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Changes likely in Clare side to face Waterford

While Clare’s starting team for what is now a crucial championship tie against Waterford on Sunday (3.30pm throw-in) will not be named before Friday evening, it’s likely to feature one or two changes. Although not introduced until the end of normal time last Sunday in Cork, Jamie Shanahan is believed to be strongly in contention for a place in the first 15 this week. Sections of the defence struggled in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Seadna Morey, David Fitzgerald, who recovered from an injury in the warm-up to take his place at the start and team captain, Pat O’Connor, may be under pressure to retain their first team places for this week. Positional changes are also quite likely. These could see David Reidy switching to midfield, with Tony Kelly going to the half-forward line and Conor McGrath or Shane O’Donnell going to full-forward. Niall Deasy is likely to be in contention for a place in the line-up, while Podge Collins is …

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Defeat on the double by the Lee

Clare tasted defeat on the double at Pairc Ui Csoimh this afternoon when the minor and senior hurlers both went down to #cork in their opening games in the new format Munster championsbhip. Making the disappointment all the gre\ter for the clare fans in the official attendance of 24,490 is the fact that both teams had opportunities to win their games. Their losses make next Sunday’s round 2 games against Waterford in Ennis all the more important as another defeat for either would considerably dent their chances of getting to the play off stages. Cork 2-23 Clare 1-21 Failure to convert a number of good goal opportunities proved costly for the senior side as Cork put in a storming finish to seal a somewhat flattering five point win Clare made a great start with three points in the opening four minutes but Cork had levelled by the seventh minutes and from here to half time it was score for score. …

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Hurling teams named to face Cork

Despite intense speculation that Cian Dillon, Jason McCarthy and Jamie Shanahan would be named in the Clare senior hurling team to play Cork in the opening round of the Munster senior championship at Pairc Ui Caoimh on Sunday, neither have been included. All three had started in the team’s most recent challenge game—against Wexford—last week when David McInerney was at full back with Conor Cleary at centre back, the positions they also filled over a week earlier when Clare played Offaly at Cusack Park. While the management team headed by Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have now named Cleary at full back with McInerney in the centre, it won’t be a surprise if they switch positions before the throw in. The team named for duty is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) – CAPTAIN, Conor Cleary (Miltown, St Josephs), Jack Browne (Ballyea); David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), David McInerney (Tulla), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea);Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge), John …

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Recalling a golden era for Newmarket GAA

Newmarket’s dominance of Clare hurling in the late 1960s was recalled this week, when the members of the club’s three in-a-row championship-winning teams of 1967, 1968 and 1969 were feted at a function at The Inn in Dromoland. It was a particularly successful period for the club as, in addition to the three championship titles, they won four Clare Champion Cups from 1966 to 1969, while they became the first in Clare to win the Munster club title, when they defeated Carrick Davins from Tipperary on October 6, 1968 on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-7. Many of the players in those teams were household names, including Jim Cullinan, Michael Considine, Gus Lohan, Liam Danagher, Paddy McNamara, Pat Cronin, Hubbie McCabe, two time All-Star Johnnie McMahon and Wexford man, Liam Griffin, who managed his native county to the All-Ireland title in 1996. In those three finals, Newmarket defeated neighbours and arch rivals Clarecastle. The 1967 final was played on November …

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Gary Cooney of Clare in action against Conor Flahive of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

Under 21 hurling team named

The Clare team which will line out against Limerick in the quarter final of the Munster under 21 hurling championship at Cusack Park on Monday evening includes players from ten clubs. Kilmaley provide three players while O’Callaghans Mills, Inagh-Kilnamona and Cratloe each provide two members with the remaining six coming from Eire Og, Crusheen, Clooney-Quin, Clonlara, Feakle and Newmarket. The team is Killian Nugent (O’Callaghans Mills); Conor O’Halloran (Eire Og), Ross Hayes (Crusheen), Bradley Higgins |(Kilmaley); Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe), JasonMcCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) Captain, Pauric McNamara (Kilmaley); Michael Corry (Clooney-Quin,Kieran Galvin (Clonlara); Aidan McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Gary Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills), Steven Conway (Feakle); Joe Carmody (Kilmaley), Colin Guilfoyle (Newmarket), Billy Connors (Cratloe). Subs; Eamonn Foudy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Liam O’Connor (Newmarket), Carthal Lynch (Sixmilebridge), Cathal Darcy (Kilmaley), Sean O’Loughlin (Kilmaley), Padraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara), Michael O’Shea (Smith O’Briens), Darren Cullinan (Inagh-Kilnamona), Ian Murray (Bodyke) The backroom team comprises John Carmody (Kilmaley0 who is the manager, Donal Madden (Clonlara) who is the team coach, Tomas Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona), …

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Clare U-21 hurlers face All-Ireland champions

Since the U-21 Hurling Championship was introduced back in 1964, there has been some great times for Clare teams but with plenty of heartache as well. In the 54 championships played, Clare have played in 19 finals, including one replay. Thirteen may be regarded as unlucky for some but for the Banner the opposite was the case when the county finally got over the line on the 13th time of asking, claiming the title in Dungarvan in 2009. They went on to contest four finals in succession, winning provincial and All-Ireland titles in 2012, ’13 and ’14 before losing to Limerick in 2015. Many of the players on those teams helped the county to the All-Ireland senior title in 2013. Facing into the 2018 campaign in what remains the only inter-county championship in which participants do not get a second chance, Clare could hardly have asked for a more difficult task. Next Monday’s first round game pits the Banner against …

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Shannonside derby should be a cracker

WITH Clare and Limerick due to meet in the last round of the new-look Munster Hurling Championship in June, it will add an “extra bit of interest” to Sunday’s National Hurling League quarter-final encounter, according to selector, Jimmy Browne. The Clonlara man is well familiar with Limerick, as he is vice-president of Corporate Services and Capital Development at LIT and has spent a number of years as team manager with Monaleen. He has also been involved with the coaching of Harty Cup squads at Ard Scoil Rís and amongst his backroom team was Limerick man Liam Cronin, who is now part of the Clare backroom. Ahead of the Shannonside derby, Browne acknowledges there are huge connections between the sides. “Joe [O’Connor] and Paul [Kinnerk] have been heavily involved with a lot of the Clare players. I have been involved for the past five or six years in Limerick. While with Monaleen, Brian Geary was a key figure in the side …

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Clare fade after bright first quarter

Waterford 1-23 Clare 1-20 Six points ahead after the first quarter of this Allianz hurling league tie at Walsh Park this afternoon, Clare looked to be on the way to victory and a top of the table spot in division 1 A but from here on Waterford held the upperhand and emerged as deserving winners. Clare had already qualified for the league quarter finals prior to this tie but they clearly wanted to return to winning ways after their loss to Wexford last time out. However, they failed to match the hunger shown by the home side who,despite this result, face a reletation play off against Cork next weekend. Clare will now face their Shannonside neighbours and arch rivals Limerick in a quarter final tie next week and a toss of a coin tomorrow Monday will decide between Cusack Park the Limerick’s Gaelic grounds for this tie Waterford played with the aid of the breeze in the first half but …

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