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Looking from the stand at the two respective sets of players on Sunday in Tuam stadium before the county final, there was an obvious difference in physique and power between the sides.
Connacht Rugby’s traditional interprovincial festive fixtures begins on Friday when they take on the RaboDirect League leaders Munster in Thomond Park (7.15pm).
Getting put up at the top table at a press conference can be a daunting and painful enough task for professional sports people, never mind the senior players in Gaelic games, so it must be even more of a shock to the system for a handful of 17 and 18-year-olds to do so. But three of Mayo’s rising stars put their fears behind them last week in Breaffy House and were very much focused on the challenge ahead that is Sunday’s meeting with Monaghan in Croke Park.
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try and try again. The footballers of St Brigid’s have enjoyed quite a bit of success over the past decade. Yet the holy grail of winning a club All-Ireland has thus far eluded them.
Connacht senior club final
Salthill Devon Ladies, backboned by seven of last year’s victorious u-16 squad, will take on local rivals Galway Bohemians in an historic All Ireland Intermediate final Saturday in Terryland (7.30pm).
After a month’s break, the Magners League resumes this weekend with Connacht facing a difficult away fixture against Wales’ top side Ospreys at Liberty Stadium on Sunday (2.15pm).