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Lively Clare hurling final ends all square

Sixmilebridge 0-19 Clooney-Quin 1-16 For the second year in a row, the Clare senior hurling final has ended in a draw. Before an attendance of 5,455 patrons at Cusack Park this afternoon, Sixmilebridge and Clooney-Quin shared the spoils having been level on nine occasions during the hour. At the end of a most entertaining contest, a draw was probably a fair result but both sides will point to chances at crucial times, In the lead up to this final many had wondered if the occasion would prove too much for Clooney-Quin. The last time the blue riband of Clare hurling rested in their parish was back in 1942, all of seventy five years ago while Clooney last contested the senior final in 1944. They made the better start today and were never headed until the final minute and then they showed great composute in battling back for a merited equaliser. “Its another day out and its great to be playing …

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Inagh-Kilnamona retain Clare senior camogie crown

Inagh-Kilnamona 2-8 Newmarket 1-10 In the lead up to this afternoon’s Clare senior camogie final views were divided as to who would capture the McMahon cup but all were in agreement that there would be little between the sides when the final whistle sounded. And so it proved as Inagh-Kilnamona held on to the title they won for the first time last year when they scored a one point win over their predecessors as Clare senior champions. Helped by a fortunate goal two minutes before the half time whistle, the title holders took a two point lead to the break with the score at 1-4 to 0-5. Having played with the aid of the breeze in the first half, a two point advantage didn’t look enough. Eleven minutes into the second half Newmarket had drawn level but within a minute of Aine O’Brien firing over the equalising point, the title holders struck for their second goal, Sinead O’Loughlin finding the …

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Under 21 football re-drawn

A new draw for the under 21 A and B football championship was made this week after Wolfe Tones applied to be upgraded from the B grade to the A division. Thirteen teams will now compete for the A title with just six in the B competition. The details are Under 21 A; Byes to A- Wolfe Tones, B-Ennistymon and C-Ml. Cusacks /Kilfenora/ Liscannor; Preliminary Round; 1-D-Eire Og v Kilmihil/Shannon Gaels; E-Lissycasey v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; F-Cooraclare v St. Breckans; G-Kilrush-Killimer v St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield; H—Naomh Eoin/O’Currys v Miltown St. Josephs; Quarter finals; 1—G v C; 2—D v A; 3—B v F; 4—E v H Semi-finals; 2 v 1 and 4 v 3 Under 21 B; Byes to A—Cratloe and B—Clooney-Quin; Quarter finals; C—Corofin v Clarecastle; d—Doonbeg v Clondegad; Semi-finals; A v B; C v D.

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Kilmaley return to hurling’s top grade

Kilmaley 2-20 Tubber 0-11 After one year out of senior hurling Kilmaley are back in the top flight in Clare. At Cusack park this afternoon they were comfortable winners over Tubber in the final of the intermediate championship, justifying the favourites tag they have carried since the beginning of the season. Sadly for Tubber they failed to trouble their opponents and the result of this one was clear long before the final whistle. Cian Moloney gave Kilmaley the lead after just a minute and by the end of the first quarter they were five points clear with the score at 0-6 to 0-1. As the game went into injury time at the end of the half the scoreline read 0-8 to 0-4 in Kilmaley’s favour and Tubber followers held high hopes that they would be in contention for honours. In the one minute of ‘injury time’ that was signalled at the end of the half, Kilmaley struck for a point …

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Taaffe lands the winner for Tubber

Tubber 0-13 Newmaret 1-9 Veteran Eamonn Taaffe got what could well prove to be a truly memorable weekend for himself and his club Tubber, off to a great start this Saturday afternoon when he landed the winning point as they captured the junior B championship title at the expense of Newmarket at Gurteen. Clare’s All-Ireland winning medallist from 1995 was his side’s top scorer with 0-6 to his credit, his winning point having come in the first minute of injury time, a score which gave his side the lead for the first time in the tie. Playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half, Newmarket made the better start and raced three points clear inside the opening five minutes. The game was ten minutes old before Tubber opened their account through midfielder Cyril Cunningham and by this time the eventual winners had missed a number of scoring chances from placed balls. As the game progressed Tubber improved …

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Eire Og return to senior camogie ranks

Twenty seven years to the day that they were crowned Clare senior camogie champions, Eire Og regained senior status with an impressive 1-14 to 1-9 victory over Clarecastle-Ballyea at Clareabbey this Saturday afternoon. A five star performance by midfielder Grainne Nolan who contributed 0-13 of her team’s tally, played a key role in this victory. Clarecastle-Ballyea, beaten finalists last year, led at the break on a score of 1-7 to 0-5 having played with the aid of the wind. The margin was still five points ten minutes into the second half after each side had added two points to their half time tallies. However, Clarecastle-Ballyea failed to score in the final twenty minutes and with thirteen minutes remaining the sides had drawn level at 1-9 each, the Eire Og goal having come from Elizabeth Russell whose effort for a point dipped into the net. With eleven minutes remaining Nolan put her side in front and a minute later she made …

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Under 21 football pairings

Twelve teams will compete for the under 21 A football championship in 2017, the draw for which was made this Tuesday evening at Clareabbey. There will be four preliminary round games with four teams receiving byes to the quarter finals Title holders Kilmurry-Ibrickane will face the Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil combination in the opening round. The full draw is; Under 21 A–Preliminary round; E—Naomh Eoin/O’Currys v Ennistymon; F—Shanon Gaels/Kilmihil v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; G—Eire Og v Lissycasey H—Cooraclare v St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield; Quarter finals; 1—F v H; 2-Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor v G; 3 E v Kilrush-Killimer; 4—S. Breckans v Miltown St. Josephs. Semi-finals; 1 v 3; 4 v 2 Under 21 B Quarter finals; 1—Condegad v Clarecastle; 2 Clooney-Quin v Cratloe; 3 Wolfe Tones v Corofin Semi-finals; 1 v Doonbeg; 2 v 3 Under 21 C; Banner v Kildysart with winners to play Coolmeen in the final

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Interesting football semi-final pairings

The odds on neighbours and arch rivals Kilmurry-Ibrickane (holders) and Miltown St. Josephs meeting in the final of the Clare senior football championship have shortened after the semi-final draw kept them apart. No doubt, however, Cratloe and Clondegad, the other two clubs still in the running for the Jack Daly cup,  will also have their eyes on the big day in Clare football. Two keenly contested semi-finals are in store and supporters of all four teams are confident that their favourites  will contest the final Cratloe will play Kilmurry-Ibrickane while Clondegad will take on Doonbeg in the semi-finals which are set for Saturday/Sunday week. The junior semi-final pairings have also been decided and here Eire Og will take on Ml. Cusacks while Kilmurry-Ibrickane will face Naomh Eoin and both of these games will also take place on Saturday/Sunday week In the minor B hurling championship the semi-final pairings are Cratloe v Tulla and Clonlara v Broadford/Smith O’Briens  

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