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Ballyea fail to field in u-21 championship

The race for the under 21 hurling championships (A, B and C) got underway this Saturday afternoon but the biggest talking point concerned a game that didn’t take place, the first round game between Ballyea and Clonlara in the B competition. Ballyea had sought a switch from Saturday afternoon because of the involvement of two of their team, Cillian Brennan and Pearce Lillis, with Clare in tomorrow’s Allianz football league game between Clare and Roscommon but Clonlara explained that due to work committments they were unable to accomodate Ballyea’s request for a change.  It is understood that Ballyea offered to play the game this Sunday evening or on Monday or Tuesday evenings. On the field of play it was a good evening for Inagh-Kilnamona, both of whose teams progressed. Their A team, after some anxious moments, put in a strong second half to overcome St. Josephs on a 1-20 to 1-11 scoreline. The final score is a little flattering in …

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A chance for hurlers to experiment

Waterford may only have a very slim outside chance of avoiding the Division 1 A relegation play-off but the fact that they have not managed a home win in this season’s competition is sure to be a major driving force, when they entertain Clare in the final group game in this season’s Senior Hurling League, which is scheduled for a 2.30pm start at Walsh Park on Sunday. After suffering their only defeat in this season’s competition when going down to Wexford on Sunday last, Clare are keen to return to winning ways. Victory on Sunday will keep them near the top and they could well be top of the table come Sunday evening, depending on other results. Last week’s cancellation of all fixtures, due to the heavy snowfalls across the country, will have given players a welcome rest at a time of the year when they are particularly busy, especially those who were involved in colleges competitions. The delay “has …

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Hurling team shows five changes

The Clare senior hurling team to play Waterford at Walsh Park on Sunday will show five changes from that which started against Wexford last time out. Patrick O’Connor, David Fitzgerald and Tony Kelly return to the side having missed the Wexford tie due to injury (OConnor) and the Fitzgibbon cup final. Up front Ian Galvin and Conor McGrath come in for Niall Deasy and Conor McGrath. Midfielder Colm Galvin is ruled out due to injury. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea) and Cathal McInerney(Cratloe) return from injury and are amongst the substitutes. the team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber), Conor Cleary ( Miltown St. Josephs), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), David McInerney (Tulla), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Ian Galvin (Clonlara), John Conlon (Clonlara), David Reidy (Éire Óg ); Conor McGrath (Cratloe), Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg) SUBSTITUTES: Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Daragh Corry (Tulla), …

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Honan disputes board chairman’s comments

All-Ireland winning U-21 and senior star, Darach Honan, has disputed county board chairman Joe Cooney’s claim that Clare GAA did all it could to help with the medical costs incurred by him as a result of injury. On Wednesday, Honan said, “I am still very disappointed with the way I was treated by the county board. Joe Cooney did make overtures for me to come and speak to the officers last week but I was unable to do so, because of training commitments with Clonlara U-21s [he is their team manager] and work commitments. “I am disapponted that I wasn’t properly looked after. I went to the county board and no help whatsover was offered. On my own volition, I went to the GPA and they did help with part of the funds, for which I am very thankful,” he added. At Tuesday night’s county board meeting, Joe Cooney had said Clare GAA did not let down Darach Honan. “We …

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Clare make two changes for clash with Wexford

The Clare team to play Wexford in round 4 of the Allianz hurling league features two changes from the side that beat Cork in Cusack Park last weekend. Cathal Malone comes in for Tony Kelly at midfield while Jason McCarthy replaces team captain Patrick O’Connor at corner back. Conor Cleary, fresh from his Fitzgibbon cup success with University of Limerick this Saturday afternoon, will captain the team Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe) and Gary Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills) have beenincluded in the substitutes for the first time in this league The team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Jack Browne (Ballyea), Conor Cleary (Miltown, St Josephs), Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona); Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley), David McInerney (Tulla), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Niall Deasy (Ballyea), John Conlon (Clonlara), David Reidy (Éire Óg); Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg ) Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin) Podge Collins (Cratloe) Subs; Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe), Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea), Gary Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills), Daragh Corry (Tulla), Conor McGrath …

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Two changes to hurling team for Cork visit

There are two changes to the starting line up for Clare hurlers for their Allianz round 3 division 1 hurling league against Cork at Cusack Park on Sunday from the team which started against Kilkenny two weeks ago. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley) and Niall Deasy (Ballyea), both introduced in Nowlan park, have been retained to the exclusion of David Fitzgerald and Cathal Malone who have both been impressive in the victories over Tipperary and Kilkenny. Andrew Fahy will wear the substitute goalkeeper’s jersey for this one Malone picked up an injury when helping U. L to victory in the Fitzgibbon cup semi-final on Tuesday night but it is understood that it’s not as serious as was first feared and he is listed amongst the substitutes for Sunday’s game which throws in at 2p.m. The team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Jack Browne (Ballyea), Conor Cleary (Miltown, St Josephs),Patrick O’Connor (Tubber); Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley), David McInerney (Tulla), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), …

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It should be a corker in Cusack Park

Mentors and players from Clare and Cork are arguing that the upcoming championship clash will not influence how the teams approach Sunday’s league game but it certainly adds some spice to the mix. Clare go into round three of the Division 1 A League on maximum points, thanks to impressive victories over Tipperary and Kilkenny, whereas Cork, after a good opening round win over Kilkenny, suffered defeat last time out in Wexford. Another defeat this week would put the Leesiders hovering close to the relegation zone so they are expected to come to Ennis in determined form. Clare, for their part, will want to keep their winning run going and they know victory this week will ensure their top division status for another year. They have beaten Cork in the Munster league already this year but they lost in last season’s league and also in the Munster final back in the summer of 2017. The team for Sunday will not …

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Clare expect a tough tie in Nowlan Park

Victories over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park don’t come about too often and Clare will be well aware of this as they head to the venue for Sunday’s round two league tie. That Kilkenny lost to Cork in Pairc Uí Caoimh on Saturday is sure to result in a greater effort from the Noresiders to get some points on the board. Both counties have players involved in Fitzgibbon Cup action this week, so the line-outs will not be named until after those games. Fears that the Noresiders would be without captain Cillian Buckley have receded. The defender, who was very impressive against Cork, was stretchered from the field in the closing stages but officials are understood to be confident that he will be fit to face Clare. It is also expected that TJ Reid and Liam Blanchfield, who were introduced during the course of Saturday’s game, will be in from the start this week. Clare were comfortable winners in the corresponding …

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