SPORTS SHORTS

• Galway County badminton team enjoyed a famous win in the All Ireland inter-county finals at NUIG sports centre. Having advanced from the qualifying weekend, Galway faced Roscommon in what proved a tight All-Ireland semi final. Early nerves and a couple of tight set losses saw the team trail Roscommon 3-2 in the best of nine, but a great win in the first ladies’ doubles saw Galway draw 3-3. Galway won two of the three mixed games to squeeze through to the All Ireland final 5-3. Up against Meath, Galway got off to a flying start, winning both singles to take a 2-0 lead. Second ladies and second men soon followed to leave Galway in a strong 4-0 lead. It was left to Galway's first doubles pairing of Ross Creaven and Colm Franks to clinch the deciding match to give Galway an unbeatable 5-0 lead and the Class 4 All-Ireland title. Galway team, Cormac O'Connor (player manager ), Ross Creaven, Colm Franks, Bryan Lalor, Damien Hehir, Stephen Keane, Joanne Gilmore, Susan Gilmore, Helen Sheehan, Orla Bishop, Claire Kenny.

•Charlie Ward and Donna Larkin, who both fight out of the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym, posted impressive victories at the IKF-sanctioned kickboxing promotion in Co Waterford at the weekend. Ward defeated Adam Coleman from Cappaquin and was awarded best junior fighter of the night award, while Larkin defeated Elaine Comerford from Midleton Thaiboxing. Ward’s next fight is against Eric Nolan from Dublin over five rounds for the Junior IKF All Ireland Light Welterweight Title and this will take place in Leisureland, Salthill, on the undercard to Nicola Collins’ World Title fight on Saturday, May 15.

• Former Galway United star Jay O’Shea has joined championship side Middlesbrough on a month’s loan from Birmingham. O’Shea has made only three appearances for Birmingham this season and boss Alex McLeish believes the loan will be good for O’Shea to get some valuable experience.

•Galway’s unbeaten run in the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL division one continues following their 1-9 to 0-10 victory over Mayo. With just one round remaining, against Monaghan in two weeks, Galway continue to top the leaderboard with 14 points - just one ahead of their next opponents.

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