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Off The Fence With Fergie O’Loughlin

UP to now it has been a really damp squib of a championship. The gulf in class in a lot of the games has been very clear. A lot of people are saying that the winners of Cratloe and the ‘Bridge will see themselves through to the final. The big thing about Cratloe this year has been the three or four younger lads that have come in and really established themselves. Diarmuid Ryan at centre-back, Daithí Collins, Billy Connors and Rian Considine have really added to Cratloe, which they needed to do. They had become really one dimensional but now these three or four lads have spiced up the team and made them a little bit less predictable. I think the Cratloe match-ups are going to be important against the ‘Bridge. I thought they got it awfully wrong against Ballyea. Podge Collins on Tony Kelly, for the first 25 minutes was probably the losing of the game for them. Podge …

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Latest Clare golf results

Stephen Hennessy wins president’s prize at Lahinch PRESIDENT Padraig McInerney’s prize was played for at Lahinch last weekend when the first three positions were filled by players who play off a handicap of 3. Stephen Hennessy was the winner with 38 points from David Fitzgerald who had a similar score while Conor Waters was third a point behind on 37. Austin Slattery (12) was next on 37 followed by Padraig Slattery (8), also on 37 The leading score on Friday was provided by Anthony Garrihy (5) with 34 points from Greg Young (6) with 33,Liam Pyne (6) with 31 and Brendan Day (11) with 32. Thomas Neenan won the gross on Friday with 28 points. Leading the way on Saturday was Robert Kennedy (9) with 36 points from Peter Fitzgerald (8) with 36, Shane Duggan (11) with 36 and Morgan Pierse (4) with 36. Peter Hennessy won the gross with 35. The past president’s prize was won by David Conway …

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Competitors race towards their bikes at the start of the Brompton World Championships in London.

Brompton World Championships – again

Another year, another Brompton World Championship but unfortunately, this year I didn’t manage to win a place in the lottery to get an entry to the race. Fortunately, only a week before the event, I managed to ‘acquire’ an entry and made arrangements to ship both myself and my Brompton folding bike over to London. Last year, I competed with a bulging disc in my spine and the rain was incessant. I had high hopes that this year’s race would be better on all counts. On the day before the race, I met up with friends from the London Brompton Club near Buckingham Palace and we cycled through St James’ Park and Hyde Park to end up at the Brompton Junction shop in Long Acre, near Covent Garden for champagne and nibbles. It was an enjoyable run, despite the heavy rain that fell for most of the hour. I got talking to an Australian who had come over specifically with …

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Latest results from Clare golf clubs

THE grand finale of the social mixed (two ladies and two men) will conclude for the season next Tuesday, August 21 on the Castle Course from 1pm. It will be an 18 hole scramble stroke. The Shaw cup, a men’s singles v par competition was won by Kerrill O’Mahoney (6) with 5 up from Kevin O’Siochain (5) with 2 up, Aaron McNulty (5) with 2 up, Mark Barrett (8) with 1 up, David Givens (7) with 1 up and Diarmuid O’Mahony (9) who was all square. Ger Maher won the gross with 1 down In the Heskin trophy, which was played for on the Castle course the winner was Mary Dowling (36) with 42 points from Bronagh Abernethy (34) with 40 points, Janet Cavanagh (30) with 39 points, Miriam Hillery (20) with 39 and Therese Conway (20) with 38. Miriam Abernethy won the gross with 38 In the silver section Valerie Shannon (7) won with 37 points from Marie O’Connor (18) …

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Latest results from Clare golf clubs

THERE was a huge entry for captain, Kevin O’Keeffe’s prize at Lahinch last weekend. Six handicapper Conor J. Hoey emerged as the winner following the nine hole play off when he returned 61 points to win by one from Jonathan Fennelly (14). Vivian Killeen (14), also with 60 points, was third followed by Michael Sullivan (16) with 59, Frank Doherty (10) with 59, Brian McCarthy (5) with 58 James Byrne (12) with 58, Tommy Dalton (13) with 57 Kerrill O’Mahony (4) with 57 and Michael O’Friel (4) with 56. Michael O’Kelly won the gross with 57 from Fergal Deasy with 56. Jim Felle (17) had the best nett on Friday with 39 points from Domhnall O’Mahony (4) with 37 while best nett score on Saturday was provided by Liam Dalton (11) with 42 from Kevin Flynn (10) with 41. Dan O’Donovan (10) wont he past captain’s prize with 35 points while the seniors section was won by Thomas J. Hogan …

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Heartbreak for hurlers who fought to the end

Galway 1-17 Clare 2-13 AFTER an epic second half, played in front of a crowd of 44,246, Clare agonisingly lost by a solitary point to Galway, who will now play Limerick in the 2018 All-Ireland final on August 19. Superb second half goals from Shane O’Donnell and Peter Duggan, brought Clare right back into the game and the attendance was treated to an epic second half shootout in Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon. However, Galway managed to hang on and are still in with a chance of winning a second successive Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time since 1988. At half-time Galway led 1-9 to 0-6, although Galway didn’t score for the last 17 minutes of that half. They led 0-5 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, with Joe Canning (0-2), David Burke and Conor Whelan contributing scores in those early minutes. Peter Duggan put over Clare’s opening two points from frees, while Tony Kelly pointed his sides first from …

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Clare delay naming team for replay

The Clare senior hurling management team has delayed naming the team for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay with Galway at Semple stadium in Thurles until before throw in time (2p.m.) Following the impressive performances made by a number of substitutes last week, there has been much speculation since the drawn game as to whether or not Clare will make chances to the team for this week. There is a school of thought which suggests that David Fitzgerald and Aron Shanagher will be in the starting line up on Sunday but given the manner in which the Banner side have  got over Wexford and drawn with Galway in their last two outings, many are of the belief that an unchanged team will line up at the throw in on Sunday. Galway have yet to name their starting line up for the eagerly awaited tie but, given the injury concerns in their camp, this is not surprising. the expectation is that apart from …

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Latest golf results from Clare clubs

The lady captain’s (Ann White) prize was played for at Spanish Point last weekend when the format was 18 hole stableford. Maura O’Boyle emerged as the winner with 35 points. Evanna Farrelly was second on 33 points with Helen McGrath, also with 33 points, in third spot followed by Yvonne O’Keeffe with 32 points. Kathleen Haugh with 19 points and Evelyn Kelly with a similar score won the nines. Eileen Murrihy won the best over 30 handicap section with 31 points. Karen White won the committee prize with 29 points, Valerie Shannon won the past captain’s prize with 29 points. The long drive was won by Yvonne O’Keeffe while Evelyn Kelly was nearest the pin. Maureen Clune with 21 points won the visitor’s section. The winners of the nine home mixed scramble were Denis White, Noel Pilkington; Jim Dowling and Patrick O’Boyle Kilrush THE winners of the senior ladies scramble at Kilrush last week were Imy Kerrigan, Marion Brennan, Maeve …

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