COVID Lockdown, Glencar/Manor Ladies & Hurling Final – Sports Roundup: Episode 236
This week on the Sports Roundup Show we’re reacting to the reality that local sport isn’t going to be with us for the next few weeks at a minimum as the GAA led the announcements this week that local and amateur sports would be closed down until further notice. We’re joined by Leitrim GAA Chairman Enda Stenson to discuss the impact in Leitrim as well as a look at the sport which did take place over the weekend.
In our roundup we’ll focus on Glencar/Manor’s assault on the Connacht Ladies Football Intermediate Club Championship (0:41) with a victory over Mayo club Kilmovee Shamrocks on Sunday in a brave display by the Leitrim champs.
Carrick Hurling left it late to force extra time and repeated the trick to win the game at the death in the Senior Hurling final (1:57) against Cluainin Iomaint on Saturday evening.
In National League Soccer (3:14) it was a mixed bag for Leitrim players with Niall Morahan and his Sligo Rovers team mates falling to a 4-0 defeat to champions elect Shamrock Rovers while Dearbhaile Beirne and her Peamount United doubled down on their recent league victory over rivals Shelbourne to ease into the FAI Cup Semi Final on a scoreline of 1-0.
In Rugby the new look Energia Community Shield (5:08) continued with it’s second round with Matthew Earley at hooker for Sligo and helping them continue their 100% winning start to the season with a 25-15 win over Galwegians in the Connacht conference, Fenagh’s Jack Gilheaney made his first start at inside centre for Old Belvedere in their 22-15 defeat to UCD in the Leinster conference.
Both players would also feature on gaelic football pitches over the weekend too. Earley winning a Junior ‘C’ title with Leitrim Gaels two hours after the final whistle and Gilheaney playing for Leitrim in a challenge game on Sunday morning.
We also take a run through the local results in Leitrim GAA (5:57), the Sligo Leitrim & District Soccer League (7:13), Junior Connacht Rugby (9:43).
We start out with a very special guest with Leitrim GAA Chairman Enda Stenson (10:23) joining Breifne to discuss the impact locally of the national blanket ban on all GAA Club games across the entire country.
He speaks specifically about the impact on the five adult teams who have championship games, Intermediate finalists Annaduff & Gortletteragh, Junior pair Aughavas & Cloone and Glencar/Manor in the Connacht Ladies Club Final and the total devastation caused in underage competitions in the county.
He also shares his personal concerns and fears with the National Football League tie in Park Esler in Newry, Co. Down in a couple of weeks and his own attendance at the game and what impact might arise from Leitrim’s participation in that game considering the current situation with the virus figures coming from the North of Ireland.
Our remaining guests this week come from the main sporting events of the weekend including that fantastic result from Glencar/Manor in the Connacht Ladies Club Championship Semi Final where Breifne spoke to John Sheridan (24:06), Mellissa Hewitt (26:52) & Amanda Sweeney (30:23).
After the snatch and grab from Carrick Hurling we spoke to their late goalscorer James Glancy (32:50) & manager Hilary Phelan (35:19) as well as the player of the match Gavin O’Hagan (38:49).
In the Junior C Final, Leitrim Gaels edged out the challenge of Dromahair and we spoke to the winning manager Peter Goldrick (40:23) & defeated captain Martin Clancy (41:39) after the game.
We also featured participants in both Junior A Semi Finals after Aughavas and Cloone progressed to the final at the expense of Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher and Glencar/Manorhamilton respectively. We spoke to Aidy McCallion of Glenfarne/Kilty after his side’s defeat (43:56) and Fintan McBrien (47:09) & Fintan Gallogly (51:36) of Aughavas.
After the second semi final we spoke to winning manager Philip Charles (53:38) and his players Gavin Reynolds (57:47) & Seamus Maguire (61:05) from the winning side, Cloone, and penalty saving keeper and captain of the beaten semi finalists Manor, Luke Sheridan (63:12).