Champion Chatter Podcast
Home » Sports (page 40)

Sports

Cotter stays calm on road to recovery from near-fatal crash

The morning before a training accident which could have ended her life, Ruan cyclist Imogen Cotter was finally seeing the fruits of her hard labour. She spoke with Ivan Smyth from her base in Girona. The struggle and sacrifices Clare cyclist Imogen Cotter has made to earn a professional contract were rewarded when Belgian based team Plantur Pura signed the 28-year-old this year after a rapid upturn in her form towards the latter half of 2021. Enduring the 3.30am starts which came with working for the Belgian postal service or completing eight-hour shifts at a bakery all led her to fulfilling her dream. She moved to Spain at the start of the year as her career looked destined to reach new heights in the upcoming months. On the morning of January 26, Cotter moved in to her new apartment in Girona and in that moment, it felt as if her life couldn’t be more perfect. At roughly 2pm that afternoon …

Read More »

Tests of Clare’s promotion credentials keep on coming

‘On the cusp of a wave of momentum’ is a phrase that could be attributed to either Clare or Derry at the moment, writes Eoin Brennan. After all, this is easily the best start that Clare have had in their six seasons at Division 2 as they remain unbeaten after a rousing opening victory over Offaly and back-to-back away draws with Cork and Roscommon. Table-toppers Derry can boast an even greater feat though as one would have to go back to before we ever knew about COVID-19 to find the last time that the Ulster side lost a National League tie. A perfect run of ten consecutive victories have catapulted Rory Gallagher’s side from being a mid-table Division 3 side to the precipice of promotion back to the top tier. Granted, seven of those wins were in Division 3 but it has given Derry the self-belief to hit the ground running so far back in Division 2, with commanding triumphs …

Read More »

Cats use up one of their nine lives following Banner backlash

Eoin Brennan reports from the National Camogie League Division 1 Round 2 match in Cusack Park Kilkenny 1-8 Clare 0-10 IT had to take an injury-time point from Kallyann Doyle to finally edge Kilkenny over the line and agonisingly deny Clare a dramatic share of the spoils in Cusack Park this afternoon. Sunk by a brace of late Cork goals seven days previously at the same venue, this time it was the hosts who appeared to be finishing the stronger after a three point unanswered rally regained full parity by the hour mark. It wouldn’t be a full reprieve though as from the puck-out, Kilkenny patiently worked the ball down to roaming centre-back Doyle to squeeze her shot just inside the right post for the winning score. A draw would have been just reward for another hard-working display in difficult conditions, with newcomers Lorna McNamara and Caoimhe Carmody in particular excelling on the heightened stage against the 2020 All-Ireland senior …

Read More »

Clare look to shake off latest injury blow against Offaly

JUST when it seems that the worst was over for Clare’s injury-ravaged squad, news that Mark Rodgers will be sidelined for the foreseeable future with a knee injury is another massive blow to the solar plexus, writes Eoin Brennan. After all, from the nadir of not even being able to bring a full 26 man squad to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to the welcome sight of getting John Conlon, David Fitzgerald and even Tony Kelly back on the field in the intervening period, things seemed to be finally coming together at an opportune time for Brian Lohan and Co. As Clare’s top-scorer so far, Rodgers was the form player of 2022 and was also instrumental in UL’s run to the Fitzgibbon Cup title until suffering a knee injury against Carlow IT in the semi-final last Thursday evening. As the Scariff star anxiously awaits results on a knee scan though, the show must go on, with a first victory now a prerequisite. …

Read More »

Brave Coláiste Muire fall at final hurdle in All-Ireland bid

A determined Colaiste Muire couldn’t undo the damage of three first-half goals in the All-Ireland Senior B decider, writes Ivan Smyth Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew 4-8 Coláiste Muire Ennis 1-9 Three first half goals paved the way for Wicklow’s Coláiste Bhríde to be crowned All Ireland Senior B Camogie champions as they overcame a determined Coláiste Muire outfit. After losing their All Ireland Junior A final in 2019, it is further heartbreak for Coláiste Muire although they can be proud of the grit and determination they showed on Friday evening. In a strange opening half, where Coláiste Muire enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory, it was the Wicklow side’s ruthlessness in front of goal that proved the difference. Coláiste Bhríde captain Emma Tomkins struck for two opening half goals while her fellow corner forward Sadhbh Buttle looked a livewire up front. Their full forward, Wexford minor Sarah Doyle, was crowned Player of the Match as despite often being utilised …

Read More »

Clare footballers too strong for Offaly in U20 tournament

Michael Neylon’s charges had far too much firepower for the Faithful, writes Michael O’Connor CLARE……………2-11 OFFALY………0-6 Following an early season win against Limerick in UL the week previous Clare went to Offaly for round two of the Under 20 football tournament. The Offaly training facility in Kilcormac Killoughey hosted the game. Michael Neylon’s side remain unbeaten following Clare’s comfortable 11 point win. Clare were quick off the mark and aided by a strong defensive unit they curbed the efforts of the home side. After 25 minutes the Clare forwards had taken a firm grip on proceedings with goals coming from Brian McNamara and Shane Griffin as Cian Mahony and Griffin once more with points left Clare (2-3) to (0-4) ahead at the interval. With Fergal Ginnane, Ciaran McMahon and Fionn Kelliher on top there was little real respite for Offaly in the second half as they required a strong sequence of scores to gain a foothold in the game. With …

Read More »

GALLERY: Avenue keep cup double hopes alive

Avenue United struck twice in a three minute spell to book their place in the Last 16 of the Munster Junior Cup. With the sides deadlocked at 1-1 after 75 minutes of action, Philip Talty and Dylan Casey’s goals ensured that Clare would be represented in the Last 16 of the competition. Avenue named an unchanged side from the one that beat Yellowstone in the FAI Junior Cup the weekend prior. They looked the sharper side in the opening exchanges, dominating possession and territory although they found Youghal a tough side to break down. That was until the half hour mark when Thomas Hehir opened the scoring with a well taken goal. However, despite their dominance, Youghal, who entered the game as firm underdogs, struck back to level the contest. Munster Junior Cup Last 16 Draw We have been drawn at Home to Villa FC from Waterford. Games to be played the weekend of March 19/20 https://t.co/HKN0RZyEDT — Avenue United …

Read More »

Clare schools and players continue in national action

CBS Ennistymon’s historic dual run is set to continue this weekend when the Munster Senior C Post-Primary Schools double champions enter the All-Ireland C series at the penultimate stage, writes Eoin Brennan. Taking on the Ulster champions over the next two Saturday’s, first up for the North Clare school is a football showdown with Donegal’s St Columbia’s Stranorlar who only secured their first ever provincial title on Tuesday evening. This fixture is set for this Saturday, weather permitting. In a dominant display aided greatly by 1-7 from targetman Niall McCormack, the breakthrough champions kept Cavan’s Virginia College at arm’s length throughout to record a 1-13 to 0-06 victory. Seven days later, CBS Ennistymon will take on Antrim’s St Killian’s College in the hurling version, the same day as Harty Cup champions St Joseph’s Tulla commence their Croke Cup campaign with a semi-final clash with roll of honours leaders St Kieran’s College. Despite not reaching the Leinster decider, the Kilkenny superpower …

Read More »