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The name Veronica Curtin and camogie go hand in hand in Galway. From Gael Linn success at junior and senior level, player of All-Ireland junior and minor championship wins with Galway in 1994, she was on the 1996 winning All Ireland Galway team, aged 16. The two-times All-Star in 2006 and 2007, Curtin scored 1-5 to help Galway win the 2005 National League.
The Galway U20’s, gallantly led by team captain Jack Glynn and manager Dónál Ó’Fatharta, were crowned 2020 All Ireland champions on Saturday afternoon after a brilliant battling win over Dublin.
It is heart-warming to see the Galway Senior Camogie Team travelling to Croke Park on Saturday to play an All-Ireland final against Kilkenny, so, to honour the team of 2020, we thought to show you the team of 1937 who, having beaten Sligo in the Connacht final, went on to beat Antrim in Killester in the semi-final of that year. The score in the game was Galway 5 – 0 to Antrim’s 3 – 3.
Dónál Ó’Fatharta’s Galway U20 side, having produced a magnificent performance against the odds to overcome a strongly fancied Kerry team last Saturday, may not to get to play their All Ireland final against Dublin.
This year’s EirGrid All-Ireland semi-final will take place on Saturday at 4pm behind closed doors at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick (live on TG4).
SIDELINE CHAT with Ray Silke
At what age did you start playing? Probably around four on the family farm at home and around seven with my national school in Gortanumera. Once you went into national school and started to play ‘real’ hurling games, you had to learn and understand team positions etc. Before that it was just running around like a crazy young lad chasing a sliotar.
Following the Galway Football Senior Club Championship draw, we take an in-depth look at group two this week.
A huge crowd is expected in Tuam Stadium on Sunday when Galway footballers will host Tyrone in round four of the Allianz League (2pm).
Dónal Ó’Fatharta’s U20 footballers have booked a Connacht semi-final date with Leitrim next Saturday at 2pm in Carrick-on-Shannon after overcoming Mayo’s stiff challenge on penalties.