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Historic win for Éire Óg

Éire Óg 0-15Sixmilebridge 1-11 THEY weren’t given much chance of success by most hurling followers outside their club. And when Éire Óg went eight points behind in the first quarter of Sunday’s U-21A Hurling Championship final at Cusack Park, a one-sided game appeared to be on the cards.However, a strong last 10 minutes to the half, when they outscored the title-holders 0-5 to 0-1, laid the foundations for a memorable second half performance from the town side.Inspired by the Kevin Moynihan at centre-back and David O’Halloran in attack, they turned the tables on the favourites and when the final whistle sounded they were in front, a fact that resulted in great scenes of celebration amongst their supporters.In 11 final appearances since 1964, this was only Éire Óg’s third success and it could hardly have come at a better time, as the club has been struggling for success at adult level in recent years.Sixmilebridge got off to a dream start with …

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Clare County Board must explain themselves

Comment CAN the Clare County Board explain why they are unable or unwilling to reveal why the 10 clubs who received a €25,000 Croke Park grant were successful?Equally pertinent – why are they afraid to tell the 14 clubs who didn’t benefit from the grant the reasons behind the demise of their applications? If the county board were brave enough to stand by their convictions and clearly explain the logic behind their decision-making, they would be accorded far more respect than is the case. Everybody involved in sport is capable of taking a setback on board. It happens every week when teams are picked and players are left in the dugout. But as long as those players, who feel that they should be playing, are talked to and told why they are not featuring, most accept what they hear. The same logic would apply with reference to the grants controversy in Clare if the county board could manage to explain …

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Féile na nGael hurling groupings announced

SEVENTY-two teams will compete in the National Féile na nGael hurling competition in Clare in June. They will be divided into six divisions.In camogie, 56 teams will compete and they will be divided across four divisions.Five clubs from outside of Clare have agreed to act as hosts clubs with four of these in Galway and one in Limerick. Gort, Ardrahan, Michael Cusacks (Beagh and Kilbeacanty) and one more to be confirmed will be joined by Na Piarsaigh. Gort, Ardrahan and Na Piarsaigh will compete in Division 1 for the Christy Ring Trophy while the other two Galway clubs will be in Division 2 where the winners will receive the Canon Fogarty Trophy.Divisions 1 and 2 will have 10 teams each with the winners of each group going through to the play-offs. This will result in one quarter-final. The remaining four divisions will have eight teams in two groups of four and two will qualify from each group for the semi-finals.Monday’s …

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Rampant Kilmurry back on song

  Kilmurry-Ibrickane 1-17Éire Óg 0-9 A WEEK after losing their opening Cusack Cup game to Miltown, Kilmurry stormed back to very near their rampant best in Quilty last Saturday evening. Although Éire Óg were a big help to the Clare and Munster champions, allowing them plenty of time and space in which to play, Kilmurry ruthlessly tore through the Ennis men during the hour of football. Such was the dynamism of their play, Kilmurry led 1-6 to 0-1 after just 20 minutes. Stephen Moloney’s 18th minute goal was a sublime chip over Eoin Slattery in the Éire Óg goalmouth, while Moloney himself, Noel Downes, Enda Coughlan and Johnny Daly had already kicked points. Interestingly, Coughlan was placed at centre-forward by Gerard McCarthy, Martin Cahill and Michael Considine, who were on the sideline for the managerless county champions. Eoin Glynn, who was Éire Óg’s best forward, kicked their first point, while Niall Daly and David Russell completed their three-point first half …

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Clare take senior championship place with Waterford victory

Clare 3-10Waterford 1-6 THE Clare senior camogie team put their disappointing run in the national league behind them on Sunday when they booked their place in Munster’s senior championship with a decisive win over Waterford.Played in Ballygunnar, the Clare girls took the lead in the opening minute when Deirdre Murphy pointed from a free. Murphy and Róisín McMahon tacked on another two points from play and it was in the 12th minute that Waterford’s Karen Kelly registered their first point. Clare were unlucky not to raise the green flag from the resulting puck-out, which saw Fiona Lafferty collect in midfield and drive a long ball in to the forwards. It was collected by Norah Murphy but her shot hit the upright.Lafferty then got her name on the scoreboard after again winning the puck-out and evading the Waterford defence to put another point on the board for Clare. Áine Lyng accounted for Waterford’s second score of the match with a well-taken …

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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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