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Sixmilebridge secure final spot

Champions in 2013, Sixmilebridge are back in the Clare senior hurling championship final thanks to an eight point win over Crusheen at rain lashed Cusack Park on Sunday. [doptg id=”81″] A strong opening half at the end of which they led by ten points set the tone and left Crusheen with a mountain to climb, something they came close to achieving in the second period. The winners had a dream start with Jamie Shanahan scoring the game’s opening goal inside the first minute. Crusheen were clearly rattled and they played second fiddle to the winners throughout the opening period.. A goal from Conor O’Donnell in the final minute of the opening half followed by another from Fergus Kennedy in the opening minute of the second half, led to a very exciting second period . Scores came hot and heavy and as the game entered the final quarter the margin was down to two points. An excellent Shane Golden goal settled …

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Quarter finals to provide lively fare

The capacity of Cusack Park where the main stand side is closed, is expected to be tested next week when the quarter finals of the senior hurling championship take place. The draw has thrown up four very interesting pairings, each of which is expected to attract a big attendance. Champions Cratloe will put their title on the line when they face their neighbours Sixmilebridge who won the title in 2013. Ballyea and Kilmaley will face each other in a repeat of round 2 when Ballyea were victorious. There will be another local derby clash when neighbours Crusheen take on Clooney-Quin while the final game will see Clonlara and Newmarket in opposition.. The winners of the Sixmilebridge /Cratloe game will go on to play Crusheen or Clooney-Quin in the semi-final which leaves the winners of the Ballyea v Kilmaley game going on to play either Clonlara or Newmarket In the senior B championship the semi-final pairings are O’Callaghans Mills v Eire …

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Hurling quarter final line up is complete

There were no major surprses as the third round of the senior hurling championship was completed with title holders Cratloe, Crusheen, Kilmaley and Newmarket booking their places in the last eight where they will be joined by Sixmilebridge, Clonlara, Ballyea and Clooney-Quin. Michael O’Neill contributed 1-4 from play for Kilmaley in their six point win over Inagh-Kilnamona(1-20 to 1-14) on Saturday evening. Kilmaley lost centre back Conor Cleary with a leg injury early in the second half. A surprise looked to be on the cards when Eire Og led by three points against Crusheen at half time on Sunday but Crusheen dominated the second period outscoring the town side 0-11 to 0-4. Fourteen points behind at the three quarter stage, O’Callaghans Mills looked to be heading for a heavy defeat from champions Cratloe when the teams clashed at Cusack Park on Sunday evening. However, the Mills put in a storming finish which yielded a hat trick of goals from Adrian …

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Round 3 hurling pairings decided

The draws for the third round in both the senior and intermediate title races were made on Monday evening along with the draws for the relegation play offs in both grades. Having gone out to their neighbours Ballyea on Sunday, Kilmaley now have to meet their neighbours at the other side, Inagh-Kilnamona in what is already being labelled the tie of the round. There are a number of interesting pairings in both codes and in both the championship and relegation play offs and all tiese are scheduled for the weekend of August 22 and 23. The pairings are; Senior championship round 3; Eire Og v Crusheen; Tulla v Newmarket; Cratloe v O’C.Mills; Inagh-Kilnamona v Kilmaley; Senior relegation play off; Clarecastle v Feakle and Whitegate v Tubber Intermediate championship round 3; Ruan v Scariff; Newmarket v Clarecastle; Corofin v St. Josephs; Sixmilebridge v Inagh-Kilnamona Intermediate relegation play off; Crusheen v Cratloe and Ogonnelloe v Killanena By Seamus Hayes

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Four quarter final places filled in senior hurling title race

Four quarter final places in this year’s Clare senior hurling championship have been filled following round 2 in the race for the Canon Hamilton trophy. Sixmilebridge, Clonlara, Ballyea and Clooney-Quin booked their places in the last eight with wins over Crusheen, O’Callaghans Mills, Kilmaley and Newmarket respectively. The latter four are still in the race and they will compete with Cratloe, Inagh-Kilnamona, Tulla and Eire Og for the remaining quarter final places. Out of the race after two defeats each are Tubber, Whitegate, Feakle and Clarecastle and they now will play off to determine which one will drop down to intermediate grade for next season. Veteran Niall Gilligan scored ten points as the Bridge defeated Crusheen 0-17 to 1-12. This was a well contested tie between two evenly matched sides at Clarecastle on Saturday evening. In the opening game at Clarecastle Danny Russell scored a dozen points in Eire Og’s four point win over Tubber (0-16 to 1-9). Clarecastle was …

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Missed chances costly for Clare

Tipperary 1-15 Clare 1-11 A storming last quarter wasn’t enough for Clare, when they faced Tipperary in the semi-final of the Munster minor hurling championship at Semple stadium in Thurles on Thursday evening. When Banner county players, officials and followers reflect on this tie they will wonder if they could have done better had they shown greater accuracy in front of goal. A total of 12 wides, eight in the first half when they had the assistance of the wind, didn’t help their cause. That said, it must be acknowledged that Tipperary were a better balanced side but they also have plenty room for improvement and will need to step up considerably before they take on Cork or Limerick in the final. From Clare’s point of view, the damage was done in the opening half at the end of which they trailed by seven points, 0-4 to 1-8 The Banner players struggled to match their opponents in most positions in that …

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Minor team to face Tipperary is named

The Clare team to take on Tipperary in the Munster minor hurling semi-final at Semple stadium in Thurles on Wednesday evening was named after the team went through a light training session at Clareabbey on Monday evening. Players on the starting fifteen are drawn from eleven clubs with Parteen’s Nathan Fox who plays at centre back named as captain.  Padraic McNamara (Kilmaley) has recovered from a leg injury and will take his place on the substitutes bench The team is Jason Loughnane (Sixmilebridge); Declan Power (Smith O’Briens), Sean Phelan (Broadford), Ronan Monahan (Tubber); Darren Chaplin (Broadford), Nathan Fox (Parteen), Capt, Cathal Noonan (Killanena); Colm Fitzgerald (Sixmilebridge), Jack Cunningham (Wolfe Tones); Aaron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), Michael O’Shea (Smith O’Briens) Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona); Padraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara) Martin Daly (Feakle), Conor O’Halloran (Eire Og); Subs—Killian Nugent (O’C. Mills); Colin Guilfoyle (Newmarket), Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare); Cathaoir Agnew Sixmilebridge); Kieran Galvin (Clonlara), Aidan Kennedy (Kilmaley), Sean Kennedy (Kilmaley), Dean Devanney (Wolfe Tones) Padraic McNamara (Kilmaley) By …

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The Rock of Cashel’s hurling legacy

THE U-21 grade, introduced in 1964, is one of the most attractive competitions in hurling. This championship has proved to be a solid bridge from minor to senior. The first two championships, in 1964 and 1965, were contested by Wexford and Tipperary, with honours even. Clare has consistently performed well, but had to wait until 2009 before Ciarán O’Doherty became the first Clare man to raise aloft the magnificent Cross of Cashel. Since then, the county has enjoyed unprecedented success, with Conor McGrath, Paul Flanagan and Tony Kelly, all leading Clare to victory. The Cross of Cashel shines a light on all 51 All-Ireland U-21 finals, conjuring up the great names who made this grade special. From a Clare perspective, there is a lot to be taken from this book, with Clare teams and captains photographed in colour. It also includes team-sheets, scoring records and there is a synopsis of each All-Ireland final since 1964. The foreword is by John …

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