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The Listener takes easy victory at Down Royal

English raider The Listener ran out a facile winner of the Grade 1 Jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday. Ridden by Andrew McNamara, Nick Mitchell’s 7/1 shot had his task eased considerably when even-money favourite, Notre Pere, who was upsides the eventual winner at the time, crashed out at the fifth-last fence.

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Clare youths off to a winning start

Clare 3  Roscommon 1 CLARE youths got their inter-youths league campaign off to a great start on Saturday when they accounted for Roscommon in a tie played at McDonough Park in Newmarket.Three second-half goals helped Clare to this impressive result and they will travel to play Galway in a confident mood next week in round two of the competition. Galway were beaten finalists last year, losing out narrowly in the decider. Clare had the better of the first half exchanges, yet they found themselves in arrears at the break. In a rare attack, just on the stroke of half time, Roscommon scored having played against the wind.Playing with the aid of a strong wind in the first half, Clare found it difficult to control the ball and when they turned over to play against the elements, they were able to control matters much better. Early in the second half, they got back on terms when Avenue’s Graham Glynn punished a …

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All parties to meet in hurling dispute

A RESOLUTON to the current stand-off between players and management in Clare hurling looked more hopeful this week when team captain Brian O’Connell told The Clare Champion that the players “have no problem in meeting with management and the county board”.The Wolfe Tones man was responding to the decision reached at the Clare County Board meeting this week, where delegates unanimously voiced their support for manager Mike McNamara, whom the players had voted no confidence in, a decision they communicated in writing to Tuesday’s meeting.“There is no breakdown in communication and we are working to resolve the situation,” according to O’Connell, confirming that the players will attend a meeting, which board chairman Michael O’Neill is due to call in the coming days.Following the meeting, the chairman expressed confidence that the matter will be resolved. “If I didn’t feel that there is a chance, I wouldn’t have undertaken it tonight. There is a strong chance of putting Clare hurling back where …

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