Action for the 2011 season commences next Sunday at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. The draw for the Pat O’Brien Cup was made at the meeting of The Board last Thursday evening. The first round will be played on Sunday April 10. Halves will be 20 minutes each. The first round matches are as follows:
1:00 Connemara Gaels v Mayo
2:00 Donegal v Galway
3:00 Kerry v Aidan McAnespies
4:00 New England Celtics v Cork
For the following round, the winners of each game will play Shannon Blues, Wolfe Tones, Christopher's, and Armagh-Notre Dame respectively.
A Boston Selection traveled to Gaelic Park, New York last Saturday and played a challenge match against the New York team. New York are preparing for a Connaught Championship match against Roscommon May 1. The New Yorkers won easily enough in the end by a score of 1-14 to 0-9. There will be a return fixture on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 in Canton. The Bostonians should give a better account of themselves as more players will be available and an extra two weeks training will help on the fitness end. Look out for local stalwarts Colm McCrory (McAnespies), Dan Kenneally (Christopher's), Kevin Curran (Donegal), and Sean Gallagher (Galway) to look to make amends. Along with help from the Wolfe Tone's Marty Farrell and Gary Brilly, Coleman Mulkerrins from the Connemara Gaels, and several newcomers to town, the New Yorkers should be in for a better test.