The Downs football team aim to create history on Sunday afternoon next in Croke Park when they take on Dublin champions and reigning Leinster Club champions Kilmacud Crokes in the Leinster Club Senior Football Final.
Lar Wall was a very pleased man on Sunday evening last. The Downs manager had just watched his side produce a superb display of flowing football to overcome Ardee St Mary’s by eight points.
Seventeen years is a long time when your club hasn’t won the county championship. On Sunday next in TEG Cusack Park, The Downs will aim to bridge a 17-year gap when they take on reigning champions St Loman’s Mullingar in the Westmeath Senior Football decider.
When I started out as a scribe many moons ago, I ran into a very smart official who uttered this patronising remark as I, in my naivety, queried why I couldn’t photograph a certain scenario that was about to cause them embarrassment.
To lose one final is heart breaking, to lose three finals is soul destroying. On Sunday, Castletown are aiming not to lose four finals in row.
The concluding stages of the Westmeath football and hurling championships are upon us and supporters are set for plenty of drama in the coming weeks, but amid all that excitement, the importance of planning for next year and trying to improve the current formats should not be forgotten.
Castletown Geoghegan may not have performed to their best at any stage of this year’s championship but they are getting close to top form at the right time of the year.
Castletown-Geoghegan have set up a mouthwatering senior hurling championship semi-final clash with reigning champions Raharney after last Sunday’s victory over Castlepollard.
In a surprise move, Jack Cooney has stepped down as manager of the Westmeath senior footballers, having been appointed the GAA's National Player Development Lead by Croke Park.
Reigning champions St Loman’s Mullingar guaranteed themselves a place in the quarter-finals of the Westmeath senior football championship with an eight point victory over local rivals Mullingar Shamrocks last Sunday afternoon.
If anyone ever had any doubt about which team is in the best position to dethrone St Loman’s Mullingar as Westmeath senior football champions then that doubt was clearly dismissed last Sunday evening in Kinnegad.
It has been a great year for Westmeath GAA teams. Last year, the Westmeath hurlers won the Joe McDonagh Cup and this year they held their own in the Leinster senior hurling championship against teams such as All Ireland finalists Kilkenny, and semi finalists Galway.
The Irish rugby team recorded one of the greatest moments in Irish sport on Saturday last and Westmeath man Robbie Henshaw was at the heart of the historic test series victory against the All-Blacks in New Zealand.
Wonderful Westmeath swooped with an unanswered 1-4 to claim victory over Cavan and become the first ever winners of the Tailteann Cup at Croke Park last Saturday.
Mullingar man Aidan Keena created a bit of history last Thursday when he became the first Mullingar man to score a goal in European football.
A very much depleted Westmeath minor girls team suffered defeat when they came up against a very strong Wicklow side in this Leinster Minor ‘C’ Football final played in Athy GAA grounds, Kildare, on Wednesday evening of last week, July 6.
The Downs, under new manager Lar Wall, produced an impressive display to deny Coralstown/Kinnegad and claim the All County Football League Division 1 title, at TEG Cusack Park last Sunday.
Tributes have been paid to former Westmeath GAA club star Enda Mulvihill of Garrycastle, who died last Tuesday, 21 June, aged 43.
Danni McCormack who coaches in Mullingar’s Relentless Martial Arts, is set to have her seventh professional MMA bout in Malta this Saturday, July 2.