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Conlon and O’Brien to face Waterford

Clare’s chances of beating Waterford in tomorrow’s Munster senior hurling semi-final have received a huge boost with the news that both John Conlon and Oisin O’Brien have recovered from injury and are named in the starting line up. The return of the Clonlara clubmen are the only changes from the side which started the league final replay against the same opposition. They replace Jack Browne and Aaron Cunningham. There is further good news for Clare fans as David McInerney has been included in the match day panel which, it is understood, also includes Aaron Cunningham. McInerney hasn’t hurled since helping Clare overcome Limerick in the final group game in division 1B of the league while Cunningham suffered a hamstring injury when helping his club Wolfe Tones to victory over Newmarket in the opening round of the Clare senior hurling championship. The team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona): Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Conor Cleary (Miltown St Josephs); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), …

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Shocks galore as title race begins

Every championship produces shock results and so it was as the race for the Canon Hamilton trophy got under way in Clare. Unbeaten in league and championship last season, champions Sixmilebridge were rocked when beaten by the minimum margin by Crusheen at Cusack Park this Saturday evening. These teams have produced some very close contests in recent years and this proved to be no different. Sixmilebridge looked to be edging in front when they went two points clear with ten minutes to play but four unanswered points from Crusheen proved decisive. One point separated the teams at the end of normal time with two minutes of ‘injury time’ to play. The champions piled on the pressure but Donal Tuohy in the Crusheen goal made a great save from Alan Mulready at the expense of a ’65. Niall Gilligan was adament that his effort was between the uprights but the umpires had no doubt that it was wide. It left the final …

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Junior championship draws

Draws for the junior hurling and football chamionships were made this Monday evening at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey and resulted as follows Junior A football; Group 1—Kilrush,St. Josephs, Meelick, Moy; Group 2—Killimer, Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, Ml. Cusacks; Group 3—Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Doonbeg, Clondegad, Cooraclare; Group 4—Cratloe, Lissycasey, Naomh Eoin, Miltown; Junior A hurling chamionship; Group 1—Clooney-Quin, Ennistymon, Meelick, Eire og, bodyke; Group 2—Stl Josephs, Ogonnelloe, O’C.Mills, Kilmaley; Group 3—Broadford, Ballyea, Sixmilebridge, Crusheen; Junior B football championship Group 1—WolfeTones, O’Currys, Clonbony, Clarecastle, St. Breckans; Hroup 2—Coolmeen, Cratloe, Banner, Shannon Gaels Junior B hurling championship; Group 1-Wolfe Tones 2, Whitegate, Clarecastle, Scariff; Group 2-Tubber, Feakle, St. Josephs, Kilmaley; Group 3—Smith O’Briens, Wolfe Tones 1, Parteen, Inagh-Kilnamona; Hroup 4—Clooney-Quoi, Tulla, Newmarket Junior C hurling championship; Quarter finals; !-Broadford v Sixmilebridge; B-Killanena v Ogonnelloe; C-Ruan v Clonlara; D-Clonbony v Banner; Semi-finals; C v A; D v B By Seamus Hayes

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Minor football team named

Players from nine clubs make up the Clare minor football team that will face Limerick in the opening round of the Munster championship at Hennessy park in Miltown this Wednesday evening. Kilmurry Ibrickane and St. Breckans each have three players in the team while Ennistymon and Cooraclare have two each in the side which is Clare; Mark Lillis (Cooraclare); Peter Collins (Doora-Barefield), Jonah Culligan (Ballyvaughan), Damian O’Loughlin (Corofin) Capt.; Killian O’Flaherty (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Andrew Shannon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Rohan Danaher (St. Breckans); Dara Bohannon (Shannon Gaels), Padraig Kelly(St. Breckans); Ross O’Doherty (Ennistymon), Ciaran O’Donoghue (Cooraclare), Dermot Coughlan (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Sean Rouine (Ennistymon), Joseph McGann (St. Breckans), Gavin Cooney (Eire Og); Subs; Darren Torpey (Ennistymon); Brian Conway (Wolfe Tones), Conor Lynch (Clondegad), Diarmuid Meade (Miltown St. Josephs), Danny Griffin (Eire Og), Niall Kelly (Cooraclare), Tom Hannon (Doora-Barefield), Conor O’Loughlin (Corofin), David Lernihan (Kilmihil). By Seamus Hayes

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Championship draws throw up mouthwatering pairings

The draw for the first round of the Clare senior hurling, senior and intermediate football championships has thrown up some mouthwatering pairings. It was an historic evening for Clare GAA, as a first ever county board meeting was held at the board’s new centre of excellence at Caherlohan on Tuesday, with the championship draws taking centre stage. Senior hurling champions Sixmilebridge will face Crusheen in the first round and this is a repeat of last season’s semi-final. Clonlara and Kilmaley needed a replay to settle their semi-final clash last year when Clonlara won and they will also meet in a first round this year. Newly promoted Wolfe Tones will face their neighbours Newmarket, while Cratloe must face Feakle in their first round. Football champions Miltown St Joseph’s will take on Wolfe Tones in their opening game in defence of the Jack Daly Cup. Éire Óg and Kilmurry-Ibrickane will clash in the first round, while last year’s beaten finalists Cooraclare will …

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Football draw throws up interesting pairings

Eire Og and Lissycasey, two teams fancied to win their first round senior football championship games last weekend but who ended up on the losing side have been drawn to play each other in round two. In their last championship clash, the town side recorded a runaway win. The losers of this tie will be out of the championship race and will be into the battle to avoid relegation to the intermediate grade The second round games are scheduled for the weekend of August 15/16 when defending champions Cratloe who are chasing a third successive title will play Cooraclare. Ennistymon, following their victory over Eire Og, await the winners of the remaining first round game between Doonbeg and Miltown St. Josephs. The losers of Saturday’s tie will play St.Senans, Kilkee. St. Breckans, fresh from their exciting extra time win over Lissycasey, will take on Kilrush while Clondegad will face O’Currys. In the losers section, Kilmurry-Ibrickane will play Shannon Gaels while Wolfe …

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Interesting hurling championship pairings

Clare senior hurling champions, Cratloe, surprisingly beaten in the opening round of the 2015 competition on Saturday last, will face Whitegate in a must win round two game in order to get back into the race for the title. The draws for round 2 in both the senior and intermediate competitions has thrown up some interesting pairings which include the meeting of Sixmilebridge and Crusheen, the clash of neighbours Ballyea and Kilmaley and they meeting of East Clare neighbours Tulla and Feakle. Dates for these games have yet to be finalised but it is expected to be July at the earliest before they take place. Meanwhile, the eagerly awaited replay between Clonlara and Clarecastle is set to go ahead this weekend at the county headquarters in Cusack Park Senior hurling— Winners section—Newmarket v Clooney-Quin; Clarecastle or Clonlara v O’C. Mills; Kilmaley v Ballyea; Sixmilebridge v Crusheen; Losers Section—Whitegate v Cratloe; Eire Og v Tubber; Inagh – Kilnamona v losers of Clarecastle …

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Ballyea too sharp for champions Cratloe

  Clare senior hurling champions Cratloe suffered a shock defeat from Ballyea when the sides clashed in the opening round of the 2015 competition at Cusack Park on Saturday evening. They can still retain the title, however, but from here on they have to win all games in the competition. Ballyea were fully deserving of this victory on an evening when they were the sharper side throughout. [doptg id=”71″] This result could well prove to be very costly for Cratloe football boss Colm Collins who is also the Clare senior football manager. Ahead of Clare’s Munster semi-final date with Cork on June 14, two members of the county panel, Podge Collins and Martin O’Leary(he hurls with Ballyea) picked up injuries in this hurling tie which led to their replacement. Collins injured his knee and is now very doubtful for the clash with Cork while O’Leary suffered a collar bone injury which is expected to keep him out of action for …

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