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Frost elected as Munster Council’s vice-chairman

IT was a case of third time lucky for Robert Frost at the Munster GAA convention last Friday in Listowel. The O’Callaghan’s Mills man recorded a comfortable 34 to 18 win over Tipperary’s John Costigan in a contest for the post of vice-chairman.Frost replaces Kerry’s Seán Walsh, who became the council chairman in succession to Jimmy O’Gorman (Waterford), whose three-year term ended at the convention.Frost served in a variety of positions in his club including those of secretary and treasurer. He played hurling at all grades for the club. He is a former chairman of the Clare hurling board and vice-chairman of the county board and for the past number of years, he has been one of the Clare delegates to the provincial body.He is currently chairman of the provincial body’s coaching and games’ committee. Speaking this week after his election, he said that one of the areas he will be looking at is the urban and rural situation. “Rural …

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Lucky Clare remain unbeaten

Phew. If Clare senior football manager Micheál McDermott had been captain of the Titanic 98 years ago, the iceberg would have melted long before it interfered with the liner.  Hopefully, Clare’s luck will hold but they can’t rely on the chance that it will. Unless they improve radically, in virtually every sector of the field and on the sideline, they will receive an unmerciful hammering some day soon. Insipid in the first half and trailing 0-9 to 0-5 after 35 minutes, Clare didn’t improve thereafter. Their luck did though and two fortunate goals derailed Leitrim. The Connacht side’s goalkeeper, Gareth Phelan, was unable to field a couple of high balls, driven in by Barry Toner and Chris Dunning respectively and directly contributed to Leitrim’s defeat. They have now lost three of their first four games and have virtually no chance of achieving promotion. If Clare win in Ruislip next Sunday, they will have full points from four matches, with five …

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Five provincial titles for Clare boxers

CLARE boxers emerged from the Munster Youths Championships in Dungarvan last Sunday with five provincial titles and a bonus of progression to the Irish Championships, which will be held in the National Stadium in Dublin in a fortnight.Competition was fierce in all three age categories (15, 16 and 17) and also in the ladies’ category, where 15-year-old Antoinette Keane from the Ennis club joined seasoned Kayleigh McCormack from Kilfenora on the winners’ podium. It was Keane’s second attempt at championship success after bitter disappointment last year when she lost out narrowly on a rather dubious decision and so vindication was sweet this year.The star of the show from a Clare perspective was undoubtedly Ennis southpaw Lee Sherlock, who has shown tremendous promise to date and is unbeaten in all of his seven bouts in the current season. He outclassed Joe Dooge from Tramore in Sunday’s final and could well go all of the way in the forthcoming nationals. Sherlock began …

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’Champion honours teams of 2009

THE Clare Champion’s hurling and football teams of the 2009 senior championships will be honoured at a gala presentation banquet at the Clare Inn Hotel on Friday, March 26.The scheme, now in its fifth year, highlights The Clare Champion’s support for sport in the county. In addition to this scheme, the company sponsors the county senior hurling and football leagues, Cumann na mBunscol an Chláir and the Clare camogie U-16 competition.County champions Cratloe and Kilmurry-Ibrickane dominate the respective teams, capping a memorable season for their clubs.Cratloe delivered on the promise of recent seasons when they won their first senior title, beating the defending champions Clonlara in the decider. Kilmurry-Ibrickane retained the county senior crown and went on to add the Munster title. They are just one game away from being crowned All-Ireland champions.Four of the 2008 team are included, Nicky O’Connell, James McInerney, John Conlon and Donal Madden.The teams, chosen by The Clare Champion sports team of Seamus Hayes, Peter …

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Ryan leads the way for Kilmihil

A CONTRIBUTION of 1-4 from full-forward Timmy Ryan inspired Kilmihil to a one-point win over Lissycasey in a well-contested Garry Cup first round game at Kilmihil last Wednesday. The all-important goal came in the opening half following a mistake by the visitors, who were guilty of a number of bad misses during the course of this tie.Kilmihil led at the break on a score of 1-2 to 0-4 and quickly stretched their advantage to three points early in the second half. Lissycasey fought back but despite having a couple of late chances, they failed to get an equaliser.Best for Kilmihil were Shane Egan, Conor Crowley, David and Timmy Ryan, and Paul Finnucane, while Lissycasey’s best were Michael Melican, Seán  Hill, Martin Moran and Colin Lynch.Kilmihil: Keith Considine; Shane Egan, Johnnie O’Sullivan, Conor Crowley; Derek O’Connell, Karl Downes, Rory Mohally; David Ryan, Paul Finnucane; Aidan Downes, Paul Reidy, Philip Ryan; Shane Egan, Timmy Ryan, Declan Downes;Lissycasey: Joe Hayes; Michael Melican, Seán  …

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NUI Galway end 30-year wait for cup

A 30-YEAR wait ended for NUI Galway at the weekend when they won the Fitzgibbon Cup title for the first time since 1980.The competition hosts did it the hard way, coming from behind in both their semi-final and final to win by the narrowest of margins after extra time in each case.They went into Friday’s semi-final against Limerick IT as outsiders but at the end of a cracking tie, they were a point in front, 1-24 to 1-23.There was a huge Clare following at this tie in Dangan, which wasn’t surprising given that there was a very big Clare representation in both sides.The Davy Fitzgerald-managed Limerick side had James Gunning (Broadford), Conor Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills) and Cathal Chaplin (Broadford) in the full-back line with Nicky O’Connell (Clonlara) at wing-back and James McInerney (Newmarket) at centre-back. Seán Collins (Cratloe) was at midfield, with Bernard Gaffney (Newmarket) at left full-forward.Meanwhile, NUI Galway lined out with Donal Tuohy (Crusheen) as goalkeeper, Diarmuid Nash …

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Narrow defeat to Dublin in national league

CLARE put up a great performance in round two of the National Camogie League but ended up losing by the minimum margin at Parnell Park on Saturday.The winners held a three-point advantage at half-time when the score was 1-7 to 2-1 but Dublin edged in front in the second period when they confined the visitors to just one point.Dublin got off to a dream start with a goal in the first minute from Maire Moynihan but Clare hit back two minutes later with a goal from Deirdre Murphy, before taking the lead with points from Róisín O’Brien and Danielle Sheedy.Scores were coming quickly and Dublin went back in front in the eighth minute when Moynihan struck for her second goal.Clare had their best spell after this and responded with six unanswered points before Dublin had the final score of the half, their opening point.After a scoreless third quarter, Clare extended their lead when Deirdre Murphy pointed after 16 minutes but …

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Seniors suffer third loss

THE Clare ladies’ senior footballers lost their third league game in four matches in Eadestown, Kildare, last Sunday. Kildare made an excellent start and led 1-3 to 0-0 after just 12 minutes. Tracy Noone’s goal was a lucky one but it greatly aided the home county. Clare soon settled into the game and Kilmihil youngster Ailish Considine found the Kildare net after Áine Kelly had pointed. Coolmeen’s Eimear O’Connor then pointed to reduce the deficit to a single point before Noone and Niamh Keane exchanged scores. Eimear O’Connor’s second point tied the teams before Kildare responded with three successive points. Just before half-time, Eimear Considine scored Clare’s final first-half score, leaving them 1-7 to 1-5 behind at the interval.  Dual player Fiona Lafferty was introduced in the full-forward line after half-time, while Sineád Moloney moved to right-half forward, with Eimear Considine going to midfield and Marie Considine to wing-back. A Tracey Noone free put the home side three points ahead …

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