THE new compulsory helmet rule was enforced for the first time in Clare last weekend when the Ennis adult hurling league finally got underway. From January 1, it is compulsory for all players to wear a helmet.
Over 100 players braved the cold weather to line out for their adopted areas in the games, which were played at Lees Road.
There are eight teams taking part in this year’s competition. The event was postponed from its original date of St Stephen’s Day due to the inclement weather.
The opening game in this year’s league saw Dalcassians take on Shamrocks and this close affair was eventually settled when Éire Óg’s Diarmuid O’Connor scored a brace of goals to give Dalcassians a 2-8 to 1-6 victory.
Éire Óg’s Ross Darmody topped the scoring chart as St John’s recorded an 8-8 to 5-1 win over Cuchullans.
Inspired by Tubber’s Clive Earley, Corofin’s Luke O’Loughlin and Ruan’s Tadhg Hanrahan, the Rovers scored a four-point win, 1-10 to 2-3, over the Faughs.
Clare minor Davy O’Halloran, together with his Éire Óg club mate Mark Fitzgerald, inflicted most of the damage on Brian Ború’s in the final game of the evening, as they helped their O’Sullivan’s’ team to a 1-6 to 0-3 victory.
The league continues this weekend at Lees Road with two top-of-the-table clashes, Rovers v O’Sullivans at 3pm and Dalcassians v St John’s at 4.20pm. Faughs will take on Brian Ború’s at 3.40pm, while Cuchullans v Shamrocks will be played at 5pm.
The action will begin at 3pm and new players will be welcome to come along and register on the day, provided they are over the age of 17 and living and/or working within the town. All profits from the league will go to Cahercalla Hospice.
Further information is available from 087 6139496 or players can keep up to date with the competition through the Ennis Adult Hurling League Facebook page.