw at home to Straide and Foxford United in July. But last weekend it was jut about taking care of business and they did that with ruthless efficiency and killing the game off early thanks to goals from Dave Cameron and Pat Fitzgerald inside the opening 20 minutes, with Philip Keegan rounding off the win before the hour mark.

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Connacht prepare for tough six days as they head to Exeter

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Connacht, leading pool two, travel to Exeter for Saturday’s second European Challenge Cup fixture to face the top seeds and pool favourites. In their first home fixture, the Chiefs are expecting to come out with all guns blazing to ensure they maintain their push for qualification, and there is little doubt Saturday’s game will present a different challenge than that posed by La Rochelle last weekend.

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Higgins, Boyle and O’Connor get All Star awards

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

For their efforts this summer three Mayo players will pick up All Star awards at tonight’s banquet. The ever reliable Keith Higgins picked up his third All Star in a row for his displays this summer after being selected in the corner back position.

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Westport pick up fourth win on the bounce

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Getting it away: Ballina’s Richard Morrow looks to lay off the ball last weekend against Corinthians. Photo: Ballina RFC

After a shaky start that saw them go down to league leaders Connemara and Ballinasloe in the opening two rounds, Westport picked up their fourth win in a row in the division 1A of the Connacht Junior League last weekend, with a 24-17 win over Galwegians in Carrowholly.

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Ballintubber were brilliantly ruthless when needed

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Congratulations to Ballintubber who clinched their third Moclair Cup in five years against last year’s county and Connacht champions, and their fiercest rivals Castlebar Mitchels. It is a marvellous achievement for a team that was playing intermediate football in 2007.

It was a somewhat strange game with long periods of play where neither teams registered a flag but that will not bother Ballintubber in the slightest. Shane Conway and Alan Nolan decided that their impressive defence was good enough to go man on man with a dangerous forward line that could boast three current Mayo senior players, who along with Padraig O’Connor, Damien Coleman, and Alan Plunkett completed a formidable striking unit who all knew where the goalposts were. Castlebar aided by the unusual swirling breeze simply did not take advantage and very often over cooked passes into the full forward line.

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Ballyhaunis look for final berth

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

There is not much time to rest in the east Mayo town of Ballyhaunis these days, fresh off the back of county title success for the intermediate footballers and senior hurlers the small matter of Connacht success is up for grabs for both teams over the next few weeks.

Last Sunday the intermediate footballers booked their place in the Connacht semi-final with a 3-13 to 0-6 win over Dromahair and on the upcoming Bank Holiday Monday, the Ballyhaunis hurlers will be in action in the Connacht intermediate hurling final against Roscommon champions Four Roads at 2pm in Athleague. Up for grabs is a place in the final of the competition against the Galway intermediate champions next month.

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Carnacon back looking for more glory

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Back for more: Fiona McHale and her Carnacon teammates are back looking for more Connacht glory this weekend
Photo:Sportsfile.

Just as Halloween is about to roll around again for another year, one of the other seemingly annual events is also coming up this weekend, Carnacon are in a Connacht senior club final and the favourites for victory.

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Ballintubber crowned champions for third time in five years

Sun, Oct 19, 2014

Celebration time: Ballintubber celebrate in the dressing room after their win. Photo:Sportsfile

Goals win games and there was no recovering from the two goals they shipped inside the opening ten minutes for Castlebar Mitchels on Sunday in MacHale Park.

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Brilliant Byrne leads Moy Davitts to glory

Sun, Oct 19, 2014

A brilliant performance from Moy Davitts saw them take home the Mayo minor A championship for the first time in the clubs history on Sunday afternoon in MacHale Park.

The moyside outfit were by far the better team, with captain Paul Langan, midfielder Maksyiulun Babianwyk and centre-half forward Conor Byrne the leading lights for them. For Claremorris, Conor Diskin lead their resistance in attack, while Keith Saunders put on an outstanding display between the posts for the south Mayo men, pulling off a number of great saves.

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