I spoke with Denis this morning regarding the latest GAA developments in Boston.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
By Rory O'Donnell
senior football championship kicks off next Sunday, May 26. The 2013 championship will feature eight
teams, all of which will be in action on Sunday. The playoff format remains the same as
previous years with the top two teams into the semi-finals, and the next four
in quarter final playoffs. Boston
First up are Aidan McAnespies and the Connemara Gaels. McAnespies, who won this year’s Pat O’Brien Cup, last won the championship in 2011, going unbeaten all season long. Last season McAnespies appeared dead and buried late in the year, but made a run to the semi-final where they lost out to the eventual winners, Shannon Blues. The Gaels missed out on the playoffs in 2012 but will be hoping will be hoping for a good year, especially with some good additions to the home based ranks. The
Connemara men will be looking to go one better than they
did in 2011 when McAnespies beat them in the championship final.
The second game features Galway and Kerry,
’s two oldest clubs. It has been a while since these clubs have
seen Glory. Kerry last won the
championship in 1999 amid some controversy, and have struggled to emulate the
glory days of the 1990s since then. For
Galway it has been even longer, Boston Galway’s last
senior football championship victory was in 1989. Galway have
knocked at the door the last two seasons, reaching the semi-finals. This is an important game for both teams to
get some early championship points.
|Shannon Blues: The 2012 Champions begin the defense next Sunday|
The final game of the day involves Donegal and Christopher’s. Donegal’s season ended in bitter disappointment last year, and the northerners will be looking to regroup. Donegal pride themselves on being one of the signature clubs in town and an early win will settle the ship. Since bursting on the scene at senior level in 2009 with an unexpected championship win, Christopher’s have the look of a club hungry to repeat that success. Christopher's home based ranks have also been added to this year and they will be hoping for big things this season.
While we are only getting off the mark, early season points are important and where the early season work pays off. Lots of questions to be answered. Will the Tones finally make the breakthrough? Can Christopher’s taste glory once again? Will it be Aidan McAnespies winning the championship for the seventh time in their eighteen year history? Can
or Kerry restore the glory of past years?
Will Donegal make up for last year's disappointment? The answers will begin to emerge on Sunday!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Wolfe Tones 1-6 Aidan McAnespies 3-13
By Rory O'Donnell
|Aidan McAnespies Celebrate the Pat O'Brien Cup Victory|
Aidan McAnespies re-captured the Pat O'Brien Cup from the Wolfe Tones with a fine display over the 60 minutes. A great display from corner forward, Cian Tobin helped the Macs on their way. Gareth O'Neill, Cronin Dempsey, Niall Gallen and Darryl Brolly also put in sterling performances for the northerners. The Tones struggled to find any kind of flow to their game, while it was the opposite for McAnespies as they played some nice fluid football, found each other well, and looked the hungrier of the two teams.
After a dream start to the game for the Tones, McAnespies took control of affairs and left their opponents in their wake. Marty Kelly netted shortly after the throw in, but McAnespies answered with a point from Cian Tobin followed by a goal from corner forward, Darryl Brolly. Cronin Dempsey and Gareth O'Neill controlled matters in the middle third of the field, while Kerry native, Cian Tobin proved to be a dangerman at corner forward. Tobin accounted for six of McAnespies eight first half points, four were from frees as the Tones were forced into persistent fouling, and looked surprisingly sluggish throughout the half. As the scoreboard kept ticking over nicely for McAnespies, the Tones searched for answers in the forward line but were instead left with a lot of questions. At the break it was a handsome 1-8 to 1-1 lead for the red side of
The Tones tried to get the second half started on a better note than that in which the first ended, and succeeded in shaving two points off the deficit. Mike O'Brien, Brilly, and Marty Kelly tried to generate some lift for their team and a close finish looked like a possibility for the first 10 minutes after the restart. That all changed with one well played ball to the Tobin's corner, with the killer blow coming from Enda Hamill. After fielding the cross field ball Tobin turned to make the opening for Hamill and the wing back slid the ball neatly between the legs of Tones keeper Cathal Hynes. Gary Brilly answered with a fine point, however another three pointer from McAnespies put the matter to bed. Aidan Lynch was fouled in the penalty area and put the spot kick away himself leaving no doubt as to the destination for the cup that night. Just under two weeks before the championship and it is Aidan McAnespies making the noise early in the season.
Tones: C. Hynes, C. Gartland, K. Gill, D. Maguire, B. McShea, M. O'Brien, C. Joyce-Power, J. Kelly, C. Carr, G. Brilly, M. Kelly, M. Farrell, D. McCabe. Macs: P. Coakley, M. Bogue, E. Delmar, N. Gallen, C. McClean, A. Lynch, A. Fearson, C. Dempsey, B. Smith, G. O'Neill, E. Hamill, D. Brolly, C. Tobin.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Aidan McAnespies and Wolfe Tones meet in the Pat O'Brien Cup final which is scheduled for next Sunday, May 12.
Each side has had a smooth path to the final game, with McAnespies having defeated Donegal and Galway along the way, while the Tones had easy wins over
and Christopher's to get there.
It could be argued that the Tones, one of the better home based outfits in
are favourites to retain the Cup. The
Tones beat Donegal in last year's final which was not played until the
championship was well underway, but this year the final game will feature a vast majority of home based players.
With the likes of seasoned veterans Gary Brilly, Mike O'Brien, Collie Carr, and Marty Farrell, along with Cormac Joyce-Power in the lineup, the Tones have some inter-county experience on the field. Added to the squad this year are Marty Kelly, Barry McShea, and Danny Egan who beef up an already impressive lineup.
Aidan McAnespies have had the upper hand over the rivals in recent years and driven by Gareth O'Neill, Marty Bogue, and Niall Gallen will be looking to continue that trend. However, the Tones might have the horses to recapture the first trophy the season has to offer this year.
|Wolfe Tones Celebrate the 2012 Pat O'Brien Cup Victory|
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Boston Open Handball Tournament takes place on Saturday and Sunday May 4 and 5 at the Boston Athletic Club in South Boston. Semi-Finals and Finals take place on Sunday. Young star Killian Carroll from Mallow will be participating, while Mike Snyder, Billy O'Donnell from New York, and Sam Kass from California are alos entered. Local players John Sheppeck, Eamon O'Leary, and Peter O'Connor from Sligo will be flying the local flag. Admission is free.
|Young Star, Killian Carroll will be at the Boston Open|
Tournament this Weekend.
Monday, April 29, 2013
|It was down to wire between Galway and the Blues |
for the second week running.
It took extra time to separate
and Shannon Blues one week following their close encounter. Once again it was tremendusly exciting
affair. The game was fast, the teams
moved the ball well, and it followed a similar storyline to the previous one
last weekend. The Blues looked like they
had the game in the back, only for Galway to
rally late and this time, force extra time.
The winning score was again a free, this time from Kevin Cummins.
The Blues started brightly, Andy Glennon was again on the mark early. Shane Cavanagh added a couple for the Blues, but
Galway kept the game
in hand with scores from Jamie Kehoe, Danny Reddin, and Cummins. The Blues put some distance between
themselves and their opponents with some good second half football. The Blues attacked in waves and put the ball
wide of the posts several time before finding the spot between the posts. Cavanagh was again on the mark, and with time
running out the Blues had a 4 point lead.
Galway put four in a row over the bar
to tie it up. Two free kicks from
Cummins, one from play and a Kehoe point meant added time would be needed.
Each side goaled in the extra period.
through Reddin after some great work by Cummins and the Blues through Anton
McDermott. Cummins was the man again for
the westerners with a point from a sideline and what proved to be the winner
from a free kick about 40 yards out. Galway advance to meet Aidan McAnespies in the semi-final
which will be played Wednesday night at 5:30.
Wolfe Tones 0-11
It was back to earth for
Cork when they met a strong Wolfe Tones side
in the other quarter final one Sunday. Cork conceded a lot in
size and strength as the Tones did not mess around in putting the game away
early. At the break the Cup champions
held the rebels scoreless while running up an eight point tally. It was more of the same in the second
period. Cork managed a Mike Moynihan free, while the
Tones continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with scores from Marty
Farrell, Danny Egan, and Dan McCAbe. The
Tones meet Christopher's at 2:00 next Sunday in the semi-final.
Wednesday May 1
Pat O'Brien Cup Semi-Final: 5:30 Aidan McAnespies v
Sunday May 5
Pat O'Brien Cup Semi-Final: 2:00 Christopher's v Wolfe Tones
Sheehan Cup: 3:00
Tipperary v Fr. Tom
Monday, April 22, 2013
Shannon Blues 0-6
|The Galway Footballers Struck Late to Advance over Shannon Blues|
Shannon Blues were pipped in the last minute by a dogged
Galway team that looked to have little hope with time
running out in the contest. The Blues
looked strong in the first half and pointed through Andy Glennon, Shane Kavanagh,
and James Feeney. Playing tight at the
back, the Blues offered Galway few scoring
opportunities, and those that the Tribesmen managed to work proved
|Shannon Blues with the Number 8 Jersey in Honour of Ciaran Maher|
Christopher's 2-7 Donegal 1-5
Christopher's pulled off an eyebrow raising win in their opening game of the season. Fielding a side that featured Gervase Toner, Ian Foley, Pat Delaney, the 3 Kenneally's, Chris Murphy, and Murt Hunt, Christopher's looked the fitter of the two teams and led from start to end. The first half saw Toner lively at corner forward. The
Armagh native accouted for a brace
of points and the lay off the Pat Delaney for the first goal. Donegal eventually got into the game and
scores came from Christy Bell, Paul Boyce, and Pauric McLaughlin.
Holding a 1-3 to 0-4 lead to get the second half going, the winners pressed home. Delaney fed off Toner once again for the second goal while Donegal sputtered. A late goal from Boyce proved some consolation, but Donegal's participation in the competition ended with the final whistle.
Cork 1-6 Kerry 0-3
Cork maintained their interest in the competition with a 1-6 to 0-3 "back door" win over Kerry.
An early Mike Moynihan goal set Cork on their way, and further points from the goalscorer, Lar Barden, Colm Caffrey and John Crowley (2) left them 1-5 to 0-1 ahead at the break.
Kerry enjoyed greater possession in the second half and added points through David Clifford and Ian Whelan. However, another point from Barden helped ease the Rebels to a six-point success.
Pat O'Brien Cup Schedule
Wednesday April 24
5:30 Shannon Blues v Connemara Gaels
Sunday April 28 - Quarter Finals*
v Wolfe Tones
Galway v Winners of
Shannon Blues/Connemara Gaels
*Christopher's and Aidan McAnespies get bye to semi-finals