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The future has arrived

LAST Saturday in Cusack Park the rug was pulled even further from under the confused feet of Clare’s hurling establishment. Cratloe’s place in the 2009 county hurling final has been wrought primarily from their belief in the outstanding youngsters eligible to wear the club jersey.Last weekend’s semi-final was as clear an indication of the new way in Clare hurling as any. While Kilmaley primarily looked to Colin Lynch, Diarmuid McMahon and Conor Clancy, Cratloe put all their faith in their young players to help the club alter the course of their hurling history. Although Kilmaley have a few able young hurlers in their ranks, Dara Keane in particular, it seems that Cratloe and Clonara have been best rewarded for their investment of both time and trust in their youngsters. There’s a deep-seated belief in Clare GAA relating to the value of experience. That sometimes results in young players not being trusted when it really matters and can see the players …

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Waterford to be the opponents for both codes

WATERFORD will provide the opposition for Clare in their opening games in both the Munster senior hurling and football championship in 2010.Last week’s championship draws paired the Banner men with Waterford in a first round in senior football and in a semi-final in senior hurling. The winners of the football tie, which will be played in Waterford, will proceed to a semi-final date with Limerick, a repeat of this year when the sides clashed at Ennis, where Limerick came out on top.Clare have home and away arrangements in place with both Waterford and Limerick and they are due to travel to both counties in their next championship meetings. This means that if they overcome Waterford to set up a second successive Munster semi-final clash with Limerick, it will be played at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick next June.The meeting of Clare and Waterford in the Munster senior hurling semi-final is certain to arouse a lot of interest. When they last …

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Munster Council aids Clare schools

WHILE unsuccessful attempts were made to enter two college amalgamation teams (West Clare and North Clare colleges), this year, Clare GAA is to reapply next year in the hope that the amalgamations will be allowed to play Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster senior colleges) football in 2010.In the interim, the Munster Council has identified Clare as one of four Munster counties where it will help to increase the promotion of football at second-level schools in Clare. The project is a four-year plan and is to provide outside coaches who will coach first-year players in these schools for 24 sessions over the full school term. The students will also compete in blitzes held in each county for the participating schools. The aim is that after four years of coaching the first-year players in the schools would be in a position to compete in the Corn Ui Mhuirí. However, because of the lack of numbers in the eight colleges in the traditional (West/North) …

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Ballyea win with Kilmihil duo

  Ballyea: 2-12Bodyke-Tulla: 1-5 BALLYEA scored a comprehensive win over Bodyke-Tulla in the final of the minor B hurling championship played in driving rain and wind at Gurteen on Saturday but whether or not they will be confirmed as champions remains to be seen.The Ballyea line-up for the final included Stan Lineen and Martin O’Leary from Kilmihil, both of whom were earlier this season refused permission to play with Ballyea in this championship. At the beginning of the season, Kilmihil entered a team at minor level, as did Ballyea, and this led to the board refusing permission to Kilmihil players to assist Ballyea at minor level. The players in question were given permission to play with Ballyea at U-16 level and they were part of the Ballyea team that reached the U-16 final, where they lost to Sixmilebridge.Neither were listed in the starting 15 on the match programme for Saturday’s final but both started. Lineen, wearing number 20, was at …

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Waterstone the toast of Whitegate

Whitegate: 0-13Feakle: 0-5 AFTER a lapse of 17 years, the Clare Intermediate Hurling Championship title is back in Whitegate. In difficult weather conditions at Cusack Park on Sunday, they turned in a strong second-half performance to overcome the challenge of Feakle and capture the crown for the first time since 1992.

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Clare heroes to compete in Argentina

SIX Clare tae kwon do competitors will be jetting to Argentina at the end of the month where they will attend the Tae kwon do World Championships as part of the national team.The world championships, which will take place in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, will be attended by elite athletes from all over the world. Selection for this event is a particular honour as only one representative per country is allowed to compete in each event. This ensures that the  championships showcase only the very best from each country and from around the world. Among those selected from the Banner county are Stephen Ryan (Quin Tae kwon do Club); Adrian Byrne (Shannon Tae kwon do Club); Jamie Rigney (Ballyea Tae kwon do Club) and Daniel Dillon (Shannon Tae kwon do Club) who make up four of the five-man senior male team. Representing Ireland at junior level will be David Lynch and Louise McCagh (both Shannon Tae kwon do Club). Speaking …

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Fahy wins Bernie Meaney Shield

OLYMPIC Harriers’ Jason Fahy recorded his first victory in Kilmurry McMahon at the 35th Annual St Mary’s 5km Road Races, incorporating the Bernie Memorial Race, which were organised by St Mary’s Athletic Club, on Sunday.The event attracted over 100 competitors and Fahy won the Bernie Meaney Shield in a time of 15mins.05secs. The runner-up spot went to Liam Markham, Ennis Track, (16mins.28secs) and he was followed by Martin Corcoran, Craughwell (16mins.36secs).Marian Burke, St Mary’s, captured the ladies’ 5km title in 19mins.37secs. Claire Madigan, St John’s, finished with a big sprint in 19mins.48secs to take the silver medal and she was followed by Niamh Markham, Ennis Track, ahead of Sharon Rynne, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, with St Mary’s taking the team title ahead of Ennis Track.Pat Hogan, Ennis Track, finished very strong and claimed the masters’ O-40 title in 18mins.03secs, with Michael Kenny, St Mary’s, second and Mick Rooney, Ennis Track, in third spot.There was another big performance from Ambrose Heagney, Kilnaboy, …

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All-age win for Squid of Inagh

SQUID of Inagh was the big local winner when she got her all-age career off to a brilliant start at the Miltown Malbay coursing meeting at Ballymakeamor, Quilty last weekend.Trained by Gerry Arthur, Inagh, and owned by the PSC syndicate of Seán  Arthur, a son of the trainer, Colie O’Loughlin, also of Inagh and Paddy O’ Malley, Ennis, she won the all-age bitch stake (16) for the John Kenneally Memorial Cup to signal one of the biggest coursing successes for Inagh.No doubt the chances of an Inagh win soared after misfortune hit the Johnny Dodger syndicate from Dromina, whose odds-on favourite, Candles Dripping, broke a leg after scoring a big second-round win on Saturday. This was hard luck again on the Dromina syndicate of John Hayes, Adrian Bowles, John Quinn and Ger Hayes, as their Michael O’Donovan-trained white and black daughter of Janeymacaroo-Lifes a Gamble was withdrawn from the Oaks after being a hot favourite.At Miltown Malbay she was the …

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