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‘Rusty’ to remain at the ‘Bridge helm

THE annual general meeting of Sixmilebridge GAA Club will resume next week when members will appoint team managements for the 2010 season.

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Town hurling league gets underway

THE new compulsory helmet rule was enforced for the first time in Clare last weekend when the Ennis adult hurling league finally got underway. From January 1, it is compulsory for all players to wear a helmet.

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Quinn back in the Clare hurling fold

GERRY Quinn has accepted an invitation from the new Clare senior hurling manager to return to the panel and will begin training with them on Monday.Former manager Mike McNamara dropped the Corofin hurler early in 2009. Quinn stated publicly that he would never hurl for Clare again while McNamara was in charge. However, former All-Star Tony Griffin is sticking with his decision to retire from inter-county hurling despite receiving an invite from Ger O’Loughlin to be part of the 2010 panel. The Ballyea man has informed the new management team that he will not be returning due to work commitments.As the recent dispute between players and management raged, Griffin’s decision to retire from inter-county hurling came as a surprise. The Ballyea man texted fellow players with news of his decision before releasing a detailed statement in which he said that a lack of confidence in the then management, together with increasing demands on his time due to business commitments led …

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Dates set for 2010 hurling and football championships

DATES and venues for the 2010 Munster hurling and football championships have been finalised and the U-21 footballers will be the first team into action. They will play Limerick, under lights at Páirc na nGael, on Wednesday March 3 at 7.30pm. Should Clare manage to win this one, they will play their semi-final against Tipperary under lights, on Thursday March 18 at Semple Stadium.Clare agreed to both of these games being under lights in mid week because of the involvement of a lot of their squad with their senior panel at a time when there will also be National League fixtures.Details of the 2010 Munster championship fixtures involving Clare are:Senior hurling: Semi-final v Waterford at Semple Stadium, Thurles on June 7 (Whit Monday) at 3pm; (Munster final on July 11).Senior football: Quarter-final, Clare v Waterford at Fraher field, Dungarvan on May 23 at 3pm;  Semi-final, if Clare v Limerick at Páirc na nGael on June 6 at 3pm (Munster final …

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Ennis swimmers on Munster Development Squad

FIVE swimmers from the Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club were recently named on the Munster Developmental Squad. They are: Siobhán McGrath, Emma Sheehy, Aisling Wolf, Colm McNamara and Conor Rooney.Eighteen swimmers from the Munster region made the squad. The five earned their call-up by achieving the qualification times in their respective age groups during long-course competitions held during the year. The qualification times used for making the squad is set down by Swim Ireland and is based on a percentage of the FINA A standard for the 2012 London Games. Besides maintaining their training obligations to the Ennis Club, the swimmers will now be required to participate in training sessions with the Munster regional squad. These sessions are held at the University of Limerick Sports Arena and supervised by various Munster region team coaches.A typical training session would see the swimmers in the water at nine o’clock in the morning for two hours. that is then followed by one hour …

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Full programme lined up if the weather allows…

WEATHER-permitting, there will be a full schedule of Clare soccer league fixtures this weekend.In addition, Avenue United will travel to Dooradoyle on Sunday to play Regional United in the third round of the Munster Youths Cup. Kick-off in this tie will be at 2pm and the game will go all the way to a penalty shoot-out, if necessary On the domestic front, there is a full list of games down for decision in all divisions in the league.In the premier division, Shannon Olympic A, Burren United, Bunratty A and Rineanna Rovers A will all have home advantage against Rock Rovers, Newmarket Celtic A, Bridge Utd A and Bridge Celtic A. The Burren v Newmarket game will be at 2.30pm with the remaining three ties at 11am.In the first division league, Kilrush, Corofin Harps A, Hermitage A, Tulla Utd A and Avenue United B will have Moher Celtic, Turnpike Rovers, Mountshannon Celtic, Kildysart Celtic and Sporting Ennistymon  as visitors.In the second …

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Major Clare influence on NUIG Fitzgibbon campaign

IF NUI Galway progress to the knock-out stages of the Fitzgibbon Cup next March, up to 10 Clare players could feature on the team or panel.The Galway university, where Crusheen’s Michael O’Connor works as Gaelic Games Development Officer, will host the tournament on March 5 – 6 next. NUIG last hosted the tournament in 2002. Clare players who are NUIG Fitzgibbon panellists for 2010 include John Conlon, Domhnall O’Donovan, Cormac O’Donovan and Paul Nihill (Clonlara), Donal Touhy (Crusheen), Caimin Morey (Sixmilebridge), Niall Keane (Ballyea), David Barrett (Newmarket) the Nash brothers, Cathal and Diarmuid, (Scariff). Noel Casey (Kilmaley) and Diarmuid Hehir (O’Callaghan’s Mills) are also at the college.David Barrett will be seeking to play his fourth Fitzgibbon Cup campaign, while Clare U-21 goalkeeper Donal Tuohy will be playing in his first if NUIG qualify for the knock-out stages. First years are prohibited from playing Fitzgibbon Cup hurling. In recent years, several Clare players have played Fitzgibbon Cup hurling for NUIG. These …

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Horan’s recovery ahead of schedule says Munster coach

CLONLARA man Marcus Horan has returned to training with Munster and may line out in the AIL with Shannon this weekend. Horan’s last game was against Treviso in the Heineken Cup in mid-October and at that stage, it was believed he would be out of action until the end of January. However, his recovery is ahead of schedule, with Munster coach Tony McGahan attributing it to Horan’s “determination and professionalism”.If the international prop-forward is match fit, he may feature in Munster’s Magner’s League game against Scarlets the weekend after next.  Munster play Ulster in Ravenhill this Saturday at 6pm in the Magner’s League. Doug Howlett, Lifeimi Mafi and Alan Quinlan, who all missed the game last weekend against Connacht, are included in Munster’s squad for the trip to Ulster.

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