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West Clare Gaels make history

West Clare Gaels 4-10 Banner Ladies 1-14 WEST Clare Gaels made history at Shanahan McNamara Park in Doonbeg on Saturday evening when they captured the Clare senior ladies’ title for the first time in the club’s history.In doing so they dethroned the title holders, Banner Ladies, who were attempting to complete a three in a row of successes at this level.Under the management of Darragh Kelly (St Senan’s Kilkee) and Pat Foley (Naomh Eoin), the new champions were full value for their five-point win.A good start was vital and the new champions made their intentions from the throw-in and after just 20 seconds had split the posts with a fine point from Bríd Troy. By the seventh, they lead by four points with the title holders still scoreless, their other three points coming from the game’s top scorer, Majella Griffin, two of which were from play. A point from Niamh O’Dea opened Banner’s account in the 12th and in the …

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Strong finish earns Liscannor B title

Liscannor 1-16 Fergus Rovers 1-11 LISCANNOR had to pull out all the stops before securing the senior B championship title at the expense of Lissycasey in the opening game at the Ladies football finals in Doonbeg on Saturday evening.Winners of the intermediate title last year, the North Clare outfit went into this final as warm favourites. After all, they had hammered their final opponents earlier in the campaign while Rovers were now without inter-county star Áine Kelly and their inspirational captain, Teresa Meaney, to mention some.This was a great contest with little between the sides throughout. After being level on a number of occasions in the first half, the winners went to the break with a three-point advantage, 1-9 to 1-6.It looked good for Rovers five minutes from the break when teenager Aoife Clohessy found the net but the lead was short-lived as the winners hit back and Doireann Hanrahan blasted to the net to help her side to lead …

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Senior championship semi places decided

Semi-final pairings have been decided in the PK Coaches senior camogie championship. Newmarket have topped group 2 after their victory over Sixmilebridge at the weekend. The ’Bridge are also through to the semis as they had already secured their passage entering the weekend game. They are now second in the group and will face group 1 winners Kilmaley. Newmarket will play Clooney-Quin in the other semi-final. Clooney-Quin had it all to do last Wednesday evening against Scariff-Ogonnelloe in a game that went down to the wire. Both were battling for a semi-final place and a tough exciting game ensued. Clooney-Quin emerged with a point to spare in a tie where the lead changed hands on many occasions.Kilmaley had an easy win over Kilkishen who have yet to scale the heights that saw them push Clooney-Quin all the way to a draw in round 1. The newcomers to senior will now compete in the Glenomra Shield as fourth placed team in …

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Three hopes for Clare in this year’s junior rugby

THE junior rugby competitive season kicks off this weekend and three Clare sides will be in action. St Senan’s travel to play Cobh Pirates in the Junior Challenge Cup and Ennis will also be travelling to Cork to play Kinsale in the same competition. Both games will kick off at 2.30pm.Meanwhile, in the Martin O’Sullivan Cup, Kilrush will have home advantage against Presentation and this tie will kick off at 2.30pm at Monmore.In an U-17 friendly, Slattery Park will host a meeting of St Senan’s and Ennis this Thursday evening at 7pm.Both clubs will have another friendly on Sunday when St Senan’s will travel to play Thomond at Fitzgerald Park, with Ennis making the journey to Dooradoyle to play Garrowen.Scariff’s U-17s will make the short journey to Newport for a friendly and all three games will be at 11.30am.In an U-19 friendly, Ballina-Killaloe will play Young Munster at Derryknockane.   West Clare Warriors WEST Clare Warriors Rugby Club will hold …

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Soccer season kicks off with a busy Sunday of fixtures

THE first Sunday schedule of fixtures in the new soccer season will go ahead this weekend with games in all four divisions.In the Premier Division League, Hermitage A will have Rock Rovers as visitors to the Fairgreen while Rineanna Rovers will have Avenue United A as visitors.McDonagh Park will host the meeting of neighbours Newmarket Celtic and Bunratty while Tulla United A will have Bridge United A as visitors to the Cragg where the kick-off will be at 2.30pm with the remaining three ties all set for 11am.In the first division, the action will be in the league cup with Lisdoonvarna hosting the North Clare derby in which Sporting Ennistymon will entertain Corofin Harps. Turnpike Rovers will have Connolly Celtic as visitors to Lees Road.In section B, Shannon Olympic A will entertain Mountshannon Celtic while Cratloe Forest will have their neighbours, Bridge United B, as visitors to Limerick IT. In the second division, the action will also be in the …

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Kilmihil may regret late misses

  Kilmihil 0-8 O’Curry’s 0-8 Had Paul Reidy fisted over the O’Curry’s crossbar, in the last minute of this relegation semi-final in Labasheeda last Saturday, Kilmihil would have secured their senior status for 2011 and would be finished with football for the current season.Clean through with Kilmihil point up, Reidy opted to roll the ball gingerly beyond Damien Clohessy. The ball hit the post and went wide, keeping O’Curry’s alive and frustrating everyone involved with Kilmihil. Seven minutes before that Reidy had spurned a lesser point chance from in front of goal but one that he should have put over. All of this aided O’Curry’s who won an injury time free at the far end of the field. If they had to pick a man to hand the responsibility over to, O’Curry’s would never look beyond Ger Quinlan. They didn’t this time either and from a very tricky angle, Quinlan delivered again for his club. Kilmihil had looked the likelier …

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Veteran contribution helps Lissycasey to draw

Lissycasey 1-6 St Senan’s 0-9 A contribution of 1-3 from veteran Martin Daly helped Lissycasey to a share of the spoils with St Senan’s Kilkee in this relegation play off at Labasheeda on Saturday.The Seasiders dominated the first half and were full value for their 0-6 to 0-1 half time lead. Indeed they could well have had a greater lead at this stage as they had missed a couple of gilt-edged chances in the early stages of the game. Scores from David Russell, Barry Harte and Gearoid Lynch had the West Clare side three ahead after ten minutes. They dominated the early exchanges around midfield and the Lissycasey defence was under a lot of pressure from a Kilkee side that fielded its strongest side.Colin Lynch opened Lissycasey’s account with the team’s only score of the half but Kilkee continued to dictate matters and further points from Chris Williamson and Kevin Larkin (2) left them 0-6 to 0-1 in front at …

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It’s all down to final four

Éire Óg 1-12 Naomh Eoin 2-6 The race for the junior A football championship is down to four after last weekend’s quarter finals all produced winners.Three of the four teams still in the race, Meelick, Éire Óg and Clarecastle, hail from ‘hurling country’ and they will be joined by Kilfenora in the last four.Neighbouring rivals Éire Óg and Clarecastle will be in opposition with Kilfenora taking on division 5 league champions Meelick in the other semi-final. The games will take place on the weekend of September 25/26.The senior junior double is still alive for Éire Óg after this narrow win over Naomh Eoin at Cooraclare on Saturday evening.The town side led by 0-5 to 0-4 at the half way point. Graham Glynn struck for their goal in the second half and despite like scores from Seamus Boland and Michael Liddane, Naomh Eoin were unable to get back in front. Éire Óg: Eoin Slattery; Cathal Whelan, Brian Dolan, Kevin Cleary; Robert …

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