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Nominations Announced For 2020 Clare GAA Convention

Derrick Lynch Four candidates have been nominated to succeed Joe Cooney as chairman of Clare GAA. The O’Callaghans Mills clubman will see his five year tenure come to an end at this year’s Convention on December 15, which will be held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. Cooraclare’s PJ McGuane, who is the current vice-chairman of the board, is one of the nominees for the chief position, while former provincial and county chairman Robert Frost of O’Callaghan’s Mills is also in the running for another term in the role. Current PRO and Crusheen chairman Michael O’Connor has been nominated for chairman, with Jack Chaplin of Cratloe completing the four man shortlist. All candidates must declare prior to Convention as to whether they are contesting for their positions, with clubs then casting their votes and the results revealed on the evening of December 15. The position of vice-chairman is also up for grabs with the outgoing PJ McGuane having held the post …

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Dowling Links Up With Doora Barefield

All Ireland winner with Limerick Shane Dowling has linked up with St Joseph’s Doora Barefield for the 2021 Clare IHC campaign. The Na Piarsigh clubman will coach the Parish along with being a selector alongside new manager Michael Guilfoyle, with the Feakle native taking over from club legend Seanie McMahon in that role. Vinny Sheedy will also form part of the backroom team. Dowling has always had a connection to the St Joseph’s club, and was a mascot with the team for the 2000 All Ireland Club hurling final. The 27-year-old announced his retirement from intercounty hurling with Limerick earlier this year after struggling to overcome a knee injury. He scored 21-292 in 59 league and championship games for his county, making him Limerick’s leading scorer of all time.

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“Next Week You Might Not Hit A Barn Door”

Derrick Lynch An already packed trophy cabinet got a new addition as Tony Kelly picked up another man of the match award for his scintillating showing against Wexford on Saturday afternoon. There is surely a holding spot already cleared for a second All Star award too, while the 2013 Hurler of the Year is surely now heading the shortlist for that accolade once more. 1-15 of Clare’s total came the way of the Ballyea man, but he was quick to deflect the praise onto those around him in the aftermath of the win. “Next week you might not hit a barn door, that is just the way the conditions are in this winter hurling. Sometimes the easier job is to put the ball over the bar, the harder job can be to win the puckouts, win the breaks and put the shoulder to the wheel. We don’t really mind whoever gets the scores. I have to mention Shane O’Donnell every …

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Kelly Masterclass As Lohan’s Banner Banish Davy’s Wexford

Clare 1-21 Wexford 0-17 An outstanding showing from Tony Kelly saw Clare overcome Wexford to reach the quarter finals of the All Ireland hurling championship. The captain finished with 1-15 for his side with a cracking goal in the final quarter ultimately deciding the contest. Clare had the elements in their favour in the opening period and used them to full advantage to put ten points between the sides at the break. The main reason for that was a tour de force by All Star shoo in Tony Kelly who landed 0-10 in the opening period with some outstanding scores from either sideline among them. Wexford struggled to make inroads in attack and were limited to long range shooting in a tricky wind, with the vast majority drifting wide. Clare led 0-4 to 0-2 at the opening water break but were guilty of overplaying in the middle third with the wind at their backs. That changed in the second quarter …

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“Our Only Focus This Weekend Is On Getting The Right Performance On The Field”

Derrick Lynch A place in the All Ireland SHC Quarter-Final is the prize on offer this weekend when Clare and Wexford go head to head in O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon. For the second time this year, the game pits former All Ireland winning team mates Brian Lohan and Davy Fitzgerald in direct opposition. The sides met in Wexford Park in the group stages of the National League in February, with 0-12 from Tony Kelly helping Clare to a 0-18 to 0-15 victory. Clare are also waiting on news as to whether captain David McInerney will be available for Saturday’s showdown after the Tulla was shown a straight red card during last weekend’s victory over Laois in Nowlan Park. Chairman of Clare GAA Joe Cooney confirmed earlier this week that Clare had lodged an appeal against that decision, with the outcome still unknown at the time of writing. If McInerney is unavailable, it means Clare will be without another …

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Championship Corner With Colin Ryan

Let’s not be under any illusions but that Clare were expected to win that game last Saturday. I do think without the red card, we would have ran out comfortable winners, but the game leaves more questions than answers for Clare management. These games are difficult experiences, because if you beat the underdog well; you were expected to. If you struggle, then negativity sets in. The main thing here was Clare won and now have an opportunity to right any mistakes in the next round. The loss of the captain and leader, who had started the game well, leaves another big void in the team. How Laois were able to cut through our defence, without a glove being laid on them, is a bigger issue in my opinion. The ease at which Laois were able to move the ball in the middle third and create overlaps does not bode well with the opposition in mind for next week. There are …

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Clare Still Clinging To Hopes Of Making LGFA IFC Knockout Stages

Derrick Lynch It was a case of job done for Clare’s LGFA side last Sunday afternoon with their first championship win of 2020 keeping those hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive. It means this weekend’s showdown with Sligo is still a live contest with Clare needing to win while also hoping Laois can overcome Kildare, with that admittedly being a shock proposition. Murrihy was pleased to get the result but admitted that the performance did not always match the result. “It did for parts of it. We were sloppy at times and patchy, and it was nearly a mirror image of when we played them last year. We had 2-4 on the board after 10 minutes that day and we had 3-3 at that stage today. I was a bit disappointed that we did not push on and we were sloppy at times, but at the end of the day a win is a win. I was pleased with …

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“If You Cannot Get Yourself Psyched Up This Week, Then You Have No Business Playing”

Derrick Lynch 2020 has not panned out the way that most people planned and for Chloe Morey, that also rings true. The former All Star had been set for a year on the sidelines to resolve some longstanding injury issues, but that initial break led to a renewed hunger once action resumed. She outlined that getting a taste of club action gave her that drive to work her way back to the county panel, something she was only glad to take the opportunity of doing. “The plan was not go back at all because I was to have keyhole surgery on my knee in September so I was going to give myself the year to get myself right. Conor (Dolan) had helped out with Sixmilebridge camogie and I was chatting to him. I have always said that I would never be arrogant enough to wait for someone to ask me, and I felt that I had a good club campaign. …

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