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Seniors take on Galway in first game of 2010

NEWLY-appointed Clare senior camogie manager, Patsy Fahy, will have his first competitive outing with the team on February 28 when they take on neighbours Galway in the opening round of Division 1 of the National League. There are reports this week that Galway will have last year’s Clare boss, Bertie Sherlock at the helm this season. Clare’s other league ties will be against Dublin on March 6 and against Wexford on March 14.In the All-Ireland senior championship, Dublin will be Clare’s first opponents on June 12 and they will follow this with games against Tipperary on June 26, against Wexford on July 3, against Galway on July 10, against Kilkenny on July 17 and against Cork on July 24.The All-Ireland semi-finals are set for August 15 with the final scheduled for September 12. A boost for ClareCratloe native Naomi Carroll is expected line out for Clare for the 2010 season. In recent years Naomi has been playing club camogie with …

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Avenue’s Youth Cup hopes dashed

Regional Utd  3     Avenue Utd  2   AVENUE’S dream of Munster Youths Cup honours this season ended at the Fairgreen on Saturday when they went under to Regional United from Limerick. When players and officials of the Ennis club sit down to review the third-round game, they will point to a couple of costly errors as reasons why they bowed out of the competition.They got off to a great start when Cathal Nolan scored the game’s opening goal but they found themselves in arrears at half-time having conceded two goals.Avenue recovered from this disappointment and levelled midway through the second half when David Smith scored but 10 minutes from time, the visitors got through for what proved to be the winning goal.The winners did have an edge on their Clare opponents in physique and Avenue found it difficult to deal with the superior strength and height of the Limerick visitors.The Ennis side will hope to return to winning ways this …

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St Flannan’s footballers take on St Brendan’s

With just one competitive outing under their belts this ­season, St Flannan’s face into a Corn U í Mhuirí, Munster ­colleges senior A football championship quarter-final clash against St Brendan’s from Killarney next Wednesday at 2.30pm. A venue for this game will be finalised at the weekend and amongst those being considered is Newcastle West.With just 11 teams taking part in the competition this season, St Flannan’s found themselves in group four, in which the only other team was Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle Community School). However, before a ball was kicked, both teams knew that they were through to the quarter-finals and all that was at stake when they met back last October was their positioning.The Kerry side emerged as comfortable winners on a score of 1-14 to 0-8 to secure top spot.While St Brendan’s will go into Wednesday’s quarter-final as favourites, St Flannan’s will be boosted by the knowledge that teams from the Ennis school have quite a good record …

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Chesser takes Munster senior title

Rory Chesser, Ennis Track, produced a marvellous piece of running to win the senior men’s title at the Munster Senior and Junior Cross Country Championships and the juvenile inter-county relays for U-10, U-12 and U-14 at Carraig Na Bhfear in Cork.In the junior men’s race, Cathal O’Connor, running with Dooneen AC and Clare, captured the silver medal, with Clare taking the inter-county award. Ennis Track won the inter-club title, with St John’s taking the bronze medals.There was gold for Clare in the girls U-12 inter-county relays, while Clare captured silver medals in the girls U-10 and bronze in the boys U-10 and U-12.In the inter-county relays, four out six Clare teams won medals. In the first race of the day, the girls U-10 4x250m, comprising Alex O’Neill, St Cronan’s; Tara Kelly, St Mary’s; Mary Conneally, St Cronan’s; Emer Hanrahan, Ennis Track  and Caoimhie Hogan, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, were just pipped on the line by Kerry and had to settle for …

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15 gold medal haul for Ennis club

  A haul of 15 gold medals was just the tip of the iceberg for the 62 grade C swimmers representing Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club at a Munster Graded Gala at St Enda’s Sports Complex in Limerick.With 32 of the team taking part in their first competition at this level, the club won 45 medals, 13 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze, in the individual events and a total of eight medals, two gold, three silver and three bronze, in the relay events. In the boy’s 12-13 age group, Gerard Kennedy made the Grade B qualifying times. He captured gold in the 100m individual medley in a personal best (pb) time of 1.38.53. He added two silver medals in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke. In the girl’s U-11 age group, Odette Gleeson put in consistent swims in earning two silver medals in the 100m individual medley and the 50m butterfly and a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke. …

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Horse racing Six weekend winners for O’Connor

  Tubber jockey Derek O’Connor made the perfect start to the 2010 segment of the point-to-point season when riding six winners in 48 hours over the weekend. After a blank spell due to the recent bad weather, the first action of the New Year between the flags went ahead at Aghabullogue, Cork on Saturday afternoon where O’Connor posted a winner when guiding Rossbrin (5/2-3/1)), owned and trained in Tipperary by Roisin Hickey, to a facile success in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. This son of Flemensfirth assumed command on the downhill run to the final fence before steadily drawing clear to beat Tomcoole Lad by a very easy 15 lengths. On Sunday afternoon O’Connor was in action at the Scarteen Foxhounds session at Kilfeacle, Tipperary where he totally dominated proceedings when taking the first five races on the card.  O’Connor struck first when guiding 6/4 favourite Society’s Best to an all-the-way success in the opening confined maiden. This fellow was always …

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