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Doora-Barefield’s storming finish leads to a replay

Clarecastle 4-13 Doora-Barefield 4-13 When Oisin Casey landed his tenth point, a minute from the end of normal time, Clarecastle led this evening’s under 16 A hurling final by seven points. Seconds after this score ‘at least two minutes of additional time’ was signalled and Clarecastle followers were satisfied that the title was on the way to their club for the first time in sixteen years. Doora-Barefield still believed that they could get something from the final and a goal from their captain Adam Mungovan in the 60th minute gave them hope. As the game went into the second minute of the two indicated, Bruce Piggott pointed a 25m free. They won possession from the puckout and attacked again and Fionn O’Brien gave their followers plenty to cheer about when he blasted to the net for the leveller. There wasn’t time for anymore and mapgie supporters left Cusack Park somewhat shellshocked while Doora-Barefield followers were, understandably, delighted. The big attendance …

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Bumper crowd expected for Newmarket v Sixmilebridge

Neighbours and lifelong rivals, Sixmilebridge and Newmarket will meet in the semi-final of the Clare senior hurling championship on Sunday week in Cusack Park. They were the first two out of the hat in this evening’s draw at Clareabbey which means that Clonlara will face Clooney-Quin in the other semi-final which will take place at headquarters on Saturday week. In the intermediate semi-finals favourites Kilmaley will face Parteen in one semi-final while Smith O’Briens will take on Tubber and both these semi-finals are set for Sixmilebridge on Saturday week. In the quarter finals of the junior A hurling championship which take place on Sunday week, the pairings are; Ennistymon v Ballyea; Eire Og v Clooney-Quin, Ogonnelloe v O’Callaghans Mills and Bodyke v Kilmaley. Three teams must play off to determine who will be relegated from junior A and the draw determined that Wolfe Tones will play Meelick with St. Josephs getting a bye. In the junior B football championship Banner …

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Mouthwatering hurling pairings

Attendances at the quarter finals of the senior and intermediate hurling championships are expected to show a big increase after this evening’s draw threw up some very exciting pairings. Defending senior champions Ballyea will take on Newmarket while their predecessors Sixmilebridge have been paired with their neighbours and great rivals Cratloe. In the intermediate competition Kilmaley will face Sixmilebridge while the clash of East Clare neighbours Scariff and Smith O’Briens is sure to be a big attraction. The pairings are; Senior hurling; Sixmilebridge v Cratloe; Clonlara v Tulla; Newmarket v Ballyea; Eire Og v Clooney-Quin; Senior B hurling semi-finals; O’ Callaghans Mills vWhitegate; Inagh-Kilnamnona v St. Josephs Intermediate hurling; Kilmaley v Sixmilebridge; Parteen v Newmarket; Scariff v Smith O’Briens; Broadford v Tubber; Junior B hurling semi-finals; Whitegate or Newmarket v Feakle; Tubber v Inagh-Kilnamona

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Hurling quarter final line up is complete

The way is clear for the quarter finals of the Clare senior hurling championship and the pairings will be decided on Monday evening at GAA headquarters in Clareabbey. Ahead of this weekend’s round 3 games four clubs, Sixmilebridge, Newmarket, Clonlara and Eire Og had booked their places in the last eight. When the draw is made on Monday they will be in one pot with the other pot holding the names Ballyea, Cratloe, Tulla and Clooney-Quin. Despite lining out without the injured Sean Collins and Cathal McInerney, Cratloe proved too strong for St. Josephs and ran out with a sixteen point winning margin. The first half was well contested but Cratloe’s experience saw them pull away in the last quarter on a day when teenager Billy Connors was their top scorer, finishing with 0-10 to his credit. Clare minor Diarmuid Ryan landed 0-4 as did Clare senior player Conor McGrath. Meanwhile defending champions Ballyea had to battle all the way …

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Hurling pairings finalised

The draws for round 3 in the senior and intermediate hurling championships plus the relegation play offs in both grades were made this Monday evening and the games will take place on Saturday and Sunday week (August 26/27) as will the quarter finals in the junior B hurling championship, the draws for which were also made at a meeting in Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey. Defending senior hurling champions Ballyea will take on O’Callaghans Mills as eight teams battle it out for the remaining four quarter final places. Already through to the last eight are Sixmilebridge, Clonlara, Newmarket and Eire Og The pairings are; Senior Hurling; Whitegate v Clooney-Quin; Ballyea v O’C. Mills; St. Josephs v Cratloe; Inagh-Kilnamona v Tulla Senior relegation play off; Feakle v Wolfe Tones; Crusheen v Clarecastle Intermediate hurling; Corofin v Tubber; Smith O’Briens v Cratloe; Clarecastle v Newmarket; Ruan v Sixmilebridge 1. Intermediate relegation; Killanena v Inagh-Kilnamona; Clonlara v Sixmilebridge 2; Junior B hurling quarter …

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Another dis-appointing day for Clare hurling

The opening of the renovated Pairc Ui Chaoimh brought no joy for Clare hurling as both the county senior and minor hurling teams had their seasons ended when defeated by Tipperary and Galway at the quarter final stage Tipperary 0-28 Clare 3-16 So near and yet so far once again for the for the Clare senior hurlers once again. Dreams of championship success are over for another year after they suffered a three point loss to defending All-Ireland champions Tipperary at the newly re-built Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Before an attendance of 28,567, missed chances and mistakes at vital times cost Clare dearly. After a poor start which saw them trail by six points after fifteen minutes, the Banner side fought back helped by a brace of Aaron Cunningham goals in as many minutes. Earlier they had a Conor McGrath goal disallowed when he was penalised for over carrying. In the minutes before half time a couple of mistakes …

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Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor.

A do or die game in Pairc Uí Chaoimh

CLARE and Tipperary both know Saturday could be their last outing for the 2017 season. “It’s a do or die game for both. We feel we have a huge amount we can improve upon from our last performance, in terms of our defence set-up, our puck-out strategy, our shot selection from the middle third and our decision-making as a whole,” joint team manager Gerry O’Connor said ahead of the panel’s second last training session. “Ultimately, if you look at the amount of scoring opportunities we created against Cork, they were significant and we didn’t take a high enough percentage of them,” he added. He conceded that David McInerney’s chances of playing are slim. “At best, his chance is 50-50. Right now we are considering him as unavailable. Anything else will be a bonus. We will know more following training.” McInerney is the only serious injury worry. “There are the usual knocks and bruises following our game in training on Sunday …

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Belief erodes further that hurlers have it

Comment WHO dreamed up, implemented and then didn’t change Clare’s puck-out strategy? Why did Clare seemingly set out to stop Cork and neglect to concentrate more fully on playing their own game? Why was Tony Kelly left on penalties and why was Oisin O’Brien started on Alan Cadogan, when surely Seadna Morey was the man for that job? These and a few other questions abounded on Sunday evening and Monday morning as the dwindling Clare hurling public digested what had just happened in Thurles. Since winning the 2013 All-Ireland title, Clare have beaten Limerick and Laois (both twice) and Offaly in championship hurling. Any time they have met a top tier county, including Cork, Galway or Waterford, they have not cut it. Repeatedly this panel have shown that they are not as good as people in this county thought. Their 2013 win must now be consigned to the ‘lucky, flash in the pan’ category and while their All-Ireland medal cannot …

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