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Clubs assisted by 300 isolated players

APPLICATIONS by close to 300 isolated players formed a large part of discussions at the latest Clare County GAA Board meeting. At the outset of the meeting at Hotel Woodstock in Ennis, secretary Pat Fitzgerald read the applications from adult players. Joe Pender, on behalf of the underage hurling board, and Joe Kelly, on behalf of the underage football board, followed with two further lists of applications. Some adult applications had been dealt with at the February board meeting. After the lists had been presented, Tulla GAA Club delegate Brian Torpey observed that “one club has received assistance from 54 players”. “We don’t want to stop anyone from playing but for those of us that are landlocked [no exclusive football club adjacent], it’s hard. Some stipulations must be introduced. Maybe when a club passes a certain number of isolated players, they must play in A grade competitions,” he suggested. Supporting Torpey, Feakle delegate Mike Daly said, “If we could only …

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Tony Kelly returns for vital tie

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly is named at midfield on the Clare side to face Waterford in a crucial national hurling league game at Cusack Park tomorrow, Sunday throw in at 3p.m.) from where he will captain the team. His return is one of four changes in personnell from the side which beat Dublin two weeks ago. Kelly’s Ballyea team mates Jack Browne, Paul Flanagan and Gearoid O’Connell are named amongst the substitutes but, surprisingly, Niall Deasy is not included in the match day squad. Colm Galvin is also named amongst the substitutes. In addition to Kelly, Whitegate’s Andrew Fahy, Inagh-Kilnamona’s Jason McCarthy and Cratloe’s Cathal McInerney are all named in the starting line up. They replace Patrick Kelly,  David Reidy who is ruled out with an ankle injury, Peter Duggan and Brendan Bugler. Three of the starting line up, Inagh-Kilnamona due Jason McCArthy and David Fitzgerald along with Clonlara’s Ian Galvin, were in action in the under 21 A championship semi-finals last …

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Inagh-Kilnamona and Feakle-Killanena meet again

The under 21 A hurling final will be a repeat of last year with Inagh-Kilnamona (holders) taking on Feakle-Killanena on a date to be confirmed. Feakle-Killanena were first to qualify when they scored a 2-18 to 0-17 win over Clonlara at Gurteen earlier this evening.. A contribution of 1-12, 1-9 from frees from Fiachra Donnellan, played a key part in Feakle-Killanena’s victory. Clonlara led by two points at half time when the score was 0-11 to 1-6, the winner’s first half goal having come from Darren Keehan and this was still the position five minutes into he second half after the sides had exchanged points. Donnellan’s goal, seven minutes into the second half, proved to be a crucial score and gave his side back a lead they held to the finish. Evan McMahon, Con Smyth, Cathal Noonan and Tobias O’Meara gave most support to Donnellan on the evening. Ian Galvin who contributed a dozen points, Cian and Sean Moriarty and …

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Clare footballers need bench impact

As Clare prepare to head to Newbridge on Sunday, in Round 6 of NFL Division 2, one statistic from their first five games stands out. While Clare have made 22 substitutions up to now, 15 of which were from midfield up, no substitute has yet kicked a score. Of the 15 attacking players introduced, seven were brought on in the last 10 minutes. The 15 substitutes referred to have played for a total of two hours and 52 minutes, without adding a score to Clare’s tally. This fact illustrates Clare’s lack of impact from the bench and while it is difficult for substitutes to immediately get up to the pitch of a game, particularly if it is getting away from their team, it is an area that Clare must try to improve on. Of course, in recent games they have been down personnel, with Seán Collins injured and Shane McGrath opting out of the panel. Ciarán Russell was a big …

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Seadna ready for ‘all-out battle’

To secure victory over Waterford in the National Hurling League at Cusack Park on Sunday, Clare must hit the ground running, according to defender Seadna Morey. “We know each other well. We have played at underage, as well as at senior in recent years. We all know the way Waterford play and we must focus on that this week,” he said. The Sixmilebridge man went on, “It’s nice to be injury free and getting a chance. There is a great buzz with the team and it’s a great scene.” Acknowledging that it’s a huge game, he said, “Look at the league. We are second at the moment but we can still get stuck in relegation. That shows the competition. Going into the last game, it’s important to get that final win. The competition is very keen, as evidenced by the fact that a team can perform one week and then get turned over the next. “In the Kilkenny game, the …

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Footballers well beaten in Enniskillen

Fermanagh 0-18 Clare 1-10 A disappointing second half display, during which Clare were outscored 0-10 to 1-3 by Fermanagh, contributed significantly to their second league defeat of the 2017 season. With upcoming games away to Kildare next weekend and at home to Meath on Sunday fortnight, Clare now sit on five points. They were outplayed in most sectors by Fermanagh who looked driven and focused on picking up two crucial points. Following an intense first half, Fermanagh led 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time. Clare played some good football in patches but frustratingly they lost possession on a couple of occasions, which led directly to points for the home county. Eoin Cleary pointed 0-5 in the first half, 0-4 from frees, while David Tubridy pointed 0-2, 0-1 from play. The Doonbeg forwards point from play was Clare’s first score and he put it over in the tenth minute. Fermanagh had a more even scoring spread in that half with Seán Quigley …

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Disappointing end to Ballyea’s All-Ireland campaign

Cuala 2-19 Ballyea 1-10 A magnificent season for Ballyea ended in disappointment at Croke Park this afternoon when they were outplayed by their Dublin counterparts,Cuala in the All-Ireland senior club hurling final. The Claremen can have few arguments with the outcome as Cuala dominated in all the key areas and were full value for their victory in a tie in which Ballyea’s key players failed to dominate as they had done in previous rounds. Credit must go to the new All-Ireland champions for the manner in which they nullified Ballyea’s star man Tony Kelly in particular and also in the way they didn’t allow Niall Deasy to have as big a influence as Ballyea fans had hoped for At the end of a low scoring first quarter the winners led by the odd point in three but then a slip up by the Clare side’s defence led to the opening for Colm Cr0nin to strike for the game’s first goal …

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All-Ireland Club Final Live Blog & Photos

Peter O’Connell in Croke Park RESULT: Cuala 2-19 Ballyea 1-10. Cuala are 2017 All-Ireland club hurling champions. They were sharper and took their chances. Darragh O’Connell and David Treacy were outstanding. Ballyea gave it their last drop but the fluency just wasn’t there today. They represented Clare superbly though in Munster and in the All-Ireland series. 58 mins: Darragh O’Connell with Cualas 16th point. Mark Schutte adds to it. Cuala 2-17 Ballyea 1-10 54 mins: Jake Malone plants a Cuala goal. Cuala 2-15 Ballyea 1-10. Cuala have one hand on Tommy Moore. 53: Darragh O’Connell replies with a Cuala point. Five in it. There’s still time if Ballyea can lift it. Cuala 1-15 Ballyea 1-10 50 mins: GOAL. Niall Deasy buries it for Ballyea. Cuala 1-14 Ballyea 1-10. Four point game. 49 mins: Deasy and Treacy trade pointed frees. Cuala 1-13 Ballyea 0-10. Ballyea need a goal. 47 mins: Deasy with his fifth free. A six point game now. Maybe …

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