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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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Ennis chase All-Ireland JB Carr title

Ennis seniors will be in Woodenbridge, Wicklow, this weekend for the national finals in the JB Carr competition. Having won the Munster title for the first time last week, hopes are high that they can go on and add the national crown to their winnings.Earlier this week, team manager Jimmy McNamara took the squad to the Wicklow venue for a practice round ahead of the weekend’s competition.Meanwhile, 103 men and 36 ladies played for the Ennis senior’s captain’s (Pat O’Reilly) prize last week.The winner of the men’s even t, with 45 points, was Paul Mockler. He had five to spare over Peter Daly who was followed by Noel Pilkington with 38, T. J. Kerins with 38. Tim Kelly with 38, Pat Cahill with 37, Tom Fox with 37, Jim Scully with 37, John White with 36 and Charlie McEnery with 36. The winner of the categories were Richard Pyne (0-12) with 35, John Guilfoyle (13 to 19) with 35 and …

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Thousands of race fans to flock to Listowel

Thousands of people from Clare will be making the annual trek across the river Shannon next week to attend Listowel’s seven-day Harvest Racing Festival, which kicks off on Sunday afternoon. A firm favourite with race goers from all over Ireland and beyond, this year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever with an increase in attendances forecasted during race week at the popular North Kerry town. Action on track over the seven days that runs from this Sunday until Saturday, September 18, is headed by the Wednesday’s Guinness Kerry National. Weights for this three-mile event were published last week with the 40 contenders headed on 11st 10lb by Michael Hourigan’s top-flight performer Mossbank. Hourigan, who also has JP McManus’ Dancing Tornado (10st 12lb) in the field, has said he will let both Mossbank (who is returning for an 876-day break) and Dancing Tornado take their chance in this €150,000 contest. Last year’s winner, Northern Alliance is set to defend his …

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Intriguing derby final in store

The draw has not been took kind to the Tyrur dogs for the final of the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby in Shelbourne Park or Saturday night.The fancied Tyrur Big Mike has been drawn in trap four and his kennel companion, Tyrur McGuigan, will run in his immediate inside in trap three. As the sole wide seed, Barefoot Bullet, will run from six and the only inside seed, Tullymurry Act will wear the red jacket. Krug Ninety Two will challenge from trap two and Thurlesbeg Joker from five. The unbeaten Tyrur Mike starts as favourite but the draw makes it a more intriguing contest and a fantastic race is being looked forward to.Now in his first season as a trainer, young Conor Fahy had a marvellous visit to Shelbourne Park last Saturday night when his Tyrur dogs won both semi-finals heats of the derby.The performance given by Tyrur Big Mike was the talk of the stadium after he continued his unbeaten run. …

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