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Burren Utd hold on for victory

There were a number of surprises as seven games in round three of the Clare Junior Cup were played at the weekend.Premier side, Bridge United A went out to Rineanna Rovers B in what was the shock of the round.Manus Celtic B’s victory over Hermitage A will also have come as a shock as will the defeats of both Rock Rovers and Newmarket Celtic A by Tulla United A and Lifford respectively. Burren United     4 Cratloe Forest     3 Burren United took the lead after 10 minutes in Lisdoonvarna when Patrick Darcy headed to the net from a Liam Keane cross.Cratloe Forset had the better of matters from here to the half-time whistle and scored twice to lead by the odd goal in three at the halfway point. The South East Clare side’s scorers were. A Padraig Chaplin corner went to the net via a deflection off a Burren defender before Michael Hawes put the visitors aheadOn the resumption, …

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Olympic take Bridge to go further ahead

Bridge United B 0 Shannon Olympic A 3 Shannon Olympic A extended their lead at the top of the First Division League with a convincing 3-0 victory away to Bridge United B on St Patrick’s Day.Played in perfect conditions, the away side got off to a great start and took the lead after only 10 minutes when Wayne Regan tapped home from close range after clever play between Mick O’Connell, Jason Regan and Karl Scott.Olympic created several chances to increase the lead with the Regan brothers, Jason and Wayne, Karl Scott and Donncadh Kelly all going close.Olympic started the second half as they had started the first and after just three minutes, they were rewarded with a second goal when Jason Regan attacked on the left-hand side and some clever interplay between himself and center-forward, Karl Scott, allowed Scott to run clear and finish well.In the 53rd minute the lead increased to 3-0 when Ray Quigley started an attack in …

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Six medals for Clare at National Indoor Championships

THE National juvenile U-12 to U-19 National Indoor Track and Field Championships were held over two days in Magherafelt, County Derry and six Clare athletes made the five-hour journey.Derbhile Ryan (Clonlara and Nenagh AC) won silver medals in the girls’ U-15 shot putt and high jump, Eoin Looney (Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare) won a silver medal in the boys’ U-13 600m, Paraic McNamara (Marian) won silver in the boys’ U-15 long jump while Harriett Flynn (Shannon), in the girls’ U-19 1,500m, won a bronze medal as did her brother, William, in the boys’ U-18 400m.On the first day in the girls’ U-13 600m, Elaine Shannon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare) had to settle for eighth position in 1. 53:99. In the boys’ U-13 600m, Munster champion, Eoin Looney (Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare) went out hard from the start and after 300m, he was in front. At the finish, he was pipped on the line with gold going to Luke Fitzgerald (Kilkenny City Harriers) in 1.42 :55. Looney …

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Win celebrated in the Black Hills of Dakota

EVEN though he was travelling in a coach high among the Black Hills of Dakota at the time, West Clare born priest, Fr Jack Meade kept in touch with what was happening in Shelbourne Park on a date last June. His fellow coach travellers were also aware an important greyhound final was taking place in Ireland and joined in  celebrations after Fr Jack’s Dalcash Dvinsky won the Sporting Press Irish Oaks.Details of how he and the American tourists were kept up to date with the Oaks final were disclosed by Fr Jack at the Irish Greyhound Board’s National Greyhound Racing Awards function in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Meelick last Sunday afternoon when his Dalcash Dvinsky was named the Bitch of the Year.He said that while travelling in the coach, he heard the Oaks final commentary on his mobile phone. The man in charge of the coach also asked was there anybody on board who had a greyhound in a big …

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Battling it out for the seniors’ league title

THE penultimate round of the Clare/Galway Winter Seniors’ League took place in Ennis on Friday last and attracted a big turnout.Gort’s Pat Fahy was the winner on the day with 37 points from his clubmate, Pat Craddock, who had a similar score. Sean O’Gorman, from Ennis, also with 37 points, was in third spot followed by another Ennis member, Michael Torpey, who also scored 37 points. Tom Pender, Ennis was fifth with 36 points followed by Michael O’Grady, Gort, with 36 points, Paul Higgins, Ennis, with 36 points, Michael Culliney, Ennis, with 36 points, Jimmy McNamara, Ennis, with 36 points and Finbarr Gantley, Gort, with 34 points.Ennis member, Noel Pyne, won the gross with 31 points.The final round of the league will be held in Woodstock next Wednesday. Ennis and Gort are currently battling it out for the overall title.WoodstockIN the weekly seniors’ competition at Woodstock, the winners of the team-of-three outing were Bobby Burke, Jim McMahon and Tom McKaigney …

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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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