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Banner Building For The Future In Clare JAFC Final

It has been a decade to remember for all involved in Banner GAA circles with outstanding progression on and off the field. Their facilities on the Shanaway Road are almost second to none, with that drive for improvement transferring to on –field success. Shane Meehan’s explosion onto the national stage has catapulted the club to new heights with the dual star recognised as one of the best hurlers at minor level in the country this year. The club will hope for further progression on Sunday as they make their bid for the Clare Junior A football title. It is only two years since the Junior B crown was annexed and the steady climb through the ranks has seen them emerge as real title contenders. They took the scalp of another North Clare side in the semi-final with victory over Ballyvaughan, while they have already bested Sunday’s opponents when they met in the group stages. Manager John Burke feels it will …

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Michael Cusack’s Looking To Go One Better In 2019 Clare JAFC Final

Michael Cusacks make their bid for the Clare Junior A football title for the second year running this weekend when they face the Banner in the decider. It was also Ennis based opposition for the North Clare men 12 months ago as they lost out to Eire Óg by 2-14 to 2-6. They are back in the final once more after a solid championship campaign, in which their only defeat came against Sunday’s opponents when they met in the group stages. They edged past Lissycasey in the last eight before coming through a tough battle with Clooney-Quin to reach the final. Manager Pat Davoren admits there is a buzz building around the club as another county final approaches. “There is an excitement around the place over the last few days and the young lads are out putting up the bunting so that is great to see. It is great to be back in this situation again especially after last year’s …

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Off The Fence With Fergie O’Loughlin

We are now down to the last two standing in the race for the Canon Hamilton trophy and everyone is counting down already to what should be an enthralling county final. In the overall context of the championship, it is fair to say that two best teams are going to cross swords and it promises to be an epic clash between Sixmilebridge and Cratloe. Before we talk about the games, we have to talk about the standard of refereeing over the weekend. Some of it was very good, but most of it was very poor. Niall Malone was impressive in the Cratloe v Crusheen game, albeit it was an easy game to do because it was over as a contest early in the second half. I liked the way he let the game flow and I liked how he communicated with his officials and the players. In contrast to that, I felt Chris Maguire was poor in the intermediate semi …

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Lohan In The Running For Clare Senior Hurling Managers Role

Legendary two-time All Ireland winner Brian Lohan has confirmed to The Clare Champion that he is in the running to be named as the next Clare senior hurling manager. The Wolfe Tones clubman said he made the decision to allow his name to go forward for the position after he was contacted by chairman of Clare GAA Joe Cooney. Lohan, who won four All Star awards during his time in the saffron and blue, is currently working on putting his backroom team together and details of this are expected be outlined to delegates at the October meeting of Clare GAA. He previously managed UL to Fitzgibbon Cup success and managed a number of the current Clare senior panel during their time with the college. Mr Cooney confirmed on Wednesday that there are currently three candidates being considered for the position, with outgoing joint manager Donal Moloney also in the running. The chairman said he would not be disclosing the identity …

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Jamie Malone on football All-Star short-list

COROFIN’S Jamie Malone is of of 45 players on the 2019 PwC All-Star football short-list. The Clare footballer is one of 18 forwards nominated. The All-Star team will be announced on Friday November 1. Five in a row winners Dublin have 13 players in this year’s list of nominees who come from 11 counties. Munster champions, and beaten All-Ireland finalists Kerry have nine players down for the final consideration, with Ulster champions Donegal the next highest representation with six. The number of exciting games and impressive performances in the 2019 football season is reflected in the breadth of the counties represented, with the full breakdown being Dublin 13, Kerry 9, Donegal 6, Mayo 4, Tyrone 3, Meath 3, Armagh 2, Roscommon 2, Cavan, Clare, and Cork 1 each. As well as voting on the overall Player of the Year accolade, inter-county players will also be asked to vote on who they believe is the Young Footballer of the Year.

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Ennis fighter to begin pro career on October 11

ENNIS boxer Paddy Donovan will have his first professional fight when he takes on Eduardo Valverde in Belfast on October 11. Twenty-year-old Donovan signed with Top Rank in June and is seen as a major prospect in the pro ranks, having had a stellar amateur career. He is trained by former WBO world middleweight champion Andy Lee, who said he is glad his fighter will begin his career on Irish soil. “It’s nice to be fighting at home, all Paddy’s family and friends are going to get the chance to see him start this journey which, if it goes to plan, will be long and successful. It’s always good to fight in Ireland.” The fight is scheduled for six rounds and while prospects like Donovan normally start with handy victories, Andy said this challenge is a bit different. “Valverde has two wins and two losses, so he’s got a 50% record. It’s a fight that we’re confident of Paddy winning …

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