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There is a full slate of action in junior rugby across a number of competitions this weekend, with the main attraction the semi-final stages of the Connacht Junior Cup.
Connacht return to action after a two-week break facing a block of 10 fixtures which will be crucial in achieving their seasonal ambitions.
The heart-rates have probably only got back to normal for Moy Davitts' supporters following last Saturday nights amazing come from behind injury time victory in the Mayo Intermediate Football Championship final. Trailing by three points in injury time, having led by five at the turnaround and a man up, they had only managed to score a single point in the entire 30 minutes of normal play in the second half - but somehow they managed to win the game in a amazing four minutes of action. James Mulderrig hammered home a thunderbolt of a goal from 20 yards out, to level it up - it was that type of shot that once it left his boot you could see it was only going to end up in one place and that was followed by a floating effort from Séan Kelly which seemed to just about make it over crossbar.
“Mayo football is in a critical state,” “the players are finished,” “the management aren't up to it,” “I hope Roscommon beat us to put us out of our misery.” They are just a small example of what I listened to last week in the build up to the replay against Roscommon. Fast forward three days and the Mayo for Sam bandwagon is in full swing. “That was Mayo's best performance in Croke Park,” “This is the strongest squad Mayo have ever had,” “every player played well,” “Rochford is a tactical genius,” “I think we'll win the All-Ireland this year.”
Galway Ladies have kickstarted their All Ireland campaign having secured this season's Connacht Minor A Championship in Ballyhaunis.
With the announcement of the new GAA president just over a fortnight away, Galway’s Frank Burke sat down with Matt Cassidy to talk about his campaign to be elected to one of the biggest jobs in Irish sport and only the third Galway man to hold the position.
Sport has the power to change lives. The physical and mental benefits of playing sport from a young age are extensive, with individuals developing personal skills and qualities that are then carried into adulthood.
It has been a good season so far for Tony Ward's Galway senior camogie players and they hope to continue their winning ways when they face Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final this Saturday in Nowlan Park (3.30pm).
This Sunday at noon Jeffrey Lynskey's gallant Galway minors will take on Kilkenny in their All-Ireland minor replay as part of a triple-header at Croke Park with the second minor semi-final, between Tipperary and Dublin (2pm), and the senior All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Tipperary (4pm).
The Galway senior hurlers are 2/1 outsiders this Sunday to defeat Eamon O' Shea's Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park (4pm).