What a pity that on the evening the Westmeath hurlers achieved one of their best ever results in senior hurling in drawing with Wexford in the Leinster senior hurling championship, they couldn’t allow themselves to celebrate.
Westmeath Senior footballers will go into next Sunday’s Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-final at Croke Park fully focused on delivering their best performance of the season – and that is precisely what it’s going to take to get past a strong Kildare side.
While the margin was eight points in the end, Westmeath had to work really hard to fend off Longford’s second-half resurgence at TEG Cusack Park last Saturday, according to manager Jack Cooney.
It is with great shock and sadness that we record the passing of legendary Westmeath GAA figure, Paddy Flanagan.
All that Westmeath hurling supporters were hoping for last Saturday was a good performance against a star studded Kilkenny side.
The Westmeath under 20 footballers came through a battle in Baltinglass when coming from seven points down to overcome Wicklow by five points in a thrilling contest last Thursday.
Westmeath hurlers have a great chance to bounce back to Division 1 hurling when they take on Down in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A final in Semple Stadium, Thurles, this Saturday evening (4.45pm).
In what was the most dramatic finish of the week at the Cheltenham, the legendary Tiger Roll was denied a sixth victory at the festival when he was pipped on the home run by Gigginstown stable-mate Delta Work last Wednesday.
The Westmeath footballers head to Belfast this Sunday to play Antrim, knowing that promotion is out of their hands. Promotion is by no means impossible, but it is unlikely.
On what was a disastrous weekend for Westmeath football and hurling, both senior county sides slumped to defeat against Longford and Down respectively.
On his day John Heslin is as good as any forward in the country. Last Sunday in Ardee was one of those days for Heslin. Unfortunately it wasn’t one of those days for Westmeath.
Westmeath senior manager Jack Cooney was the most relieved man in TEG Cusack PArk following his side’s five-point victory over a fired-up Wicklow side last Sunday, in the first round of the National Football League (Division 3).
Westmeath captured the Kehoe Cup with a 1-14 to 0-12 victory over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park, Carlow last Sunday, giving new manger, Joe Fortune the ideal start in his first season at the helm.
There is nothing like a local derby with bragging rights and indeed putting one over on your noisy neighbours and possibly that above anything else drew a large crowd to Raithin, Grange for the Mullingar battle between one of the oldest amateur clubs in Ireland, Mull-ingar Town and one of the newest in Mullingar Celtic.
Westmeath senior footballers begin their Allianz National Football League Division 3 campaign at home to Wicklow this Sunday in TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar at 2pm.
It was a very proud Joe Fortune who spoke to the media after Westmeath had beaten Meath in the opening round of the Kehoe Cup senior hurling competition last Sunday in Dunganny, Co. Meath.
The Westmeath Hurling and Football Club New York celebrated the 25th anniversary of the club’s senior football and hurling New York County title wins of 1996 in the best possible manner.
Not surprisingly Raharney camogie manager Padraic Connaughton was delighted that his side had defeated Derry and Ulster champions Glen last Saturday to reach the Junior Club All Ireland final.
“Glen are a serious team, but we will be ready”, said Raharney camogie manager Padraic Connaughton after his side had retained the Leinster Junior A camogie title, last Saturday in Clane GAA grounds in Co. Kildare.
Westmeath senior football champions St Loman’s, Mullingar suffered a two-point defeat in the Leinster Club Senior Football Championship at MW Hire O’Moore Park last Sunday, where an early Portarlington blitz paved the way for victory.