By Connie Kelly
Boston hosted one of the most successful North American playoffs last weekend, with close to 60 games being decided at all levels, from under-10 all the way up to senior men’s and ladies.
Friday’s schedule took care of all the junior games with the best game of the day between Denver and Washington which went right down to the last kick of the game, a goal by sub Scott Brady.
The sides were level at the half, 1-4 to 0-7.
The lead went back and forth in the second half and the sides were again level with 10 minutes to go. Both teams traded points in injury time. Denver’s Colm O’Neill made one last all-out effort and managed to get the ball into Scott Brady who buried it in the back of the net for a 2-12 to 1-13 win for Denver.
Saturday’s schedule started at 7:30 a.m. and 35 games were decided. In senior football, the result of the first game was Cork 1-10, Philadelphia 1-6.
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In the second senior game, St. Brendans defeated McAnespies 0-17 to 1-5.
In senior hurling, Boston’s Tipperary went down to Chicago’s Cu Chulainn’s on a score of 1-14 to 2-10.
In the second senior hurling game, Galway of Boston had an easy win over Na Fianna of San Francisco. At the half, it was 4-9 to 1-4 and Galway added six points to Na Fianna’s five in the second half for a 4-16 to 1-9 win.
In junior hurling, Galway got a bye into the final with Na Fianna of San Francisco and this proved to be the most exciting game of the weekend, taking two overtimes to decide the winner, Galway 1-31 Na Fianna 3-20.
Referee Tommy Dolan of Chicago got a real workout with both teams giving it everything they had. At the half it was Na Fianna 1-6 Galway 0-8. The sides were level at the end of 60 minutes 1-11 to 0-14 and again after one half of overtime, 3-10 to 0-19. Joe Morrissey had a chance to win the game but his penalty shot was deflected over the bar and at the end of the first overtime it was 3-15 to 0-24.
As both teams took the field for the start of the second overtime neither side gave an inch with both sides trading points and at the half the sides were level once again, 3-18 to 0-27. It all came down to a will to win and Galway pressed Na Fianna every inch of the way.
Galway’s only goal of the game came early in the fourth overtime period when John Murphy laid on a pass to Pat Byrne. Na Fianna had a chance at another goal from a penalty but this was deflected over the bar. Martin Joe Graney (1), John C. Murphy (2) had insurance points for Galway with no response from Na Fianna and at the end of a gruelling 120 minutes of top class hurling, Galway were deserving winners. Final score, Galway 1-31 Na Fianna 3-20.
In camogie, Eire Og of Boston held on to beat San Francisco 2-9 to 2-8.
Galway tried but failed to make it a double over Cu Chulainns of Chicago. Cu Chulainns raced out to a 2-5 to 0-6 half time lead which they extended to 3-11 to 0-9 by game’s end.
This senior football final was another game that did not live up to expectations with St. Brendans of Chicago defeating Cork of Boston on a score of 5-7 to 1-9.
Meanwhile, Clan na Gael, San Diego had an easy win over St. Brendans of Chicago, 3-17 to 1-3.
In intermediate football, it was a Boston final with North East champions, Notre Dame being defeated by rivals St. Columbkilles on a score of 0-16 to 2-6.
The Boston Shamrocks pulled off the double in senior and junior ladies football. The juniors just squeezed by Florida in a very exciting game, 3-9 to 3-8, with very little between the teams right down to the final whistle.
The senior final was another all Boston affair with the Shamrocks taking on Roscommon. Both teams were coming off big wins in the semi-final, Shamrocks over San Francisco and Roscommon over Chicago. Both teams went head to head from the throw-in. With excitement mounting, disaster struck Roscommon when Eithne Morrissey took a fall and broke her arm. Roscommon never recovered after that, going on to lose, 2-9 to 1-3.
Senior Football, Chicago 5-7, Cork 1-9; Senior Hurling,
Chicago Cu Chulainn 3-11, Galway Boston 0-9; Junior Hurling,
Galway Boston 1-31, San Francisco 3-20; Junior Football,
A. Clan na Gael San Diego 3-17, St. Brendan Chicago 1-3; B. Denver 3-9, Florida 2-11.
Ladies Senior Football, Boston Shamrocks 2-9, Roscommon 1-3; Ladies Junior Football, Boston Shamrocks 3-9, Florida 3-8; Intermediate Football, St. Columbkilles 0-16, Notre Dame 2-6;
Camogie, Eire Og Boston 2-9, San Francisco 2-8.