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Skehana bid for Connacht Junior Honours today   10/11/2012

The men of Skehana will be bidding for provincial honours as they play the refixed Connacht Junior Hurling Final later today at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence Grounds in Ballyhaunis at 3pm.

The original fixture was postponed last weekend due to waterlogged pitch, with the opposing side from Calry St. Josephs waiting for Skehana. 
The two clubs have met each other at this stage before, with Skehana winning in 2008, while Cary getting revenge in 2009. That recent history between the two sides will only add to the occassion today and all can expect that an exciting game is in store.

Best of luck to Skehana from all in Galway Hurling!

Connacht Junior Hurling Final
Skehana (Galway) v Calry, St. Josephs (Sligo)
Saturday 10th November in Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis, at 3pm


The following piece as got from http://www.connachtgaa.ie/..........

Skehana Hurling Club

Club Colours: Blue & White
Team Captain: Jarlath Fahy

Club Contact details: secretary.skehana.galway@gaa.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skehana.hurlingclub Twitter: @SkehanaHC

Last time competing in Connacht GAA Club Championship:
We last competed in the Connacht Championship in 2009, when today's opponents, Calry St.Joseph's defeated us in the final. Prior to that, the Club had represented Galway in the Junior Championship on a number of occasions, winning Connacht titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, though we have yet to make the breakthrough to Croke Park and the All-Ireland final itself.

Recent Major Honours:
2004 Galway Junior B Champions & League Winners
2005 Connacht Junior Champions
2006 Galway Junior A League Winners
2006 Connacht Junior Champions
2008 Connacht Junior Champions
2012 Galway Junior 1 Champions

Brief history:
Skehana Hurling Club represents the rural parish of Killascobe in North East Galway. Situated approximately equidistance from the towns of Athenry, Tuam and Ballinasloe, the club is on the border of the traditionally strong football area to the north and the hurling heartlands to the south and east. The club fields teams at all grades from U-8 to adult level. The club has been in existence since the late 1800s and has been a Junior club for most of that time, though a golden era in the 1950s saw the club compete at senior level. More recently, the club has again been successful at adult level, claiming the Junior B Championship & League titles in 2004 followed by a Junior A League win in 2006 and this year the Junior 1 title. We are also through to the Junior A League semi-finals, to be played in the coming weeks. Our juvenile club continues to go from strength to strength, with a strong emphasis on skills coaching central to the development of our young players. The success of our underage teams in their respective competitions and the number of players representing the club at juvenile level continues to grow.

Route to the Connacht Club:
We qualified for this Connacht final as winners of the Galway Junior 1 title, with an early-round victory over Mountbellew, a semi-final win over Salthill and a memorable victory over Micheál Breathnachs in the final, which required extra-time to separate the sides.

Given our location in the county, it is no surprise that we are a "dual" parish, with our sister club, Menlough competing at Intermediate grade in Galway football. Many of our players, both juvenile and adult, are dual players.


Calry/ St Joseph's / Calraigh/Naomh Iosef

Club Colours: Yellow/Blue Jersey, White Shorts with Blue and Yellow socks
Team Captain: Keith Raymond

Contact Details: secretary.calrystjosephs.sligo@gaa.ie
Club Website: www.calrystjosephsgaa.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/calrystjosephsgaa

Last time competing in Connacht GAA Club Championship:
Junior Hurling Finalists 2011

Major Senior Honours:
County Senior Hurling Champions: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 (6)
Connaught Junior Championship Winners: 2009
Connaught Junior Championship Runners -Up: 2008, 2011
Dermott Molloy Senior Hurling League Winners: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 (9)
Sligo Junior Hurling League Winners: 2005
North West Senior League Winners: 2002/3
Sean Grimes Ballyshannon Tournament Winners: 2003
Sligo County Hurling National Titles
National League Division 3 League 2009 Winners: Captain Fiachra Coyne, Manager Michael Galvin
Nicky Rackard Cup Winners 2008: Captain Damian Burke, Manager Michael Galvin
National League Division 3 A Winners 2004 Manager Michael Galvin

Brief History:
Calry/St Joseph's was founded in 1972 with hurling being introduced to the club in the winter of 1994 where winter indoor hurling training and leagues were started in Sligo Tennis Club by Joe Keane and Henry Cox who were both involved with Craobh Rua Hurling Club. The talent was there to be developed and nurtured which they did, winning the first of many underage county titles in 1995 at u-10, 12, 14 age groups. This was the start of the golden era of underage hurling for Calry/ St Joseph's winning titles consistently up till the turn of the century.
In the winter of 2000, saw the start of the first of those 1990's successful underage team players now playing senior hurling with Craobh Rua. Henry was now Chairman of Craobh Rua and Stephen Whelan was secretary, a proposal was put to the Committee and members of Craobh Rua to amalgamate the club with Calry/St Joseph's hurling underage Club therefore providing a senior hurling team within Calry/ St Joseph's GAA Club. In 2001 Calry/ St Joseph's GAA club fielded its first senior team in the Dermott Molloy senior league with Henry captaining the club to the league title in our inaugural senior season. The club finally made the breakthrough winning its first senior title in 2005.
The Club completed a further three senior county championship titles in a row from 2007 to 2009. The club became the first Sligo senior hurling team to reach a Connacht hurling final when playing Skehana in the 2008 Connaught Junior Hurling Final and were unlucky on the day to lose by four points 2-11 to 3-12 with the game in the balance right up to the final whistle. However November 15th 2009 in Kiltoom, Roscommon will long be remembered as a historical day for Calry/ St Joseph's GAA Club as the Senior Hurlers became the first Senior club in Sligo and from outside Galway to win the Connacht Club Junior Hurling Championship with David Collery the first Sligo man to lift a Connacht Hurling title. In a rematch with Skehana, the club won by 2pts on a 1-09 to 0-10 score line in a tight final.
The club got back to winning ways again in 2011 by regaining the senior county title but having beaten Gortletteragh, Leitrim in the Connaught semi-final; we lost out to a very strong Ballygar team from Galway in the final at Ballinasloe. In 2012 the club set out its goal to retain our senior county title and get back into the Connaught Junior final which has been achieved.
Calry/ St Joseph players have back boned the Sligo senior hurling team over the last decade with club man Michael Galvin managing Sligo to a triumphant Nicky Rackard win in Croke Park. The club provided ten players to the county panel with seven in the starting line-up for the final v Louth and Damian Burke becoming the first Sligo player to lift a Senior Hurling title in Croke Park. Michael also won two national hurling league titles with Sligo in 2004 and 2009 making him the most successful Sligo hurling manager.

Route to Connaught Club Final:
Sligo Senior Hurling Championship:
Semi - Final: Calry/St Joseph's 2-20 v 0-5 Western Gaels
Final: Calry/St Joseph's 2-16 v 1-11 Coolera/Strandhill
Connaught Semi Final: Glencar/ Manorhamilton (Leitrim) 0-7 v 3-9 Calry/ St Joseph's

Calry/St Joseph's became the first Senior Hurling team from Sligo and outside of Galway to win the Connacht Junior Cup in 2009, while Keith Raymond became the first man outside of Galway to captain Connacht Senior Hurlers in the 2009 Railway Cup final v Leinster in Dubai





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