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19-year wait ends for Kilrush

Kilrush Community School 1-8  Rice College 1-7 KILRUSH Community School defeated Rice College in the Clare Colleges senior football final played in Kilmihil last Monday. This was Kilrush’s first senior Clare colleges title since 1991.The winners shaded a competitive and entertaining game in which both defences dominated for large spells. Kilrush stated bright with points from Gearóid Looney and Calum Bond. After ten minutes Rice College drew level and led by 1-3 to 0-3 close to half-time. However a Ruairí Norrby goal brought Kilrush back into contention and they trailed by just two points at the interval, Rice College 1 -5 Kilrush 1-3. An evenly contested second half resulted in scores being exchanged on both side with Ruaira Norrby, Calum Bond and Ross Cullinan scoring for Kilrush. Intense pressure from Kilrush in the last five minutes resulted in a great movement being finished off by Conn Prendeville for the equalising score. Kilrush’s momentum continued and, on the stroke of full-time, …

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Good start for Hassett

GARRETT Hassett has made a fine start to his training career and the Moyriesk, Quin, handler teamed-up with champion jockey Derek O’Connor to take the concluding seven-year-old geldings’ maiden with Macs Lad at last Sunday’s Bartlemy, county Cork point-to-point meeting. Macs Lad went off at 7/2 and given a typically patient O’Connor ride the son of Old Vic was settled out the back of this 10-runnner field in the early stages. Heading toward the final fence, it appeared as if Smoke Shelter, trained in Sixmilebridge by Niall Kelleher, was going to succeed, but O’Connor had timed his effort aboard Macs Lad to perfection when sweeping past that rival with 100 yards to go to beat the Declan Queally-ridden runner-up by three-parts of a length.Hassett, who trains the winner for his father, well-known veterinary surgeon Paddy Hassett, will go now to the track for a handicap hurdle with Macs Lad who should be able to exploit his hurdle rating of 80 …

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