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Ennis reach Munster semi-finals

ENNIS will host Nenagh in the Munster semi-final of the JB Carr seniors’ inter-club competition next Monday. This is one of the most popular inter-club competitions, as the numbers playing seniors golf have increased in huge proportions in recent years.Ennis beat Ceann Sibeal from Kerry in their last outing and now face a difficult assignment as Nenagh have a formidable team. Lahinch The captain’s (Eugene Gilligan) prize was played at the weekend and there was a full timesheet on both Friday and Saturday. The leading qualifiers from both days went through for a nine-hole play-off on Sunday.West Clare native Pascal Looney emerged as the winner with 60 points and he had two to spare from Jim O’Leary, with Gerry Buckley in third spot on 59 followed by Diarmuid Leonard on 59, Parry Mandal on 58, Jimmy Condon on 57, Frank Keating on 57, Danny McGrath on 56 and Matthew Griffin on 55.The gross was won by Thomas Neenan on 49 …

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Coolmeen secure quarter-final position

FOLLOWING round two of the junior A football championship last week, a number of teams have edged closer to the play-offs but there is still a lot to play for in the final round in a few weeks’ time.Meelick, Coolmeen and Cooraclare all have full points after two rounds and are almost certain of quarter-final places. In fact Coolmeen, trained this year by former Doonbeg and Clare star Tommy Tubridy, are safely through and the second qualifying spot from this group will go to either Kilmihil or Kilfenora, who meet in the final round.Coolmeen caused a surprise last week when they accounted for Kilfenora on a score of 0-12 to 1-4. Their final game is against Smith O’Brien’s, who conceded a walkover to Kilmihil at the weekend.Kilmihil and Kilfenora will meet in round three and this will be a straight knockout tie with the winners joining Coolmeen in the quarter-finals.In group one, Division 5 league winners Meelick continued their winning …

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Narrow win for Mills

  O’Callaghan’s Mills 0-17   Tulla  1-11 FROM an early stage in this clash of neighbouring sides at Cusack Park on Saturday evening, it was clear there would be little between the teams.At the end of a tie in which they were level on six occasions, the Mills finished the stronger and scored a three-point win to take the honours and strengthen their chances of making it to the play-offs.Ten minutes from the end and at a time when the sides were level, a flare up in front of the tunnel resulted in the sending off of Conor O’Halloran and Pat Donnellan, after both were shown straight red cards by referee Johnnie Healy. The Mills went on to finish strongly and claim the points, a result that leaves Tulla in danger of not making the knockout stage.The game was eight minutes old before the first score came and it was to the winners, with Adrian Flaherty converting a 55m free. It …

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Determined Cratloe nearing the play-offs

Cratloe 0-22 Wolfe Tones 2-12   HOLDERS Cratloe took a step closer to the play-offs in the race for the Canon Hamilton Trophy when they accounted for Wolfe Tones at Cusack Park on Sunday. The final scoreline is a little flattering to the Shannon outfit, who scored 2-1 in the last four minutes of play.Cratloe’s determination to hold on to the title they won for the first time last October was evident from the start and a tally of 22 scores, shared by eight players, is certainly impressive.They started well and after seven minutes were 0-5 to 0-1 in front. With the game in danger of slipping away from them, Wolfe Tones stepped up a gear and had drawn level at 0-6 each by the 17th minute. Two minutes later they were two clear and it looked like it was going to be a real battle but Cratloe clearly laid down a marker in the last eight minutes of the …

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Yet another draw for Kilmaley

  Clooney-Quin 1-14   Kilmaley 0-17 UNBEATEN after three rounds of the championship and in danger of not making the play-offs. That’s the position Kilmaley find themselves in after they had their third draw in this year’s competition when sharing the spoils with Clooney-Quin at Cusack Park on Saturday evening.On the run of play a draw was, probably, a fair result but should Kilmaley fail to make it into the quarter-finals they will look back on a few missed opportunities in this tie.In all, the teams were level on six occasions but twice in the second half Kilmaley had edged in front, only to be hauled back. They will be disappointed they didn’t build on a spell of dominance, which saw them score six points without reply.In the end, it was Kilmaley who had to come from behind to snatch a draw when Michael O’Neill pointed two minutes from time. They came agonisingly close to hitting the winner when Kenneth Kennedy’s …

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Gilligan does the damage

Sixmilebridge 1-17   Tubber 1-8   THE experience of Niall Gilligan again proved a vital asset for Sixmilebridge as they deservingly accounted for Tubber in the last of the third-round games in the senior hurling championship on Sunday evening.The centre-forward and club captain contributed 0-9, the difference between the teams, to his side’s tally in a tie that never reached any great heights.As the winners raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after nine minutes, their captain contributed four of those scores and he followed with three of their next four as they took an early grip on proceedings.The game was 10 minutes old before Eamon Taaffe opened Tubber’s account and he went on to add three more in the half, which ended with the Bridge 0-11 to 0-7 ahead.They could and probably should have been more ahead at this stage, as they had wasted some great opportunities in a first half, which saw them shoot nine wides.In addition, they …

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Newmarket too strong

Newmarket 1-23   Smith O’Brien’s 0-11 THE greater experience and sharpness of Newmarket proved too much for Smith O’Brien’s in this senior hurling championship third round tie at O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge on Saturday.The win means that the Blues are the first side safely through to the quarter-finals of this year’s title race. They have three wins from their three outings and will play Tulla in their final group game.There was never really a doubt about the outcome of Saturday’s game as Newmarket, despite being without the services of a few first-choice players, were always in control.A point ahead as the end of the first quarter approached, they stepped up a gear and scored 1-4 without reply in a six-minute spell to open an eight-point game and from here on their Killaloe-based opponents were struggling to stay with them.Midfielder Colin Ryan picked off some excellent points while Jim McInerney was their goalscorer after a great break by Eoin Hayes had caused …

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Success for Brassil’s Novel Investment

NEWMARKET-on-Fergus trainer John Brassil hit the jackpot at Ballybrit last week when registering a memorable success as the 10/1 shot Novel Investment landed the Tote Telebet 1850 238 669 Handicap Hurdle on Galway Plate day.Unlucky at Limerick, where a stumble on the landing side of the penultimate flight of hurdles almost certainly cost him victory on his previous outing, Novel Investment more than made up for that lapse when scoring for his connections on such a high-profile afternoon.Jockey Tom Doyle was on board the son of Taipan, who travelled really well throughout the two-and-a-half mile contest. Heading into the dip for the final time, Doyle was edging closer and shortly after the second-last, he sent the nine-year-old into the lead. From here, there was no denying Brassil’s charge, who powered up the hill to beat 7/2 favourite, Mr Bones, by three and half lengths.There was a further Clare connection to this success as Crusheen publican Brian Clarke and his cousin, …

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