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Banner Bidding To Bounce Back In National Football League

Two crucial league points are on offer when Clare make the trip to Newry this Sunday to face Armagh in the second game of their Allianz National Football League Division Two campaign. The Banner make the trip over the border after an encouraging performance against Donegal last weekend, while the Orchard men left Newbridge with a share of the spoils against Kildare. The venue for this game has created plenty talking points, with Armagh being forced to give up home advantage in the Athletic Grounds after breaching a training ban. Former All-Ireland winner with the Ulster men Oisín McConville feels they will be aggrieved at how the sanction was imposed. “The thing about Armagh is that they do tend to play really well in the Athletic Grounds, they’re comfortable there in their own surroundings, but at the same time, Newry isn’t particularly out of the way. The reason why Armagh are so annoyed about it is because the same punishment …

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Harvey Hopeful Of Positive 2019 For Clare LGFA

At just 19 years old, you could be forgiven for thinking that Caoimhe Harvey is only finding her feet at inter-county level. The young West Clare Gaels woman is nearly moving toward the veteran stage though, as she enters a fourth season being involved at adult level. She’s no stranger to success either at both club and county level, and was a key member of the Clare minor side who won the All Ireland B title in 2017, along with several underage and adult titles with West Clare Gaels. She is joined once more on the Clare panel by her sisters Grainne and Ciara, with Ciara handed the vice-captain role along with Niamh O’Dea. Caoimhe admits everyone in the squad is looking forward to getting the campaign underway. “We started training at the end of November and then found out we had Kerry in the first round. No matter what team takes on Kerry, it’s going to be a tough …

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Ryan To Lead The Banner Charge For LGFA National League Campaign

Clare get their 2019 National Ladies Division Two Football League campaign underway this Sunday afternoon when they host Kerry in Doonbeg with a 2pm start. It’s a tough opener for James Murrihy’s side, who will be looking to improve on last year’s showing when they picked up just one win but managed to avoid relegation. Banner Ladies clubwoman Laurie Ryan captains Clare once more in 2019, and feels while it’s a tough opener, it’s one they’re looking forward to. “When you get back training, you’re always counting down to your first competitive match. We are really looking forward to this one now. We know we have a big challenge on our hands with Kerry and even though we have them at home, it’s going to be a huge task to start off with. These are the kind of games you would get excited about though so we can’t wait to get going” she said. It’s the first of a tough …

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Clonbony To Recall The Good Times On Reunion Night

Whenever the word Clonbony is mentioned, the chances are Tom Malone will be too. 2018 marked a decade since the former President of Clare GAA passed away, after a lifetime dedicated to his beloved club. The legacy the great man left behind is as strong as ever, and this Saturday night will see Clonbony Gaels from the last 50 years and beyond gather together to reminisce on their time involved with the club. Founded in 1936, Clonbony has served as an outlet for the people of Miltown and its environs to participate in Gaelic games, along with being a social outlet too. Camogie, ladies football, the Clonbony pipe band and athletics club all fell under the club banner as Tom developed his dream. His son Sean is the current club secretary, and one of the main organisers of Saturday night’s event. “It’s something that was mooted for the last couple of months as I was meeting former players and friends …

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Kilkenny Legend Carey Urges Banner To Rotate Squad In National Hurling League

Clare welcome Kilkenny to Cusack Park this Sunday, with both teams coming out of varying results. Clare are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Tipperary, while The Cats strut into town following a comfortable victory over a lack-lustre Cork. Kilkenny legend DJ Carey reckons now is the time to take chances on the new players and also maybe consider moving David McInerney further out the field, so the Tulla man can have more of an influence in games. “If I had any slight criticism of Clare, and most people know I’m a big admirer of Clare hurling and the skill level they bring and in particular Tony Kelly, it would be that Clare have not tried or used enough players in the last few years. I don’t know what the stats are exactly but day in day out, it was a similar team and the same two or three guys coming on. So this is a great …

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This Sporting Life With Derrick Lynch & Eoghan Moloney

Let’s make one thing abundantly clear from the outset this week. I have the utmost respect for referees and officials, and I do not envy the job they have to do. It’s often thankless, and particularly in the GAA with all the new rules and regulations being thrown at them, it’s actually reaching the impossible stage. They have to make split second decisions in games where the pace and power of players is ever-increasing, and Hawk-Eye aside, the resistance to introducing technology to aid officials is hindering real progress. I know, I’ve been that solider in the middle trying to keep tabs on it all once upon a time. All that being said, there is an onus on referees and all those at the top levels of administration to ensure that the people who are in charge of games are operating at the same standard as those who they officiate. All too often we have seen games turned on their …

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Newmarket Celtic take on Lifford in Clare Cup

HOLDERS Newmarket Celtic have been drawn at home in the third round of this year’s Clare Cup. Liam Murphy’s side will take on a Lifford outfit, who are currently sitting third in the Premier Division standings. Among the other ties, Avenue United will make the trip to Manus Celtic, while Ennis Town host Sporting Ennistymon. Clare Cup Round 3 Draw Bunratty Cratloe v Newmarket Celtic B; Manus Celtic A v Avenue United A; Ennis Town v Sporting Ennistymon A; Kilkishen Celtic v Shannon Town C; Lifford B v Shannon Olympic; Corofin Harps v Shannon Town A; Kildysart Celtic v Turnpike Rovers; Newmarket Celtic A v Lifford A. The games are to be played on the weekend of February 23.

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