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White collar warriors

EVERY one of the 36 boxers who entered the ring in the Queens Hotel last Friday evening did so united in their aim to raise money for Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield.Yet as collectively united as they might have been prior to and after their respective fights, they were on their own for three long, often ferocious minutes once the bell rang.While ostensibly a charitable event, none of the fighters wanted to be hauled out of the ring before their three allotted minutes had expired, unaware of their own name. The crowd swelled to more than 1,000 people and the longer the evening edged into late night, the more animated the crowd became. Conor Smith (Inagh) and Cartha Donovan (Donegal) set the tone for the evening when they knocked seven shades of sweat out of each other in the opening bout. Having paid €20 to gain admittance, this was one investment that nobody was about to regret. Rita McInerney (Doonbeg) …

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Successful Derry trip for Clare athletes

The Woodies DIY Athletics Association of Ireland Inter-counties Cross Country Championships plus the juvenile even ages from U-12 to U-18 were held at Gransha Park, County Derry, in a snow blizzard all afternoon and Clare athletes produced outstanding performances with many star athletes and Caoimhie Harvey, (St John’s), finishing 10th in the girls’ U-12s with (St John’s) and Clare taking inter-club and inter-county bronze medals.Aidan McCarthy, (St Cronan’s) and Patrick O’Rourke, (Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare), finished fifth and sixth in the boys’ U-12s, with Clare taking the inter-county award and (Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare) a silver medal in the inter clubs.Laura Egan, (Kilmihil), finished 23rd in the U-16s girls and Clare took bronze medals. Ian Slobody, (Kilmihil), finished 13th in the U-16s boys.Aishling Darcy, (Ennis Track), was ninth in the Girls’ U-18s with Jake O’Regan, (St John’s), 11th in the boys U-18s and Darragh Lynch, (Ennis Track) 13th.Orla O’Mahoney, a former (Marian) Athlete from Ennis and running in the Clare colours, finish …

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Heavy defeat for Senan’s

  Clanwilliam 34 St Senan’s 3 POSSESSION may be nine-tenths of the law but it’s what you do with it that counts. Unfortunately, it was a lesson learned by St Senan’s when in a game where they had the lion’s share of possession and territorial advantage, they ended up at the receiving end of a 31-point defeat. The game started badly for Senan’s when, after just two minutes, Clanwilliam turned over possession in their own half to score a breakaway try. Senan’s dominated for the next 20 minutes, driving Clanwilliam deep into their own half, where their forwards took control of scrums creating a number of scoring chances but failed to convert into points.In the 25th minute, Clanwilliam turned over Senan’s possession and broke through for their second try, which was closely followed by a penalty conversion, which extended the home side’s lead to 17-0.Once again Senan’s showed great character to regain the upper hand and push Clanwilliam back deep …

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West Clare title for Kilrush

THE curtain came down on the West Clare Divisional Board’s season when the U-15A and B football finals were played in ideal weather conditions last weekend.At Kilrush on Saturday afternoon in the B final, the amalgamation of Naomh Eoin/O’Curry’s were victorious over the amalgamation of Shannon Gaels/Killimer and on Sunday Kilrush, who were defeated finalists last year, overcame Lissycasey in the A final played at Coolmeen. Kilrush 4-7 Lissycasey 0-7 Lissycasey were first to register on the scoreboard in the tie with a point by Cillian Normoyle from a free in the second minute. Ten minutes had elapsed when Jack Browne goaled for Kilrush. Later, Conor Finucane added two points for Lissycasey and Liam Madigan had a point for Kilrush, leaving the half-time score at 1-2 to 0-3 in Kilrush’s favour.Liam Madigan goaled for Kilrush at the start of the second half, followed by points by John Kelliher and Gearóid O’Brien. Lissycasey responded with points from Seamus Collins, Cillian Normoyle …

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Draw earns Clare knock-out place

Clare  2 Galway 2 CLARE turned in a great second-half performance to earn a well-deserved draw with last season’s winners, Galway, in the Inter-League Youths Cup at Cragg, Tulla on Saturday and secure their passage to the knock-out stages of the competition.Galway made the better start and took the lead on 10 minutes with a good strike from Mike Collins after he got too much space in front of the Clare goal.As the half wore on, defences were on top and neither side created much from play. Galway came closest to increasing their lead on 27 minutes when a free-kick from Daryl Horgan rebounded off the crossbar and was scrambled to safety with the help of a post.Colin Smith had to make a good interception on 35 minutes to stop Collins getting through for a second goal for the visitors while Clare’s best effort came five minutes from the break when a cross from Eoin O’Loughlin almost put Jack Walsh …

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Kilrush captaincy for Geraldine

THE annual general meeting of the ladies’ section at Kilrush Golf Club was held last week and Geraldine Burke was installed as captain of the ladies’ club for 2011. Other officers elected for 2011 were vice-captain, Mary O’Sullivan; president, Jean Lorrigan; ex officio, Imy Kerrigan; secretary, Loretta Maher; treasurer, Anne Hogan; handicap secretary, Anne Brennan; competition secretary, Mary Young; committee, Stephanie Roughan, Mary Lyons, Ailish Lorrigan and Margaret Donnelly.The annual general meeting of the men’s section and the joint club annual meeting will take place on Friday. Mass for deceased members will be celebrated in the clubhouse on Thursday at 8pm. Ennis KITTY Morris has won the golfer of the year award in the Ennis ladies section. Other prize winners are Bridget Hoey (ILGU silver spoon), Monica Finnerty (silver medal), Jean Considine (bronze medal) and Mary McMahon (September brooch).Last week’s ladies seniors outing was won by Mary Colton, Alice Darch and Phil Butler with 52 points from Nora Kelly, Kathleen …

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Newmarket Celtic sit at the summit

Newmarket Celtic 3 Tulla United A 1 MORE than just the three league points were on offer in this Premier League clash at McDonough Park on Sunday. Also with the victory came the assurance of top spot in the league table.It was Newmarket Celtic who were left sitting at the summit thanks to their ability to press home the territorial advantage which they enjoyed throughout the opening half. During that period, Newmarket were very much on the offensive and such was their stranglehold on proceedings that it was only a matter of time before they made the breakthrough. The opening goal duly arrived but not from an expected source. With just 10 minutes gone, Tulla left-full, Niall Whelan, had the misfortune of putting through his own net as he attempted to clear a Paudie Hayes cross.Shortly afterwards, Paudie Hayes was the creator once more. He skipped down the wing and when he delivered a dangerous ball into the goalmouth, Davy …

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Fingers crossed for meeting

Ennis-Clarecastle Club members and supporters are keeping their fingers crossed that their annual fixture at Manus next Saturday and Sunday will not fall victim to the weather conditions experienced during the week. This would be a pity, as all their presentations to date at their relatively new headquarters at Manus have been outstanding.However, everything going to plan, there should be another exciting meeting at this well-appointed venue placed at the disposal of the club by the McInerney family.Brazing Serpent, trained by Jerry Griffin for the English-based Pistol Knight syndicate, has the credentials to go all the way in the HJ Murphy Memorial All Age Dog Stake (16). He already has a cup under his belt, having come through the Galway-Oranmore fixture, where he also won a trial stake last season.He should qualify from the top half while Him Over There, a trial stake winner last year for enthusiastic members of the Hey You Sir syndicate from Ennis, is favouite to …

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