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Tulla into another Munster final

Tulla 1-15 Abbey CBS 0-6 ST Joseph’s Tulla qualified for the Munster U-15 B hurling final with victory over Abbey CBS, Tipperary on Tuesday last in Ballybricken. St Joseph’s played against the wind in the first-half when they laid the foundation for the win. Eoin Touhy, who ended up scoring eight points, had his first in the third minute. Abbey replied with points from corner-forwards Seamus Kinnane and Sean Kiernan, before Mark Lynch got the crucial goal which settled Tulla, after great work from Shane Taylor and John O’Brien. The Tulla backs were well on top, particularly the half-back line of Damien Keniry, Niall Bolton and Taylor, along with Michael Burke in goal. O’Brien and Diarmuid Bane added two points before Colm Ryan got a pointed free to close Abbey’s first-half scoring, leaving it 1-4 to 0-3 in favour of the East Clare school.Abbey came out with a very physical approach in the second half but this was met head …

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Cooney launches Smith O’Brien’s development plan

AN achievable, realistic but still very ambitious plan was how GAA president Christy Cooney described the development plan produced by the Smith O’Brien’s club in Killaloe, which he launched on Sunday last.Addressing the gathering, he said he is delighted to be associated with the launch of development plans for clubs and he praised the Smith O’Brien’s officials for drawing up a plan which encompassed “the entire community”.Club member Michael Culhane gave a presentation on the plan for all present. It includes the construction of a hurling alley, the upgrading and extension of the clubhouse, upgrading the existing playing facilities, the purchase of more land to develop further playing pitches and the construction of a covered stand and scoreboard and increased car parking.Club secretary Tony O’Brien was MC for the occasion, while club chairman Naoise Lawlor welcomed all to Killaloe.“The response from the community has been very positive to date,” according to secretary O’Brien this week.The first in a series of …

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O’Loughlin relieved at victory

RELIEF was evident in Ger O’Loughlin’s voice when he spoke to the media shortly after Sunday’s victory over Antrim at Casement Park. The Clarecastle man acknowledged that his side was fortunate to secure this latest victory on a day when many of the players failed to produce their best form.“We are very relieved to get the two points on a day when, if right was right, we should have been beaten by eight or nine,” according to O’Loughlin.“What we have seen today shows that we need everybody on board, even at Division 2 level to be able to go out and get the results. Antrim had enough chances to have won that game. Speaking with the Antrim manager, Dinny Cahill, he said that he is only getting to know the players over the last eight or nine weeks and he has a lot of work to do but you could see their determination in the way they battled,” he added.“That …

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Sublime Tubridy gives a scoring masterclass

Clare 1-13 Carlow 0-15 A THIRD one-point win, from their five league games to date, kept Clare on top of Division 4 with three games left. While Michael O’Shea kicked the winning point three minutes into injury time, having linked with Brian Carrig, Doonbeg’s David Tubridy was the man of the hour. A couple of months ago, Clare coach Liam McHale likened Tubridy to Maurice Fitzgerald. Last Sunday. anybody who doubted the comparison had to think again. Playing at corner-forward, in a revamped full-forward line with Gary Brennan and O’ Shea, Tubridy scored Clare’s entire 1-8 first half total. His first four points from open play underlined his class, with three of them kicked off the left foot. Tubridy netted the goal after six minutes when Paul Reidy and Brennan combined to put him one-on-one with Carlow goalkeeper James Clarke. His opening three points were from frees won by Michael O’Shea and Chris Dunning. 1-3 to 0-1 up after eight …

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U-14s record second win

Clare 3-11 Waterford 4-4 AN excellent finish from Clare, which included two goals, sealed a second successive win in the Munster U-14 championship against Waterford in Gurteen last Saturday. Waterford got off to a great start when Lauren McGregor sent the ball between the posts for the first score of the game.  This lead was short-lived however as Clare’s Tara Comber grabbed a goal after great work by mid-fielder Maria Foran. Within five minutes, Waterford were back in front with goals from Shauna Dunphy and Lauren McGregor (2).The final first half scores went to Clare with Laura Rynne and Áine Brown getting two points each, to leave Waterford ahead 3-2 to 1-4 at the interval.  Within five minutes of the restart, Clare added six unanswered points from Laura Rynne, Tara Comber, Jenny Ryan and Ann Marie Hayes.  Waterford were not finished yet and were back in front with another goal from Lauren Guiry, which was to be their last score.  …

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’Bridge and Éire Óg still on for the double

BOTH Sixmilebridge and Éire Óg are still in the running for an U-21 double as they both have teams in the semi-finals of the C competition where, in fact, they will be in opposition. The other semi-finalists in this thirteen-a-side competition are Ennistymon and Parteen.Meanwhile, in the race for the B title, last year’s beaten finalists Kilmaley booked their place in the last four when they had a hard earned two-point win over Whitegate at Broadford last Saturday. They will take on Smith O’Brien’s who ousted the title holders Ballyea on Sunday.In the other semi-final, Corofin will have to wait until Saturday to learn who their opponents will be. Wolfe Tones booked their place in the quarter-final beating Tulla-Bodyke in a replay on Sunday.   Smith O’Brien’s 2-13Ballyea 0-10 HOLDERS Ballyea are out of this year’s title race as a result of this defeat at the hands of a lively Smith O’Briens side at Meelick on Sunday.It was point for …

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Holders march on

Sixmilebridge 3-12Crusheen 0-9 HOLDERS and favourites Sixmilebridge continued their march towards a second successive crown when they convincingly defeated Crusheen on Saturday in Clarecastle. Evenly matched in the first quarter, at the end of which the score was 0-4 each, the champions dictated matters from there to the end and were full value for their 12-point win.In fact, Crusheen didn’t score for the rest of the half while Sixmilebridge added 2-4 to lead by 10 points at the half time whistle. The goals came from Shane Golden and Caimin Morey with the latter adding a second goal ten minutes from the final whistle.The winners took the lead with points from a Sam O’Sullivan free and Declan Morey, before a brace from Fergus Kennedy tied up the game. Dara O’Doherty put Crusheen in front for the only time but O’Sullivan and Alan Mulready quickly had the winners back in front.When Fergus Kennedy levelled the game for the third time, everything pointed …

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