U-21s crash out
After winning the All-Ireland title Galway crashed out to Leitrim in the Connacht U-21 semi-final at Carrick on Shannon on Saturday last. This was a crushing blow to Galway football who are going trough a torrid time at senior level also this year to date.
Now it could be left to Galway minors to provide some solace for Galway football this year, but certainly the defeat of the U-21 side to Leitrim has left Galway football supporters shattered. Next weekend Galway senior team are down to play Armagh in Tuam Stadium and Galway must win if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop to Division 3 for next year.
After Galway hurlers secured a semi-final place on Sunday evening there was speculation that if Galway hurlers had a home game that there could be a double in Tuam Stadium. In years past there were many hurling games at Tuam Stadium, but the last time that Galway played a League game in Tuam was against Wexford over three decades ago.
That double fixture would surely have brought a huge crowd to Tuam Stadium, but even if Galway had a home venue it was expected that Galway GAA would rule out any possibility of a double header in Tuam, but more likely in Pearse Stadium, although Galway footballers would not be happy about going to Salthill.
However the fact that Limerick won the toss ended the possibility of a double fixture and now Galway followers will have to decide whether to go to see the footballers in Tuam or the hurlers in Limerick.
Camogie win against Clare
After an indifferent season Galway senior camogie team had a good win over Clare at Clonlara on Sunday morning. Galway scored four goals to win on a scoreline of Galway 4-7 Clare 0-12. The Galway goals came from Orla McGrath, Emma Kilkelly, Niamh Kilkenny and Brenda Hanney. Galway were two points down with 11 minutes to go but finished strongly.
Galway will now play Derry where they will be expected to win with ease, but they will depend on Clare to beat Limerick to be involved in a three way play off. Limerick are currently in second place behind Kilkenny who have already secured a semi final spot, but victory for Clare would leave Clare, Limerick and Galway if they beat Derry level on points in a three way play off for the second spot.
Meanwhile Wexford did Galway a huge favour when they defeated Kilkenny in the Minor camogie championship after Galway lost out to Tipperary in Athenry on Saturday. Defeat for Kilkenny meant that Galway are through despite the defeat and Tipperary and Wexford will now meet to decide who claims the top spot in the group. Sometimes luck simply goes your way elsewhere.