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This Sporting Life With Derrick Lynch And Eoghan Moloney

A worrying tweet emerged over the weekend from a guy called Shane Smith. Shane is a Dub and is involved in underage coaching while he also holds a BSc in Sports Science. He detailed some of what can only be described as the lunatic things he had heard were going on with some underage teams. This included U-10 girls on a strength and conditioning program, U-12 boys on a spinning class, parents of an U-6 team requesting that a full on game be arranged, and an U-14 girls coach looking to have GPS trackers used. Just go back and have a read over that last paragraph again to really get a sense of what exactly is happening. Where is the madness going to end? Shane’s tweet was picked up by those who were lamenting the sight of an underage schools game in Ulster which finished on a full time score of 0-2 to 0-1. A video of the game showed …

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Clare Champion And Clare GAA Join Up To Live Stream Action From Clare U21 Hurling Championships

A new collaboration between Clare GAA and The Clare Champion will get underway this weekend, with the live online video streaming on www.clarechampion.ie of the opening round of the Clare U-21A Hurling Championship clash between Kilmaley and Sixmilebridge. The game will be streamed live from Clarecastle GAA Club on Saturday afternoon and will be available on the Clare Champion website and social media channels. The Clare Champion’s Derrick Lynch will be on commentary for the game, with Clarecastle’s Fergie O’Loughlin on analysis. It is the first of a number of games in the U-21 championship, which will be streamed online, with games in each round up to and including the final set to be broadcast for Clare GAA fans worldwide. Chairman of Clare GAA, Joe Cooney has welcomed the development and feels it will be a positive move. “This move means we are getting our games out to more people around the country and around the world. There will be …

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Cracking Ties In Store For 2019 Clare Cup Quarter Finals

Holders Newmarket Celtic have been handed a tricky tie in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Clare Cup. Liam Murphy’s charges are set to travel to Lahinch to face a Sporting Ennistymon side who are finding form in the league in recent games. There’s an intriguing Shannon derby in store as Town will have home advantage against Olympic in a game that will surely draw a huge crowd to Lynch Park. Elsewhere Kildysart Celtic will make the short trip to Roslevan to take on current Premier Division table-toppers Avenue United, while Newmarket Celtic B welcome Kilkishen Celtic to McDonough Park. All those games are set to be played on March 24.

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Clare Set For Relegation Battle After NFL Division Two Loss To Fermanagh

Clare are staring down the barrel of a relegation battle after suffering a third defeat of the National Football League Division Two campaign. Colm Collins side lost out to Fermanagh by 0-12 to 0-9 in Brewster Park in a disappointing display. Fermanagh led by one at the break after a dour opening half, with mass defences the order of the day. The home side opened the scoring with the first two points, with Sean Quigley on target from a free while Shay Cullen found space all too easy in the Clare defence to notch another. Sean Collins then punched a hole in the Fermanagh blanket to set up Kieran Malone for Clare’s opener, before Dean Ryan and Conor Finucane combined for the Lissycasey man to level the sides up. Quigley landed another free soon after, before Gary Brennan converted his own mark. There was a touch of controversy about it though, as the Banner captain initially continued playing before kicking …

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Seanie Backs Clare Ahead Of All-Ireland Champions Showdown

Clare welcome All-Ireland champions Limerick to Cusack Park on Sunday for a crucial final round tie in this year’s National Hurling League. John Kiely’s side suffered their first defeat of the campaign against Cork in the Gaelic Grounds last weekend, while Clare extended their unbeaten start to the year at Fortress Cusack Park. The home side need to win to be sure of their progression to the quarter-finals of this year’s series, while the Shannonsiders are already guaranteed of their place in the last eight. Double All-Ireland winning Clare centre-back Seanie McMahon feels Clare will have taken a lot of positives from their campaign to date. “I think it has proven hugely competitive this year. I know there’s no relegation but I don’t think it has made a huge difference to it. Teams are really using the league to prepare as best they can for championship, and every day you go out you want to win. I think overall, Clare …

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Cleary Driven To Get National League Campaign Back On Track Against Fermanagh

Eoin Cleary last lined out in a competitive game last November in the Munster Club football final for St Josephs’s Miltown. The Limerick-based Garda had to succumb to surgery on a hand issue after that, which kept him sidelined until last weekend. He was a late inclusion to the starting 15, with news of the development starting to filter around St Conleth’s Park from the time the Clare squad arrived. He was glad to be back on the pitch, but his immediate thoughts were of the disappointment of the result as Clare left Newbridge with no points to show for third time since 2016. “Great to be back but it was unfortunate with the result. We left ourselves too much to do in the first-half, but played well in the second-half. We pegged it back and got it back to 1-12 to 0-12 and we looked fairly good I thought at times. We didn’t capitalise when we were on top …

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This Sporting Life

Summer 2018 produced arguably the greatest feast of hurling in living memory. The revamped Munster championship in particular saw a plethora of standout moments, from an epic battle on Leeside between Cork and Limerick, the drama of Jake Morris and Ian Galvin in Thurles, Clare’s demolition of Limerick in Cusack Park, and that Tipperary ghost goal in the Gaelic Grounds. That’s before we mention the two epics battles between Clare and Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final, the drama of Limerick’s comeback against Cork, and the bated breaths as Joe Canning’s free made its way towards the Canal End in the dying moments of the final. It was exhilarating, unpredictable and as red hot as the weather. Pundits and players alike hailed the hurling year, while the football fraternity looked on with envy. The Super Eights were arguably saved by David Clifford’s late goal in Clones, as the young pretender ensured that the final round of group games didn’t amount to …

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