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THE hit by the senior footballers has stopped as fast as it started.

This was the great news given into the 120 delegates by county chairman Kevin Bell who had been returned unopposed at the county tradition in the Donard Hotel, Newcastle, yesterday.

County secretary Brian McAvoy explained the mix-up along with the misunderstandings that had arisen regarding the non-availability of Ballyholland for instruction on Friday night that prompted the statement from supervisor Peter McGrath the players and management were withdrawing their solutions.

The net result is that training will restart in Ballykinlar tonight and continue Wednesday and Friday nights.

Addressing the delegates chairman Kevin Bell reported that the success and success in Gaelic games has created a shifting scenario and poses a true challenge.

He explained: &ldquoWe have to fight to retain our young players from ongoing promotional work in our universities and nightclubs and also by good administration, very good refereeing and purposeful competitions”.

The chairman demonstrated that in Down alone there are over 10,000 men and boys involved in playing Gaelic games.

However he warned that while everything would look very rosy this is not the case.

He explained that there are still places in the county where a lot of work has to be performed, particularly in urban regions, and he’d like assistance from the divisional boards in this issue.

Officers elected: chairman Kevin Bell, vice-chairman Eamon O’Toole, secretary Brian McAvoy, assistant secretary Donal McCormack, treasurer Hugh John Harper, registrar Hugh Cahill, PRO Fintan Mussen, language officer Aidan Rodgers, childhood officer Michael Keenan, fundamental council assign Dan McCartan, Ulster Enforcement delegates (two) Fintan Mussen along with Gerry Mullan, delegates into Ulster conference Brian McAvoy, Kevin Bell, Dan McCartan, Donal McCormack, Hugh John Harper along with Matt Fitzpatrick, delegates to congress Jimmy Cousins, Kevin Bell, Brian McAvoy, Hugh John Harper, Matt Fitzpatrick along with Donal McCormack, beneath 21 assign to congress Thomas Keenan.


ST GALL’S pulled off a stunning victory in this belated Antrim Intermediate Hurling Championship final at Casement Park if midfielder Pat McShane shot the winner a minute from period to procure a 2-9 into 2-8 lead over Shane O’Neill’s.

In all sorts of difficulty, having permitted a five-point lead to slide under the cosh for the majority of the half St Gall’therefore looked in serious trouble when the North Antrim negative had been awarded a 53rd minute penalty.

In his way through, full-forward Sean O’Neill was unceremoniously dropped and half-back Sean Waide professionally put the sliothar beyond the reach of Seamus Elliman.

Ahead by some time, 2-8 into 2-7, the Glenarm side looked set to break a lengthy St Gall’s stranglehold.

However, in a blistering finish Johnny Flynn pointed an invaluable spare in the 55th minute that levelled matters, before McShane struck the winner.

However, if there was a turning point it arrived from the 36th minute when Johnny Flynn goaled from a long range free to place the Belfast side five points ahead.

St Galls: S Elliman, R McKenna, C Parke, D McKeown, D Sheehan, S McGourty, S O’Connor, P McShane (0-1), J Flynn (1-3), H M McDaniel, S Duigney, P O’Toole (0-2), M Kerr (1-3), M Culbert, C Hartigan.


STAY-AWAY Ulster boxing celebrities have clearly diminished the state’therefore chances of figuring strongly from the trophy haul from the National senior boxing championships.

The truth was underlined after the quarter-finals were decided on Saturday.

At this point just defending feather winner Pat O’Donnell of Dockers emerged unscathed. Bankers like Liam Cunningham of Saints, Sean McAnee of Ring, Derry, Brian Magee of Holy Trinity, along with the Mark Heagney duo Tommy Donnelly and Jim McKee are nevertheless to box but devastating consequences in Friday’s launching invoice demonstrated an Ulster downer for a beginning.

Many Ulster boxers have been accused of playing it safe from not competing, the inference being that by so doing they would not be putting their Commonwealth Games’ chances in danger.

Quarter-finals: Feather: P O’Donnell (Dockers) bt M Hazlett (St Brigid’s) 30-4; M Hobbs (Arklow) bt M Prunty (Portmarnock) SR3; D McKenna (Holy Family Drogheda) bt J Phillips (St Michael’s Athy) 14-11; T Carlyle (Sacred Heart) bt W Valentine (St Saviours). Mid: T Sheehan (St Michael’therefore Athy) bt R Fox (Phibsboro) 8-2, K Walsh (St Colman’therefore) bt I Timms (Quarryvale) SR5. Heavy: E Falvey (St Colman’therefore) bt D Greene (South Meath) 16- 5; B McGarrigle (Omagh) bt S Dawson (Crumlin) KO R2.

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