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Clare through to the last four

CLARE booked a place in the semi-final of the Oscar Taynor, inter-league junior competition, when they overcame Sligo-Leitrim at Ray McSharry Park in Sligo on Sunday.In the semi-final, scheduled for the end of March, Clare will play Cork or TipperarySligo-Leitrim, backboned by nine players with League of Ireland experience, were fancied by many outside of Clare to advance. The Banner County team has been impressive on the way to this stage of the competition and from the start, it was clear that they were well up for this match with David McCarthy having a shot just go over the crossbar and Trevor Maxwell having an effort well saved inside the first five minutes. Sligo-Leitrim’s first effort at goal came on 10 minutes when Lee Marshall’s effort was deflected wide. Maxwell had another effort narrowly miss the target eight minutes later while two minutes after this, he made a great run down the right wing cut inside the last defender and …

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Ten Nenagh gold medals for Clare athletes

CLARE athletes enjoyed a stylish start at the Munster Juvenile U-14s to U-19s indoor track and field championships, which were held at the Nenagh Indoor Arena on Saturday and Sunday, bringing home four golds.Harriett Flynn (Shannon) was a very impressive winner in the girls’ U-18 800 metres, Catriona Hennessy (Marian) captured the girls’ U-19 800 metres with Liam Markham (Ennis Track) leading from start to finish to take the boys’ U-19 1,500 metres and Seamus McMahon (Shannon) taking gold in the boys’ U-15 1,000 metres walk.On day two, there were six gold medal winners. Louise Woods (Marian) in the U-19 400metres; Dara Chesser (Ennis Track) in the boys’ U-19, 800m; Darragh Lynch (Ennis Track) in the boys’ U-18 800m; Ian Slobody (Kilmihil) U-16 Munster champion at 800m; Fergal Conlon (Tulla) in the boys’ U-16 1,500m walk and Harriett Flynn (Shannon), winning her second gold medal of the weekend, in the 1,500 metres.Meelick athlete Amy O’Donoghue, a member of Emerald AC, …

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Good medal haul for Ennis club

THE Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club recently hosted a Munster-graded gala. This year’s two-day event had a good number of clubs participating in what turned out to be an intense competition. Overall, the host club won 92 medals.Girls’ U-12: Lily Barrett won gold in the 100m breaststroke in a personal best (pb) of 1:30.09 and two bronze medals in the 200m freestyle and 50m front crawl kick. Sadhbh O’Brien took gold in the 25m fly kick.Girls’ 13-14: Ciara Gleeson won two gold medals in the 50m front crawl kick and the 25m fly kick. She added three silver medals in the 100m breaststroke, the 200m individual medley and the 100m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. Kate Molan won a silver medal in the 50m front crawl kick while Katie Shannon also won a silver medal in the 25m fly kick. Aisling Wolf set a two-second pb in the 200m freestyle in 2:27.52 and earned the silver …

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Community Games awards for Clare ­Champion sports editor and photographer

  The Clare Champion’s coverage of Community Games activities was recognised once again at the organisation’s annual general meeting, which took place at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone last weekend.Photographer John Kelly added to his recent success at the PPAI photographic awards when he was presented with the best action award for 2009, while Sports Editor Seamus Hayes accepted a special award for the paper’s weekly coverage of Community Games activities. This was the newspaper’s 12th successive year being honoured for its coverage of Community Games affairs. There was also an award for county secretary Mary Phelan, who is currently also filling the role of PRO for the Clare organisation.Among the many guests attending the conference were Fr Brown, president, Roscommon Community Games, the hosts of this year’s annual meeting; Frank Dawson, county manager, Roscommon County Council; Tony Ward, chairman, Roscommon County Council and Mayor of Roscommon; Marie Ahern, Irish Sports Council; Maria Lordan Dunphy and Miriam Stack, HSE, …

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