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Rebels comfortably defeat Clare

Cork 5-13   Clare 2-9 THREE goals in the first 10 minutes meant that an upset could be ruled out at an early stage last Saturday evening in Castletownroche.Facing a side chasing their seventh consecutive Munster title, outsiders Clare needed a good start but Cork blew them away. To their credit, the Banner women stuck at the task until the final whistle but there was never going to be a way back.The tone was set when Cork centre-forward Ciara O’Sullivan won a penalty after just 37 seconds. Emma O’Driscoll managed to stop Valerie Mulcahy’s effort but the Cork full-forward sent the rebound to the net.It took Clare a while to settle but points from Eimear Considine and Niamh O’Dea brought the score to 0-2 to 1-1 after six minutes. But those scores just preceded another burst from Cork. Ciara O’Sullivan pointed after a great run through the middle of the Clare defence, Mary O’Connor added another point and an outstanding move, …

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Paterson paddles her way to white water silver

A COMPETITIVE white water canoeist with ties to Feakle paddled her way to a silver medal at the world championships that were held in Spain last week.Dee Paterson, whose family reside at Coolagoree near Feakle, took second place at the in the women’s class 2010 ICF Wildwater Canoeing Masters event in which she represented Great Britain. She missed out on the gold medal by just under four seconds to Hiroko Sasao from Japan.Davida, known as Dee, explained her Clare connections to The Champion. “My family live on a farm in the Feakle area where they mainly breed Connemara horses. My younger sister went to school in Scariff. I work in the UK but take every opportunity to return home when I have enough annual leave to spare after taking holidays to compete, so sometimes I may only get to Clare at Christmas.” White water racing is a discipline of canoe sport in which each competitor negotiates a section of rapids, …

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First half blitz sets Crusheen on the path to final victory

Crusheen 0-14   Clonlara 1-8 THE foundations for Crusheen’s victory in the Junior A Hurling League final at Newmarket on Saturday evening were laid in the opening half when they ran up a lead of seven points.Clonlara stepped up their performance in the second period but they found the margin too much and Crusheen went on to deservingly take the honours in a tie that produced some good hurling.Crusheen made a blistering start and scored five points in the opening seven minutes, three from Niall McMahon and one each from David Forde and Trevor Corbett.The game was 10 minutes old before Alan O’Connell opened Clonlara’s account from a free. The full-forward and captain was his side’s only scorer in the opening half. Niall McMahon scored six for the winners who went to the break 0-9 to 0-2 in front.Indeed, such was Crusheen’s play in the opening period, they would not have been flattered had they been a few more points in …

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Broadford dominate struggling Tubber

Broadford 2-19   Tubber 1-11 BROADFORD were crowned Junior B Hurling League champions at Tulla on Saturday afternoon, after they proved too strong for a Tubber outfit that struggled in a number of areas.Tubber scored first through Declan Ryan but once Broadford hit the front in the sixth minute they never looked back. They were four points clear at half-time and a goal early in the second half strengthened their position and left Tubber fighting an uphill battle.Tubber depended to a huge degree on their freetaker, Declan Ryan, for their scores and he finished the game with all but two points of their final tally.While Broadford also had a very good freetaker in Alan McMahon, their final tally was shared by six players with corner-forward Cian O’Brien contributing 2-2.The winners were 0-6 to 0-2 ahead after just 10 minutes and by the midpoint of the half, they had stretched their advantage by another two points.Ahead 0-11 to 0-4 with five minutes …

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Minor camogie side in All-Ireland semis

THE Clare minor camogie team qualified for the All-Ireland semi-final for the third year-in-a-row when they beat Cork by the minimum margin at Ballincollig on Wednesday evening.Having lost by three points to Tipperary last week, Clare, who have been beaten by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final for the past two years, had to beat Cork to remain in the race for the title.A first half goal from Naomi Carroll helped Clare to a 1-5 to 0-1 half-time lead. An early second-half goal sparked off a Cork fight back and they drew level by the three-quarter stage. Clare went back in front by a point three times but each time the home side levelled. A goal from Niamh Corry in the final minute of normal time put Clare in a strong position and they quickly added a point but Cork refused to give up and they hit back for their third goal. After four minutes of injury time, the final whistle …

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Seven Clare junior lifesavers on Irish team

LAST Sunday was the culmination of months training for members of the Junior Irish National Surf Lifesaving Squad as they competed in trials for a place on the Irish team. Pool events were held at UL pool and open water/beach events took place at Whitestrand Beach. Thirty-seven young people between the ages of 14 and 18 vied for 10 places (five male, five female) on the Irish national junior team. The counties participating were Clare, Donegal, Wicklow, Galway and Waterford. The sport of life-saving is quite distinct in that the disciplines in which people compete are directly related to elements of lifeguarding. The pool events are 100m rescue medley, 100 manikin tow with fins, 100m manikin carry with fins and 50m manikin carry. The beach events are board race, run-swim-run, swim sprint and beach flags. The competitors gain points from their placings in the events. Points are also awarded for attendance and participation at training camps during the year.Clare competitors …

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Pros leave amateurs starstruck in Adare

AN unforgettable experience was how Micheál Talty described his involvement in this week’s JP McManus Pro-Am golf event at Adare.Together with his cousin, Evan and Evan’s cousin and fellow Quilty man, Eric Murrihy, the team finished in second place having qualified for the event representing St Joseph’s Foundation from Charleville. The CEO of the foundation is Cork football manager, Conor Counihan.The Quilty men won the qualifier in aid of the St Joseph’s Foundation at Charleville Golf Club that entitled them to play in the grand qualifier in Adare. Their success at that event last month secured their passage to the big show.On Monday, they were drawn to play with Thomas Bjorn from Denmark while on Tuesday they played with American, Heath Slocum who is currently ranked 58th in the world.“We were in fourth place after day one. On Tuesday there were three teams on the same score, -30, at the end of play but as we had the better score …

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Two-point win for Doora/Barefield

Doora/Barefield 1-10    St Breckan’s/Ballyvaughan 1-8 DOORA-Barefield overcame a gallant St Breckan’s-Ballyvaughan by two points in the U-12 Division 1 football championship final in Cusack Park on Monday evening.It was a riveting contest all through with both sides giving it their all. Darragh Duggan was on the mark early with a pointed free for eventual winners Doora/Barefield but the North Clare outfit used the wind advantage well in the opening period, pointing four times in-a-row. Padraig Kelly kicked with the outside of his boot and Rowan Danagher pointed a free, while Colm O’Brien and Joseph McHugh added points after good passing movements.However, Doora/Barefield soon came more into the game and finished the half stronger and it was now their turn to kick four in-a-row. Kieran Mulqueen pointed following a poor clearance, Maurice Nugent added another with seven minutes remaining, while Keelan Butler and Nugent again added two more points, giving Doora/Barefield a two-point lead at half-time, 0-6 to 0-4.St Breckan’s/Ballyvaughan were …

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