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Rebel game a bonus shot for Clare with others to come

It seems a little too soon to revisit such an epic Munster Final showdown a fortnight ago but perhaps the reparation process can be accelerated by another bout between Clare and Cork on Saturday. Being Clare’s fifth weekend of championship action in-a-row, an already war-weary Banner side had to use all their experience and nous to take what could be yet prove a valuable share of the spoils against Tipperary last Saturday. However, a lack of freshness against the Rebels is a much more daunting task as Cork’s perennial challenge for All-Ireland honours has built up a much more experience and deeper senior squad than most to be able to contend with their own hectic schedule. It means that despite an unflinching determination and unquestionable spirit, it’s all about how Clare approach their latest trip to Cork as with Aoife Power, Alannah Ryan and Orlaith Duggan fully back in the mix along with a free weekend for the juniors, it …

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Crunch derby a litmus test of Clare camogie’s progress

Eoin Brennan previews Clare’s National Camogie League Division 1 Round 3 clash away to Limerick in TUS Gaelic Grounds this afternoon ULTIMATELY, John Carmody and Conor Dolan’s aim is to bridge the gap to the big three of Galway, Cork and Kilkenny. However, Clare’s real litmus test of where they currently lie comes this Saturday when facing neighbours Limerick in their own home patch. Moral victories with a young side against Cork and Kilkenny were decent indicators of developmental improvement but it’s how Clare fare against the best of the rest such as Limerick, Dublin, Waterford and Tipperary that will be seen as the essential battleground. Being a derby should be motivation enough but add in last year’s humbling reverses to their Shannonside neighbours that first put Clare into a Division 1 relegation play-off with Dublin before Limerick also subsequently knocked the same opponents out of the Munster Championship and it’s essentially must-win for the Banner. Being effectively a relegation …

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Cats use up one of their nine lives following Banner backlash

Eoin Brennan reports from the National Camogie League Division 1 Round 2 match in Cusack Park Kilkenny 1-8 Clare 0-10 IT had to take an injury-time point from Kallyann Doyle to finally edge Kilkenny over the line and agonisingly deny Clare a dramatic share of the spoils in Cusack Park this afternoon. Sunk by a brace of late Cork goals seven days previously at the same venue, this time it was the hosts who appeared to be finishing the stronger after a three point unanswered rally regained full parity by the hour mark. It wouldn’t be a full reprieve though as from the puck-out, Kilkenny patiently worked the ball down to roaming centre-back Doyle to squeeze her shot just inside the right post for the winning score. A draw would have been just reward for another hard-working display in difficult conditions, with newcomers Lorna McNamara and Caoimhe Carmody in particular excelling on the heightened stage against the 2020 All-Ireland senior …

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Donnellan believes in Coláiste Muire character

COLÁISTE Muire joint manager Barry Donnellan believes his side are ideally placed for a crack at All-Ireland glory this Friday in their rescheduled decider. The Ennis school came through the ultimate test of character in their All Ireland semi-final victory against Mountrath CS, Laois and have had to wait a week following the Storm Eunice-imposed postponement. In a game which was the definition of a war of attrition, Coláiste Muire overcame the elements to secure a hard fought 0-4 to 0-2 win. Donnellan believes the traits on show that day; character, heart, determination, to name a few will stand his side in good stead when they come up against a formidable Wicklow outfit in Coláiste Bhríde. “The conditions on the day were horrible. We knew it was going to be a battle. Our work rate and determination got us the result. “Until you are in that situation, you don’t know how they will respond. Mountrath were a very physical side …

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Late goals burnish Cork victory over Clare in Ennis

Cork 2-6 Clare 0-4 Report by Eoin Brennan Two late goals flatteringly bolstered Cork’s opening victory of the new season after holding off hosts Clare in unflattering weather conditions in Cusack Park this afternoon. One would have to go back to the 2014 National League Semi-Final to find Clare’s last triumph over the Rebels and consequently another victory for the visitors was both expected and delivered. However, while 16 points separated the sides in their previous clash in the 2020 All-Ireland Quarter-Final, Clare halved the margin this time around and in truth could have been much closer, only to concede a brace of majors coming down the final straight. That said, the Rebels never looked in danger of letting all the points slip, having hit the front for the first time in the 33rd minute through Down native Sorcha McCartan. With the aid of a gale, Cork kept Clare scoreless for the second period while tacking on 2-3 themselves to …

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Clinical champions end Scariff-Ogonelloe’s All-Ireland hopes

A clinical performance from the reigning All Ireland Champions saw them ensure their place in the All Ireland final in two weeks’ time. Atrocious weather conditions with a gale force wind meant that this game was not one for the purists but the experienced champions knew how to get scores and the game finished 3-11 to 0-2. The opening exchanges were tough and competitive with Scariff-Ogonelloe defending as if their lives depended on it. After 15 minutes Oulart the Ballagh led three points to no score courtesy of three Ursula Jacob frees and David Sullivan’s charges would have been more than happy at this juncture. However a sensational Jacob goal ignited Oulart into life and seemed to knock the wind out of Scariff-Ogonelloe. Picking up possession 20 yards from goal Jacob showed her incredible ability rifling an unstoppable shot into the top corner past the helpless Rachel Daly. Playing against the gale Scariff dug deep however and although they would …

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Clare’s family club set on a national course

ELEANOR Walsh was joint-manager when Scariff-Ogonnelloe first contested an All-Ireland Club Final in 2013, writes Eoin Brennan, and along with Mike Rodgers, the Waterford native helped guide her adopted club to the brink of national success, only to be halted at the final hurdle by Carlow’s Myshall. She’s being one of their driving forces behind building strong, durable foundations for the East Clare Club ever since including several managerial and administrative roles. In fact, she was chairperson during that momentous 2019 season of highs that saw Scariff-Ogonnelloe garner historic county and provincial senior crowns. Eleanor is back on the line in the All-Ireland series, as both a mentor and supportive mother as her daughter Abby is one of a strong injection of teenage debutants that have established themselves on Scariff-Ogonnelloe’s flagship side. With her selector role primarily to scope out the opposition, it’s enough of a remove to allow Abby express herself fully, something that she along with fellow newcomers …

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