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Clare unchanged but Tipp make three changes

The Clare team to play Tipperary in the Munster senior hurling championship at Semple stadium in Thurles on Sunday is unchanged for that which was named to face Waterford two weeks ago. Conor cleary has again been named at full back as has been the case for both of Clare’s championship games to date but he has played both those games at centre back with David McInerney in the full back line and the same is likely to be the case this week the team named for duty is; Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) CAPTAIN, Conor Cleary (Miltown St. Josephs),Jack Browne (Ballyea); David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), David McInerney (Tulla), Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), David Reidy (Éire Óg); Conor McGrath (Cratloe), John Conlon (Clonlara); Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg) SUBS:Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley), Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin), Niall Deasy (Ballyea), Ian …

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Footballers outclassed in Killarney

Kerry 0-32 Clare 0-10 KERRY coasted into a Munster final meeting with Cork on June 23, hammering a very poor Clare in Killarney on Sunday afternoon. Playing in front of a crowd of 16,729, Kerry fielded seven championship débutantes and while it took them a few minutes to settle, once they did, Clare could not live with them and will now to have to lift themselves for the All-Ireland qualifiers. Kerry led by 12 points at half-time, 0-16 to 0-4, having put on an exhibition of shooting. Ironically, Clare’s strongest area, at that stage, was midfield, where Gary Brennan was outstanding while Cathal O’Connor also had some good moments. Clare went into an early 0-2 to 0-0 lead following points from Eoin Cleary (f) and Pearse Lillis. However, Kerry went on a scoring spree with Seán O’Shea kicking 0-5 from play, frees and a 45. Paul Geaney also looked exceptionally sharp at full-forward and raised four first half white flags. …

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Brennan gets used to life on the edge of the square

CILLIAN Brennan has just turned 21 and has a few things on his mind. In the short-term, he is thinking of Kerry and how best to effectively monitor inside forwards like David Clifford, James O’Donoghue and Paul Geaney. Beyond Sunday though, Brennan, who is the younger brother of captain Gary and Shane, is on the hunt for a job. A recent Mary Immaculate College, Limerick graduate in primary teaching, ideally he would like to apply his trade in Clare or at least the mid west region.. “I’m on the lookout for a job at the minute and trying to get the foot in the door and get the face out there. Hopefully, I’ll get somewhere close to home come September,” Brennan told The Clare Champion after training in Caherlohan on Sunday morning. Before that though he will play his second championship game for Clare in what is his début season. He is the first Brennan to play as a back …

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Clare GAA fans facing higher prices and exclusion

CLARE GAA season ticket holders were excluded from the seated area at Cusack Park last Sunday for the Munster championship clash with Waterford. Also, supporters who bought tickets for the standing areas paid higher prices than what applies for the terraces at the three other Munster Championship venues; Cork, Limerick and Thurles. While the Munster Council originally justified this by saying that general admission would be on offer to all areas in Cusack Park, in actual fact the stand and terraces were segregated on the day. A Clare season ticket holder this week said that when she purchased her ticket last November, she had no idea that when championship came around, she would be denied a seat for Clare’s home games. “When you bought the tickets it said you may not get access to the stand. I assumed that meant that it could happen because all the seats were already taken up, and they couldn’t be reserved. I didn’t think …

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Hurlers bounce back…on the double

What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago Clare hurling followers left Pairc Ui Caoimh disappointed having witnessed the minor and senior teams lose out to Cork in their opening games in the \Munster championship. Making those losses all the more disappointing was the fact that Clare could have won both games. This afternoon the mood was much better as Clare followers in the 13,736 crowd departed Cusack Park having witnessed the Banner sides bounce back into championship contention with merited victories over Waterford. Clare 2-27 Waterford 2-18 For the second week in a row John conlon excelled for Clare, this time playing a key role in many of his side’s scores while accounting for 1-3 himself Waterford can point to injuries to key players and the fact that they played the last twenty minutes with fourteen players following the sending off of their captain Kevin Moran as reasons for their defeat in this tie the reality is that …

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Weightlifting improves depressive symptoms

A new study measuring the effects of resistance training on people with depression has revealed that activities such as weightlifting result in significant improvements in depressive symptoms. A review of 33 clinical trials, comprising 1,877 participants in total, found that when compared to non-active control conditions, resistance training was comparable in effect to frontline treatments such as antidepressant and behavioural therapies. The study, entitled Association of Efficacy of Resistance Exercise Training With Depressive Symptoms; Meta-analysis and Meta-regression Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials, was published online in JAMA Psychiatry. Brett R. Gordon of the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department at University of Limerick said, “The effect of strength training on symptoms of depression compares to the effects of other common treatments, like antidepressant medication and behavioural therapies. Strength training or weight lifting, is free from the negative side effects and high costs of many medications and therapies. Strength or resistance training can also be carried out alongside the other therapies.” …

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Unchanged Clare to face Waterford

An unchanged Clare team from that which started in Cork last week has been named to face Waterford in round 2 of the Munster senior hurling championship at Cusack Park on Sunday. As was the case in the lead up to the Cork game, there has been much speculation that there will be some changes and while this may stil prove to be the case, the team named on this Friday evening is the same as that which was named seven days ago. Positional changes occurred before the throw in last week and the same is expected on Sunday. Conor Cleary will play at centre back with David McInerney in the full back line Having tasted defeat last week in Pairc Ui Caoimh, Clare need to win this week to bolster their chances of getting to the knock out stage of the competition The team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) Captain, Conor Cleary (Miltown, St Josephs), Jack Browne …

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Changes likely in Clare side to face Waterford

While Clare’s starting team for what is now a crucial championship tie against Waterford on Sunday (3.30pm throw-in) will not be named before Friday evening, it’s likely to feature one or two changes. Although not introduced until the end of normal time last Sunday in Cork, Jamie Shanahan is believed to be strongly in contention for a place in the first 15 this week. Sections of the defence struggled in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Seadna Morey, David Fitzgerald, who recovered from an injury in the warm-up to take his place at the start and team captain, Pat O’Connor, may be under pressure to retain their first team places for this week. Positional changes are also quite likely. These could see David Reidy switching to midfield, with Tony Kelly going to the half-forward line and Conor McGrath or Shane O’Donnell going to full-forward. Niall Deasy is likely to be in contention for a place in the line-up, while Podge Collins is …

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