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Graiguecullen man leads Victoria State to first ever Australasian GAA title

Maebh Moriarty, from Armagh, with Conor O'Regan and the Australasian Games trophy
Maebh Moriarty, from Armagh, with Conor O'Regan and the Australasian Games trophy

A Laois man created history at the weekend as he led his State to championship glory for the first time in their history.

28-year-old Conor O’Regan from Graiguecullen was in charge of the Victoria GAA women’s team who won the Australasian Games in dramatic circumstances on Sunday.

Victoria took on Western Australia in the decider but the teams finished level 4-10 to 3-13.

Two periods of extra time were played and at the end of them, the sides were still level, 4-12 to 3-15.

It was then decided that another period of extra time would be played and the team who scored first would be deemed champions.

Luckily for O’Regan and his team, they were the ones who raised the white flag and were crowned champions.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabine were there to hand out the medals while GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl was also in attendance.

A crowd of around 1,500 people were there on the day to witness that game and all of the other finals which took place.

O’Regan was asked to manage Victoria State after successfully guiding Sinn Fein GAC to championship glory earlier in the year.

He said: “We never won it before so you can imagine the craic.

“The GAA is massive in Australia and I was blown away by the level of commitment to it. Players get off work and drive hours to get to training – incredible.”

O’Regan last played for Graiguecullen in 2014 but injury forced him into a very early retirement.

He moved to Australia almost 18 months ago and is currently working in finance.

Congratulations to Conor and all of his team.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.