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Kelly to lead Clare against Cork

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly will captain the Clare senior hurlers in their first competitve outing of 2016 when they face Cork in the opening game in the Munster senior league on Sunday. The game will take place at Sixmilebridge where the throw in will be at 2p.m. Inagh-Kilnamona’s David Fitzgerald will make his competitive senior debut having been named at corner forward completing a line which includes Clonlara duo John Conlon and Darach Honan. Another newcomer is Newmarket’s Eoin O’Brien who has been named at corner back. Tubber’s Pat O’Connor has been named at full back. The backline includes three Ballyea players with Paul Flanagan at corner back while Jack Browne and Gearoid O’Connell will fill the wing back positions, flanking Cratloe’s Conor Ryan. The team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Pat O’Connor (Tubber), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea); Jack Browne (Ballyea), Conor Ryan (Cratloe), Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge); David Reidy (Éire Óg), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), …

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Conor Mc Grath of Cratloe in action against Ciaran Russell of Eire Og during their U-21 championship game at Newmarket On Fergus. Photograph by John Kelly.

Football debut for Ciaran Russell

By Seamus Hayes Eire Og’s Ciaran Russell will make his debut for the Clare senior footballers in Sunday’s crucial league clash with Carlow at Cusack Park. Russell has been named at wing back in a side that shows three changes in personnell from that which suffered their only defeat of the campaign to date when going down to Tipperary three weeks ago in Thurles. The Ennis man replaces Cratloe’s Oige Murphy Kevin Hartnett who didn’t start that game due to injury but who came in for the second half is now named at full back releasing Gordon Kelly for duty at centre back. This results in the switch of Enda Coughlan to corner forward.  Under 21 player Jamie Malone returns to the starting line up and will lead the attack flanked by Shane McGrath and Sean Collins. Although available to the footballers this weekend, dual player Podge Collins isn’t included in the starting line up due to a hand injury …

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Bobby Duggan makes impressive debut

By Seamus Hayes Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11 MEMBERS of Clare’s All-Ireland winning senior hurling team from last September were given a stern warning at Sixmilebridge on Sunday that they face stiff competition for their places in the squad in 2014. For their first competitive game since the All-Ireland win, Davy Fitzgerald and his management team selected a team that included just one of the All-Ireland winning line up, Patrick O’Connor for this Waterford Crystal cup quarter final Making his senior inter county competitive debut, 18 year old Bobby Duggan put down a strong claim for a place in the squad with a powerful display which yielded 0-12, three of which came from play. Cathal O’Connell, a member of last year’s squad and Seadna Morey, also a member of last year’s team, laid solid claims for inclusion in the first fifteen in 2014 while Cillian Duggan, playing at full back, also staked a strong claim for a place in the 2014 …

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