Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Sun July 9- Galway v Fr Tom Burkes- Senior Hurling Championship

Galway and Fr. Tom Burkes put on an incredible show of hurling last Sunday in Canton. This was the final match of the day, but crowds were enthralled by the fast paced, high tensioned game between two longtime rivals.  

After coming up against each other two weeks previous, the tension between them was high. Galway were hoping to defend their win while Tom’s were desperate to redeem themselves and keep their spot in the championship. One more win for Galway would have resulted in a championship title.  

From the first whistle, it was clear that the game would be an intense one. Galway secured the first score while Tom’s followed closely behind, with three consecutive points from numbers 8, Aidan O’Malley, 10, Kevin Moynihan, and 11, Dylan Coyne. Galway struggled to keep up in the first few minutes but retaliated with scores from 12, Ciaran Brennan, 5, Ciaran Joyce, and 9, Mark Kennedy. Neck in neck, the teams fought for the upper hand and just as it looked like there would be a level score at half-time, a goal for Tom’s sent them into the lead.  

The intensity of the game continued to rage on into the second half. Galway won the throw in, but it was Tom’s number 13 Cormac Power, that got the first score. Points flew back and forth between the sides but a goal from Tom’s 12, Gearoid Lynch, woke Galway up, as they realized this match would not be as easily won as their previous encounter. Galway fought back with a goal of their own, by number 11, Padraig Power. After a few additional points- and fouls- a penalty for Galway put them four points behind Tom’s. Scoring remained high, as did frustrations amongst the players. As quickly as Galway would bridge the gap, Tom’s would widen it once more, with excellent scoring by Coyne (11). The final few scores from Galway looked set to put them on par with their competitors, but time was not on their side. With one point between them, Fr. Tom Burke’s took the win, reserving their place in the Championship for another week.  

Final score Fr. Tom Burke’s 2-22 to Galway 3-18 


Fr. Tom Burke’s: 

  1. Kevin Flynn 
  2. Brian Troy 
  3. Eoin Roche 
  4. Conor Fahey 
  5. Dave O’Leary 
  6. Brian Roche 
  7. Owen McCarthy 
  8. Aidan O’Malley 
  9. Sam Quirke 
  10. Kevin Moynihan 
  11. Dylan Coyne 
  12. Gearoid Lynch 
  13. Cormac Power 



  1. Danny Burke 
  2. Niall O’Leary 
  3. Shane Ryan 
  4. Michael Moylan 
  5. Ciaran Joyce 
  6. Ger Mellerick 
  7. Aidan O’Sullivan  
  8. Shane Barrett 
  9. Mark Kennedy 
  10. Eoin Morrissey 
  11. Padraig Power 
  12. Ciaran Brennan 
  13. Sean Twomey 


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