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Galway mourns passing of a sporting character

A well-known Galway footballer of the fifties, Brendan Glynn, passed away in the city this week.

Up go those hands again for Galway

“Full back is Noel Tierney of sturdy proportions,

Salthill may start as favourites, but Stars have a spring in their step

Tuam Stars and their supporters will be in high spirits this week after their tremendous and deserved one-point victory over Mountbellew/Moylough on Sunday.

Golf Results

•Athenry Golf Club: Captain’s Prize, Norman Farrell (6) 97; Michael Crimmins Jnr (13) 99.5; Gross Padraig McInerney (5) 113; Brendan Byrnes (16) 102; Mattie Duane (19) 102.5; Sean Flannery (16) 103. Sunday, Declan Costello (17) 41; Tom Sweeney (18) 41; Gross Blaine Niland (5) 30; Tom Hanley (21) 37; Gerry Doherty (16) 37; Joe Broder (13) 37. Ladies’ 18 hole stableford, Josephine Noone (11) 37; Laura Moran (33) 37; Gross Marie Carr (7) 29; Maureen Lawless (24) 36; Margaret Seery (31) 35; Valerie Greaney (33) 35. •Bearna Golf Club, voted Connacht’s most improved course, is now offering a unique half year membership from July 1 to December 31. For more information contact 091 592677 or email [email protected]

SPORTS SHORTS

•SPORTS PERFORMANCE: The Sports Performance Centre in Oranmore Business Park is offering individual athletes and teams of all sporting disciplines scientific based programmes. The centre is open for children from six years of age up at the initiation stage up to high performance stage for adults 19 years and over. There are four phases of development at the centre: 6 to 10 years old – Initiation Development Phase; 11 to 14 years old – Athletic Development Phase; 15-18 years old – Specialisation Phase; 19+ years old - High Performance Phase. During the four phases, all athletes learn how to optimise their general athletic motor skills. The programme includes coordination and balance, speed , general endurance (aerobic and progressive anaerobic from specialisation phase), progressive anatomical adaptation for strength and power development, and flexibility and agility. New courses are starting early April and there are limited spaces on each course. For more information contact Sports Performance Centre, Unit 5 Oranmore Business Park, Oranmore, Galway. Email: [email protected]; or visit www.sportsperformance.ie.

Macken and Bell triumph in All-Ireland Final

Frank Macken, fresh from his All-Ireland singles success of last week, added the doubles title with partner Aidan Bell in the All-Ireland golden masters’ doubles final at a packed Williamstown on Saturday afternoon last, once again facing Clare contenders Pat Donnellan and Stephen McInerney as the opening match of a two match card at the Galway venue, got off to a great start.

All-Ireland joy at last for Macken but Mayo girls lose out

The good news story of the week came by way of Ballinrobe handballer Frank Macken, who finally got his hands on a richly deserved All-Ireland medal. Williamstown on Saturday afternoon last was the setting for Frank’s finest hour as he and a fine attendance settled in for the All-Ireland golden masters B singles final against the well-regarded Pat Donnellan for Clare. Macken started well and was never really troubled in the opening game and he secured this one impressively 21 aces to 12. The second was a much tougher affair as Donnellan began to find his feet and the Clare man was making life difficult for the Galway based garda. Macken trailed for much of the game but his superior fitness and determination saw him take the lead at 17 aces to 16 although this on went down to the wire, as a relieved Macken added the second on a 21 aces to 17 scoreline. The win was well deserved and hard-earned but the hours of work put in yielded the desired result on the day. Macken has a decent chance of a second title this weekend as he teams up with Claremorris native Aidan Bell in the doubles final against Donnellan and Stephen McInerney once again at Williamstown this Saturday from 3pm.

All-Ireland joy for McMeyler

Salthill handballer John McMeyler finally got his hands on An all-Ireland medal when he defeated Tipperary challenger Jim Quinn in a hard-fought emerald masters B singles final at Mullingar on Saturday.

Mayo feature in three All-Ireland finals this weekend

The next series of All-Ireland finals gets under way at a number of venues this weekend. Amy Corrigan teams up with Newport’s Leona Ryder as they bid for the ladies’ minor doubles title when they take on Cork duo Catriona Casey and Lisa Aisling as the third match at Thurles this Saturday. The opening match is the Connacht v Leinster girls inter provincial team of 10 tie which has an 11.30am start. Much of the defending champions Connacht team is made of up Roscommon and Galway youngsters with Mayo’s Jennifer Fahy playing an important part in the province’s bid to retain the trophy. The winners meet a strong Munster side in the final the same afternoon at Thurles.

Galway supporters at the 1966 final

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In 1966 Galway were fortunate to get out of Connacht by beating Mayo. To an extent they were also lucky in a hard fought semi-final against Cork. They eventually won what was regarded as the best game of football seen in years, by a score of 1-11 to 1-9. And so they were into their fourth All-Ireland final in a row and going for three wins in a row and the question was, would this team reverse the three losses in a row that Galway suffered at the hands of Kerry 1940, Kerry 1941, and Dublin in 1942? Meath still stood between them and Sam.

 

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