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Hurlers record unimpressive win

  Clare 2-15Kildare 0-11 CLARE completed their National Hurling League programme with another unimpressive display on Sunday. They struggled against bottom-of-the-table Kildare before emerging as 10-point winners, a result that sees them top the table and complete their programme without defeat.Already in the final prior to this latest outing, they will face Wexford in Sunday week’s decider after the Slaneysiders booked their spot in the final for the second successive year with a win over Antrim at Wexford Park.The final is set for 5pm on Sunday week at Semple Stadium in Thurles. The Clare management team continued with the policy of making a few changes from the previous outing and for this one they had Gerry Quinn in the starting line-up for the first time in the league. The Corofin man lined out at wing-back in a line completed by Brendan Bugler at centre-back and Pat Donnellan. Conor Cooney was at full-back, flanked by Pat Vaughan and Domhnaill O’Donovan. Team …

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U-21 championship football pairings

  THE draws for this season’s U-21 football championship (A, B and C grades) were made on Monday evening and it has paired defending champions Cratloe against St Joseph’s, Doora-Barefield in the opening round.These clubs have provided some great games in underage football in recent seasons and this clash should be another such contest.Thirteen teams entered the A championship and this resulted in five first-round byes with three clubs, Miltown, Lissycasey and Wolfe Tones, receiving byes to the quarter-final stage.The draw in full is: Byes to A Miltown, B Lissycasey and C Wolfe Tones.First round D Éire Óg v Ennistymon; E Cooraclare v Doonbeg; F Kilrush v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; G Kildysart-Coolmeen v  Ml Cusacks/Tubber/Kilfenora and Liscannor; H St Joseph’s v Cratloe.Quarter-finals 1 D v C; 2 E v B; 3 F v A; 4 H v G.Semi-finals 1 v 4; 2 v 3Nine teams will battle it out for the U-21 B title with Corofin and Meelick-Parteen clashing in the preliminary …

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Foley helps Ireland to Nations’ Cup win

CLARE’S Tom Foley added to his Fontainebleau laurels on Sunday with a win in the CSIOP Grand Prix with Dibidoe, the same pony who had delivered a double clear round for the 14-year-old on Saturday to help Ireland win the French Nations’ Cup.A fast double clear from Foley pipped French challenger Francois Denis by just over four seconds in the jump-off.The Irish pony team, making their debut at Nations’ Cup level on Saturday, took gold at Fontainebleau, beating Germany, France and Sweden into equal second place.

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Exciting semi-finals expected

THE Junior Cup semi-finals will dominate proceedings on the Clare soccer front this weekend and two exciting and lively contests are expected.The County Grounds in Doora will host both ties with Bridge United B and Rock Rovers clashing on Saturday evening at 6pm.Bridge are the surprise packets in this season’s competition and they cannot be taken lightly. They are chasing a league and cup double and given the progress of Lifford B in getting to the final last year, they will be confident of progressing.Rock Rovers won this title in 2008 and many of the players who helped bring about that success are still very much part of their team.Their experience should swing the tie in their direction and come Saturday night, they should be making plans for another final appearance.With respect to both Bridge B and Rock Rovers, there is little doubt but that the bigger crowd this weekend will be at Sunday’s semi-final between Avenue United A and …

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Ryan’s goal ensures win for Rock Rovers

Rock Rovers 1Bridge Celtic A 0 AFTER a scoreless first half, David Ryan got through for the all-important goal 15 minutes into the second half in this premier league tie on Sunday. Rock Rovers: Eric Murphy; Greg Howard, Ronan Judge, Shane Daniels, Luke Coote, Daryl Eade, Rowan Eade, David Considine, Brian Fitzpatrick, Marty McLoughlin, David Ryan.Subs: Ashley Glynn, Cathal O’Sullivan, Gavin Dinan.Bridge Celtic A: Ruairi Ahern, Diarmuid Ahern, Rob Seymour, Willian Slattery, Stephen McCarthy Brian Barry, Ricky Mowatt, Shane Byrnes, Adrian Dhuig, Ger O’Connell, Jimmy Fyffe.Sub: Peter Fitzmaurice for Barry. Bunratty A 3Newmarket Celtic A 4 IN this clash of neighbours in the premier league on Sunday, Newmarket Celtic were winners by the odd goal in seven over the title holders Bunratty A, a result that effectively ends Bunratty’s hopes of retaining the title.Bunratty were two goals up after 15 minutes thanks to Daithi O’Connell and Declan McDonald.Newmarket hit back with a goal from Dave O’Grady before Eoin Hayes had …

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Kilrush win badminton league title

KILRUSH Badminton Club won the Clare division five badminton senior league recently when they defeated An Droichead.  It was a tough match with some very close sets. Since last November Kilrush have played Carrigaholt, Kilmihil, Miltown Malbay and An Droichead in the league final. The panel includes: Avril Wade, Paula Moody, Lillian Griffin, Kathleen Donnellan, Eve Brennan, David Wade, Gino Varghese, David Nicholls, Tony Hally, Pat Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Dobson.  Kilrush will now participate in the Munster division 5 final next Sunday. The charity league hosted by Kilrush Badminton Club, in aid of the Friends of Clare Mental Health Services, is still in progress with Kilmihil, Carrigaholt, Miltown Malbay and Kilrush battling it out for the the Kilrush Credit Union trophy.  The league is due to finish on May 26. Paul Moody, Andy Small, Margaret Canny, Helena Crowley, Helen Finucane, Caroline Smyth are part of the panel for this tournament along with the squad members mentioned above. Meanwhile David Wade …

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Narrow win for St Joseph’s

St Joseph’s 2-5Lissycasey 1-6 TWO second-half goals from Enda Lyons  helped St Joseph’s to a narrow win over Lissycasey in their Garry Cup tie played at Gurteen on Saturday evening.Lissycasey went to the break leading by a goal, 1-4 to 0-4 with the goal coming from Danny Lynch. They should have been in a stronger position at this stage but it was a different story in the second half.The switch of Kevin Dilleen to midfield early in the second half helped give the Doora-Barefield side the upperhand in this vital area and this resulted in a plentiful supply of ball to their forwards. With Colm Mullen directing operations from the 40’, they piled the pressure on the Lissycasey defence and Lyons capitalised when the goal chances came this way.Mullen kicked three good points while David O’Brien and Lyons also had points on a day when Declan O’Keeffe, Seán Flynn, Gavin O’Sullivan and Niall White also impressed.Cathal Doohan, until injured, Cathal …

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Killaloe interest continues in Produce Stakes

THE Downes family from Killaloe are still interested in the outcome of the Red Mills Produce Stakes at Clonmel as their Big Ego and Droopy’s Lennon have qualified for the semi-finals next Sunday night.They survived the quarter-final sessions last Sunday when punters had a bad night as all four favourites were beaten and half of them failed to qualify for the semi-finals.With his main rival, Broadstand Lad missing from trap one, the Paul Hennessy-trained Colourful Champ was expected to ease through in the opening heat. However, he encountered traffic problems around the opening bends and had to rely on a grand-stand finish to earn third place. The Owen McKenna-trained Faypoint Dave led all the way for a 28.61 and two-and-a-half-length win over Cooladerry Fizz.Heat two saw the Eddie and Denis Fitzgerald-owned Castlelyons Ralf score another trap-to-line victory. At the finishing line, he had one a half length on the Mitchelstown-owned Movealong Catch. His clock of 28.60 was the best of …

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