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Carmody’s Clare braced for the challenges ahead

Clare senior camogie manager John Carmody is targeting an All-Ireland quarter-final spot for his young team, but before that they’ll have an historic first ever outing in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, writes Joe Ó Muircheartaigh. The All-Ireland is where it’s at but there’s no better preparation for the gruelling group stages to begin in late May than by having a Munster Championship tie to look forward to on Sunday. As Clare supporters make their way in numbers to the banks to support the men in their crucial clash against the Rebels, the fact that the curtain raiser involves the camógs is something that Banner boss John Carmody and his team are eager to embrace. “That’s huge preparation for us ahead of the All-Ireland series,” he told The Clare Champion this week. “Are we improving? How close can we put it up to Cork next Sunday? That’s what we’re looking for. “It’s great for the girls to get the exposure …

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Rebel girls overrun Clare in one sided contest

Munster Under 16A camogie semi-final Cork 5-13 – Clare 0-3 Father McNamara park on Sunday was a welcome hunting ground for Cork Under 16 camogie sides. Following their B squad edging past Clare it was the turn of their premier squad to take on Clare at A grade. In the end it turned out to be a sobering experience for the Clare side who struggled to compete with the striking and pace of the Cork side especially when they introduced more than capable replacements in the second half that delivered scores and renewed threats to an already overstretched Clare side. Anthony O’Regan, the Cork manager never saw his side in real danger in this contest as Clara Murphy was the scorer-in-chief from frees as Murphy and Eanna Duff opened the scoring before full forward Holly Fitzpatrick got on the end of a long ball and confusion in the Clare square for the first Cork score. Emily Carmody who was the …

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CAMOGIE: Clare Tipp the balance to garner All-Ireland honours

All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship Final Clare 3-7 Tipperary 1-9 Clare created history in Croke Park when soaring to a first ever All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie title with their second team. 15 years after Clare’s flagship side finally made their junior breakthrough after a series of heartbreaking final reverses, this time the Banner completed a perfect debut when recovering from a shaky start to dominate the middle third of the contest, writes Eoin Brennan. Captain Sinead O’Keeffe, Ellen Casey, Niamh Mulqueen, Labhaoise O’Donnell, Jennifer Daly and exciting minor Caoimhe Cahill were the Banner’s inspirational leaders especially when under pressure early on. After all, things certainly didn’t appear to be going according to plan when an exceedingly nervy start almost ruled Clare out of contention before they could even get out of the blocks. Uncharacteristically for such a mature team throughout their journey to Croke Park, the Banner’s touch, composure and even common sense seemed to have evaporated for the opening …

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Caoimhe Lally of Clare.

‘It’s everyone’s dream to play in Croke Park’- Lally

While players such as Niamh Mulqueen and Sinead O’Keeffe have had to contend with a multitude of set-backs and heartbreak to finally get to Croke Park, Caoimhe Lally is one of the younger generation of stars hoping to make playing and winning in Croke Park a regular occurence. Joining the set-up straight from minor in 2021, the Newmarket-on-Fergus player was part of immediate success as a Munster Junior title was followed by this year’s National League Division 3B success so Croke Park was the next obvious step really I suppose. “My mom said it to me at the final whistle of the semi-final ‘this has been your dream’ and let’s be honest it’s everyone who has ever picked up a hurley’s dream to get to play in Croke Park in an All-Ireland Final. “There are a good few girls there like Rebecca Crowe, Niamh Mulqueen, Sinead O’Keeffe and Michele Powell that have been there for years and have had repeated …

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Clare Camogie manager, John Carmody.

Carmody looking to Croke Park bounce for future of Clare Camogie

A rising tide lifts all boats comes to mind when speaking to John Carmody on his hopes for the future of Clare Camogie. Not content to just savour a first All-Ireland Final appearance in Croke Park this Sunday, the Kilmaley clubman, who guided the Clare minor camogie teams to successive All-Ireland deciders at the backend of the noughties, is confident that if the current momentum can raise the bar for all their adult teams. “Look, we’ve a fantastic team, particularly this year as our results have been outstanding. We’ve shown real composure and shown a team ethic that you need to win big games and we’ll need that again on Sunday, We’ve asked the girls for one final push as we’ve focused on improving performances every day we’ve gone out this year and none more so than Sunday week as we’re targeting our best performance of the year. And if we get that, hopefully we’ll be going up the steps …

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From dreams of Cusack Park to the steps of Croke Park

The Clare Junior Camogie team will take to the hallowed turf of Croke Park on Sunday bidding to complete a remarkable journey that has seen them struggle to field teams to now contesting an All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Final. Eoin Brennan spoke with mentor Ann-Marie McGann who revived the county’s second team in 2016 and has been driving it ever since. Cusack Park would have been a major dream when AnnMarie McGann first initiated the re-ignition of a second county team back in 2016. It has been tried and failed before in different guises, most prominently when Clare’s flagship side finally made the breakthrough from junior level themselves after a series of heartbreaking final defeats in 2008. Making up for lost time, the decision was made to catapult Clare up to senior for 2009 while also entering a second team at intermediate level. It was an undertaking that not only drained resources but the management too under Bertie Sherlock who …

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Coláiste Muire, Ennis hold off Scariff Community College to take camogie title

County Senior A Post-Primary Schools Camogie Championship Final Coláiste Muire 2-14 Scariff Community College 1-9 Coláiste Muire completed another memorable season when holding off chief rivals Scariff Community College for the second successive year to capture the marquee post-primary schools honours in Fr. McNamara Park on Tuesday afternoon. Leading from start to finish, crucial goals at either end of the tie bookended a dominant display led by scorers-in-chief Aisling Costelloe, Evie Scanlon and Elisha Rynne along with Aisling Moroney and Cliodha Queally. Scariff Community College meanwhile never reached the heights of previous performances or perhaps weren’t let by an Ennis side that got off to an ideal start with 1-4 without reply. Clarecastle pair Evie Scanlon (3) and Lauren Cusack began the early surge that was bolstered by an eleventh-minute solo goal through Aisling Costelloe who cut in from the right before rattling the net. Scariff finally got off the mark with an Eimear Rodgers ’45 a minute later but …

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CAMOGIE: Extra extra effort not enough for brave Clare

All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship Semi-Final Antrim 1-16 Clare 0-18 CLARE’S dream of taking their place on an All-Ireland final stage at Croke Park was denied in the most agonising fashion imaginable this afternoon at O’Connor Park in Tullamore, as they fell one point short at the end of two separate periods of extra time against Antrim, writes Ivan Smyth. For the opening 20 minutes, Clare looked to be a nervy shadow of themselves, conceding a sloppy goal to corner forward Dearvla Cosgrove and falling 1-4 to 0-3 behind. Even as they drew level by half-time, 1-4 to 0-7, they were far too dependent on dead ball scores, with six frees from Shauna Canny and one from Kate O’Gorman making up their tally. That changed after half-time however as they worked their way back into the game, and excellent points from play from Aoife Anderson and Abby Walsh showed a different side to their game. Victory looked to be in the …

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