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Fitting farewell to a unique stadium

In every sense it was a fitting farewell to the Markets Field Stadium in Limerick last Saturday night. The venue, which has been home to greyhound racing since 1933, got a rousing send-off as it closed its doors for the last time to make way for the new stadium, which will open in a different part of the city next October.

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Tough test for U-21s

CLARE are still the Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling champions but they were made battle all the way at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Wednesday before they emerged as three point winners over the home side. The victory, achieved in front of an attendance of 5,316, puts them into the final on Wednesday week. It took Clare a while to get a grip on this semi-final and, for much of the first half, Limerick enjoyed the upper hand. Clare were fortunate to be on level terms at the mid-point but from here on, they improved with each passing minute “Courage and the experience of having won last year got us over the line,” said selector Cyril Lyons. There were some great performances on the evening and one of these came from centre-back, Caimin Morey. There may have been some raised eyebrows when he was named in this position, having played in attack in last year’s team but he was …

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Defence inspires minor Munster victory

Clare 1-16   Waterford 1-11 INSPIRED by a magnificent defence, Clare ended a 21-year wait when they captured the Munster minor hurling title by defeating the holders Waterford at Semple Stadium on Sunday.Entering the final as the underdogs, the Banner outfit deservingly booked a place in the All-Ireland semi-final next month after outplaying the favourites in a game that produced some great passages of play and some excellent scores.The first half was an evenly contested affair and the sides were level on four occasions and went to the break at 0-6 each. Early in the second half the holders edged into a two-point advantage but once Clare struck for the game’s first goal eight minutes after the resumption, their confidence grew. From here on they played some great hurling to take the title in style.They were four points clear at the three-quarter stage when Waterford had their goal but Clare refused to buckle and struck the next six points without reply …

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Dublin enjoy easy victory over disappointing Clare

  Dublin  2-22  Clare  0-15 FAILURE to match Dublin’s all-round sharpness and big match experience proved costly for Clare in the senior hurling championship qualifier at Croke Park on Saturday. In the end, Dublin won comfortably to secure a date with Antrim this weekend, while it’s back to the drawing board for Clare after this disappointing result.For a while in Saturday’s game, Clare looked like they might progress but, for the majority of the tie, Dublin were the better side.  They won the tactical battle, were the stronger side physically and showed superior fitness.The Clare defence struggled throughout and this was particularly true of the full-back line. Since his elevation to the senior team, Cian Dillon has been superb at full-back but on Saturday he struggled against the outstanding David O’Callaghan.The quality of the ball delivered to O’Callaghan was key to his dominance, particularly in the opening half, when he shot six points from play. It was a day when …

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One wall handball success

KILKISHEN Handball Club member, Colin Crehan created history last week when he was crowned the national U-16 one-wall handball champion at the tournament final in Castlebar. Colin, who lives in Oatfield, was ranked an outsider for the title particularly when he faced up to world champion Donal Rynne from Leitrim in the decider. However, showing strength of stamina and skill, Colin upset the pre-final favourite triumphing by six aces, 24–18 to claim the title, which was presented to him by president of the Irish Handball Association, Tony Hannon. On his way to the final, he had comfortable wins in the first and second rounds before beating Gavin Crystal, Tyrone and Darren Doherty, Monaghan in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

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