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Sixmilebridge Confirm Fitzgerald As Coach For 2019 Campaign

Sixmilebridge have confirmed that Davy Fitzgerald will be the coach of their senior hurlers in 2019. The current Wexford boss joins up with a backroom team headed up by club stalwart Tim Crowe with Timmy Crowe also involved as fitness trainer along with Paddy Meehan as selector. Crowe takes over from the outgoing John O’Meara, who guided the Bridge to the title in 2013, 2015 and 2017.  

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Clare Champion 2019 National Football League Preview

Clare begin a third consecutive season in Division Two of the National Football League this Sunday when Donegal make the trip to Cusack Park. The Clare Champion’s Derrick Lynch was joined by former Clare star and selector Ger Keane, former Clare selector David O’Brien and former Clare U21 manager Joe Garry to look ahead to how it may unfold.   We also gathered the opinions of some of well-known faces in Clare football circles to see how they think it will all unfold.     You can also read interviews with Colm Collins, Gary Brennan and Brian Carson along with a full breakdown of all the teams and games in Division Two in this week’s print edition of The Clare Champion.

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Clare Champion 2019 National Hurling League Preview

Clare get their 2019 National Hurling League campaign underway this Saturday evening against Tipperary under the lights in Thurles. Ahead of that, The Clare Champion’s Derrick Lynch sat down with 2013 All-Ireland winning heroes Colin Ryan & Brendan Bugler along with former Clare captain Tommy Guilfoyle to look ahead to the action.   We also rounded up some Clare hurling legends to give their thoughts on the burning questions ahead of the National League.       You can also read what joint manager Donal Moloney and a resurgent Niall Deasy had to say, along with a full preview of each game and a look at what might be in store over the next while in this week’s print edition of The Clare Champion.

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GAA Abandon Handpass Rule

The Central Council of the GAA has this afternoon (Saturday) voted against the retention of the three hand-pass rule for Gaelic football. Under the trial rule for the pre-season competition, a maximum of three hand-passes were permitted before the ball had to be kicked. The vote of 25-23 means the rule has now been scrapped, with the majority of inter-county managers and players having spoken out against its implementation. The other trial rules will remain for the National League, with the advanced mark, forward-only sideline kicks, sin-bin and 21 metre kickout rules all staying in place. They will not apply in the Championship however, with a further review to be held after the league with an eye towards bringing them to next years Congress. #GAA news: Ard Chomhairle has decided not to continue with the restricted hand pass experimental rule in the upcoming #AllianzLeagues! — The GAA (@officialgaa) January 19, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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Morey Focused On Progress In 2019 National Camogie League Campaign

When Clare take on Kilkenny in the opening game of the 2019 National Camogie League, it will mark the 11th year that Chloe Morey lines out as part of the senior squad. The Sixmilebridge woman has been a cornerstone of the panel since her debut season in 2008 at just 15 years old, picking up an All-Star for her performances in 2013. She has seen plenty changes along the way too, but admits she is taking a different outlook ahead of this year’s campaign. “There are different things going on in everyone’s lives and we all take our camogie very seriously, but perhaps a little bit too much at times. If we only had a look at how we approached it when we were a bit younger, that bit of freedom that allows you to enjoy it a bit more and play your best then. There’s a good few of the panel, myself included, that would have got caught up …

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Dillon Reflects On Time With Clare After Announcing Retirement

He might be retired from inter-county hurling, but Cian Dillon has lost none of the competitive streak that made him such a warrior for Clare. The Crusheen man brought the curtain down on a career stretching back to 2007, and he has very vivid memories of the first day he got the call up to the county squad. He said: “It was in Mike Mac’s first year, back in ’07. We had just lost narrowly in the county final to Tulla and within two weeks of that match I was called in. I actually got a letter at the time calling me in to go training. I hadn’t really played at any level for Clare at the time, I think I had only one year on the U21 panel and I had never played for the minors. I had only played two years senior with the club at the time but we had a good year that year and I …

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Brave Effort From St Flannan’s In Corn ui Mhuiri Quarter Final Defeat

PS Chorca Dhuibhne 1-5 St Flannan’s 1-3 St Flannan’s suffered a heart-breaking defeat in this Corn ui Mhuiri (Munster A Colleges Football) quarter-final on Wednesday afternoon. The Ennis side were two points clear heading into injury time, when a long ball into the heart of their defence bounced in the square. PCD corner-forward Ruairi Ó Beaglaoich managed to reach highest to tap the ball over the line and send his side into the last four. It was cruel on a St Flannan’s side who fought bravely throughout with a massive defensive effort stifling the holders attack for large periods. The Kerry side had the elements at their backs in the first half, and opened the scoring with a point through Cillian Falvey. St Flannan’s pounced for their goal just minutes later, when Cian McDonough picked out Darren O’Brien with a brilliant cross-field pass. The Eire Óg man made no mistake with a low finish across the keeper to send his …

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