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Seanie Backs Clare Ahead Of All-Ireland Champions Showdown

Clare welcome All-Ireland champions Limerick to Cusack Park on Sunday for a crucial final round tie in this year’s National Hurling League. John Kiely’s side suffered their first defeat of the campaign against Cork in the Gaelic Grounds last weekend, while Clare extended their unbeaten start to the year at Fortress Cusack Park. The home side need to win to be sure of their progression to the quarter-finals of this year’s series, while the Shannonsiders are already guaranteed of their place in the last eight. Double All-Ireland winning Clare centre-back Seanie McMahon feels Clare will have taken a lot of positives from their campaign to date. “I think it has proven hugely competitive this year. I know there’s no relegation but I don’t think it has made a huge difference to it. Teams are really using the league to prepare as best they can for championship, and every day you go out you want to win. I think overall, Clare …

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Cleary Driven To Get National League Campaign Back On Track Against Fermanagh

Eoin Cleary last lined out in a competitive game last November in the Munster Club football final for St Josephs’s Miltown. The Limerick-based Garda had to succumb to surgery on a hand issue after that, which kept him sidelined until last weekend. He was a late inclusion to the starting 15, with news of the development starting to filter around St Conleth’s Park from the time the Clare squad arrived. He was glad to be back on the pitch, but his immediate thoughts were of the disappointment of the result as Clare left Newbridge with no points to show for third time since 2016. “Great to be back but it was unfortunate with the result. We left ourselves too much to do in the first-half, but played well in the second-half. We pegged it back and got it back to 1-12 to 0-12 and we looked fairly good I thought at times. We didn’t capitalise when we were on top …

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This Sporting Life

Summer 2018 produced arguably the greatest feast of hurling in living memory. The revamped Munster championship in particular saw a plethora of standout moments, from an epic battle on Leeside between Cork and Limerick, the drama of Jake Morris and Ian Galvin in Thurles, Clare’s demolition of Limerick in Cusack Park, and that Tipperary ghost goal in the Gaelic Grounds. That’s before we mention the two epics battles between Clare and Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final, the drama of Limerick’s comeback against Cork, and the bated breaths as Joe Canning’s free made its way towards the Canal End in the dying moments of the final. It was exhilarating, unpredictable and as red hot as the weather. Pundits and players alike hailed the hurling year, while the football fraternity looked on with envy. The Super Eights were arguably saved by David Clifford’s late goal in Clones, as the young pretender ensured that the final round of group games didn’t amount to …

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Rodgers and Madigan take Quilty titles

THE 49th Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare Athletic Club and Run the Banner 2019 Road Race Series number 2 and Michael Egan Memorial five-mile road race and 5km fun walk attracted a very high-quality field of runners and walkers to the start with Kenneth Rodgers, St John’s, having the field on a big chase when he set out on a very fast pace from the Quilty Tavern, along with Rory Chesser, Ennis Track, and Cian McDonald, Ballyroan/Abbeyleix and District AC. The group of three were together for three miles, until Rodgers made a decisive move with the wind to his back and on the Quilty-Kilrush Road, he had 20 seconds on Chesser with a mile remaining and he held that lead all the way to the finish to retain his title in 26.40 from Chesser (26.57) and McDonald (27.20). Ennis Track took the team title and the Michael Egan Shield, with a total of 28 points. Second were St John’s on 45 …

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Controversy Continues Over GAA U21 Eligibility

A meeting will be held on Thursday night to decide on the future of the 2019 Clare U-21 hurling championships. Clubs will be asked to vote on reducing the Clare U-21B championship from 15-a-side to 13-a-side in order to counteract the loss of U-17 players at the grade. Controversy has reigned in the last two weeks after a Croke Park ruling stated that U-17’s are not eligible to play in U-21 competitions. This is despite the official rule-book stating that the U-21 grade shall have a five year span, but an interpretation of that ruling from the Rules Advisory Committee issued this week contradicted that statement. Clubs have been informed that players must be 17 or over on January 1 of the championship year, with serious concerns expressed by a number of the clubs present at Tuesday night’s meeting that this would impact on their ability to field a team. Sixmilebridge U-21 manager Tommy Liddy stated that up to 13 …

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Lilywhites Take The Spoils In Banner National Football League Showdown

Clare’s hopes of promotion from Division Two of the NFL took a serious blow after a 1-16 to 0-13 loss against Kildare in Newbridge. Clare welcomed back Eoin Cleary for his first start of the season as the Miltown man recovered from a hand injury. Kildare hit the opening three points of the game through Neil Fynn after he claimed an attacking mark, while Tommy Moolick landed two great scores from distance. Clare responded well, with David Tubridy slotting a free after Keelan Sexton was fouled, while Sexton himself sent over “45 just moments later. Kildare then struck for a penalty, but Clare were the authors of their own misfortunes as Pierce DeLoughery’s kick-out was intercepted by the Kildare attack. Gordon Kelly committed the foul just inside the area to stop a certain goal, which saw the Miltown man dismissed to the bin on a black card. Tommy Moolick stood over the kick, and made no mistake with a good …

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Collins: We Start Kildare Clash With A Clean Slate

Clare boss Colm Collins insists his side must hit the reset button ahead of this weekend’s trip to take on Kildare in Newbridge. An impressive performance in Cusack Park last time out against Cork saw Clare pick up their first victory of the campaign, with thoughts now turning to getting one over on a Lilywhite’s outfit trained by former Clare coach Alan Flynn. While there was plenty positives to take from the result against the Rebels, Collins feels Sunday will be a whole other ball game. “The important thing to keep in mind is that every game is different and it doesn’t necessarily transfer in terms of form, so you have to approach the Kildare game in the same way as any other. You have to make sure your work-rate is up to scratch and you are hitting your targets, and if you are doing that, you give yourself every chance. I have said it 1000 times, we are very …

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