REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Life Style Sports Launch Limited Edition Connacht Green Lantern Jersey 24/11/2015Life Style Sports, official sponsor to Connacht Rugby, today launched a limited edition Connacht Green Lantern jersey that will be worn on Nov 28th against Munster. On hand to help launch the super hero inspired jersey were ConnachtÕs own heroes John Muldoon, Bundee Aki and Eoghan Masterson. The Green Lantern jersey is available in adult and kids sizes exclusively from Life Style Sports, in store and online at www.LifeStyleSports.iePictured (L-R) Bundee Aki, John Muldoon and Eoghan MastersonMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan The players of Connacht Rugby finally got their hands on the new and limited edition Green Lantern inspired rugby jersey, available exclusively from Life Style Sports, official sponsor of Connacht Rugby. Fans will be able to witness the Connacht rugby team channel their inner super heroes this weekend when they take to the pitch at Thomond Park to face Munster in their PRO12 fixture wearing the jersey for the very first time. Connacht captain John Muldoon added:“We were all really impressed when we saw the Green Lantern jersey from BLK. It’s something for our supporters to have some fun with it and I know there will be a lot of young fans out there who will be looking to get it on their Christmas list. As players, we’re pretty excited about wearing it at the weekend too.”The Connacht Green Lantern jersey is available exclusively to Life Style Sports, in store and online at www.LifeStyleSports.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Since going on pre-sale on November 18th, the super hero jersey has become the best-selling rugby jersey for pre-orders from Life Style Sports.The jersey is the result of a partnership between BLK, official kit supplier to Connacht Rugby, and DC Comics and is the fourth comic book hero inspired jersey from the manufacturer who recently launched Batman, Superman and Flash inspired jerseys for Ospreys, Melbourne Rebels and Queensland Reds.The jersey captures all the fine details from the new character comic suit. The armoured design was specially designed to replicate the contoured panels and tailored cut of the BLK pro jersey to give the players an all empowering jersey to wear into battle.With Christmas just around the corner, this limited edition Green Lantern Connacht jersey is the perfect gift for young Connacht fans wanting to become superheroes just like their Connacht idols.Commenting at the official launch of the jersey, Debbie Byrne, Marketing Director at Life Style Sports said:“We are very excited for the Connacht team to take to the pitch this weekend wearing the Green Lantern jersey for the very first time. These guys were always super heroes in our eyes and now they will really look the part in their Green Lantern themed jerseys.”Bruce Wood, Brand Manager at BLK Ireland said:“We’re extremely excited to see the Green Lantern come to life for Connacht Rugby. The symbol of the Green Lantern light represents the power and energy that comes from the will of the people which is fitting for the 5 proud counties of Connacht”
Commentary from Mike Rafferty and Derek Rogers Gary Shanahan and Vinny Faherty celebrating Shanahan’s winner against Dundalk. Photo – Sean’s Sport Photo – www.sportsphoto.ieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway United in a huddle before the Dundalk Game at Eamon Deacy Park. Photo: Sean Ryan sportsphoto.ie Presented by Gerry MurphyAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/GALWAY+UNITED+V+DUNDALK+.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Another chance to hear the Commentary of Galway United’s first league win of the season over Dundalk.
Road To Riches, who won the Plate in 2014 and was pulled up when a well-backed 9-4 favourite last season, is likely to be joined in the feature chase of the seven-day festival by last year’s victor Lord Scoundrel, Balko Des Flos and Devils Bride as Gigginstown seek a third win in four years. Dual Grade 1-winning chaser Road To Riches is set to spearhead a four-strong challenge for Gigginstown House Stud in the €250,000 thetote.com Galway Plate next month, according to racing manager Eddie O’Leary. O’Leary said: “We have kept four in training for the Plate and Road To Riches will have another go. He really enjoyed himself when he won the race a few years ago and he was not right when he ran in the race last year. Lord Scoundrel won the race last year and he will be back to defend his crown. Devils Bride is another that is highly likely to show up and he seemed to be coming back to form nicely at Down Royal last time. Balko Des Flos could be interesting off his rating. He was a good staying novice last season and could be an ideal type for the race.”An extra €30,000 in prize-money has been added to the Plate, with total prize-money for the meeting boosted to a record level of more than €2,000,000.Tim Higgins, chief executive of Tote Ireland, said: “We’re delighted the Galway Plate will this year be worth €250,000. The race is always a thrilling one and the quality of the race really stands up especially when you look at the most recent winners.”The richest race at the meeting is the Guinness Galway Hurdle, which is worth €300,000. The festival runs from Monday, July 31 to Sunday, August 6, with the Plate taking place on Wednesday and the Hurdle the following day.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Sports stars including Joe Canning and Jackie Tyrrell have previously received the scholarship from LIT, while current lecturers include Marcus Horan (formerly of Ireland and Munster) and Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny). Limerick Institute of Technology has awarded sports scholarships to 57 athletes from all over Ireland this academic year. LIT’s Sports Scholarship Programme has doubled in size over the last three years, and provides athletic support, focuses on individual welfare, and includes off-field mentoring and education support to its recipients.Supported by sponsors PMI, AIB and the Munster Council the LIT Sports Scholarships are set apart from others as they encourage young athletes to achieve greatness in their chosen sport, while providing a vast range of off-field supports.President of LIT, Prof Vincent Cunnane, described the scholarships as “the heart of what LIT is about – recognising our own while supporting people to be the best they can be.”“It is important to understand that these young people are part of an institution which recognises them as a member of this community. That means valuing them in a balanced way. Its about what happens off the field and off the track as much as on it. It is about the whole person and putting the circumstances in place to allow them to unlock as much of their potential as possible,” he said.“In addition to financial aid, we have a number of athlete support measures built into our programme to do this. These range from off-field mentoring to education support, sports psychology, and advice on managing issues like social media.”Congratulating the scholarship recipients Prof Cunnane added, “You’re living the dream, representing your team, your college, your county, in some cases your country, excelling at what you do. Your talent, your striving is being recognised and supported. Here at LIT we think it is important to support you and to recognise your excellence.”During the scholarship presentation ceremony at Thomond Park last week, Prof Cunnane also presented LIT graduate and the college’s former Rugby Officer – World Rugby Referee of the Year 2017, Joy Neville with the LIT Outstanding Achievement Award.“Joy will always be “one of our own”, one of our LIT community, of whom we are immensely proud. The list of your achievements is hugely impressive, but it is your commitment, determination to strive to be the best you can be, breaking down barriers and becoming a role model not only for our scholarship recipients here today, but to sports’ women and men all over Ireland that makes you outstanding,” he told the International Rugby Referee.LIT’s Sports Scholarship programme is now open for applications at lit.ie/sport
Jane Ann Meehan winning the Frank Duffy 10 Mile in Dublin on SundayThe talented Jane-Ann Meehan, one of Galway’s top distance runners, claimed the ladies title at the prestigious SSE Airtricity Frank Duffy 10 Mile Race in a fantastic time of 61 minutes and 11 seconds last Sunday. This is one of the key build-up events for the Dublin Marathon, and this victory shows Meehan is in tremendous form leading into the marathon. Cross Country FixturesCross Country season commences shortly and the following fixtures calendar and venues have been announced.Saturday 22nd September sees the Castlegar AC Open Cross Country take place from 12 noon in Doughiska.The very popular Galway Primary Schools Cross Country races will take place in Nolan Park, Renmore, firstly on Tuesday 25th September with the Semi-Finals where all schools in the county get the chance to try out cross country, with races for 3rd/4th Class and 5th/6th Class pupils. Tuesday 2nd October will see the Primary Schools Finals, again in Renmore. All Galway Primary schools will receive entry forms this week.The Galway County cross country championships will be held over two days. Sunday 7th October will feature the Galway Even Ages Cross Country (for U10/12/14/16/18) and Senior /Masters Cross Country Championships in the scenic Palace Grounds, Tuam, while on Sunday 21st October the Galway Uneven Ages Cross Country (U9/11/13/15/17/19) will take place in Bushfield, LoughreaThe 2018 Connacht Cross Country events will be held over three days; Saturday13th Oct will feature the National Schools Finals and Senior League in Loughrea, Sunday4th November in Sligo will see the Even Ages (U12/14/16/18) and Senior League Day two take place, while the final event of the series will be held on Sunday11th November in Mayo, featuring the Uneven Ages (U11/13/15/17/19 age categories) and Senior League finale.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Frank Duffy 10 Mile World Masters OutdoorsJustin Lane of Tuam AC who competes in the World Masters Championships in Malaga this weekGalway’s elite level Masters athletes travel to Malaga in Spain this week for the World Masters Track and Field Championships. Ian Egan and Justin Lane of Tuam AC will both compete, as will Sean Mc Dermott of Castlegar AC and Tommy Farragher of Corofin. Egan goes in the Cross Country, 10k and Half Marathon, while McDermott will also run Cross Country and the 1500m, while Farragher and Lane will compete across multiple Field events in the throws. The event will be held over two weeks from September 4th to 16th. Run Like the Wind races Corrib Athletics Club hosts their annual Run like the wind races at 11 am on Saturday the 8th September next. A 4k and an 8k race will be held at Galway Wind Park, Seecon East, Cloosh Valley, OughterardThis event is AAI permitted, and there are souvenir technical t-shirts for entrants.Prizes will be given to the first three male and female athletes in both races; the fastest male and female juvenile runner in the 4k aged 14-17 years, and Corrib AC members will be competing to be the fastest club member in the 4k and 8k.The Galway Wind Park, (Seecon East) is located in the Cloosh Valley on the R372, approximately 7km south-west of Oughterard. Race HQ and the car park for race athletes, registration and toilets is based at the operations centre of the Wind Park, The map link is https://goo.gl/maps/pgE6e2gT52B2Registration will take place from 9:30 am. The 4k race is only for those 14 years of age and older, while the 8k race is only for those 16 years of age and older. Race Entry fee is €20 for 8k and €15 for 4k.
Kevin also spoke to Man of the Match Sean Denvir. Galway: C Haslem, E O’Sullivan, D Ó’Ruairc, T Rabbitte, D Moran (0-1), A Ward, P O’Donnell (1-1), A Molloy, C Brady, S Denvir (0-4), M Day (1-3), T Gleeson (0-2), P É Ó Currin, J Ryan (0-3, 0-1f), T Ó Flaithearta. Subs: C Brennan, G Gibbons (0-1f), M Geraghty, K Murphy, M Ó’Conaola, B Rafferty. Sligo: L Callaghan, A Flynn, S Barrett, J McDonnell, T O’Kelly Lynch, Cl Mullaney, E Kent, J Carroll, D McDermott, S Connolly, C O’Connor, D Kilcoyne (0-3, 0-2fs, 0-1 ‘45), B Coleman, D Hailstones (0-3, 0-2fs), R Taheny. Subs: A Cummins, B Tuohy, N Canning (0-1), C McDonnagh, B Morahan, D Kilcoyne.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway Bay FM’s Kevin O’Dwyer spoke with Galway Junior manager Matt Duggan followin his team’s victory. Galway’s Junior team overcame Sligo in the Connacht Junior Semi-Final on Sunday. Goals from Padraic O’Donnell and Michael Day ensured Matt Duggan’s side passage to the Connacht Junior Final.
Pictures are courtesy of Galway United FC – Check out their Facebook Page for more – https://www.facebook.com/GalwayUnitedFC/ Galway United booked their place in the Quarter Final of the FAI Cup with an outstanding 1-0 win at home to Cork City at Eamon Deacy Park. Conor Melody’s goal just before Half Time the difference between the teams. Galway United will face Shamrock Rovers at home in the Quarter Final.Here is another chance to hear the commentary of the game with Mike Rafferty and Derek Rogers.Presented by Gerry MurphyFirst Half Second HalfThe Galway United Team who faced Cork City on Friday Night Let’s keep the run going! United are back in league action at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night when we face Limerick. Kick-off: 7.45pm. The club will be running a “Cup Night” which will grant FREE admission to Galway FA teams at all levels that have won silverware this season! print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The Houdini-like Nelson Leafs pulled another rabbit out of their hat Monday night at the NDCC Arena to grab a 2-1 lead in the Kootenay Conference Final.Two goals in eight seconds, combined with stellar netminding from Game Star Josh Williams, sparked the Leafs to a thrilling 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff victory over the Kimberley Dynamiters.Nelson now leads the best-of-seven series with Game four Tuesday back at the NDCC Arena.“We just wanted this game,” said Leaf forward Jack Karran from outside the boisterous home dressing room.Twice Nelson held one-goal leads to start the game.Logan Wullum tipped in a Dash Thompson shot with Nelson on the power play to open the scoring midway through the first period.Chase Gedney tied the game up for Kimberley, also on the power play. Gedney’s shot found the top corner with Williams scrambling to get into position after losing his goal stick behind the Nelson net.However, before the period ended, Justin Podgorenko’s shot went off the glove of Kimberley goalie Cody Campbell to regain the lead for Nelson in the final seconds of the period.In the second, Kimberley took the play to Nelson as the speed of the Nitros forced numerous turnovers by the Leafs to allow the visitors to tie the game.James Farmer evened the score at 2-2 when the Kimberley forward got past Leaf’s Thompson before picking the top corner behind Williams.Then came the penalty parade to the box for Nelson.Thompson started trip to the box, crosschecking Farmer after he scored the game-tying marker.Nelson managed to kill off that penalty, as well as a period of time playing two men short when Keenan Crossman and Podgorenko were penalized. “We just found a way to kill of those penalties,” Karran explained, after Nelson was outshot 17-2 in the second.“That allowed us to battle back in the third and get those two goals.”Kimberley coach Derek Stuart didn’t think not scoring with the two-man advantage was a turning point in the game.“It would definitely have been nice to score on that 5-on-3,” Stuart said. “But we just have to tighten up our discipline and we’ll be all right.”Kimberley thought they took control of the game, scoring the go-ahead goal less than three minutes into the third following an end-to-end rush by defenceman Mason Palaga.Palaga raced over the Nelson blucline before taking a shot Williams mishandled leaving a juicy rebound for Kimberley forward Nicholas Ketola to drill into the net.However, the game turned back into Nelson’s favour when Matt Davies was whistled a tripping penalty in the neutral zone.Leafs tied the game on the power play — the third time in the game — when Ryan Cooper ripped a shot past Campbell.Then Nelson got the winner eight seconds later when Jaiden LaPorte somehow managed to get the puck past Campbell.Nelson then turned the game over to Williams, who was unbeatable in the final 17 minutes of the game secure the win.(Josh) has just been tremendous for us,” Karran said. “He made some amazing saves and his play really helped us tonight win this game.”As for Kimberley, which has held a shot advantage in all three games — including a 40-26 margin in Game three?“Just play hard again tomorrow, and minus the selfish penalties,” Stuart explained.“We shot ourselves in the foot with the penalties we took. We have to be more disciplined and that to me was the difference in the game.”GAME NOTES: Before the game, Leafs honoured its “Best Fan” during an on-ice ceremony. Neveah Mullin was presented with a Leaf jersey as well as a Team Photo by assistant captain Zach Morey. Mullin then dropped the puck in the ceremonial faceoff. . . .Fans in the north end of the ice tried unsuccessfully all night to start the Wave around the arena . . . Nelson was once again minus a core group of regulars as Jackson Zimmermann, Ethan Beattie and David Sanchez all did not play. The trio were joined by Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt, who was sitting out the first of a two-game suspension for match penalty during the first period of Saturday’s Game two in Kimberley. . . . Kimberley has outshot Nelson by a 113-75 during the first three games of the series. . . .Someone at the game went home a few dollars richer after claiming the 50-50 prize of $675. . . .The game attracted 843 fans. . . . In the Okanagan Shuswap Conference Final, Osoyoos and Revelstoke are tied 1-1 with Game three Tuesday in the South Okanagan.
Kerry Dyck, who lost a battle with cancer earlier this year, would have been very proud of his son after Jaden was named the recipient of the inaugural Hume Innkeepers Kerry Dyck Memorial Scholarship Tuesday at the Lakeside Pitch.“It’s a $500 scholarship given to a youth player playing in the men’s league based on soccer ability, overall involvement in the sport in Nelson as judged by all members of our team (Hume Innkeepers),” said Kevin Lewis of the Innkeepers. “We presented it to Jaden because of his soccer ability, leadership qualities and that he refs and coaches in Nelson Youth Soccer,” Lewis added.The money will be used for Dyck as he continues his post-secondary education.The Hume Innkeepers play in the Mallard’s Men’s Open Adult League with Oso Negro, Old Dogs and Dyck’s team, Nelson Youth Soccer Selects.Kerry Dyck, a graduate of L.V. Rogers High School, was a key cog in Nelson Youth Soccer for many years, coaching and serving on the executive. He was also coach and manager of the Hume Innkeepers for many years, helping the squad capture the 2017 Mallard’s Men’s Open League last fall.Kerry Dyck was also honoured last month by BC Soccer, claiming the Awards of Merit.Kerry Dyck was nominated by the BC Soccer Membership as well as the Board of Directors for recognition of contributions to soccer, during a period of ten or more years, as a player, manager, coach, official, or administrator at the club/league or district Level. The announcement was made during the spring by BC Soccer Association.
Earlier in the Canada Winter Games, Nelson Boxing Club’s Brayden Hellekson won a bronze representing Team BC in the 178-pound class.Chanreet Bassi of Lake Country scored the game-winning goal to power Team BC to the bronze medal.Team Alberta won the Gold Medal with a narrow 2-1 win over Team Quebec.Hunt, who plays for the Okanagan Hockey Academy after playing her minor hockey in Nelson, finished the Games with a pair of assists in six games.Hunt will conclude the season at the OHA before heading off for a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.Reece Hunt of Nelson (fifth from left, front row) joins her Team BC teammates for a bronze-medal, group photo inside the dressing room at the Canada Winter Games. — Submitted photo The 2019 Canada Winter Games recently wrapped up in Red Deer, but not before a second Nelson athlete stepped onto the podium to receive a medal.Reece Hunt of Nelson won a bronze medal for Team BC in women’s hockey Saturday at the Servus Downtown Arena in Red Deer as Team BC shook off a heartbreaking overtime semi-final loss to edge Team Ontario 5-4 in Medal Round play.It was the first women’s hockey medal at the Canada Games for Team BC since the province won bronze in 1991.