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Portumna Golf Club has won the All-Ireland Junior Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Having They won Connacht in August at Castlebar GC, they returned to the same venue for the All-Ireland finals where they overcame Ulster champions Banbridge to advance to the final against Naas. Father and son John and Sean Cleary were the heroes on the first day, both coming from a deficit position to win their respective matches. And Pat Quinlan was the toast of the club the following day after the Clearys won their respective matches. Quinlan made sure of the trophy when he hit a tremendous four iron to 10ft at the difficult par three 16th to see off David Prendergast of Naas in the fifth and final match. The team was captained by Matt Donoghue.
Mayo would still be allowed compete in this year’s Connacht senior football championship, if a solution to the impasse between the county board and the players can be resolved in time, the Mayo Advertiser has learned this week. “We received an email this week on Monday morning from the Mayo County Board informing us that they would be withdrawing from this year’s championship,” Ita Hannon, secretary of the Connacht Ladies’ Council, told the Mayo Advertiser. When asked if Mayo would be readmitted into the championship, she confirmed that the Connacht Council would let them back in if they asked. “Of course we would let them back in. We’d never stop anyone from playing football.”
The Mayo ladies senior footballers are on the look out for a new management team once again following the resignation of Pat Costello and his selection team on Monday night. Costello only took over the role before the start of this year’s National Football League campaign which saw Mayo win three of their seven games and losing four.
The draws for the Mayo Senior, Intermediate, and Junior championships which were supposed to take place in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Wednesday night were called off at short notice during the week. The sticking point on the draw came from the decisions by delegates at the county convention back in December to approve a motion to allow a divisional side from west Mayo enter the senior championship, upping the numbers in the competition to 17 for the year. The side which is proposed to be made up of players from Islandeady, Balla, Louisburgh, and Parke would be in the competition for one year only at present, and as they are not a club side they could not be relegated from the division. This would lead to the side finishing fourth in their group entering the relegation play off and could lead to possible legal difficulties, in relation to the rules of the championship. Also the county board has scheduled championship games in all grades to take place over a number of set weekends which would see players from the four junior clubs playing twice in a weekend or even on the same day.
For the sixth time in five years the Mayo senior ladies will set out on the road towards league and championship action with a new manager at the helm. Following in the footsteps of Michael Ryder, Frank Browne, and Charlie Lambert in the last few years is Tuam native Kevin Reidy. Even with the upheaval in management over the last two years the Mayo players have managed to pull through and claim two Connacht titles, a national league title, and make it to an All Ireland final. So Reidy knows that he has the talent at his disposal to make a serious challenge for honours this year.
On Sunday, Killala will look to book their place in the All Ireland Junior Football championship final when they take on Liverpool side John Mitchels in Carrick on Shannon. This will be the second time in two years the north Mayo men have been within touching distance of Croke Park and the All Ireland final. In 2006 they fell short against Greencastle at this stage and they will be aiming to put things to right this weekend.