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A fantastic gift idea this Christmas will not only add fun to the family table but will also support your local hurlers. A new hurling board game is creating a major buzz across the county. The 100 per cent Irish hurling board game can be purchased online by going through the Kilkennygaa.ie website and going onto the buy now option or contacting Gareth on 0867346311.
Ballina Town claimed the Tom Kelly trophy at home on Sunday thanks to an 8-1 win over Fahy Rovers in Pete Murray Park. Brendan Kenny's side's 14th win of the season was wrapped up thanks to five goals from star striker Michael Duffy, two from Brendan Lavelle and a single strike from Ross Kenny. Town went through the season unbeaten at home and picked up 44 points from their 18 games to claim the title after knocking at the door for the past couple of seasons.
A well fought battle between the two provinces took place last Saturday in the Sportsground, when Munster came away with the 22-0 victory. Connacht started out by conceding a penalty in the first four minutes in the game, with Niamh Briggs putting three points on the board for Munster. Within 10 minutes of this score, they also managed to score in the corner, with some poor defence by Connacht. The Connacht side managed to keep the score line of 8-0 up to half time with some great defence work by Clare Molloy, Carol Staunton, Clare Raferty and Allison Miller. Connacht were unlucky not to score a try before half time with severe pressure put on Munster’s defense.
Knockranny House Hotel and Spa, the luxurious Westport destination will be exhibiting at The Food & Wine magazine Christmas show 2009, which will be taking place on November 27 to November 29 in the RDS Mains Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
There will be no rest for a number of Mayo league sides following the conclusion of the different divisions in the Mayo league last weekend. With the third round of the FAI Junior Cup pencilled in for this weekend. The newly crowned Super League champions Ballina Town will be back at home again this Sunday when they take on Kiltimagh/Knock United at 12 noon. Last weekend Ballina Town claimed the Tom Kelly trophy at home thanks to an 8-1 win over Fahy Rovers in Pete Murray Park. Brendan Kenny's side's 14th win of the season was wrapped up thanks to five goals from star striker Michael Duffy, two from Brendan Lavelle, and a single strike from Ross Kenny. Town went through the season unbeaten at home and picked up 44 points from their 18 games to claim the title after knocking at the door for the past couple of seasons.
There is no let up from the action in Mayo soccer circles this weekend with the Connacht Cup taking over where the FAI Junior cup left off last weekend. Even with the terrible weather conditions which saw a lot of sporting events called off around the country, only two games fell foul to the rain in Mayo, the ties between Castlebar Celtic and Straide and Foxford United and the Ballina Town and Kiltimagh/Knock United game.
Galwegians are expected to be back in action on Sunday to contest their AIB Cup quarter-final that was postponed last Saturday.
It is better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all. While the footballers of Garrycastle and Tubberclair will be disappointed this week to have fallen short at the final hurdle in Leinster, they can take solace in the fact that they did what very few club players ever get the chance to do - represent their club in a provincial final. In doing so they put Westmeath football back in the spotlight after an eminently forgettable year on the county scene.
It is ironic that when the GAA headlines in the national newspapers last Sunday and Monday were all to do with the Gaelic Players Association coming under the umbrella of the larger GAA body, and how that new co-existence will be for the betterment of the county player, that the successful club players still have to get out and put on the best displays they can deliver in the height of winter.