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Crowe joins Irish team for Europa Cup

SIXMILEBRIDGE athlete Timmy Crowe has been in flying form on the track, so much so that the 18-year-old has been selected on the Irish team for the Europa Cup in Turkey in two weeks’ time.Timmy, who runs for Dooneen AC in Limerick, put himself in the frame for selection at the Athletic Association Ireland Games at Santry recently, winning both the senior 400m and 400m hurdles in what were effectively trials for Turkey.Crowe clocked 47.78 on the flat and 52.24 over the hurdles. He will compete in the flat event in Turkey. However, the national selectors have given the hurdles cap to Dublin’s Brian Cregan, who chased Timmy home in the national trials.The expectation is that Crowe, a physical education and biology student at Dublin City University, will also be a member of the Irish 4x400m relay team to compete in Turkey on June 18 and 19.Crowe’s progress in the last 12 months has been nothing short of spectacular. Last …

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Kennedy joins Kilmurry-Ibrickane management team

FORMER Kerry All-Ireland senior football medal winner, John Kennedy will be in charge of Kilmurry-Ibrickane senior footballers over the next couple of months.Earlier this season, the former Clare manager’s name was linked with the West Clare club but when they revealed their management team for 2011, Ger Lawlor was named as the head man.“Ger Lawlor will be unavoidably absent for the next eight to 10 weeks and John Kennedy has agreed to assist in the preparation of the team for the championship,” club chairman, Ger Talty told The Clare Champion this week.Kennedy, from Asdee in North Kerry, took charge of Kilmurry training on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Kennedy managed the Kerry U-21 team and he recently completed a couple of seasons as manager of the Kingdom minor footballers.His first competitive tie with Kilmurry-Ibrickane will be on Saturday week, when they take on Kilmihil in the opening round of the Clare Senior Football Championship.

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Juniors beaten comprehensively in Cork

Cork 2-14  Clare 0-6 HAVING never trained together, the Clare junior team were unlikely to miraculously gel sufficiently to beat Cork in Pairc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday.For various reasons, including the late appointment of management, exams and O’Gorman Cup fixtures, the first time the full panel met was in a prefab in Cork on Sunday.Both the Clare and Cork junior teams had to tog out in a prefab behind the stand. Munster Council insist that club teams can’t play Munster club games in their own grounds unless they have a stand. Yet the same body thinks it is ok to stage inter-county championship matches in Pairc Uí Chaoimh, which has insufficient dressing rooms?Not that any of this impacted upon how Clare played. Aside from a decent opening 15 minutes, when Timmy and David Ryan won plenty of possession in midfield, Clare were run ragged by Cork.Having played with the wind, Clare were still 1-7 to 0-4 behind at half-time. Mark …

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Canon Hamilton race continues

IN round two in the race for the Canon Hamilton Trophy, four teams will have their first outing in the campaign this weekend.It is a big weekend for Scariff, Wolfe Tones, Broadford and Clooney-Quin, who will all be hoping to make a winning start as they seek to progress in the Clare Senior Hurling Championship title race.It is also a huge weekend for the remaining 12 teams involved in this weekend’s round. For Whitegate, Cratloe, Clarecastle and Killanena, a second successive defeat would leave them struggling to make the play-offs, while Sixmilebridge, Tubber, Tulla, Newmarket, Kilmaley, St Joseph’s, Clonlara and Crusheen will know that a win this weekend will put them in a strong position for a quarter-final place with half of their games played in the league section of the title race.Sixmilebridge v Wolfe TonesTHE first of this weekend’s games will take place at Cusack Park on Friday evening when Sixmilebridge take on neighbours, Wolfe Tones.The fact that Wolfe …

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U-21 ambassador role for Honan

THE 2011 U-21 Inter-county Hurling Championship was launched at Croke Park this week ahead of the opening game in Munster between Waterford and Tipperary next Wednesday.Bord Gáis Energy announced that this year, with broadcast partners TG4, the championship will feature the first ever ‘player cam’ to be used in Gaelic Games television coverage.The team of ambassadors was also announced and includes Clare’s Darach Honan, who will be joined by Noel McGrath (Tipperary), William Egan (Cork), David Burke (Galway), Dublin captain Liam Rushe, Noel Connors (Waterford) and Conor Fogarty of Kilkenny.In addition, former Waterford hurler Ken McGrath joins Bord Gáis Energy sports sponsorship manager, Cork’s Ger Cunningham, RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey, Micheál O’Domhnaill of TG4 and U-21 All-Ireland winner, Joe Canning on the Break-through Player of the Year judging panel.Clare, winners of the All-Ireland title in 2009, will open their challenge for honours when they take on Limerick on July 21 in the Munster semi-final.

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10-week ban proposed for Kelly

A 10-week ban has been proposed for Clare footballer, Graham Kelly arising from his sending-off in Pairc Ui Caoimh, Cork last week.The Miltown, St Joseph’s man was shown a second yellow shortly before the final whistle, having picked up the first in the opening half. As this was the second such offence in a 48-week period, it has led to a two-week ban. Kelly was sent off on a second yellow card in extra-time in last year’s qualifier tie against Offaly.Kelly was also reported for a category 3 (head butt) offence, for which an eight-week suspension is proposed, bringing his total ban to 10 weeks. In addition, he must miss the next game in the same competition, whether it be outside the proposed 10 weeks or not.Kelly has three days in which to look for a hearing if he wishes but it is understood that he will not pursue that route.It is understood that the ban will not prevent him …

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On the road again

Despite the wet and windy conditions last weekend, Clare was a focal point in not one but two peletons. The Clare 250 Mile cyclists braved the elements over Saturday and Sunday, while the national Rás made a stop in Kilrush on Sunday before heading for Castleisland on Monday morning.

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