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Spancilhill trainer hits the jackpot with two winners

SANTA Claus came early for Spancilhill trainer Noel Glynn as he hit the jackpot in a big way last week when sending out two winners in less than 48 hours from his Durra House yard.Glynn’s first success came as he mounted yet another successful UK raid when his 4/6 favourite Old MacDonald ran out a very easy winner of the concluding bumper at Ludlow last Thursday. Backed as if defeat was out of the question, this son of King’s Theatre was simply in another class as he put his seven rivals to sword in the manner of a very smart horse. Ridden by top Irish jockey Barry Geraghty, the market leader pulled hard during the early parts of this two-mile contest but, once Geraghty asked him to go about his business, Old McDonald sprinted clear for a facile six-length win over the Henry Daly-trained runner-up Inga Bird. A delighted Glynn, whose frequent cross-channel visits continue to pay rich dividends, later …

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Did the Clare GAA learn anything?

Sports editor Seamus Hayes reports from this year’s Clare County Board convention in Ennis CLARE GAA hasn’t learned any lessons from the recent dispute which led to the resignation of senior hurling manager Mike McNamara.That was the view expressed by Sixmilebridge chairman PJ Fitzpatrick who criticised comments made by the secretary, Pat Fitzgerald, in his annual report to last week’s county convention.“There is a fairly strong attack here on the actions taken by the players. I don’t have a clue what went on and I am uninformed, but I believe we haven’t learned any lessons and if you don’t learn lessons we could find ourselves in similar positions again,” Fitzpatrick said.“When something goes wrong we have to look at ourselves. Looking at how the delegates here and the officers handled this – I’d say that in hurling terms we wouldn’t be left on the panel. While I don’t condone the players’ actions, I do wonder if we boxed them into …

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Gort bridge 18-year gap

Gort 2-12  St Thomas 2-10 A BITING wind and sub-zero temperatures greeted a large crowd at Clarinbridge on Sunday for the 2009 U-21A Galway hurling final between neighbours and keen rivals Gort and St Thomas’. The irony of the fact that the 2008 champions, Sarsfields’, had the cup for only seven days, having been successful a week earlier, was not lost on supporters of both sides.Gort, who were U-16A champions in 2004, were taking on a St Thomas’ side that boasted a number of young players who have featured on county underage teams this season, such as David, Cathal and Bernard Burke, Conor Cooney and James Regan.Gort, for their part, started as warm favourites, with Aidan Harte, Brian Regan, Sylvie Óg Linnane, Richie Cummins and Greg Lally in their line-up.The town side started the game aided by the strong breeze and Keith Killiea opened the scoring in the first minute, with Conor Cooney responding for St Thomas’ after three minutes.Both …

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Sixmilebridge confident in grant bid

SIXMILEBRIDGE GAA Club is confident that it will be successful in getting one of the GAA’s €25,000 grants from the use of Croke Park by other sports bodies for its development programme.Clare GAA is to choose 10 clubs, who will each receive a grant of €25,000.The recent annual general meeting of Sixmilebridge GAA was told that in the past four years, the club had spent €1 million developing its facilities to the highest possible standards. This has included the installation of a full sand-based pitch at O’Garney Park, the installation of flood lights, resulting in the pitch being able to host evening matches, the installation of an electronic scoreboard and the provision of an extension to the Tom Morey Stand. In addition, the club has carried out the complete levelling and redraining of its second pitch at Cappa Lodge and the erection a new building with four state-of-the-art dressing rooms and gym facilities.Very soon, the club will install 1,200 new …

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Clare Youths make progress

Clare 2  Combined Counties 1 THE Clare Youths have emulated the county juniors by qualifying for the knock-out stages of the inter-youths league cup. The victory over the Combined Counties sealed Clare’s passage to the next stage of the competition with a game still to play. Their postponed match with Galway is scheduled for Wednesday, January 6 at Terryland Park, when it will be played under lights.The win was fully merited, even if the Clare defence did have a few anxious moments. The home side went into the game in the knowledge that a draw would be enough to see them through to the play-offs, as they had accounted for Roscommon on a 3-1 scoreline in the opening round.This win is particularly pleasing to Clare, as it’s been a number of years since the county progressed to the  knock-out stage in this competition.The home side took the lead in the 10th minute. David Smith made a great run down the …

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Late rally earns Lifford a draw

Lifford 3  Newmarket Celtic A 3 LIFFORD scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn a share of the spoils with Newmarket Celtic A in this premier league tie played at Cassidy Park on Sunday.The home side, which had a number of youths on duty, took the lead after 10 minutes through Ryan Boyle but Newmarket fought back and led two goals to one at the break before going two clear early in the second half. Scorers for Celtic were Eoin O’Brien (2) and Conor Ryan.Fifteen minutes from time, Lifford pulled one back from the penalty spot through TJ Ajisomo after Mark O’Malley was harshly penalised and substitute Manu scored the equaliser shortly before the full-time whistle.Lifford A: Colin Burke; Joe Lynch, Darren O’Neill, Stephen O’Halloran, Liam Meaney; Gary McNaboe, Scott Hennessy, Fabrice Baptista, Ryan Boyle, TJ Ajisimo, Jason Tierney. Sub: Manu for Ajisomo.Newmarket: Trevor O’Donnell; Mark O’Malley, Seamus Lawlor, Michael Devitt, Darren Cullinan; Conor Ryan, Dave Ryan, Eoin …

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Cratloe GAA club to reflect on triumphant year

THE West County Hotel will be the venue on Wednesday, December 30 for a gala presentation night for Cratloe GAA.It’s been a historic year for the South Clare club in which they won the Clare senior hurling and Clare U-21A football titles for the first time in their history. They also won the Clare intermediate football title and went on to contest the Munster final.Their many successes resulted in the club being recently presented with the provincial club-of-the-year award by the GAA Munster Council at a function in Dungarvan.At the upcoming function, all of the awards won by the club during 2009 will be on display while the members of the various panels will be presented with their championship medals.  

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Mike Mac

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