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Juvenile stars set to shine

Clare will contest five All-Ireland 40×20 juvenile handball finals.Colin Crehan will play Darren Doherty from Monaghan in the U-16 singles decider after the Kilkishen man scored an impressive 21-2, 21-6 win over Leitrim’s Shane Doonan in Roscommon on Saturday. Also in Roscommon, Tulla pair Niall Bolton and Colin Corbett reached the U-16 doubles final (against Pol Clarke and Patrick McRory) with a 17-21, 21-3, 11-4 victory over Colm Walsh and Conor Egan from Roscommon. In girls U-15 doubles, Natasha Coughlan and Michelle Nihill qualified for the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny (Denise Love and Aisling Maher) when they beat Aoibhe Quinn and Marianne Foody (Sligo) 15-5, 15-7. Hannah O’Brien and Áine McInerney are through to the U-17 doubles final after receiving a semi-final walkover and they will also face Kilkenny opposition, Lauren Barcoe and Mary Wall. Brian Fahy’s U-14 singles semi-final against Ronan O’Beolain (Galway) was played on Monday night in Inverin, Galway and the Tulla man came out on top, …

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’Champion honours the cream of ’10

The Clare Champion’s hurling and football teams of the 2010 senior championships, together with leading performers in a number of other sporting disciplines and in the area of community involvement, will be honoured at a gala presentation banquet at the Clare Inn Hotel on Friday, April 15.The scheme, now in its sixth year, highlights The Clare Champion’s support for sport in the county. The company already sponsors the Clare Champion Cup and Cusack Cup (senior hurling and football leagues) and Cumann na mBunscoil an Chláir Not surprisingly, county champions Crusheen and Doonbeg dominate this year’s selections. For Crusheen, 2010 was a truly memorable year as they won the Clare senior hurling title for the first time in the club’s history. For team manager Michael Browne it was a memorable occasion. Three years earlier he was in charge of Tulla when they ended a long wait by beating Browne’s native Crusheen by the minimum margin.Nine years without a county senior title …

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Cork U-16s in control

Cork 5-9  Clare  3-3 Cork showed their determination to retain the title of U-16A All-Ireland champions on Sunday in Newmarket with a comprehensive 5-9 to 3-3 defeat of Clare. Cork set the tone with their first point inside the opening minute of play and Linda Collins raised their first green flag in the fifth minute, which she pulled on the rebound following a save by Clare’s net minder, Pauline McNamara. Clare were slow to settle into this game and Cork took advantage of the sluggishness to lead 2-3 to Clare’s single point by the 20th minute. Clodagh O’Halloran goaled for Clare soon after, before Cork added another 2-1 to their tally, leaving a half-time score at 4-4 to 1-1 in Cork’s favour.Clare were much more settled in the second half but quick reflexes by Kayln Lee in the Cork goalmouth denied Lauren Guilfoyle and Clare had the perfect start to the restart. Cork however, regained superiority and had four unanswered …

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Irish titles for Carrig and McCormack

Clare boxers Sally Carrig and Kayleigh McCormack captured Irish titles in the national Youth and Girl Boxing Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday last perpetuating a proud county tradition of fighting excellence. Both girls won in contrasting fashion with Sally from the Ennis club making her debut at this, the highest level in girls boxing. The seasoned yet precocious Kayleigh added 57kg title to the one that she won in style last year. Clare coach Seán Carrig was delighted with the two titles and was particularly proud of the three other finalists from Clare, Lee Sherlock (54kg), Caoilinn McCormack (52kg) and defending champion Antoinette Keane (63kg), fought magnificently in their respective finals.Kilfenora’s Kayleigh McCormack came through a bruising semi-final against the durable Lauren Smith (South Meath), having led from the opening bell on Friday night. Her opponent in the final, Ulster champion Rosemary Doherty from the Carndonagh club, was experienced but found it hard to cope with …

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Five gold for competitors at Irish Karate Championships

Clare karate competitors brought home a stunning five gold medals from the WSKF Irish Karate Championships, staged in Tallaght at the weekend. In a battling performance, members of the Ennis Karate Academy took home a total of 16 medals. Pride of place went the three youngest competitors, Robert McNamara (7), Lorraine Connellan (7) and Séamus Óg Enright (6), who were competing at the nationals for the first time. Robert won gold in the U-8 Kumite, or fighting, with Séamus Óg taking bronze in the same event. Lorraine won bronze in U-8 Kata. The first Ennis success of the day came when, for the fifth year in a row, John Tunney won gold in the veteran’s Kata. Séamus Enright Senior took third place in the same event, his first success at this level. Soon after, Letty Howe followed up with a bronze, this time in the ladies’ Kumite, having been very unlucky to lose her semi-final. These early successes set a …

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Clare well beaten by champions

Wexford 2-14  Clare 0-4   Clare suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the All-Ireland champions Wexford last Saturday in Piercestown, Wexford, in Round 3 of the National Camogie League.Taking on the current champions in both league and championship was always going to be a daunting task for Clare, whose problems were added to by the absence of key players Sinéad Donovan, Siobhán Lafferty and Laura Linnane through injury. Wexford had the added incentive of this being their first opportunity of playing in front of a home crowd since their All-Ireland win last September, their two other games in the group having been away from home. They did not let their supporters down, treating them to a display befitting that of champions. The home side took control from the outset and by the midpoint of the opening half they had a five-point lead before Katrina Parrock goaled in the 22nd minute. Chloe Morey got Clare on the scoreboard with …

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Win all too easy for Clare

Clare 5-10 London 0-4 Clare just about warmed up for next Sunday’s pivotal league meeting with Roscommon in Cusack Park last Saturday. London competed reasonably ably for 35 minutes but their attack was one of the least dangerous to field in a national football league game. They didn’t manage to score a single point from play. Only Kilkenny can toast a less successful approach scoring record. If London had deliberately set out to be less threatening in attack they would hardly have succeeded. Although Clare eventually won by 21 points, they led by a mere 2-3 to 0-3 at half-time. Alan Clohessy picked up a bang in scoring a sixth-minute goal, going in bravely on a dropping ball lobbed in from the right by David Tubridy. Tubridy and Laurence Healy added Clare’s first-half points while Gary Brennan, who started at full-forward, goaled eight minutes before half-time after good link-up play involving Michael Foran, Rory Donnelly and Clohessy. London defended manfully …

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