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The New York all-star side that lost badly to Leitrim in the Connaught Championship. Photo by: Margaret Purcell

For New York GAA, 2013 was a season of highs and lows

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The New York all-star side that lost badly to Leitrim in the Connaught Championship. Photo by: Margaret Purcell

At the end of a titillating hour Long Island had a slim victory on the scoreboard. It was not over, however, as the result then headed to the boardroom with objections and defenses set in place.

Finally at the 12th hour Tipp were awarded the victory when a Long Island player was deemed to be ineligible. They then headed to the final to face the Tribesmen.

In a thrilling encounter Tipperary, with Brian O’Meara and Shane Maher brilliant, edged out a nail-biting victory, although Galway in hindsight may feel they left it behind.

In the junior division the newly minted Ulster side was victorious. Alan Gleason and Brian McNaughton were at the helm and they had a deep squad with Maurice Callinan and Peter Hatzer leading the way. Matt Cashman was another star while Rory Woods (the footballer) made a huge difference in the final against Hoboken.

Paul Loughnane and Darren Coffey led the Jersey boys but missed frees at the end which allowed Ulster to hang on for a one point victory.

Special mention to Rockland, who gave the champions a huge scare in the semi with Chris Dalton’s charges nearly swinging it.

If hindsight is 20/20 then the hurling division needs all its sides back next year. The four team top division was a huge step forward, while the junior sides all had positive moments.

Granted it is difficult to police at that level, but no one seems to get hurt in the mix and the cream usually comes to the top.

One of the most positive experiences of the year for the hurlers and for New York was the performances of the New York side when they travelled to Ireland to take part in the International Festival. They acquitted themselves marvelously and reached the shield final after brilliant results versus the rest of Britain and San Francisco in the group games.

Losses through injury of captain Paul Loughnane and Danny Breen were tremendous setbacks, however, and an excellent Australia side had too many weapons in the decider.

The New York panel for the tournament was Stephen Delaney, Matt Cashman, Richie Gaule, Paul Sweeney, Richie Hartnett, Paul Loughnane, Kevin McKay, Darren Coffey, Brian Glynn, Ger Kelly, David Hallinan, Danny Breen, Fintan Meehan, Pat Egan, Donie Broderick, Padraig Kyne, Mike Maher, Enda O’Connor, Stephen Moroney, Rob Lowrey, John Power and Ger Crowe. 

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