Sunday 4 December 2016

Galwegians kick off their season in style

Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

Galwegians made an inspired return to the top flight of the Ulster Bank league with a 12-11 victory over Cork Constitution
Galwegians made an inspired return to the top flight of the Ulster Bank league with a 12-11 victory over Cork Constitution

Galwegians have marked their return to the upper echelons of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League with an impressive array of events on and off the field last weekend.

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After a mixed Connacht Senior League campaign where they conceded their title to Buccaneers, the Blues had their opening Division 1A clash against the much-fancied former All-Ireland champions and Bateman Cup holders Cork Con on Saturday.

Having lost a number of players mid-season, Wegians also had some new recruits on show and they came up trumps 12-11.

New signings and debutants included Ed O'Keeffe, Aly Muldowney and Marc Kelly.

However the bedrock of their senior squad are players who have come through their underage ranks, including stalwarts from recent campaigns like captain Ja Naughton, Brian Murphy, Barry Lee and Anthony Ryan.

However the underage supply chain has continued and Saturday saw two more products of the club's Youth Academy, the talented ex-Ireland U-20 captain Sean O'Brien and Cormac Brennan, who has returned to his roots after a stint at Old Belvedere last year.

The Youth Academy resumed activity the previous weekend and the minis continue to pile in in their hundreds into Crowley Park each Saturday morning.

Off the field Wegians had a sell-out pre-match lunch on Saturday sponsored by the Connacht Hotel, at which the majority of past presidents were in attendance. Also Saturday night there was a barn dance fund raiser for Galway Hospice in honour of former Womens club stalwart Ann Watty Fitzpatrick, who sadly passed away last year.

This followed a women's friendly against Old Belvedere, and the night was a huge success.

Irish Independent

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