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O’Gorman Cup victory for Doonbeg

Doonbeg 1-11 Lissycasey 0-5     AFTER an even opening half, Doonbeg took control and restricted Lissycasey to just one more point to take their first O’Gorman Cup in some style.Throughout the second period their defence had the measure of the Lissycasey attackers. Although the 2007 county champions frequently managed to work the ball into the Doonbeg half, they could make no further inroads, while the home side were less inhibited when they went forward themselves, with man of the match Brian Egan kicking some fine scores.Doonbeg’s Shane Ryan enjoyed a very good first half and he opened the scoring in the third minute, two minutes before Colin Lynch levelled.A move which also involved Alan Nagle and Lynch ended with Derek McMahon pointing, before Ryan levelled it again in the 13th minute.Egan put Doonbeg into the lead before Enda Finnucane restored parity in the 25th minute, 0-3 apiece.Finnucane and Enda Doyle traded points before Shane O’Brien had the game’s only …

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Doonbeg should have too much for Miltown

THE Cusack Cup semi-finals will be staged at separate venues at 1.30pm on Sunday. Following their O’Gorman Cup final win over Lissycasey last Sunday evening, Doonbeg will play Miltown in Quilty for a place in the final. Two years ago they reached the decider, only to be beaten by Kilmurry-Ibrickane in Kilmihil. The Mapgies topped the Cusack Cup table, winning six games and losing just twice to Cooraclare and, ironically, to Miltown. That latter game meant more to Miltown in that if they had lost, they could have been relegated. Instead, their win led to Miltown qualifying for the last four, which indicates how tight the Cusack Cup was this year. Doonbeg were already sure of top spot and knew that if Miltown won, they would be likely to meet in the semi-final. Not alone will Miltown be highly motivated to reach the final, the fact that they will be given little chance of beating Doonbeg a second time should …

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Kilrush to regain Cusack Cup status

HAVING been relegated from the Cusack Cup last year, a win in Saturday’s Garry Cup semi-final will mean that Kilrush will be back playing first division league football next year. However, Wolfe Tones will be equally determined to win promotion and compete at the highest level of Clare league football. When the sides met in the league Kilrush defeated Wolfe Tones, who lost their opening championship game to Éire Óg in Cusack Park. Kilrush also lost their opening game to Cooraclare in Doonbeg. Whoever wins this weekend will head into their second group game in a much more positive mind frame. Kilrush will look to John Hayes, Donal O’Sullivan, Peadar McMahon and Rory O’Connor to inspire them while Wolfe Tones will need players such as Chris Dunning, Stephen Monahgan, Kevin Cahill and Patsy Keyes to inspire them. However, Kilrush should be capable of winning this one and qualifying for the Garry Cup final the following weekend. Barefield to edge out …

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Captain’s prize time at Gort

LAST weekend it was the turn of the ladies to battle it out for the captain’s (Ann Marie Cradock) prize at Gort and the event attracted a big entry.This week it’s the turn of the men who will play for Bernard Gillane’s prize with the leaders coming back for a play off on the following Friday evening.The format for the ladies prize was 18-hole stroke and the winner was Patricia Skehill with 66. She had two strokes to spare from Ruth Naughton with Siobhán O’Connor, also with 68, in third spot. They were followed by Kathleen Sands on 69, Ros Burke with 69, Olga Price with 71, Maura O’Grady with 71, Marie Hannon Healy with 71, Mandy Cosgrove with 72 and Maura Hanrahan with 72. Judith McGann won the gross with 79 while other prize winners were Mary Fahey Coen (past captain), Sara Broderick (committee prize) Pat Wynne (back nine), Josie Collins (front nine and nearest the pin), Mary Kilroy …

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Murphy and Shannon share spoils

THE Clarecastle 10k Road Race was held in wet conditions on Saturday, with more than 200 competitors taking part.After a mighty contest, Brian Murphy, Ennis Track, and Michael Shannon, Kilnaboy, crossed the line together with a time of 31.31, with Keith Whyte, St John’s, third in 33.45. Rachel Molloy, Limerick, recorded a big win in the ladies’ race in 42.13 from Noreen Mackey, Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare and Mary Carthy, O’Briensbridge.Clarecastle man Brian Murphy, along with Michael Shannon, Kilnaboy, had gone over 100m clear of Keith White, St John’s at the 2k mark with Pat Hogan, Ennis Track, working hard in fourth spot from Michael Killeen, Damian Roche and Tom Mackey, both Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare.Murphy and Shannon had moved well away from the rest of the field at the 8k mark and they crossed the finish line shoulder to shoulder. The ladies’ race was a well-supported event and Ennis Meet and Train, along with a number of Clare clubs, were well represented. Rachel …

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Final countdown for the Markets Field

IT WILL be an occasion full of nostalgia. Memorable races of the past will be recalled, the names of famous dogs and owners will be mentioned and a night fitting of the occasion has been arranged to mark the final night of racing at the Limerick Greyhound Racing Stadium on Saturday night next.After the final race, the Markets Field will be a thing of the past as far as Bord na gCon and greyhound racing is concerned. The curtain will be coming down on what has been a glorious chapter and a great venue for dog racing since the 1930s. And fittingly one of the highlighhts of the night will be a Farewell to the Markets Field Munster Challenge Open 550 in which a greyhound representing all of the six counties in the province of Munster will go to traps. There will be €800 for the winner/owner who will have the honour of putting the last winner to traps at …

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Rags-to-riches story for Sixmilebridge trainer

SIXMILEBRIDGE trainer Denis Quinn was part of a real rags-to-riches story when his bargain-basement purchase, Captain Coke, realised 80,000gns at last week’s Tattersalls Sales at Newmarket. The three-year-old was purchased by Qatar-based trainer Ibrahim Al-Malki and may race in Britain before heading to the Middle East, where the Dubai Carnival will be his main target. Speaking in the aftermath of the sale, a delighted Quinn explained, “I paid €4,200 for Captain Coke as a yearling at the Gorsebridge Sales for my brother, Peter, who is in the plumbing trade in New York. We offered him at the Breeze-Up sales as a two-year-old but he was thought to be too much of a National Hunt-type and there wasn’t that much interest. We always felt he was a nice horse and we had no notion of throwing him away, so we bought him back for €5,000.” Happily, the decision to hold on to the colt by Fath was a wise one and …

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Friendly foes draw battle lines

WHEN Anthony Daly and Ger O’Loughlin first went into team management taking charge of the Clarecastle minors along with Padraic Russell back in 1994, little did they think that 16 years later they would find themselves in opposition in Croke Park.That’s the position that the close friends who grew up a few doors from each other in Madden’s Terrace in Clarecastle find themselves in this week, putting the final touches to their plans for Saturday’s eagerly awaited qualifier clash when O’Loughlin will lead his native Clare against Daly’s adopted Dublin.“It’s unusual but it will have no bearing on the game. That’s just the way the toss of the coin went. There was always a chance once we went out of Munster that we would end up with the losers of this Leinster semi-final. We had a fair idea a couple of weeks back. It doesn’t have any bearing other than the hype that goes with it,” O’Loughlin said.“The two of …

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