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Way clear for U-21 A football final

Lissycasey and Kilmurry-Ibrickane will meet in the final of the 2016 Clare under 21 A football championship. A 1-12 to 1-7 win over Ennistymon at Corofin on this Saturday afternoon saw Kilmurry move a step closer to adding the under 21 A title to the senior crown they won last month. They had led by the minimum margin at half time when the score was 0-7 to 1-3. Lissycasey qualified for the final last evening, Friday) when they scored a 2-13 to 1-7 win over the Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil combination in a game played under lights at Cooraclare.  Lissycasey laid the foundation for that win in the first half at the end of which they were ten points clear, 2-7 to 0-3, the goals coming from Padraig McNamara and Aaron Griffin. The final is a repeat of the minor A final of three years ago, a game won by Lissycasey by the minimum margin. Two competitions remain to be completed and …

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O’Brien makes comeback in camogie

SCARIFF-Ogonnelloe full-back Marian O’Brien started out the season taking charge of the strength and conditioning programme for the team. Having retired from competitive camogie three years ago, she had no intention of returning as a player. A community sports development officer by occupation, she ended up playing when the team was short of players. Now she’s goiong to line out in an All-Ireland final. “It’s great and I am loving it. I never thought we would be back in another All-Ireland final. We started in January with a focus on what we wanted to achieve. We have worked very hard; a massive commitment, which has brought us this far. We have a good fitness level and a good strength and conditioning level. We are now concentrating on our skill level ahead of the final,” she said. An All-Star nominee in 2013, O’Brien won senior shield, intermediate and league titles in 2013, All-Ireland Sevens in the same year and was part …

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Scariff-Ogonnelloe facing huge task

SUPPORTERS of Scariff-Ogonnelloe Camogie Club will travel to St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Sunday hoping to see their team go a step further than in 2013, when they compete in the All-Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship final. Leinster champions will again provide the opposition and this time Johnstownbridge stand between them and the All-Ireland title. Three years ago, Myshall from Carlow proved too strong for the Clare side. Johnstownbridge will carry the favourites’ tag, as they are the defending champions but Scariff-Ogonnelloe have shown impressive form all season and their supporters are confident that the Clare girls will give a good account of themselves in Sunday’s game, which throws in at 2pm. In the semi-final two weeks ago, the Clare intermediate champions recorded a facile win over the Ulster champions, Ballysaran, and they will have learned little from that outing. Johnstownbridge, on the other hand, had to fight all the way for victory in their match against a strong …

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Outstanding Ballyea end Clare’s 16 year Munster wait

Ballyea 1-21 Glen Rovers 2-10 A truly outstanding performance by Ballyea brought an end to a sixteen year wait when the first time Clare senior hurling champions added the Munster title to their roll of honour at Semple stadium in Thurles this afternoon Their fully merited eight point win over Glen Rovers from Cork saw them become the first Clare club since Sixmilebridge in 2000 to bring the Munster club title back to Clare.     rechampion.ie”);There will be no arguments about the merit of their victory as they dominated this contest, played before an official attendance of 4,583, from the early minutes. Yes, Glen Rovers did enjoy a period of dominance in the early minutes of the second half when they hit 2-1 inside seven minutes but three points was as close as they got to the Clare champions who bounced back with some great points before dominating the closing ten minutes when they outscored their opponents, 0-7 to …

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Ballyea set for ‘field of dreams’

AT this time of year, Robbie Hogan would normally be spending his Sunday afternoons at home watching the club games on TV and aspiring that some day Ballyea would be in that position. Well, now they are. “In fairness, while it’s a bit surreal, it’s all happening so fast the last few weeks. You win something and there is another challenge put in front of you straight away. I have to be honest and say that preparing for a Munster final as the end of November approaches wasn’t on my mind when we set out at the start of the year.” How did he find himself in the position of senior team manager with Ballyea? “I got a call from Michael Keane [club chairman at the time] five years ago. Tom Ryan was coming from Limerick at the time and Michael said it’s a great opportunity to see how these fellas work. Tom came and went and myself and Reggie …

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Ballyea’s season of comebacks

HAIL the Comeback Kings! Ballyea’s fairy tale run to capture their first Canon Hamilton trophy and qualify for their maiden Munster club final has been fashioned with some unbelievable comebacks when all seemed lost. Having lost their first-round clash with Éire Óg, Ballyea had to win the rest of their games to remain in contention for a place in the knock-out stages. This was in sharp contrast to 2015, when the men in black and amber won their first two outings and advanced straight through to a quarter-final. Now in his third year as club chairman, Pat Moylan acknowledged that his charges have produced some extraordinary fight-backs this year during the championship, which culminated in an amazing late flourish to force extra time against Tipperary kingpins Thurles Sarsfields before registering a memorable two-point win. “Ballyea went seven points down against Crusheen early on in that game. The lads dug deep and ground out a result. They did the same against …

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Collins likely to opt for hurling

While he is adamant that he has not made any announcement as to his plans for 2017, social media is rampant this Monday morning that Podge Collins will concentrate on hurling at inter county level in 2017. “I haven’t made any announcement as my focus is on getting back to full fitness”, the Cratloe man said today. He is presently concentrating on gym work three or four nights a week and is understood to have indicated to Clare GAA officials that he will be sticking with hurling at inter county level. Some weeks ago the Bank of Ireland official confirmed that he would only be playing one code in 2017 but at the time he said he would not say which until his domestic season with Cratloe was over. In 2015 Collins only played football at inter county level after the then Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald ruled that he would not have any dual players on the squad. Fitzgerald …

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Injury time goal seals Champion cup for Clonlara

Clonlara 1-11 Crusheen 0-13 An injury time goal from Cian Moriarty saw Clonlara win the Clare Champion cup (senior hurling league) at the expense of Crusheen in a well contested final at a well appointed Glenomra Park in Broadford this afternoon. In an entertaining game in which the sides were level on four occasions, the result was in doubt right to the final whistle. Indeed, after Moriarty’s goal, Crusheen had an opportunity to draw level or maybe win the game but Cian Dillon’s effort on goal was stopped and the final whistle followed leaving Clonlara as champions for the first time since 2009 Points were exchanged twice in the opening ten minutes before Crusheen opened a two point lead by the end of the first quarter and they went on to lead by three at half time when the score was 0-8 to 0-5. Both sides were guilty of mistakes and missed changes and, in the case of the latter, …

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