Friday, July 21, 2017

Much at Stake Sunday in Ladies Senior Football and Senior Hurling

Boston Shamrocks could wrap up the Ladies Championship on Sunday.
This coming Sunday the Ladies Senior Footballers will be contesting a potential championship game.  With the Shamrocks and Connacht Ladies playing their third game of the best of five, the Shamrocks hold a two games to none lead.  A win on Sunday would see the Shamrocks retain the senior football championship title, while the Connacht Ladies will be hoping to bring the competition to a fourth game. Last time around, although they fell short, the Connacht Ladies were able to lift their game and give the Shamrocks something to think about.  With players of the caliber of stalwart Jane Ward and Simonstown native, Kelly Harris, in the forward line, Connacht have the potential to trouble the Shamrocks.  The Shamrocks, however, can play with speed and skill, and a slick forward line can carve open the tightest defence.  The jewel in the crown is Sarah Jane McDonald.  The Letterkenny IT product is the cog that the rest of the forward line revolves around, and along with players of the caliber of Ciara McGuigan and Rebecca Mongan in the full forward line the Shamrocks will be hard to hold on Sunday.

Galway and Tom's do battle again on Sunday.
Senior Hurling sees the third game of the series between Fr. Tom’s and Galway.  The teams are tied at a game each, and winner on Sunday gets two more chances to win the title, while the loser will be on their final lifeline.  The games have been close and well contested so far, so there is no reason not to expect the same on Sunday.  Galway have Waterford man, Jamie Barron from An Rinn powering their midfield, while up front it is Corkman John Coleman and Wexford man, Paudie Flynn who will be the players to watch out for.  Tom’s stole the first game with a last minute goal, and in the second saw a second half Galway performace undo their efforts.  Brian Flynn and MJ Sutton form part of a solid back line, while the scores come mainly from Clare native, Stiofan McMahon,  and Kerryman Jack Goulding.  With a lot at stake, it promises to be an entertaining clash of the ash on Sunday.

Aidan McAnespies can secure a playoff place Sunday.
Aidan McAnespies have another chance to wrap up a playoff place on Sunday as they take on rivals, Wolfe Tones.  A win or a tie will see the Macs to a quarter final place, a loss would leave them waiting to see how Christopher’s fare in their final game next week.  It will not be easy, nothing is in this year’s championship.  The Tones have had some time to refresh themselves, and in their last couple of outings have looked very good.  With Johnstownbridge player, Sean Hurley a big presence in the middle of the field for the Tones, along with a forward line that is more than capable of racking up the scores, the Macs will have their hands full.  The Tones are already in at least a quarter final though, so with more to play for the Macs will have the incentive to lift their game.  Management have tried different permutations to get the most out of the squad, however have not hit on the ideal mix.  The defence has played well at times and for periods made things difficult for opposing forwards, it will require a full hour to turn the Tones – and probably a goal or two.    

Tiernan Cox brings speed to the Gaels forward line.
The last game of the day presents an intriguing contest between western rivals, Connemara Gaels and Galway.  Galway have been a story again this year.  With a young team of up and coming stars, Galway have shown remarkable character and discipline find a bye into the semi-finals in their control.  The team will well balanced throughout the field, however, the scoring threats of Alex Kenny and Cian McMonagle are the sting in the tail.  There are also players who can come off the line to push the game home in the final 15 minutes for the Tribesmen.  In many ways the Gaels are still not settled on the best 13.  With a strong emphasis on the home base however, the Gaels are not short on commitment.  Speed is the hallmark of the forward line.  Tyrone men, Tiernan Cox and Dan Lowe, can turn on the afterburners when in possession while a strong pair from the other end of the country in the middle of the field in Corkman Dan O’Driscoll and Kerry’s Matt Sullivan ensure that the Gaels will not be short on possession.  This one might come down to the team that makes the right moves down the stretch.

Boston GAA Schedule

Irish Cultural Center, Canton Ma.

Sat July 22

4:15 Junior A Football:  Connemara Gaels v Shannon Blues

5:30 Junior A Hurling:  Galway v Wexford

Sunday July 23

Field A

11:30 Junior A Football:  Wolfe Tones v Donegal

12:45 Ladies Senior Football:  Boston Shamrocks v Connacht Ladies

2:00 Youth Games

2:30 Men’s Senior Football:  Wolfe Tones v Aidan McAnespies

3:45 Senior Hurling:  Galway V Fr. Tom Burke’s

5:00 Men’s Senior Football:  Connemara Gaels v Galway

Field B

3:00 Junior B Football:  Connemara Gaels V Hartford

Hartford CT

3:00 Junior C Hurling:  Hartford v Worcester

Concord, NH

3:00 Junior C Hurling:  Barley House Wolves v Providence

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