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Clare make a late change

Clare have announced one late change to the starting line up for today’s Allianz hurling league final replay with Waterford from the team named on Friday when an unchanged fifteen from that which started in last week’s drawn tie had been named. Eire Og’s Shane O’Donnell will now start in place of Peter Duggan and the 2013 All-Ireland hero has been named at full forward. Waterford named their team on Friday and that shows one change from the drawn tie with Tom Devine, an impressive second half substitute last week, starting in place of Colin Dunford. The Clare team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara), Pat O’Connor (Tubber), Cian Dillon (Crusheen) – Joint Captain; Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Miltown St.Josephs), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); David Reidy (Éire Óg), Colm Galvin (Clonlara); Darach Honan (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea) – Joint Captain, Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones); Podge Collins (Cratloe), Shane O’Donnell (Eire Og), Conor McGrath (Cratloe) By Seamus Hayes

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Camogie team named to face Galway

By Seamus Hayes The Clare team to play All-Ireland champions Galway in the quarter final of this season’s senior championship was named when the squad completed their preparations at Fr. McNamara Park on Friday evening. The team will face the Connacht side at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick this Saturday afternoon at 4p.m. Naomi Carroll will start her first game in this campaign when she teams up with team captain Kate Lynch at midfield. For then earlier rounds Carroll was unavailable due to being on international hockey duty with Ireland. Carol O’Leary returned at corner back having missed the team’s last outing which was against Tipperary. Otherwise the team, managed by Colm Honan with selectors Patricia O’Grady, Dave Barry and Peter Casey, is unchanged and it is Denise Lynch Kilmaley; Chloe Morey Sixmilebridge, Maire McGrath Sixmilebridge, Carol O’Leary Newmarket on Fergus;Roisin McMahon Newmarket on Fergus, Niamh O’Dea Kilmaley, Eimear Considine Kilmaley; Naomi Carroll Sixmilebridge, Kate Lynch Kilkishen – Capt.; Niki …

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Minor hurlers ‘face a huge task’

By Seamus Hayes The Clare team to play All-Ireland champions Waterford in ther opening round of the Munster minor hurling championship at Cusack Park on this Wednesday evening at 6.30 p.m. was named after training on Tuesday. Wolfe Tones will have three members on the team while Sixmilebridge, Clonlara, Inagh-Kilnamona and Kilmaley have two each. “This is a huge task for Clare, the biggest we have faced at this stage of the minor championship for some time. We have only a couple of last year’s panel in the squad while Waterford have a good sprinkling of their All-Ireland winning minor team while they won the All-Ireland under 16 title  two years ago”, Clare manager Eamonn Fennessy said. “Our goal is to give a performance and get these lads ready for the next step”, Fennessy added. The team for this eagerly awaited first round is; Jacob Loughnane(Sixmilebridge); Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Seamus Downey (Clonlara), Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones); David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), Dara …

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Six changes on hurling team to face Galway

By Seamus Hayes For this Sunday’s Allianz hurling league tie between leaders Clare and Galway at Cusack Park, the Clare management team has named a team that shows six changtes in personnel from the side which started against Waterford last week. Into the team come Patrick Kelly, Jack Browne, Paul Flanagan, Colm Galvin, Shane Golden and Tony Kelly and they will replace Donal Tuohy, David McInerney, Pat Donnellan, Colin Ryan, John Conlon and Conor McGrath. In the case of Ballyea’s Jack Browne, this will be his first taste of league action. Last year’s All-Ireland winning goalie Patrick Kelly will start his first league game this season. Regular wing back Pat O’Connor will partner Colm Galvin at midfield for this tie. The team named for duty is; Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); Domhnaill O’donovan (Clonlara) cian Dillon (Crusheen) Jack Browne (Ballyea); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate) Conor Ryan (Cratloe) Paul Flanagan (Ballyea); Pat O’Connor (Tubber) Colm Galvin (Clonlarfa); Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Tony Kelly (Ballyea) Shane …

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New look Clare to face Limerick

By Seamus Hayes Just two of the team which started in last September’s All-Ireland senior hurling final replay have been named in the Clare team to face Limerick in the opening round of the Waterford Crystal senior hurling tournament at O’Garney park in Sixmilebridge this Sunday. The left flank of the defence, made up of Cian Dillon (Crusheen) and Pat O’Connor (Tubber) remains in place for the meeting of the Shannonside rivals as Clare set out in defence of this title. Alan O’Neill and Cathal O’Connell from the All-Ireland winning under 21 team are named. O’Connell will lead the attack while O’Neill, centre back in the under 21 team, is named at wing forward. After an impressive year at full forward with his club O’Callaghans Mills, Conor Cooney will wear the number 14 jersey. The captains of the last two Clare minor A winning championship teams, Conor Cleary who led Kilmaley to the title in 2013 and Clarecastle skipper in …

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RTE awards for Davy and Clare team

SINCE their memorable All-Ireland victory in September, members of the Clare senior hurling team and their management have received many awards. That list was extended on Saturday night when the RTE manager of the year and team of the year accolades were presented to Clare. At a function attended by many of the country’s leading sports personalities from the world of sport, the first award presented was the manager of the year trophy, which went to Davy Fitzgerald, who led Clare to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September. Davy was presented with his award by RTE head of sports, Ryle Nugent. A panel of sports writers and commentators choose Davy from a shortlist that included Dublin football manager, Jim Gavin; Tony Ward, the Galway camogie boss and Eamonn Ryan, the Cork ladies football manager. The team of the year was decided by public vote and the Clare hurlers were the popular winners. Team captain Pat Donnellan accepted the award from …

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Unchanged team for final

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has named the same team as started in the semi-final against Limerick for Sunday’s All-Ireland final with Cork. Paul Flanagan comes into the substitutes list in place of the injured Aaron Cunningham. The team is; Patrick Kelly; Domhnaill O’donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Pat Donnellan (Capt) Patrick O’Connor; Conor Ryan, Colm Galvin; John Conlon, Tony Kelly Colin Ryan; Paudge Collins, Darach Honan, Conor McGrath Subs–Donal Tuohy; Conor Cooney, Seadna Morey, Liam Markham, Nicky O’Connell, Fergal Lynch, Shane O’Donnell, Cathal McInerney, Peter Duggan, Jonathon Clancy, Paul Flanagan

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