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’Champion honours teams of 2009

THE Clare Champion’s hurling and football teams of the 2009 senior championships will be honoured at a gala presentation banquet at the Clare Inn Hotel on Friday, March 26.The scheme, now in its fifth year, highlights The Clare Champion’s support for sport in the county. In addition to this scheme, the company sponsors the county senior hurling and football leagues, Cumann na mBunscol an Chláir and the Clare camogie U-16 competition.County champions Cratloe and Kilmurry-Ibrickane dominate the respective teams, capping a memorable season for their clubs.Cratloe delivered on the promise of recent seasons when they won their first senior title, beating the defending champions Clonlara in the decider. Kilmurry-Ibrickane retained the county senior crown and went on to add the Munster title. They are just one game away from being crowned All-Ireland champions.Four of the 2008 team are included, Nicky O’Connell, James McInerney, John Conlon and Donal Madden.The teams, chosen by The Clare Champion sports team of Seamus Hayes, Peter …

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Ryan leads the way for Kilmihil

A CONTRIBUTION of 1-4 from full-forward Timmy Ryan inspired Kilmihil to a one-point win over Lissycasey in a well-contested Garry Cup first round game at Kilmihil last Wednesday. The all-important goal came in the opening half following a mistake by the visitors, who were guilty of a number of bad misses during the course of this tie.Kilmihil led at the break on a score of 1-2 to 0-4 and quickly stretched their advantage to three points early in the second half. Lissycasey fought back but despite having a couple of late chances, they failed to get an equaliser.Best for Kilmihil were Shane Egan, Conor Crowley, David and Timmy Ryan, and Paul Finnucane, while Lissycasey’s best were Michael Melican, Seán  Hill, Martin Moran and Colin Lynch.Kilmihil: Keith Considine; Shane Egan, Johnnie O’Sullivan, Conor Crowley; Derek O’Connell, Karl Downes, Rory Mohally; David Ryan, Paul Finnucane; Aidan Downes, Paul Reidy, Philip Ryan; Shane Egan, Timmy Ryan, Declan Downes;Lissycasey: Joe Hayes; Michael Melican, Seán  …

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NUI Galway end 30-year wait for cup

A 30-YEAR wait ended for NUI Galway at the weekend when they won the Fitzgibbon Cup title for the first time since 1980.The competition hosts did it the hard way, coming from behind in both their semi-final and final to win by the narrowest of margins after extra time in each case.They went into Friday’s semi-final against Limerick IT as outsiders but at the end of a cracking tie, they were a point in front, 1-24 to 1-23.There was a huge Clare following at this tie in Dangan, which wasn’t surprising given that there was a very big Clare representation in both sides.The Davy Fitzgerald-managed Limerick side had James Gunning (Broadford), Conor Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills) and Cathal Chaplin (Broadford) in the full-back line with Nicky O’Connell (Clonlara) at wing-back and James McInerney (Newmarket) at centre-back. Seán Collins (Cratloe) was at midfield, with Bernard Gaffney (Newmarket) at left full-forward.Meanwhile, NUI Galway lined out with Donal Tuohy (Crusheen) as goalkeeper, Diarmuid Nash …

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Narrow defeat to Dublin in national league

CLARE put up a great performance in round two of the National Camogie League but ended up losing by the minimum margin at Parnell Park on Saturday.The winners held a three-point advantage at half-time when the score was 1-7 to 2-1 but Dublin edged in front in the second period when they confined the visitors to just one point.Dublin got off to a dream start with a goal in the first minute from Maire Moynihan but Clare hit back two minutes later with a goal from Deirdre Murphy, before taking the lead with points from Róisín O’Brien and Danielle Sheedy.Scores were coming quickly and Dublin went back in front in the eighth minute when Moynihan struck for her second goal.Clare had their best spell after this and responded with six unanswered points before Dublin had the final score of the half, their opening point.After a scoreless third quarter, Clare extended their lead when Deirdre Murphy pointed after 16 minutes but …

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Seniors suffer third loss

THE Clare ladies’ senior footballers lost their third league game in four matches in Eadestown, Kildare, last Sunday. Kildare made an excellent start and led 1-3 to 0-0 after just 12 minutes. Tracy Noone’s goal was a lucky one but it greatly aided the home county. Clare soon settled into the game and Kilmihil youngster Ailish Considine found the Kildare net after Áine Kelly had pointed. Coolmeen’s Eimear O’Connor then pointed to reduce the deficit to a single point before Noone and Niamh Keane exchanged scores. Eimear O’Connor’s second point tied the teams before Kildare responded with three successive points. Just before half-time, Eimear Considine scored Clare’s final first-half score, leaving them 1-7 to 1-5 behind at the interval.  Dual player Fiona Lafferty was introduced in the full-forward line after half-time, while Sineád Moloney moved to right-half forward, with Eimear Considine going to midfield and Marie Considine to wing-back. A Tracey Noone free put the home side three points ahead …

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Clare through to the last four

CLARE booked a place in the semi-final of the Oscar Taynor, inter-league junior competition, when they overcame Sligo-Leitrim at Ray McSharry Park in Sligo on Sunday.In the semi-final, scheduled for the end of March, Clare will play Cork or TipperarySligo-Leitrim, backboned by nine players with League of Ireland experience, were fancied by many outside of Clare to advance. The Banner County team has been impressive on the way to this stage of the competition and from the start, it was clear that they were well up for this match with David McCarthy having a shot just go over the crossbar and Trevor Maxwell having an effort well saved inside the first five minutes. Sligo-Leitrim’s first effort at goal came on 10 minutes when Lee Marshall’s effort was deflected wide. Maxwell had another effort narrowly miss the target eight minutes later while two minutes after this, he made a great run down the right wing cut inside the last defender and …

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Ten Nenagh gold medals for Clare athletes

CLARE athletes enjoyed a stylish start at the Munster Juvenile U-14s to U-19s indoor track and field championships, which were held at the Nenagh Indoor Arena on Saturday and Sunday, bringing home four golds.Harriett Flynn (Shannon) was a very impressive winner in the girls’ U-18 800 metres, Catriona Hennessy (Marian) captured the girls’ U-19 800 metres with Liam Markham (Ennis Track) leading from start to finish to take the boys’ U-19 1,500 metres and Seamus McMahon (Shannon) taking gold in the boys’ U-15 1,000 metres walk.On day two, there were six gold medal winners. Louise Woods (Marian) in the U-19 400metres; Dara Chesser (Ennis Track) in the boys’ U-19, 800m; Darragh Lynch (Ennis Track) in the boys’ U-18 800m; Ian Slobody (Kilmihil) U-16 Munster champion at 800m; Fergal Conlon (Tulla) in the boys’ U-16 1,500m walk and Harriett Flynn (Shannon), winning her second gold medal of the weekend, in the 1,500 metres.Meelick athlete Amy O’Donoghue, a member of Emerald AC, …

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Good medal haul for Ennis club

THE Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club recently hosted a Munster-graded gala. This year’s two-day event had a good number of clubs participating in what turned out to be an intense competition. Overall, the host club won 92 medals.Girls’ U-12: Lily Barrett won gold in the 100m breaststroke in a personal best (pb) of 1:30.09 and two bronze medals in the 200m freestyle and 50m front crawl kick. Sadhbh O’Brien took gold in the 25m fly kick.Girls’ 13-14: Ciara Gleeson won two gold medals in the 50m front crawl kick and the 25m fly kick. She added three silver medals in the 100m breaststroke, the 200m individual medley and the 100m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. Kate Molan won a silver medal in the 50m front crawl kick while Katie Shannon also won a silver medal in the 25m fly kick. Aisling Wolf set a two-second pb in the 200m freestyle in 2:27.52 and earned the silver …

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