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Better-balanced Waterford advance

CLARE’S dream of a place in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship final was shattered at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Monday when a better-balanced Waterford outfit came out on top.

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Lissycasey to pick up opening points

BASED on their recent Garry Cup and O’Gorman Cup form, Lissycasey seem to have regrouped superbly after a disappointing 2009.

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Shannon Gaels and Éire Óg tipped to win

IF league form is to be taken as a guide then Shannon Gaels and Wolfe Tones should emerge from group two for the play-offs but followers of Gaelic games will be the first to admit that, for the most part, league form is rarely an accurate indicator come championship time.

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Cooraclare striving for consistency

Same stage and same venue. Last year, Kilrush beat Cooraclare in the championship group stage in Doonbeg and that’s where the teams meet again in their opening championship game on Saturday.

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Kilmurry to get up and running

CAN Kilkee take advantage of Kilmurry Ibrickane’s managerial uncertainty and pick up a crucial opening championship win this weekend? Kilkee will definitely be hoping to pick up any advantage they can glean from Clare manager Micheál McDermott’s decision to step down from his club post last Tuesday week. While the Clare manager hadn’t formally been ratified at the Kilmurry Ibrickane AGM, he had returned to the job in real terms.

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Clonlara favourites to overcome Ballyea

Ballyea will make their first appearance in the race for the 2010 Clare senior hurling championship title when they take on Clonlara at Shannon this Sunday.

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Tight contest for East Clare rivals

While Newmarket are fancied to top group three, with opinion is divided as to who will join them from the group in the quarter-finals.

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Championships get underway at Cusack Park

The first of the finals in this year’s Clare Champion-sponsored Cumann na mBunscoil an Chláir primary schools hurling and camogie championships were played at Cusack Park on Wednesday afternoon.

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