By Seamus Hayes
The 2014 Clare senior hurling championship will have to be completed by the third weekend in October at the latest as the winners will be in action in the provincial championship quarter-final on October 26.
The county football champions won’t see provincial action until the middle of November as, for the second year in-a- row, Clare have received a bye to the semi-final.
The draws for the provincial club championships (senior, intermediate and junior) were made at a meeting of the provincial council on Thursday night when the Waterford and Clare hurling champions were drawn to meet in a quarter- final on October 26.
The Waterford representatives will have home advantage for that fixture, the winners of which will face the Tipperary winners in a semi-final tie on November 9. The final will take place on November 23.
In intermediate hurling, the Clare champions have a bye into the provincial semi-final where they will play either Tipperary or Waterford on November 9. The final will be on November 23.
Clare have also received a bye into the semi-final of the junior hurling championship where they will play the Cork or Kerry winners on November 16. The final will be on December 7.
Meanwhile, Clare senior football champions, Cratloe, so unlucky in the recent provincial decider against Dr. Crokes from Killarney, have been given an added incentive to retain the county title. The provincial draw has given them a semi-final date against either the Limerick or Waterford champions which was also the case in the season just ended.
The Clare winners will be away for that game which is scheduled for November 16 with the final set for November 30. In the other side of the draw Tipperary play Kerry with the winners facing Cork in the semi-final.
The Clare intermediate football champions will be away to their Kerry counterparts in a quarter-final game on October 26 with the winners facing Waterford in a semi-final on November 16. The final is set for November 30.
In junior football the Clare champions travel to play Cork in a quarter-final game on November 9 with the winners playing Kerry on November 23. The final will be on December 7.