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Galway Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals contain arguably the four clubs all would have predicted. With the potential to create two massively entertaining encounters, Turloughmore and Sarsfields still go into the fixtures as rank outsiders.
The Galway senior hurlers have still never beaten Dublin in Croke Park in the Leinster senior hurling championship, but they did stage a stirring comeback last Sunday in clawing back a twelve point deficit to salvage a 1-15 to 2-21 draw and book a place in the provincial final against Kilkenny.
Another road trip awaits the Galway senior hurlers this weekend when they travel to Mullingar to take on Westmeath on Saturday evening with an unbeaten record still intact after last weekend’s contest with Kilkenny, which finished 1-24 to 0-27.
BUCCANEERS 37 CREGGS 12
Injuries are an unfortunate, and often inevitable part of sport, but the news that David Burke has been ruled out for the rest of the Galway senior hurler’s season due to a cruciate ligament injury picked up in training last week placed a dark cloud over the team’s final league game away to Westmeath.
It has to be the year of the Shark, that’s John ‘Shark’ Hanlon from County Carlow. He bought a horse called Hewick. He didn’t pay dearly for it (not even a thousand euro) and then won the Galway Plate last summer. He added another win at Sandown, and between the two he pocketed half a million euro. Not bad for a year’s work. But just last October he won the American Grand National at Fair Hills in New Jersey with a $160,000 dollar first prize. Now he is 33/1 to take the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. D’ya think, maybe.
Sarsfields camogie were crowned four-in-a-row senior champions in Galway when they prevailed in a close encounter by 2-11 to 2-9 against Oranmore Maree on Saturday.
Buccaneers and Sligo will contest this season's Connacht Senior League final on Saturday in Dubarry Park (2.30pm).
Sarsfields and Clarinbridge served up the game of the weekend in the Brooks Group Galway Senior Hurling Championship when they played out a thrilling draw in Duggan Park on Sunday evening.