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Five still in line for Canon Hamilton

Only five teams remain in the race for the Canon Hamilton Trophy, the prize for the winners of the Clare Senior Hurling Championship, following the weekend’s action.All four quarter-finals produced close contests on Saturday last with the meeting of Sixmilebridge and O’Callaghan’s Mills ending level, a result the ’Bridge were fortunate to earn as they were outplayed for much of the tie by their neighbours in the opening game at Cusack Park.For a long time it looked like the second fixture at that venue would also end level but champions Cratloe fought to the end and earned a one point victory over Newmarket who are now 30 years without a win in a competition they dominated throughout the 60s and 70s.In the opening game of the day, Clonlara proved too strong for Clooney-Quin at Shannon and their victory has set up a repeat of last year’s final as they take on Cratloe in the semi-final.The last of the quarter-finals on …

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Ennis Shokotan members included in Irish team

THREE members of the WSKF Ennis Shotokan Academy have been included in the Irish team for the inaugural World World Shotokan Cup. After a long summer of training, Conall Tunney (19), Patrick Tierney (19) and Cormac Hennessy (18) will, on October 11, be flying out to Cyprus, where the World Cup will be held. The Ennis Academy’s kumite, or fighting, coach John Tunney is delighted with the news. “This is the culmination of almost nine months of preparation,” he said. “The boys have worked very hard, particularly during the summer, training four, five and sometimes six times a week.” Recently, the Irish panel have been putting the finishing touches to their preparations for Cyprus, training with some of the best coaches in Europe. Three weeks ago, they trained with the World Lightweight champion, Paul Newby. Last weekend, they worked with the most successful karate fighter of all time, nine-times World and European all-styles karate champion, Wayne Otto. In Cyprus, many …

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Doonbeg into county final

Doonbeg 1-6 Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-8   The Magpies are back. The roar from their supporters in the huge Cooraclare crowd, underlined the depth of what it meant to Doonbeg. The wild reaction on the sideline to Enda Doyle’s winning point further indicated how desperate they were to win this one.Come the county final, Doonbeg will be represented for the first time since 2001. Last Saturday evening the 2010 Doonbeg senior football team showed that they had the mettle needed to overcome the Munster and two-in-row Clare champions. Doonbeg’s resolve had been under scrutiny following successive one point county semi-final defeats. What makes this result even better from their viewpoint is that it looked as if they had folded the tent yet again. 0-5 to 0-2 up a minute into the second half, Doonbeg didn’t score again for 17 minutes, while Kilmurry reeled off six unanswered points. Doonbeg were wilting and it seemed that another semi-final defeat was inevitable as Kilmurry led …

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Senior football final postponed

A special meeting of Clare GAA held on Wednesday night decided to postpone the county senior football final for one week. Originally scheduled for Sunday week, October 3, the final will now go ahead on October 10. The request for the postponement came from Cooraclare, who pointed out that in the event of them beating Liscannor in this Sunday’s semi-final, playing the final on the original date would have meant five successive weekends of championship action for them. There was no objection to the request from their semi-final opponents Liscannor or from finalists Doonbeg, although Doonbeg delegate Michael Neenan warned against the dangers of changing from the master fixtures.

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Champions stay in the title race

Cratloe 0-12 Newmarket 0-11   CHAMPIONS Cratloe moved a step closer to retaining the Clare senior hurling title when they overcame the challenge of a strongly fancied Newmarket side at Cusack Park on Saturday evening.In a quarter-final in which the sides were level on seven occasions, a draw would have been a fair result  and not too many would have complained if this had proven to be the case. However, on reflection, is has to be said that Cratloe just about deserved victory in this tie as they played some excellent hurling which led to some impressive scores.One of the big talking points after this tie was the performance of match referee, Ger Hoey. In an effort to let the match flow he waved play-on on a few occasions when others would have given the free. One such occasion was in the closing stages of the game when Newmarket were a point ahead. Substitute James McInerney, making a comeback after …

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Clonlara chisel out gritty win

Clonlara 2-10 Clooney-Quin 0-12   Shortly after 2pm on Saturday afternoon, the call was made. Clonlara team captain Tomás O’Donovan was at the end of the line and was given the news he so desperately wanted to hear on honeymoon… confirmation of his team’s passage to the penultimate round of the Clare senior hurling championship.But it was a victory chiselled out in the face of a committed display from Clooney-Quin who were left with certain misgivings. What if they hadn’t gifted Clonlara their second goal and what if they hadn’t to play the final 20 minutes of the game with 14 players?Imponderables that will never be answered but will gnaw away at Clooney-Quin. But what they cannot dispute is the absence of the one key ingredient that Clonlara had, an ability to create and take goal chances. Goals win games and in this competitive contest the goals, both opportunistic strikes from Darach Honan, were the difference in the final analysis. …

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Lucky escape sets Bridge up for quarter-final replay

Sixmilebridge 1-13 O’Callaghan’s Mills 1-13   Sixmilebridge are this week putting the final touches to preparations for a senior hurling championship quarter-final replay in the knowledge that they are extremely fortunate to be still in the hunt for the 2010 senior title.In the opening tie in a very attractive triple header at Cusack Park last Saturday, they were outplayed for long periods by underdogs O’Callaghan’s Mills who should now be getting ready for a semi-final clash with Crusheen.Failure to avail of some good scoring opportunities, particularly in the closing period of the game, proved costly for the Mills and their supporters will be hoping they won’t find themselves regretting those misses come this Saturday evening.Going into the game as favourites, everything seemed to be going according to plan when the ‘Bridge raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead after just 11 minutes. It had taken them five minutes to get the first score from captain Niall Gilligan who converted a …

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