The second group games of the Galway hurling championship were played last weekend, the final round of action before the inter-county championship begins. There are 24 teams in the senior championship with the 12 best teams competing in Senior A and the next 12 in Senior B.
The Senior A Championship is divided into two groups of six teams with the top two in each group qualifying for the quarter-final stages and the third placed team in each group progresses to a play-off to reach the quarter-finals.
In group 1 of the Senior A Championship reigning champions Liam Mellows defeated Castlegar in an action-packed game. Mellows emerged victorious on a 3-15 to 2-13 score line after goals by Adrian Morrissey and a double by Conor Cavanagh.
Craughwell rebounded from their opening day defeat to beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim by three points, on a score of 2-16 to 0-19.
Tommy Larkins fought back to earn a 2-11 to 0-17 draw against David Burke’s St Thomas’ side. Larkins earned their second draw in two games while St Thomas’ are still undefeated with one win and this draw.
In group 2, Portumna defeated last year’s county finalists Gort by four points, 0-21 to 0-17. Joe Canning hit 0-12 while Ronan O’Meara hit 0-8 with all his scores coming from play.
Cappataggle earned their first win of the group stages after defeating Loughrea by 2-14 to 1-15.
2015 county champions Sarsfields defeated Mullagh by four points, 0-15 to 1-7. Sarsfields restricted Mullagh to two points in the second half as they earned they went top of group 2.
In group 1 of the Senior B championship, Turloughmore, Clarinbridge and Killimordaly all recorded victories. Clarinbridge defeated last year’s intermediate champions Ballinderreen by 1-17 to 1-8.
Turloughmore hit 2-25 as they defeated Beagh by twelve points. Beagh have now conceded 4-38 in two games. This win put Turloughmore top of the table. Killimordaly defeated Ahascragh/Fohenagh by 13 points as they won out on a 1-20 to 1-7 score line.
In group 2, Ardrahan drew with Moycullen 2-12 to 1-15 while Abbeyknockmoy and Tynagh Abbey Duniry also finished level on a score line of 3-12 to 0-21.
Athenry beat Padraig Pearses by seven points, 0-15 to 0-8 despite the sides being level at half time. Pearses managed only one point after the interval as Athenry sealed their first victory. This group is extremely competitive as only two pints seperates the six teams overall.
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This was the final round of fixtures before the inter-county championship as Galway seek to defend their All-Ireland championship. It is unclear when the next round of club fixtures will take place, depending on how Galway progress in the senior championship.