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Easy for Ard Scoil Rís

Ard Scoil Ris and holders St Kieran’s from Kilkenny will meet in the All-Ireland Colleges Senior A Hurling final for the Croke Cup at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday week.Both had comfortable semi-final wins on Saturday to set up this eagerly awaited repeat of last year’s final.Four Clare players lined out with Ard Scoil in their latest outing. Meelick’s Damian Moloney was at corner-back and Oisin Hickey played at full-forward and scored 1-2. Parteen’s Martin Moroney was at wing-back with Sixmilebridge teenager Jamie Shanahan (pictured below) at full-forward.At the final whistle, Ard Scoil were 2-16 to 0-6 in front in a tie played at Templemore.St Kieran’s were always in control as they ran out 3-10 to 0-7 winners over Charleville CBS in their semi-final. St Flannan’s into Frewan Cup final St Flannan’s 0-7 Clonmel 0-6 St Flannan’s College Ennis booked a date in the final of the Frewan Cup (Munster Colleges Junior A Football Championship), when they recorded a …

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National title for Moya

MOYA Ryan from the Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club won the national U-13 doubles badminton title with Kate Frost at the Irish Badminton Championships held in Lisburn last weekend. She was also runner-up in the Irish U-13 singles. Moya recently won the Munster singles and doubles at U-13 and U-15 levels as well as the U-13 mixed title.

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Shoot-out at St Flannan’s

THE Golden Vale Clare Community Games U-13 and U-16 basketball for both boys and girls took place at St Flannan’s College on Saturday and Sunday last under the co-ordination of Emer Murphy and Gráinne Lynch. Referees were Seanie Stack and Damian Power with table officials, twin sisters Shauna and Alanna O’Brien.Cooraclare-Cree and Ennistymon-Liscannor scored doubles and will now represent the county in the Munster finals, which are scheduled for July.On Saturday morning, the girls’ U-13 competition attracted eight teams. In the first game, Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry overcame the challenge of Doora-Barefield 2 by just one score. Quin/Clooney and Clarecastle/Ballyea were in action next with the latter winning 9 to 6. An Droichead were beaten by a much stronger Coorclare/Cree with Doora/Barefield A beating Ennistymon/Liscannor by just one basket.Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry took on a more experienced Clarecastle/Ballyea side but came out winners on a score of 19 -12. The second semi-final was between Doora/Barefield A and Coorclare/Cree with the latter coming through. The final was …

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All-Ireland kickboxing title for Shannon fighter

Josh Vincent from Shannon was crowned Irish light heavyweight kickboxing champion at the Oakwood Arms in Shannon last Saturday when he defeated the champion, Villa Popa from Wexford. The contest ended in the third of five scheduled rounds due to injury. The scorecards revealed that the Shannon clubman was well ahead at the time.Popa had won the title in Ennis last December against Ennis Kickboxing Club fighter Billy Kelly.Saturday’s victory marked Vincent’s first Irish title in kickboxing but he has previously won national awards in karate. The Shannon man will defend his title in a rematch with Popa in Wexford on June 25.The new champion is trained by his father, Howie who has competed at the World Karate Championships.Next week in Dublin, two members of the Shannon club, both named Michael O’Neill, will fight for national titles at cruiserweight and super heavyweight.

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Cratloe dethrone holders

DEFENDING U-21A hurling champions, Éire Óg, were stripped of their title at Newmarket on St Patrick’s Day by a Cratloe outfit that ran up a whopping 18 wides over the hour.A strong finish from the South-East Clare side was enough to see them progress to the semi-final where their opponents will be either Newmarket or Kilmaley, who must meet again after they played out a draw at Meelick.Meanwhile, competition favourites, Sixmilebridge, progressed to the semi-final after they proved too strong for Clonlara at Tulla. Shortly before the final whistle, a flare up resulted in three players, two from Clonlara, being dismissed on straight red cards by match official Rory Hickey.Three players, two from Éire Óg and one from Cratloe, were also sent off in the game in Newmarket.The remaining quarter-final was played on Sunday and resulted in victory for Inagh-Kilnamona over the Broadford-O’Callaghan’s Mills combination.   Cratloe 1-13Éire Óg 1-6 WHEN Éire Óg opened a one-goal lead 10 minutes into …

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Deserved victory for the Mills

THERE were comprehensive wins for Ballyea and Smith O’Brien’s in the opening round of the U-21B Hurling Championship on St Patrick’s Day. Neighbours, O’Callaghan’s Mills and Broadford, who have joined forces to take part at A level, had mixed luck in the B title race. The Mills had a one-point win over Clarecastle while Broadford went down by two points to Corofin.St Joseph’s came from behind to beat Ruan-Banner, while neighbours Clooney-Quin and Crusheen shared the spoils and must meet again to determine who will go through to play Corofin. O’Callaghan’s Mills 3-11Clarecastle 4-7 OVER the 60 minutes, O’Callaghan’s Mills were the better-balanced side and deserved to win this tie but it nearly didn’t turn out that way. Leading by seven points with as many minutes remaining, they looked set to win comfortably.An Aaron Considine point from a 30m free reduced the lead to six with three minutes to go. Then a Considine free rebounded off the post and David …

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Former Clare hurler makes his debut for Antrim

For a hurler or footballer to transfer from their native club is never an easy decision but from once Cratloe’s Sean Hawes moved to work in Belfast, it was inevitable a switch of clubs would follow.Sean has continued to return to his native Cratloe over the past two years despite being based in Belfast but he has finally made the switch. He made his debut for the Antrim senior side last week when they defeated Carlow in the Division 2 Hurling League.“I have played senior hurling for 12 years with Cratloe and I certainly enjoyed it. Winning the senior title in 2009 really topped it off and, while it was disappointing to lose last year’s final, it was great to get there again. It showed how much we had come on,” Sean told The Clare Champion.“I had decided that I was going to transfer at the end of this season anyhow. When the opportunity came up to represent Antrim, it …

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Scariff just one step from promotion

Scariff         28 Shandon     19 Scariff made the trip to Shandon, Cork for last Sunday’s league match and came away 28-19 victors. However, the scoreline does not reflect the match performance. Scariff got off to a great start with a try from Robbie Madden after good work from Conor McNamara. But that was as good as it got for Scariff until the 60th minute. Handling errors, lapses in concentration, poor defence and discipline let the Cork side back into this game. On 60 minutes Scariff were awarded a penalty try after James Kelly was taken off the ball as he was about to touch down. This gave Scariff the impetus to close out the game, with a second Robbie Madden try. The bonus point was secured with a Barry Gibbons try. James Kelly converted all four tries.This victory leaves Scariff one win away from promotion to the second division. The performance will have to improve, however, if they …

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