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Gilligan inspires the ’Bridge

Sixmilebridge 2-15 Inagh-Kilnamona 2-8 A CONTRIBUTION of 1-7 from centre-forward and captain Niall Gilligan helped Sixmilebridge to a comfortable win over Inagh-Kilnamona in this tie played at Cusack Park on Saturday.In a disappointing game, Inagh-Kilnamona never threatened and the result means they are out of the title race.Sixmilebridge are now safely into the last eight, with defending champions Cratloe also through with one round still to play in the league stage of the competition.The sides swapped points twice in the first seven minutes but then the winners took control and a Gilligan goal at the mid-point of the half put them in the driving seat. The team skipper won possession from a John Fennessy clearance, rounded his marker and soloed through to crash a powerful shot to the roof of the net.Gilligan and Danny Morey caused huge problems for the Inagh-Kilnamona defence on the day and between them they contributed 1-10 of the team’s total.In an effort to improve matters, …

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Maximum points for Newmarket

Newmarket 1-14 Tulla 0-15 NEWMARKET completed their league section of the senior hurling championship with maximum points after this hard-earned win over Tulla at Cusack Park on Sunday.The Blues may have gone into the game as warm favourites but they had to battle all the way to the final whistle before emerging with a victory they just about deserved on a day when Colin Ryan’s contribution of 0-11 proved decisive.The teams were level on a number of occasions during the hour and it was Newmarket substitute Seanie Arthur’s goal, which proved decisive in the end.The sides went to the break level at 0-7 each, with Colin Ryan scoring five of his team’s points and the remaining two coming from Mike McInerney and Sean O’Connor.Andrew Quinn, David McInerney, Brian Quinn, Ray Stewart, Eanna Torpey and Brian Lynch were on the first-half scoresheet for Tulla, who went into this game chasing their first win in this campaign. Andrew Quinn and minor Ray …

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’Bridge make it to last eight

Sixmilebridge 0-15 Bodyke 1-6   SIXMILEBRIDGE progressed to the quarter-finals of the Intermediate Hurling Championship when they proved too strong for Bodyke last Friday in Broadford.A powerful performance from Clare minor, Seadna Morey, playing at midfield, was the highlight of the tie.Morey and all six forwards got in on the scoring as the winners held the upperhand.Colm Madden scored the game’s only goal.Bodyke are still in the hunt for a place in the knock-out stage of the championship. They play Ennistymon in their final game and the winners of that tie will go through to the last eight. Sixmilebridge: Stephen Fleming; Ger Quilligan, Keith Walker, Noel Purcell; Cathal Walsh, Kevin Lynch, Christy Griffin; Jonathon Downes, Seadna Morey; Sam O’Sullivan, Stiofan Fitzpatrick, Seánie Stack; Errol Tuohy, Rory Liddane, Alan Mulready.Bodyke: Seamus Ryan; Seán McGrath, Caimin Treacy, Shane Walsh; Colin Molloy, Sean Doyle, Manus Maguire; Keith Quigley, Danny Maguire; John Fitzgerald, Colm Madden, Diarmuid Walsh; Cathal Minogue, Ciarán Walsh, Ian Molloy.Subs: Ciarán …

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Glenfort Dove in flying form for Brigid

BALLYVAUGHAN native, Brigid D’Arcy, who had a winner in Galway the previous night, was back in the winner’s arena on Saturday night after her Glenfort Dove won the top-graded race.The winner and daughter of Go Wild Teddy and Loclar Kassi was smartly away in this A1-graded 550 to lead Burnenrubber and Tyrur Heavey by just over of two lengths as they approached the opening bend. By the halfway mark Glenfort Dove was well clear and led by five lengths at the third bend. Eventhough she tired slightly on the run home, she still had two and a half lengths to spare to beat Burnenrubber in a time of 30.38.Crusheen owner, Oliver O’Keeffe tasted success in the very first race of the night, an A8 garded 525 with Dunbar Copper in trap two. The lead changed a few times before NineMinus Two returned to the front at the second last bend however, on the run home Dunbar Copper was moving well …

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More gold for county at national finals

  CLARE Community Games had another great weekend at the last of the national finals for 2010 in Athlone last week. Clare had 159 children from 22 areas from Carrigaholt/Cross to O’Brien’s Bridge taking part. They brought home a total of 73 medals – eight gold, 27 silver, 24 bronze and 14 fourth-place medals. The competition was extremely high in athletics. There was a notable double for Clare in the U-14 shot putt as Deirbhile Ryan from Clonlara and Eoin Hanrahan from Doora-Barefield won gold.Angharad Loughnane from Kilkishen/O’Callaghan’s Mills/Oatfield had a very comfortable win in the U-13 walk, an event she is eligible to participate in for the next two years.On Saturday, most of the Clare athletes and relays qualified for semi-finals and a large number of those also qualified for the finals.In team events, Ennis St John’s boys’ Futsal U-13 team had a great win in their semi-final, as did the Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry boys’ rounders U-15.  Clarecastle/Ballyea tag rugby U-11 …

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Ennis to face East Cork in JB Carr final

ENNIS take on East Cork in the Munster final of the JB Carr seniors’ competition this weekend. The match is being played over two legs with Ennis travelling to play their opponents at their Midleton base this Friday. The Cork side will return to Ennis for the second leg on Monday.The competition involves five pairings representing each club in a scotch foursomes format.Meanwhile, Ennis seniors held a three-ball scramble last week which attracted an entry of 69. The winners were Jimmy McNamara, Michael Nunan and Pat Cahill with 45.5 from Frank White, Michael Barry and Tony Kehoe on 46.4. In third place with 45.7 were Bill Leacy, Andy Cregan an Tim McAllister. They were followed by Pat Cusack, Mairtin Concannon and Tim Ryan with 47.2, Pádraig Ryan, Matt Flynn and John Keane with 38, Noel Pilkington, John Keane and Ned Ryan with 48.3, Aidan Lynch, Seán Fitzpatrick and PP Cahill with 48.5. East Clare pipped IN the Minor Cup, Youghal …

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