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Podge targeting a spring comeback

CLARE dual player Podge Collins is targeting a return to the football and hurling fields in March or April 2016. The former hurling All-Star snapped his anterior cruciate ligament in late May, playing in a club championship game for Cratloe against Ballyea in Cusack Park. He underwent surgery on July 7 and has since embarked on an intensive recovery programme. Collins subsequently missed the remainder of 2015 with both club and county. “I had it tested last Monday week in Santry. It was to test the power in the knee and they were very happy with how everything went. I’ve been put on a new programme for the next few weeks. Seán O’Meara (physiotherapist) is working very closely with me and it’s great to have him back from Australia. He’s doing great work with me. Everything is positive and I’ve had no setback so far and, hopefully, it’ll keep going in that direction,” Collins told The Clare Champion this week. …

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A special day for Miltown’s 1990 captain

SUNDAY will be a particularly special day for Miltown, St Joseph’s GAA chairman, Gerry Curtin. He will travel to Cusack Park with the club’s senior team for their Clare football final date with Cooraclare. Understandably, he wants to see his beloved club emerge victorious, a result that will see him “hand over the baton of captain of the last team to bring the title to Miltown.” Twenty-five years ago, Miltown last won the blue riband of Clare football, beating Kilmihil in a final played at Cusack Park. “The final score on that occasion was 1-6 to 0-7 and Sean Burke’s goal proved decisive,” he said. Recalling that success, the Miltown chairman said, “We had won the title in 1985 and the guts of that team were still there. A lot of us were coming to the end of the road. It was a tough struggle and Kilmihil had us on the rack in the first half and again in the …

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Interesting pairings in u-21 football championship

Eleven teams will do battle for this season’s under 21 A football championship, the winners of which will receive the Marrinan memorial trophy. There will three preliminary round games with the winners going through to join the remaining five in the quarter finals. The title holders are Eire Og and they have secured a bye into the quarter finals where they could face the beaten finalists from last year, Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor who play St. Breckans in the opening round Nine teams will compete for the B title while there are just four teams in the C competition. Extra time will apply in all games should matches finish level. The details are Under 21 A–Preliminary Rounds;  A–St. Breckans v Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor; B-Cooraclare v Clondegad; C-Ennistymon v Miltown St. Josephs Quarter Finals; 1–Kilmihil v Cooraclare or Clondegad; 2–Lissycasey v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; 3–Kilrush v Ennistymon or Miltown; 4–St. Breckans or Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor v Eire Og; Semi-finals;  1 v 3; 4 v 2 Under 21 …

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Cooraclare shock favourites

Cooraclare caused a big shock when they defeated the hot favourites Clondegad in the second of the Clare senior football championship semi-finals, played at Kilmihil on Sunday. First half goals from Rory Donnelly and Tadhg Lillis helped Cooraclare to a four point lead at half time when the score was 2-5 to 0-7. Points were exchanged on a number of occasions in the third quarter before Cooraclare  extended their lead with goals from Thomas Downes and substitute Jack Morrissey. To their credit, Clondegad battled back and goals from Paudge  McMahon and Shane Brennan closed the gap but time wasn’t on their side and when the final whistle sounded, Cooraclare were deservingly ahead and through to play Miltown in the final. The final scoreline was 4-10 to 2-13 The senior hurling final pairing is also confirmed after the weekend when Clonlara sealed their place in the final with a 2-19 to 1-10 win over Kilmaley in their semi-final replay at Cusack …

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Football champions to face Clondegad

Title holders Cratloe have been drawn against one of the favourites for the title, Clondegad in the quarter final of the Clare senior football championship. The draw has thrown up two repeat pairings from round two with Ennistymon facing Miltown St. Josephs and St. Breckans taking on Kilrush while the remaining tie will see O’Currys take on Cooraclare. The games are set to be played on Saturday and Sunday week. In the semi-finals Cratloe or Clondegad will take on O’Currys or Cooraclare which leaves Ennistymon or Miltown to face St. Breckans or Kilrush. Meanwhile in the senior B championship semi-finals, Lissycasey will face Kilmurry-Ibrickane while St. Senans, Kilkee will come up against St. Josephs Doora-Barefield. The junior football quarter final pairings have also been determined and they are Ennistymon v St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield; Ml. Cusacks v Clondegad; Coolmeen v Cratloe; Meelick v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; As already announced the intermediate semi-final pairings are Kilfenora v Corofin and Kilmihil v Clarecastle By Seamus …

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Shocks galore in football title race

The third round of the Clare senior football championship produced its fair share of surprise results not least the elimination of Kilmurry-Ibrickane who lost out to Ennistymon at Cusack Park on Sunday. The winners showed from an early stage that it would take a big effort to stop them from marching on. They led by three points at half time and held this advantage throughout the third quarter. Kilmurry made a number of changes and this helped them get back into contention and they drew level inside the final ten minutes before a superb Ennistymon move ended with corner back Enda Ralph shooting to the net for the game’s only goal which helped them to a 1-9 to 0-9 victory. On Saturday in Cooraclare, O’Currys proved too strong for a fancied Lissycasey side and scored a merited one point win, 0-7 to 0-6. The winners dominated the opening half and were full value for their 0-6 to 0-1 half time …

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Ennistymon face Kilmurry-Ib in round 2

Fears that champions Cratloe would be drawn against Kilmurry-Ibrickane in round 3 of the senior football championship weren’t realised when the draw was made at GAA headquarters in Clareabbey on Monday evening. A repeat of three first round games was possible when club representatives attended a meeting of the CCC where the draws took place. At the outset it was confirmed that there was no stipulation preventing repeat pairings. Title holders Cratloe, surprisingly beaten by Cooraclare on Sunday evening, were first out and they will face St. Senans Kilkee on Sunday week. Kilmurry-Ibrickane were drawn to play Ennistymon is what is already being billed as the tie of the round. The maroon and white  colours will be evident when St Josephs Doora-Barefield face St. Breckans as both wear these colours. Lissycasey, another club whose colours are maroon and white who are  fresh from their merited, if surprise, win over Eire Og will take on O’Currys on Saturday week in Cooraclare. The …

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Shock results in senior football championship

Round 2 in the Clare senior football championship produced a number of shock results, not least of which was the defeat of champions Cratloe who went under by a point to Cooraclare on Sunday evening in Clarecastle. There was little between the sides throughout the contest and they went to the break at 1-5 each. Cooraclare showed the greater hunger in the second half and this helped them to get over the line and into the quarter finals while the champions will be in round 3 action as they seek to keep their hopes of a third title in a row alive. Last year’s beaten finalists Eire Og are out of the title race after suffering a two point loss to Lissycasey on Saturday. A strong second half showing from Lissycasey proved decisive as they outscored the town aside 0-6 to 0-1 in the final twenty five minutes to book their passage to round 3. Eire Og now find themselves …

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