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  Donnellan tipped for Galway captaincy Sun, 12 Mar '06
from hoganstand.com::

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  Michael Donnellan is expected to be named at the new Galway captain after the All-Ireland club football final on St. Patrick's Day.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who Donnellan will line out for against St. Gall's in the All-Ireland club decider, have the right to select the Galway captain for the coming year. And with youngsters Sean Armstrong and Finian Hanley Salthill's only other representatives on the county panel, Donnellan is hot favourite to succeed Padraic Joyce as captain.

"We will until after the All-Ireland club final on St. Patrick's Day," a Salthill spokesman said.

"It just hasn't been discussed. After winning the county title, we decided nothing should take the focus away from the club championship. We decided to concentrate on that, so we will wait until after the All-Ireland final before making a decision."

If Donnellan is given the captaincy, he will be following in the footsteps of his father John and grandfather Mick who captained the Tribesmen during successful playing careers.

  Connacht Colleges final abandoned Sun, 12 Mar '06
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  A neck injury to St. Gerald's Castlebar player Enda Lavelle saw the Connacht Colleges SFC final abandoned with just five minutes remaining.

Lavelle's side led St. Mary's Galway by a point, 1-7 to 2-3, at the time but concern for the player's safety saw the match abandoned following a collision.

Fortunately, reports indicate that the player recovered from the injury later on.

SalthillKnocknacarraGaa.ie would like to wish a full and speedy recovery to Castlebar's Enda Lavelle, but hopefully St. Mary's can finished them off in the replay.

  Clubs to get run-out in Croker before final Tues, 7 Mar '06
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  This years All-Ireland club football and hurling finalists will get a chance to familiarize themselves with Croke Park before the finals take place on St. Patricks Day.

Football finalists Salthill/Knocknacarra and St. Galls, as well hurling finalists Portumna are expected to take up the offer, but Portumnas opponents Newtownshandrum have passed up on the dress-rehearsal. Newtown were successful at the venue two years ago and obviously feel they dont need a run-out before the big day.

The teams visits will include a 20-minute spell on the pitch to get used to the surface and these are likely to take place this weekend.

  Alan Kerins to decide on football future Tues, 7 Mar '06
from hoganstand.com::

  Galway dual star Alan Kerins will wait until after Salthill-Knocknacarra's appearance in the All-Ireland club football final on St. Patrick's Day before deciding if he will rejoin the county football panel.

Kerins, who won an All-Ireland medal with the Galway footballers in 2001, has been named as the AIB Connacht club footballer of the year after playing a starring role in Salthill's march to the All-Ireland final.

The 28-year-old hasn't featured for the Galway footballers since 2002, but it's understood that football manager Peter Ford wants him aboard.

When asked if he plans to combine both codes this year, Kerins said: "At this stage I have not made any call on it either way. Peter was in touch about it and I intend to speak to him after our game on Friday week."

"It's a tough thing to do in a county like Galway where both teams are highly competitive. But I'd prefer to speak to Peter before saying anything else about it."

A physiotherapist by profession, Kerins did charity work in Zambia last year and he plans to return to the African country three days after the All-Ireland club final after raising EUR200,000 in the past 12 months.

  Andrew McLean winning fitness battle Tues, 7 Mar '06
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  St. Gall's manager John Rafferty is hopeful that key defender Andrew McLean will be fit for the All-Ireland club football final against Salthill-Knocknacarra on St. Patrick's Day.

McLean tore his hamstring during the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Nemo Rangers on February 19, but has been making a good recovery.

"Andy's nearly fit," Rafferty said.

"There's a degree of loyalty here because he's played in all our games, so we will give him every opportunity to prove his fitness."

  Friendly: Minor footballers overcome Killanin Sat, 4 Mar '06
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  The Salthill Minors overcame a strong Killanin side in today's friendly at Cappagh Park. Enda Dunne showed he is well capable to play minor with his impressive performance. Brendan McBrien hopes to bring some trophies home this year with this Minor side. A deciding factor of two points was a true reflection of the game as Salthill walked off as victors.
Steve skined a tired-looking Pat Quiley. "Pat Quiley put the ball over the bar!!!
  Underage Training starts up again Sat, 4 Mar '06
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  Underage Football::

Salthill Knocknacarra Underage football training resumes Sunday 5th March. Training for 6-9 year olds starts at 10am until 11am in St Enda's. New faces are always welcome. Training for the under-10's commences on sunday up in Cappagh Road pitches. Training is on from 10am - 11:30am.

  "I don't do dirt" - Vaughan after Crokes game Tues, 28 Feb '06
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  Dublin senior footballer Mark Vaughan has insisted that he isn't a dirty player but merely stands up for himself on the field of play.

Vaughan was red carded when playing for Kilmacud Crokes against Salthill-Knocknacarra in their recent All-Ireland club semi-final which has compounded his poor disciplinary record over the last 18 months.

"I wouldn't call myself a dirty player.

"I'd be tough enough compared to a lot of corner forwards and I stand up for myself.

"If they are pulling out of me then I'll pull out of them, but when you do something back, defenders are not used to it and they go down," Vaughan added.

  New ball to be used in Paddy's Day club final Tues, 28 Feb '06
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  A Gaelic Gear football will be used for the first time ever in Croke Park at the All-Ireland club football final on St. Patrick's Day.

Antrim and Ulster champions St. Gall's are kitted out by the Belfast-based sports manufacturing company and will use Gaelic Gear footballs in the final against Salthill/Knocknacarra. Until now, O'Neill's have enjoyed a monopoly on the use of footballs in major games at Croke Park.

Following a meeting of last weekend's Central Council meeting, it was confirmed that teams could use Gaelic Gear footballs if they so wished. Welcoming the decision, Gaelic Gear Managing Director Paul Campbell said: "It represents a major step forward for Gaelic Gear and demonstrates the fact that the Association is committed to encouraging healthy competition for the supply of GAA equipment and clothing."

  Second half performance sends Seasiders thru Mon, 20 Feb '06

AIB FOOTBALL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS

Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-9 Kilmacud Crokes 1-7

Seamie Crowe Salthill-Knocknacarra will be competing in the AIB All Ireland Club Championship final after beating Kilmacud Crokes by two points.

In a ding-dong encounter it was the Connacht champions who eventually came out on top, thanks, in main, to a fine second half performance.

They got off to a flying start going 1-1 to 0-0 up after only four minutes thanks to an early point by Micheal Donnellan and an excellent goal from John Boylan on four minutes.

However they failed to capitalise on their early dominance with hard tackling from both sides the only thing on show during a long barren spell in the first half which saw Kilmacud Crokes squander any possession they had, sending eight balls wide.

The Dub's did eventually raise a flag after Conor Murphy punched past the Salthill keeper from a Mark Vaughan sideline ball. They wormed their way back into the game and at half time they had overturned the early deficit and were leading 1-4 to 1-2.

In the second half however, it was Salthill who came out of the traps fastest with three quick points from Sean Armstrong and one from Sean Donnellan getting them right back into the game.

Crokes suffered a major blow when Mark Vaughan was sent off after a straight red after a hefty challenge on Salthill corner-back Cian Beglan. The Galwegians capitalised on his loss, with Armstrong and Maurice Sheridan pointing to increase their lead to three points.

A late point from the Dubliners wasn't enough overturn the deficit and Salthill advance to face St Gall's of Antrim in the final.

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  Starting Line-up and Subs for Sunday's Game Sat, 18 Feb '06

Following a team meeting on Saturday evening, 18th Feb, the Salthill/Knocknacarra team to face Kilmacud Crokes tomorrow in the All-Ireland Semi-Final was announced. It shows a number of changes both positional and personnel from previous matches, some of which were enforced:

1. Cathal McGinley
2. Cian Begley
3. Finian Hanley
4. Ruaidhrí McTiernan
5. Martie O'Connell
6. Gordon Morley
7. Briain Geraghty
8. Maurice Sheridan (Capt.)
9. David Gilmartin
10. Alan Kerins
11. Michael Donnellan
12. Seamie Rabbitte
13. Seamie Crowe
14. John Boylan
15. Seán Armstrong
 
Subs:
 
16. Brian Fitzpatrick
17. Anthony McDermott
18. Declan Burke
19. Fergal McCann
20. Tomás Burke
21. Conor McGauran
22. Greg Begley
23. Noel Tyrrell
24. David Burke
25. Mattie Silke
26. Johnny Burke
27. Ray Hogan
28. Austin Concannon
29. Philip Cox
30. Colin Sheridan
31. Gearóid Ó Leidhin

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  Seasiders primed for battle ~ Galway Independent Wed, 15 Feb '06
  Kilmacud Crokes remain slight favourites for this weekend's AIB Club football championship semi final at Pearse Park, Longford, but Salthill/Knocknacarra appear ready to meet the challenge head on.

Salthill forward Seamie Crowe spoke to the Galway Independent this week regarding the mood in the camp in the run up to the big game. "Preparations are going well and there's been a good intensity in training," he said. "We realise how good Kilmacud are and the quality of player they have. They're more like an intercounty team than a club side but in saying that, we're fully confident in our own ability and as usual, it will all come down to the day."

Kilmacud have a better pedigree in the competition, having won the All-Ireland Club Football Championship back in '95. Salthill/ Knocknacarra have reached St Patrick's day only once in the club's history, losing out to Derry champions Lavey in '91. However, Galway clubs have a greater record in Croke Park than champions from the capital since then, with Corofin's win in '98 and Caltra's memorable victory in '04 both coming since Kilmacud's victory in '95, the last time a Dublin team lifted the Andy Merrigan Cup.

However, Kilmacud will present the Seasiders with their toughest challenge this year. The Dublin side are a formidable outfit, with players of the calibre of Fermanagh midfielder Liam McBarron, brothers Darren and Johnny Magee, Dublin starlet Liam Og O'Eanaighin and an attack largely based around the scoring exploits of the peroxide Mark Vaughan and former all-star Ray Cosgrove.

Seamie Crowe knows a good forward when he sees one, ending this season's county championship as top scorer, being voted Galway Club Footballer of the Year and earning a call-up by Peter Ford to the county panel after Christmas.

"I haven't really thought about what I've scored myself to be honest," says Crowe. "As a forward its my job to get the scores. Kilmacud have a great attack but our defence has been the real rock of the team this year."

Seamie Crowe Crowe, a former teammate of Robbie Keane's at Wolves, has been in sparking form up front for Salthill/Knocknacarra this season, and will be ably supported by the likes of Sean Armstrong, Alan Kerins and Seamie Rabbitte, while Michael Donnellan and captain Maurice Sheridan provide the drive from midfield. One man who won't feature is Barry Dooney, who misses out due to a suspension, but David Gilmartin and Conor McGauran have provided great service around the middle throughout the season. However, it has been the young full back line of Ruaidhr McTiernan, Finian Hanley and Cian Begley that have proved the backbone of the team throughout the season.

"The fullback line has been immense and the half backs have been brilliant too. Weve probably been winning games without hitting top gear, but we know there's more in the team and we'll need to find it on Sunday," concluded Crowe.

Kilmacud have arguably had a more difficult passage to the semi final, accounting for St.Peter's of Meath, Rhode of Offaly and Sarsfields of Kildare after a replay. Salthill have seen off the challenge of 2001 All-Ireland champions Crossmolina of Mayo before beating St.Brigid's of Roscommon and Tir Chonail Gaels of London. However, it was Caltra who provided the stiffest opposition in the county championship semi-final in Tuam earlier in the season on an evening that Salthill/Knocknacarra produced a devastating display. They will need another to join Portumna's hurlers in HQ on St Patrick's Day.

  2006 Fixtures and league/championship groups Tue, 14 Feb '06
Kilmacud Crokes v Salthill-Knocknacarra, Pearse Park, Longford, 2.30 (Live on TG4)
Nemo Rangers v St.Gall’s , Portlaoise, 2.30 (Deferred showing on TG4)

KILMACUD CROKES v SALTHILL-KNOCKNACARRA
Kilmacud Croke are back in the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since 1995 when they beat Castlehaven (Cork) to reach the final which they won to become All-Ireland champions for the first time. Salthill-Knocknacarra are back in the semi-final for the first time since 1991 when they beat Dr.Crokes (Kerry), prior to losing to Lavey (Derry) in the final. Kilmacud, inspired by Dublin stars, Paul Griffin, Mark Vaughan, Darren and Johnny Magee, Ray Cosgrove and Liam O hEineachain, showed great character to plot their way through a tough Leinster campaign last autumn, beating St.Peter’s (Meath), Rhode (Offaly) in a replay and Sarsfields (Kildare). Salthill, captained by former Mayo star, Maurice Sheridan and reinforced by Galway stars, Michael Donnellan, Finian Hanley, Alan Kerins and Sean Armstrong, also saw off three opponents, including 2001 All-Ireland champions, Crossmolina (Mayo). They also beat St.Brigid’s (Roscommon) and Tir Chonail Gaels of London. Their defence has been in great form, conceding a total of just 0-17 in three games.

PATHS TO THE FINAL

KILMACUD CROKES
Leinster quarter-final: Kilmacud Crokes 1-14 St.Peter’s (Meath) 0-3
Kilmacud scorers: R Cosgrove 1-10 (0-5 frees); L McBarron 0-2, N Corkery 0-1, K O’Carroll 0-1.
Leinster semi-final: Kilmacud Crokes 1-9 Rhode (Offaly) 2-6
Kilmacud scorers: M Vaughan 1-5 (0-2 frees), R Cosgrove 0-2, D Magee 0-1, L McBarron 0-1.
Leinster semi-final (replay): Kilmacud Crokes 2-6 Rhode 1-7 (replay)
Kilmacud scorers: M Davoren 1-2, R Cosgrove 1-1, M Vaughan 0-2, J Magee 0-1. Leinster final: Kilmacud Crokes 0-10 Sarsfields (Kildare) 0-9
Top scorer: Ray Cosgrove 2-15
Average For: 1-10 Average Against: 0-9

SALTHILL-KNOCKNACARRA
Connacht semi-final: Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-9 Crossmolina (Mayo) 0-7
Salthill scorers: S Crowe 0-4, S Armstrong 0-2, M Donnellan 0-1, B Dooney 0-1, S Rabbitte 0-1.
Connacht final: Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-10 St.Brigid’s (Roscommon) 0-5.
Salthill scorers: M Sheridan 1-2, S Crowe 0-4, A Kerins 0-2, S Armstrong 0-1, M Donnellan 0-1.
All-Ireland quarter-final: Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-9 Tir Chonail Gaels (London) 0-5.
Salthill scorers: S Crowe 0-3, A Kerins 0-2, S Armstrong 0-2, A McDermott, J Boylan 0-1 each.
Top scorer: Seamie Crowe 0-11
Average For: 0-11 Average Against: 0-6

PREVIOUS ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCES
Kilmacud Crokes
1995: Kilmacud Crokes 1-11 Castlehaven (Cork) 1-7 Salthill-Knocknacarra
1991: Salthill Knocknacarra 3-9 Dr.Crokes (Kerry) 2-6


  Fan's bus to this weekend's games Tue, 14 Feb '06
  A bus has been laid on by Paul O'Gorman for this weekends games. The bus will depart the Arus at 9:30am (sharp). The bus will bring fans firstly to the Hurler's game in Athleague and then on to Longford to watch the game of the weekend Salthill/Knocknacarra vs Kilmacud Crokes. The bus will then bring all fans back to the Arus that evening. To reserve a seat on the bus, call Paul on 087-9844715