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Collins puts his shoulder to the wheel to overcome injury

FOR the only time last Sunday, Clare wing-forward Seán Collins was unable to control what he was doing. Luckily enough, it was within the confines of an ecstatic Clare dressing room.

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Tuohy save pulled the game from the fire for the Banner

FOR a brief moment early in the last quarter of Sunday’s final, Clare manager John Minogue worried that they might not get the victory they were chasing.  “When Kilkenny went two points clear, I was concerned. It took a fantastic save from Donal Tuohy to keep us in the game. We were on the rack a little bit at that stage but we steadied the ship,” he reflected moments after Sunday’s final.

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Not a bad debut for a first-timer

NOT bad for a full debutante! When Cork referee Cathal McAllister blew the opening whistle at 4.30pm, it signalled the start of Cian Dillon’s inter-county hurling career.

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Lyons praises character of ‘great’ winning squad

“YOU don’t win All-Irelands if you don’t have character and there is great character in this squad”. So said Clare team coach Cyril Lyons shortly after Sunday’s historic All-Ireland U-21 victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park.

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Blazing a scoring path

A nine-point haul in an All-Ireland final is a tremendous achievement and certainly worthy of special praise. Newmarket’s Colin Ryan achieved such a feat on Sunday when his scores played a crucial part in Clare recording a memorable, one-point victory over defending champions Kilkenny.

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Cats shut down Honan threat

Prior to this season’s Munster U-21 A hurling championship he wasn’t that widely known outside of Clare. But on the way to last Sunday’s final Darach Honan’s performances landed him squarely in the limelight.

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Cormac fires Clare into history books

Two points from two shots on goal – not a bad return for Clare midfielder Cormac O’Donovan. Throw in the fact that the second of the Clonara man’s points won Clare’s first ever All-Ireland U-21 hurling title and the significance of his perfect record zooms up the scale.

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Banner ladies beat Kilmihil

Banner Ladies 4-10  Kilmihil 2-7 A GAME Kilmihil side couldn’t make home advantage count last Saturday evening as the Banner ladies retained their title in scorching conditions. They were made work hard for it, but the Banner were the better side and had a bit more balance, along with a few really dangerous forwards. In one sense, their victory is even more impressive when one takes into account that they played most of the second half with 14, as Michelle Delaney was first sin binned and then red-carded within three minutes of returning.

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