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St Joseph’s Doora Barefield Retain Clare U16 Division One Football Title

St Joseph’s Doora Barefield made it back-to-back Clare U16 Division One football titles with a clinical 6-9 to 2-12 win over Ennistymon. It is the second year in succession that the sides have met in the decider with the Parish also coming out on top 12 months ago. Ennistymon hit the first two points of the contest with Josh Guyler taking all of 20 seconds to get off the mark as he raced clear before slotting over. County minor star Brendan Rouine was next to score as he won a brilliant kick-out before being on the end of the move to apply the finish. St Joseph’s response was clinical, as Michael Nash slipped a pass through to Matthew Power and his deft flick saw the ball into the net. Another county minor was next on target as Diarmuid Fahy arrowed over a clinical point for Ennistymon and Rouine restored their lead as he arrowed over a free from a tight …

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St Breckan’s Edge Dramatic Clare U16 Division Three Football Final

A dramatic injury-time free from Thomas O’Dwyer saw St Breckan’s crowned Clare U16 Division Three champions as they overcame Naomh Eoin-O’Curry’s-Kilkee by 1-9 to 2-5. The North Clare men made the perfect start to the game as they raced 1-2 to 0-0 clear after the opening ten minutes. Their first attack almost produced a goal as Lorcan Doolin stormed clear but saw his dipping effort come cannoning back off the crossbar. He tried his luck again soon after and this time split the posts. Quick thinking from Thomas O’Dwyer saw him pick out Cian Burke in space on the left wing and his curling effort dropped into the top corner of the net. O’Dwyer sent over an impressive from the left soon after and St Breckan’s looked in control. The West Clare side started to grow into the game and it was Brian Lynch who got them off the mark with a solid effort after good patient build-up. He followed …

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Champion Sports Chat Podcast Tuesday August 6 2019

On this week’s podcast: We review the opening round of the Clare SHC and look ahead to what is to come in this week’s paper. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/661958642?secret_token=s-XqAvp” 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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Second Round Hurling Draws Completed

THE Clare Senior and Intermediate hurling Round Two draws were completed this evening and read as follows: Clare Senior Hurling Round Two Winners Group: Ballyea v Sixmilebridge Cratloe v Inagh-Kilnamona Éire Óg v Clonlara Feakle v Crusheen   Clare Senior Hurling Round Two Losers Group: O’Callaghan’s Mills v Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle v Clooney-Quin Whitegate v Kilmaley Tulla v Wolfe Tones   Clare Intermediate Round Two Winners Group: Tubber v Corofin Scariff v Parteen St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield v Broadford Smith O’Brien’s v Inagh-Kilnamona   Clare Intermediate Round Two Losers Group: Sixmilebridge v Newmarket-on-Fergus Cratloe v Clarecastle Killanena v Éire Óg Bodyke v Ruan All games will be played on the weekend of August 17-18.

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Heartbreak For Clare As Tipperary Edge Dramatic LGFA IFC Quarter Final

All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Quarter-Final: Tipperary 1-13 Clare 2-8 1-8 from Aishling Moloney helped Tipperary overcome a brave Clare challenge to book their spot in the last four of the All-Ireland series. It was a cruel finish on a Banner outfit that fought back brilliantly after a poor start to lead by 2-8 to 1-9 inside the final quarter. The chance for the killer blow fell to Tara Kelly with eight minutes left to play but she could not find a way past Tipperary net-minder Lauren Fitzpatrick. The Premier side hit Clare on the counter-attack, and Moloney sent over the point that moved her side one clear. She added another from a difficult free soon after, and despite late Clare pressure they just could not find the green flag that would have seen them through. Tipperary enjoyed a dream start to the game as they raced 1-2 to 0-0 clear inside the opening ten minutes. They went for the jugular …

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Off The Fence With Fergie O’Loughlin

Fergie O’Loughlin is back to preview the opening round of the 2019 Clare SHC Championship time has rolled around again and each of the teams in the senior and intermediate championships will be looking forward to getting their campaigns underway. The real priority this weekend will be for coaches to set their teams up for that first round and realising how important it is to win your first round game. It is going to be key and winning that means the pressure hurling is over somewhat and you can move almost into the safe-zone and set yourself up with a bit more freedom. I think a lot of coaches this weekend will try and set up defensively to stay in the game as long as they can and make sure they are not out of it at half-time. A lot teams will also be unsure as to where they are at because they have blown hot and cold in Clare …

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Clare SHC Round One Previews

The 2019 Clare SHC gets underway this weekend with 8 first round ties down for decision.   Ballyea v Clooney-Quin BALLYEA’S bid to make it back-to-back titles and third in four years gets underway against a Clooney-Quin side who will be eager to lay down an early marker of their own intentions. The defending champions have been building nicely for this, one as they gained promotion from Division 1B of the Clare Cup before bowing out at the hands of Sixmilebridge. Having played the majority of their recent cup ties without their county players, it meant that the likes of Martin O’Leary, Tomás Gavin and Tadhg Lynch carried the fight, while Peter Casey and Brandon O’Connell continued to add to their growing reputations. With all the headline acts coming back into play this weekend, it means a welcome selection headache for Kevin Sheehan and his management team. Peter Duggan will be central to the challenge of the 2017 beaten finalists. …

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Murrihy Looking Forward To Tipperary Challenge In All-Ireland Quarter-Final

Clare ladies football manager James Murrihy makes no secret of the fact that a massive test awaits his side as they make their latest bid for All-Ireland intermediate glory. They are set to cross swords with old rivals Tipperary this weekend where the 2019 season will come to an end for one of them. These sides have plenty recent history to draw on with Clare’s last victory in the All-Ireland series against the Premier coming back in 2016 when they were victorious at the semi-final stage. Since then, Tipperary have gone to win the intermediate championship before dropping back down after one season in the top tier. They also made the step up to Division One of the National League and in recent weeks, they dethroned Clare to take the provincial title. Murrihy feels they will know plenty about each other. “It will be our fourth time playing them this year. We played them twice competitively in the Munster championship …

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