In the end it was experience prevailing over youth.The Nelson, formerly Heritage, Innkeepers scored twice in the second half to successfully defend its 2010 title over the L.V. Rogers Bombers 2-0 in the final of the Leo’s Men’s Open Soccer League Saturday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.The win completed a double for the Innkeepers, which also captured the regular season title.Following a scoreless first half where the regular season champs had every opportunity to take the lead — including a goal-mouth chance from player-coach Kerry Dyck that some how never went into the goal — Innkeepers snapped the goose egg early in the second half.Striker Iain Harvey corralled a ball inside the penalty area and facing away from the goal, turned to drill a shot to the corner of the net past LVR keeper Andrew Woodward.The goal appeared to open up the offences as LVR pressed for the equalizer while the Innkeepers pushed for an insurance marker.In the end it was the Innkeepers getting what they wanted. Twenty-five minutes after the game’s first marker the Innkeepers got an insurance goal as striker No. 2 striker Ed Canzian fought off a Bomber defender before drilling a low shot past Woodward.Canzian, who lives in Trail, was a key recruit by Dyck this season who doubled the scoring-threat potential of the Innkeeper offence.Not deterred by a two-goal deficit, LVR pushed to get back into the game.The Bombers Ryan Lewis and Lewis Loeschnik, easily the best player on the pitch for LVR, missed wide with shots on Innkeeper goalie Mike Precious from just outside the penalty area.Precious finished the game by making a few key saves to preserve the shutout.At the other end of the pitch Cole Sutherland was flawless between the pipes for LVR during the first half.LVR advanced to the final with a thrilling 4-3 win over Kootenay Co-op. Meanwhile, the Innkeepers received an easy pass to the final after The Action failed to field a team for the other semi final.While most of the Innkeepers move indoors for the winter, the Bombers, under the guidance of head coach Jamie Spendlove, travel to Summerland for a High School Tournament in the Central Okanagan.The tournament will serve as a tune-up for the Bombers which hosts the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Final later this month.The winner advances to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championships November 24-26 in Burnaby.GOAL KICKS: Sunday afternoon the other two Nelson City Soccer Leagues conclude their respective seasons. At 2:45 p.m., Dirty Dozen meet Lily Whites in the final of the Finley’s Ladies Rec League. Following the conclusion of the Finley’s Final, Jackson’s Hole meets Club Inter in the finale of the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League. Both games are played at the Lakeside Pitch.firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost 30 students between Grades 10-12 from throughout the West Kootenay successfully completed the 2016 Nelson Emergency Services Camp.The camp is coordinated by the Nelson Police Department in conjunction with the Nelson RCMP, Nelson Fire Rescue, Nelson Search and Rescue, and BC Ambulance and is based on previous successful years of Police Camp in Nelson.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the students and instructors at the three day camp with Team of the Week.
“The difficulty and length, combined with the epic scenery of the West Kootenays really sets this event apart from other MS Bike rides,” said Jillian Earl, event coordinator. “It’s not hard to see why many would travel to participate.”Riders are supported throughout the weekend with several rest stops and support vehicles along the route. A dinner is also hosted on Saturday evening, celebrating their hard work.Earl is still encouraging those interested in riding to register. She is hoping to have 25 more join by the event weekend.“The countdown is on, but there’s still time to register,” said Earl.Those interested in riding in the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge can learn more, and register at www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca. In less than two weeks, participants of the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge will take on 222km of road (and hills) around the Kokanee Glacier, and all for a good cause.Over August 19th and 20th, cyclists will travel from New Denver to Nelson, and back to Nelson via Kaslo raising funds to support the MS Society of Canada. So far, participants have raised over $40,000 towards the event’s goal of $115,000. These funds will support the programs and services offered by the MS Society, as well as research into treatments and a cure for the disease that affects approximately 100,000 Canadians.Of this year’s 75 registered participants, nearly half are taking on the ride for the first time. Many are from the West Kootenays, but some will travel from other parts of the province, and one participant will come as far as Manitoba.
Nathan Small of Nelson recently earned another spot at a provincial qualifying tournament.Small, competing on a rink based in Kelowna, successfully earned a spot at the BC Provincial Mixed Curing finals in Abbotsford at the beginning of April.The Sebastien Robillard rink from Maple Ridge earned a spot at the upcoming tournament. The team consists of Robillard, third Karla Thompson, and lead Amanda Guido, the latter two members from Kamloops. Thompson represented BC at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and also competed in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials for a chance to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.This is Small’s third Provincial qualification this season as he already qualified for the 2020 BC Men’s Provincial Championship in January with a Men’s team out of Penticton as well as his Mixed Doubles team with Nelson local Kristina Little was successful in qualifying for the 2020 BC Mixed Doubles Provincial Championship that takes place next week in Hope.
The rally got underway Saturday morning with the 17.1km Corbally Beg stage just outside Portumna. Fastest out of the blocks was Jennings. Garry set a time 6.8 seconds quicker than his main World Rally Car rival Declan Boyle. Declan in his Ford Fiesta WRC reported a steady run over the stage. Behind Boyle, Tim McNulty made a return to rallying after 5 years. Unfortunately for Tim it was to be short lived as he crashed mid way through stage 1. Tim’s crash meant that the next 6 cars received a nominal time. Dessie Henry was the first driver to get a clean run over the stage following the McNulty accident, he set 3rd fastest time at the wheel of his brand new Skoda Fabia R5. Jennings continued his scintillating pace over stages 2 and 3 to hold a 21.4 second lead over Boyle at first service, Henry was a further 47.9 seconds further back. The 2016 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally will go down in the history books as possibly the best ever! It was a new dawn for Irish rallying as the R5 category of cars took over as the main vehicles in the Irish Tarmac Championship, of which the Galway International Rally is the first round. Monsoon like conditions greeted the drivers over the weekend, which was in stark contrast to last year’s crisp dry weather. Fermanagh man Garry Jennings with navigator Rory Kennedy in a Subaru Impreza WRC took their first ever Galway International Rally win after faultless drive. Garry commented at the finish ramp outside The Clayton Hotel, that he was “Delighted to take the victory after a very challenging event”. He went on to thank the organisers and marshals for standing out in the horrendous conditions. Keith Cronin put in a great drive to finish 2nd in his Citroen DS3 R5. He bet Alastair Fisher by 16.5 seconds after 190 kilometers of rallying. After a 30-minute service in Portumna Mart, the cars returned to the same three stages where Declan Boyle began his fight back. Declan was a mere .4 of a second quicker on stage 4 but Jennings replied on the next test by taking nearly 9 seconds out of Boyle. On stage 6 this was all about to change as Boyle’s event ended in a Galway ditch leaving Jennings with a clear lead. Behind, Alastair Fisher climbed into 2rd overall ahead of Keith Cronin. The pair were set to have a ding dong battle for the rest of the event.Over the next 3 stages of the first day of the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally, Garry Jennings consolidated his lead and held a 2 minute 27 second advantage at the end of the day. Keith Cronin leap frogged Alastair Fisher into 2nd overall, with only 2.4 seconds between them it was still all to play for over the 6 stages of Sunday.In the national section of the event Eugene Meegan with Galway co-driver Sarah Whelan lead overnight with a 1.8 second advantage over Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird. Local crew Tom Flaherty and Patrick Curley held 3rd in their Ford Escort.Sunday morning and Garry Jennings stamped his authority on the event when he took the fastest time over the infamous Kilnadeema stage. By the morning service in Gort, Garry had extended his lead to 2minutes 34 seconds but the main interest was now the race for second place. Keith Cronin, Alastair Fisher, Sam Moffett & Dessie Henry were all separated by 26 seconds with 4 stages to go.Dessie was the first to flounder crashing out of the event on the repeat of the Kilnadeema stage. Cronin went on to set a blistering time on the 19.6km stage, a full 13 seconds quicker than Fisher and Moffett. Next up was the shorter Lough Cutra test where once again Cronin was fastest taking 10 seconds out of his rivals. Going into the final service Fisher was now 29.6 seconds back from Cronin with Moffett another 19.2 adrift.The penultimate stage saw the demise of Sam Moffett’s challenge as he over shot a junction and stalled the Ford Fiesta R5. He lost over 30 seconds to his rivals but still held 4th place overall. Fisher put in an almighty charge over the stage and was nearly 11 seconds quicker than Cronin leaving the gap at 18.7 going into the final stage.It was just a case of managing the lead for Garry Jennings as he crossed the finish line of the final stage with a 3 minute 25 second advantage. It was a victory that Jennings desperately wanted to get, having exited the rally for the last 2 years while vying for the lead. “We have been trying to win the Galway rally for while; we have come close on a number of occasions but to finally win and in Galway is just excellent!” Behind Jennings, Alastair Fisher tried his best to reign in Cronin but he could only close the gap to 16.8 seconds by the finish line.Sam Moffett held onto 4th overall just ahead of Tipperary man Roy White at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta WRC. Sam’s brother Josh in another Fiesta R5 finished in 6th with Joseph McGonigles Skoda Fabia S2000 in 7th. Only 2 seconds behind was Jonathan Greer in his Citroen DS3 R5 with Stephen Wright claiming 9th and David Guest winning Group N in his Mitsubishi and rounding out the top 10.Local interest was upheld by Richard and James Whelan, who brought their Citroen DS3 R3 home in 16th overall in the International Rally. It was a great result for the Galway pair as they are still gaining experience in their new car. Their sister Sarah, was overnight leader of the National Rally navigating for Eugene Meegan, unfortunately they were caught out on a muddy section of the Kilnadeema stage and were forced to retire. This meant Wesley Patterson won the National Rally in his Ford Escort followed by Tom Flaherty and Patrick Curly. Tom and Patrick also won the Brian G Thornton Memorial Trophy for thehighest place Galway Motor Club crew at the finish. Another local crew to have an outstanding drive were Ray Cunningham and Adrian Cusack. Ray drove the door handles off his Mini Cooper to win the Historic rally by nearly 3 minutes!Clerk of the Course Kieran Donohue from Headford was delighted with the turnout of both of drivers and spectators “From an organisers prospective it was wonderful to have so many competitors travel from all over the globe to compete. It was also incredible to see the amount of spectators out on the stages in such bad conditions, numbers were well up on last year and that is mainly thanks to our incredible sponsors Corrib Oil. The whole Corrib Oil team put in a huge effort to promote the event, without their support an event of this caliber would not be possible.” The rally has been hugely beneficial to Galway and the surrounding area drawing thousands of people during a quite time of year.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Cheltenham Day Three Selections:1.30. Yorkhill , Top Notch2.10 Presenting Percy ,Impulsive Star (Both Each-Way)2.50 Empire Of Dirt , Vaniteaux (Each-Way)3.30 Uknowwhatimeanharry, Snow Falcon (Each-Way)4.10. Diamond King (Nap) , Champagne At Tara (Each-Way)4.50 Airlie Beach , Toe The Line (Each-Way)5.30 Mall Dini, Whats Happening (Both Each Way)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email George McDonagh looks ahead to Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival with his selections… Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Cheltenham+Day+Three+Preview.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Centra Athenry GalwaySuperValu Clifden GalwaySuperValu Lackagh GalwaySuperValu Tuam GalwaySuperValu Moycullen GalwayCentra Oranmore GalwayCentra Gort, GalwayCentra Salthill, GalwaySuperValu Barna GalwaySuperValu Loughrea GalwaySuperValu Gort GalwaySuperValu Portumna GalwaySuperValu Ballinasloe GalwaySupervalu Claregalway, GalwaySupervalu Fr. Griffin Road, GalwayCentra Ballygar GalwayCentra Clarinbridge GalwayCentra Craughwell GalwaySupervalu, Glenamaddy Pearse Stadium on Sunday 11th June, sees the first of the Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals with Champions Galway hosting Mayo, throw in at 4pm. This game is preceded by the Connacht GAA U17 Football Championship semi-final at 1.30pm, between the same counties Galway and Mayo. Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Semi FinalGalway v Mayo 4pmConnacht GAA U17 Football Championship Semi FinalGalway v Mayo 1.30pmMatch Ticket DetailsTicket PricesTerrace €20Stand €25Juveniles €5Group Passes- €30 (10 x Juvenile & 1 x Adult)- application through Club Secretary only.OAP/Students will be entitled to €10 discount at the Refund Stile with relevant Student/OAP I.D. Card only.General InformationThere are many ways to purchase tickets for GAA matches including:Connacht GAA Centre, Bekan, Claremorris, Co. MayoGalway County Board– Pearse Stadium, Salthill, Galway – Opening Hours- Monday to Friday, (9.30am-5pm) From Ticketmaster outlets nationwideSelected SuperValu & Centra stores, see below print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Launch of Connacht Championship 2017, Centre of Excellence, Bekaun, Co. Mayo 11th May Match Tickets went on sale from last evening, Monday 29th May, see details below.
Proposal: To Reduce the Number of Senior Teams to 18 by 2020, Number of Intermediate Teams to Remain at 16, Number of Junior Teams to Remain at 16Situation to be reviewed at the end of 2020 SeasonIn order for these changes to come in force Galway will have to get permission from the Connacht Council and Croke Park to reduce the number of Senior Teams and to promote and relegate more than one team. Under Rule counties are only allowed to promote and relegate one team in each Grade annually in the Championship.2018 Relegate Three Teams from SeniorRelegate Three Teams from IntermediatePromote One Team from IntermediatePromote One Team from Junior2019 Relegate Two Team from SeniorRelegate One Team from IntermediatePromote Two Teams from IntermediatePromote One Team from Junior2020 Relegate Two Teams from SeniorRelegate One Team from IntermediatePromote Two Teams from IntermediatePromote One Team from JuniorThe Format of the Senior Championship will be decided on, if permission is forthcoming and a motion put before County Convention on the 11th of December 2018. The battle to avoid the drop from senior to intermediate football in Galway will really ramp up next year if plans to reduce the number of senior teams in the county gets the green light. A proposal to reduce the number of teams in the Galway senior football championship from 20 to 18 in the next 3 years is currently being processed through the Galway Competitions Control Committee, The Connacht Council and Croke Park. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year NomineesJoe Canning, GalwayPadraic Mannion, GalwayCian Lynch, Limerick As is tradition, the nominations are divided into 3 goalkeepers, 18 defenders, 6 midfielders and 18 forwards.The final 15 that make up the PwC All-Star Hurling team of 2018 will be announced live on RTÉ TV and will be presented with their awards at a gala black-tie banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday, November 2nd, 2018.All Ireland finalists and Leinster champions, Galway, have received 9 nominations. The remainder of the breakdown is Cork 7, Clare 5, Kilkenny 5, Wexford 2 with Dublin and Tipperary receiving 1 nomination each.The selections were voted on by a committee made up of Gaelic Games correspondents, and chaired by UachtaránChumannLúthchleas Gael, John Horan.Also announced today is the short list for this year’s Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year awards.These overall awards will be voted on exclusively by inter-county players and the nominees are Joe Canning (Galway), Padraig Mannion (Galway) and Cian Lynch (Limerick).The Young Hurler of the Year nominees are Darragh Fitzgibbon (Limerick), Kyle Hayes (Limerick) and Martin Coleman (Cork).Uachtarán CLG John Horan said:“Even by its own high standards, the summer of 2018 will live long in the memory as producing one of the greatest hurling seasons of all time. Epic contests, sublime skill and sensational scores. Taken in this context, to be nominated for a PwC All-Star hurling award is something very special.“I warmly congratulate the 45 players who were lucky enough to make this distinguished short-list and commend all of our players who contributed to handsomely to creating a hurling season we did not want to end.”Chairman of the GPA, Seamus Hickey said, “In what was one of the most memorable hurling seasons in recent memory, receiving a PWC All Star nomination is a special accomplishment. Your dedication and tireless commitment has shine through for all to see. Congratulations to all the nominees for their excellence on the highest stage and thank you for a memorable summer of hurling. “PwC All-Star Hurling Nominations GOALKEEPERSAnthony Nash, CorkEoin Murphy, KilkennyNicky Quaid, LimerickDEFENDERSMark Coleman, CorkColm Spillane, CorkDavid McInerney, ClareChris Crummey, DublinDáithí Burke, GalwayAdrian Tuohy, GalwayAidan Harte, GalwayPadraic Mannion, GalwayCillian Buckley, KilkennyPadraig Walsh, KilkennySean Finn, LimerickMike Casey, LimerickRichie English, LimerickDiarmaid Byrnes, LimerickDeclan Hannon, LimerickDan Morrissey, LimerickPaudie Foley, WexfordLiam Ryan, WexfordMIDFIELDERSColm Galvin, ClareDarragh Fitzgibbon, CorkDavid Burke, GalwayJames Maher, KilkennyCian Lynch, LimerickDarragh O’Donovan, LimerickFORWARDSPeter Duggan, ClareJohn Conlon, ClareShane O’Donnell, ClareDaniel Kearney, CorkSeamus Harnedy, CorkPa Horgan, CorkJoe Canning, GalwayConor Whelan, GalwayCathal Mannion, GalwayJonathan Glynn, GalwayTJ Reid, KilkennyKyle Hayes, LimerickGearoid Hegarty, LimerickTom Morrissey, LimerickAaron Gillane, LimerickSeamus Flanagan, LimerickGraeme Mulcahy, LimerickJason Forde, Tipperary PwCGAA/GPA Young Player of the Year in Hurling NomineesDarragh Fitzgibbon, CorkKyle Hayes, LimerickMark Coleman, Cork print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email NEWLY-crowned All-Ireland champions Limerick dominate the list of hurling nominees in contention for a PwC All-Star award in 2018. John Kiely’s winning team are represented with 15 players on the short-list of 45 names that are released today by the GAA and the GPA.
Senior A Championship Group 1:Kilnadeema Leitrim v Liam Mellows 4.30pm Kenny ParkSt Thomas’ v Castlegar 4.30pm Pearse Stadium Saturday, Sept 29th Senior B Championship Group 2:Padraig Pearses v Tynagh Abbey Duniry 3pm LoughreaAthenry v Moycullen 3pm Pearse StadiumArdrahan v Abbeyknockmoy 3pm Kenny Park Senior B Championship Group 1:Turloughmore v Ahascragh Fohenagh 4.30pm Loughrea Intermediate Championship Group 1:Kilbeacanty v Annaghdown 4.30pm BallinderreenKilconieron v Castlegar 4.30pm CastledalyKillimor v Kinvara 4.30pm Gort Senior A Championship Group 2:Loughrea v Gort 1.30pm Pearse StadiumCappataggle v Sarsfields 1.30pm Kenny ParkMullagh v Portumna 1.30pm Loughrea Next weekend’s hurling championship fixtures: Senior B Championship Group 1:Clarinbridge v Beagh 3pm Kenny Park After the weekend, the updated Senior B Group 1 and Intermediate Group 1 tables look like this: Sunday, Sept 30thSenior A Championship Group 1:Craughwell v Tommie Larkins 12 noon Loughrea print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Intermediate Championship Group 2:Spiddal v Meelick Eyrecourt 12 noon CarnmoreRahoon Newcastle v Oranmore Maree 12 noon Pearse StadiumCarnmore v Sylane 12 noon Lackagh