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Cratloe edge out brave Tubber

Cratloe 1-14   Tubber 1-13   A decision to award a line ball to Cratloe  midway through the first half was the major talking point at the end of this senior hurling championship tie at Cusack Park on Saturday evening.Damian Browne’s sideline cut caused problems for the Tubber defence and Cathal McInerney crashed the ball into the net for what proved to be a crucial score. The decision incensed Tubber mentor Tommy Donoghue who was sent to the stand for the remainder of the game by match official Johnnie Healy from Killaloe.  Cratloe mentor Mike O’Gorman, who was also sent to the stand after he complained about a decision, joined him 10 minutes from the end. The one-point win by Cratloe has put them into the quarter-finals while Tubber’s involvement in this season’s title race has ended and they must now turn their attentions to the race for the B title. This result has also put paid to Wolfe Tones’ involvement …

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’Bridge too far for Ogonnelloe

Sixmilebridge 4-18   Ogonnelloe 3-9 A 12-point bloodless victory for Sixmilebridge left their supporters wondering why they hadn’t displayed the same clinical finishing in their earlier group games, which could have guaranteed them at least a play-off for the quarter-finals.

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Bright summer for Clare lifesavers

While the summer of 2009 was a washout, it did not daunt the young members of the Clare Lifesaving Club, who trained extensively at the White Strand under a team of volunteer coaches. The ultimate test of their training and skills was challenged in competing provincially, nationally and at European level All events at the competitions are based on the skills required by lifesavers and lifeguards and the equipment used by them in carrying out their duty.

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Warrior instinct leads Clare to glory

AS this Clare team’s most trying hour veered unsteadily between glorious triumph and wordless deflation, their collective warrior spirit inched them beyond Kilkenny, hurtling them into the regal  sporting annals of this county. The swashbuckling nature of their wins over Limerick, Waterford and Galway were supplanted by a terse mid-September afternoon in Croke Park, where every involvement had to be manfully fought for, with space so scarce that successfully inhaling air was an achievement, let alone eking room to hurl freely.

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