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Galway captain Damien Comer hopes to return to action in mid June

By Cian O'Connell

Comer missed all of the 2019 Allianz Football League due to an ankle fracture.

Surgery was required, but the Annaghdown clubman is targeting a return following surgery seven weeks ago. The dynamic Comer is definitely out of Galway's provincial encounter against London at McGovern Park in Ruislip on May 5.

"It’s a bit slower than I expected, I thought I’d be further on than I am," Comer says. "But the physio and doctors are saying mid-June for a return to play."

"That’ll leave me with missing the first game anyway. Then we’ll see what happens, if we make it to the Sligo game, I’ll miss that as well. I’ve got to keep my own side of things, ready to go back whenever."

It has been frustrating for Comer, who is such an influential figure for Kevin Walsh's team. "It’s never nice being injured," Comer admits.

Galway captain Damien Comer missed the 2019 Allianz Football League due to an ankle injury.

"Watching the lads play was different. I’ve been lucky enough, even up to last year with the college and everything, I was nearly surprised I didn’t pick up an injury along the way because I was playing so much.

"It could have been my body this year telling me I needed a rest. It’s just unfortunate really the way it worked out, it didn’t get picked up the first time.

"It delayed a few weeks. But I’m positive, I’m just rehabbing away and trying to get my body in as good a shape as I can before getting back. Whenever that time comes to come back, I’ll be as prepared as possible."

Comer suffered the injury during the Christmas Holidays. "Yeah, on St Stephen’s Day in a soccer match we play every year," Comer states. "So it was an innocuous enough thing.

"It would have been fine if it had been picked up in the first scan. It didn’t. It just showed up a small bit of damage. Then I got it scanned again, it showed a fracture so I’d to go for surgery then.

"I wasn’t training away. There was still pain, I just didn’t know what was wrong with it. I hadn’t done much because I wasn’t really able, it was too sore. I wouldn’t have done an awful lot of damage, but when it showed up the second time, it showed up the fracture and I had to get a screw to fix it."

 

 

Statement by Galway G.A.A. County Board - March 30th, 2019.

Earlier this week a number of media outlets reported on the fitness of Galway player Joe Canning. These reports were entirely incorrect and were at no point checked with the Galway Team Management or Medical team.

We are issuing this statement to correct this:

On Sunday March 24th, Joe Canning injured his groin in the Allianz National Hurling League Semi-Final against Waterford. The injury will require surgery and there is an expected recovery period of between 14 to 16 weeks.

On March 17th, Fintan Burke damaged his cruciate knee ligaments in the AIB All-Ireland Club Hurling Final playing for his club St. Thomas. The injury will require surgery and Fintan will not be available to play for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Galway GAA wish both Joe and Fintan all the best in their recoveries and will be providing them with all the necessary medical supports to aid them.

Speaking today, Galway Senior Hurling Manager Micheál Donoghue said “I, and all the team wish Joe and Fintan a speedy recovery from their injuries. They were both very unlucky to pick up injuries at this stage in the season.”

“Even by his own high standards, Joe Canning’s performances this year have been exceptional. He is in good spirits and has a positive mindset facing surgery and rehab period.”

“Fintan Burke is an exceptional young talent and his injury is a difficult blow in what was shaping up to be a great season for him.  He was outstanding in St.Thomas' run to the All-Ireland Hurling Club Final and is determined to get back playing for his club and Galway.”

“I,  our medical and support team will be working with Joe and Fintan closely to help with their recoveries and return to the squad “ he concluded.

  

Requirement
 
Awareness in Child protection (3 hr workshop)
Vetting is paramount if involved in any capacity with young people and Vulnerable Adults, Vetting Act 2015.
Must have completion to commence duty.
Vetting Reference number provided.
 
 
E-Vetting
 
Go to vetting information on the website 
Complete your details and upload either a copy of your birth cert or Drivers licence and utility bill.
Submit and then you will receive an email from the NVB (National Vetting Bureau).
Respond or your application will leave the system after 30 days despite you getting regular reminders.
Presently it take 3 weeks for a disclosure due to the high volume nationally.
You and your Club secretary will receive notification separately.
You must provide your completed Garda reference number prior to taking on a role.
 
The Club or Organisation is responsible for all recruitment which should be robust.
 
Vetting applications are now being cancelled if the role does not specify role with Children or Vulnerable adults.
Examples are player, parent or member. The applicants will have to reapply and put in "Coach" if they are coaching or Féile Host Family, if hosting, which only lasts for the duration of the hosting period.
 
All Children Inclusion
 
All Children should be playing at all times up to U11 (GO Games) no exceptions at either training or any other gathering.
No competitions - no cups, no trophies.
No winners or losers.
No young children should be standing on the sidelines watching their friends and peers play.
Its all about participation and enjoyment.
Its about the development of all young players whether weak or strong.
Its about developing the fundamental skills of both Gaelic football and hurling.
Its about positive reinforcement for all Children to promote their decision making and rotating in different positions all the time playing and using both sides in a spirit of fair play in a safe environment.
Remember the late developer will become a competent player if given the chance.
 
Give Respect, Get Respect.
 
 
 
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