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2019 Clare SHC Club Fact Files

Ahead of the opening round of games in the 2019 Clare SHC, we profile each of the 16 teams in the hunt for the Canon Hamilton. Ballyea Last two years: After a fairytale 2016 that only came to an end in Croke Park, Ballyea’s grip on the Canon was loosened by Newmarket in 2017 at the quarter-final stage. They reclaimed their prize in some style in 2018, as they blitzed Cratloe in the second-half of the county final to make it two wins in three years. Players out: Pearse Lillis (travel), Joe Neylon (broken hand), James Murphy (shoulder injury). Key men: Where do you start? Take your pick from Tony Kelly, Gary Brennan, Niall Deasy, Paul Flanagan, Martin O’Leary, Cillian Brennan or any of the others who will line out. Brandon O’Connell could be the one to watch out for after an impressive 2018. Manager: Kevin Sheehan What they said: “In 2017 after coming through a full winter playing, I …

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Clare And Tipperary Set For Titanic Showdown In All-Ireland LGFA IFC Quarter-Final

Clare and Tipperary go head to head this weekend in the All-Ireland ladies intermediate football quarter-final. The Munster rivals are clashing for the second time in this year’s championship campaign with the Premier coming out on top when they met in the provincial decider. Tipperary blazed through group two of the intermediate championship with three wins from three, while Clare’s win over Laois was enough to see them through to the knockout stages. With a huge challenge ahead, Clare captain Laurie Ryan feels it is one that the whole squad are looking forward to. “It is a game that we might have expected coming down the tracks given how other results were panning out but now it is confirmed and we are focused on it. They are a really top class team and we will have to be at our best for going up against them and hopefully try to make up for that Munster final loss. We know how …

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Champion Sports Chat Podcast Monday July 29 2019

On this week’s podcast: We review the weekend’s action and ask what can be done to improve the standard of GAA officiating. We also look ahead to this weekend’s opening round of games in the Clare SHC. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/658103738?secret_token=s-g5d1Y” params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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Kilmaley Clinch Clare Cup Title

Clare Cup Final: Kilmaley 1-26 Inagh-Kilnamona 0-14 It had the makings of a rip-roaring contest but by the time Ken Kennedy slammed home the only goal of the game, the result was long since decided. A second-half which saw Kilmaley outscore the Combo by 1-13 to 0-5 summed up the non-event nature of the game as a much slicker and committed outfit end a wait of 18 years without the Clare Cup title. A scoring spread of ten different names along with a strong bench also greatly aided their cause. It was the first senior silverware of any description for Kilmaley since the championship was last annexed in 2004 and on this form they will be certainly be in the reckoning to end that drought too. John Carmody will not allow his troops to read too much into this though as the real test of championship awaits this weekend when Eire Óg are the opponents. The Combo were forced to …

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Neighbours Set For Titanic Battle In Clare Cup Final

It will be a clash of neighbours when these two go head to head for the first major hurling honours of 2019. For Kilmaley, it would be a third title to follow up their successes in 1981 and 2001 while the Combo go in search of their maiden crown. Both sides were impressive in reaching this stage with Kilmaley topping the group standings, just one point clear of their nearest rivals. Kilmaley have suffered just one loss this year, with that reversal coming early on against Clonlara on the same weekend that they had annexed the U-21 A crown. The Combo suffered two defeats en route to the decider, including a 3-16 to 0-13 loss against Kilmaley on the last weekend of May when both sides lined out without their county contingent. That result will have little or no bearing on this weekend’s showdown as both squads are in a much different gear now with championship on the horizon. This …

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Kilmaley Hoping To Continue Push For Silverware

Conor Cleary is no stranger to lining out in finals for Kilmaley. It could even be argued that the Miltown Malbay native already has something of a storied history on big days for the club. His sideline cut to win the Minor A title against Clarecastle is still being spoken about while he was also the captain when they went on to win the U-21 title for just their second time in 2015. He went on to play a pivotal role as the club fought back from relegation to win the Clare intermediate title before going on to contest the Munster final with that one ending in the narrowest of defeats. 2018 saw them lose out in the Clare Cup final to Newmarket but now John Carmody’s side have a chance to make amends when they square off with neighbours Inagh-Kilnamona. The county star is hopeful they come out on the right side of the result. “The last few years …

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Inagh-Kilnamona Bidding For Maiden Clare Cup Title

Inagh-Kilnamona are just 60 minutes away from claiming the first senior silverware in the club’s history when they take on Kilmaley in this weekend’s Clare Cup final. The last decade has seen steady progress for the Combo since their decision to join under the one banner and a plethora of underage titles have been accrued in recent years. That success is starting to now filter through to senior level and manager Fergal Hegarty is pleased with 2019 has played out so far. “We just wanted to try and do as well as we could in the cup games and give some of the younger lads game time. We have reached the final now and that is really an added bonus. Everyone starts off the year looking at the championship but we have used the Clare Cup pretty well and we are happy to be in the position that we find ourselves in now. We have introduced some of the younger …

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Clare Minor Hurling Manager Fergal Lynch Assesses Their 2019 Campaign

Clare minor hurling manager Fergal Lynch joined The Clare Champion’s Derrick Lynch to reflect on their season after an All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Galway saw the curtain come down on their year. The Clooney/Quin clubman also assessed what changes are needed in order to take Clare to the next level. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/655645646?secret_token=s-AFA0g” params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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