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Champions face preliminary round game

Clare U- 21 A hurling champions, Sixmilebridge face a preliminary round tie in this season’s competition, which is set to begin in February. They were the first team out of the hat when the draw was made at GAA headquarters in Clareabbey on Monday evening and they will face Broadford, with the winners going through to a quarter final tie with Ballyea, last year’s beaten finalists. Nine teams will compete for the A title, with 12 in the B competition and a further nine competing for the C competition. Neighbours, Kilmaley and Inagh-Kilnamona will meet in a quarter final tie and this promises to be a lively contest. The full draw is; Under 21 A Preliminary round—Sixmilebridge v Broadford; Quarter finals—1—Kilmaley v Inagh-Kilnamona; 2—Newmarket v Éire Óg; 3—Feakle-Killanena v Clarecastle 4—Sixmilebridge or Broadford v Ballyea; Semi-finals—4 v 2; 1 v 3; Under 21 B— Byes to A—Tulla; B—Wolfe Tones; C—Smith O’Brien’s; D—Cratloe; Round 1—E—O’C. Mills v Scariff-Ogonnelloe; F—Parteen v Crusheen-Tubber; G—Whitegate …

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Shannonside derby…on the double

Any meeting of neighbours Clare and Limerick in league or championship is a huge attraction and following the draw for the Munster senior hurling and football championships for 2015, GAA fans in both counties can look forward to two such meetings next summer. All-Ireland champions in 2013, Clare’s failure to retain the title was a huge disappointment. Manager Davy Fitzgerald recently announced changes to his management team for the coming season, when Clare will have to overcome three of the province’s big guns if he is to lead Clare to a first Munster senior title since 1998. In the quarter-final, Clare will face Limerick, with the winners going on to play All-Ireland finalists, Tipperary. The winners of that will then meet either defending champions, Cork or Waterford in the final. Limerick reached the All-Ireland semi-final in 2014 and were considered unlucky  not to have accounted for eventual winner, Kilkenny Meanwhile, Clare and Limerick will also be in opposition in the opening round of the …

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Football semi-final pairings decided

By Seamus Hayes Champions Cratloe will face Cooraclare in the semi-final of the Clare senior football championship. The second semi-final will see the winners of the Clondegad and Kilmurry-Ibrickane quarter final take or either Eire Og or Miltown St. Josephs. The semi-finals are scheduled for the weekend of September 27/28 The re-scheduled Clondegad v Kilmurry-Ibrickane game goes ahead on this Saturday in Cooraclare at 2p.m. having been postponed from last Saturday due to the tragic death following an accident of Gerry O’Connell Ballyea. Gerry’s sons Gearoid and Paddy are members of the Clondegad anel. Eire Og and Miltown will meet in the last of the quarter finals on Sunday at Kilmihil. The semi-final pairings in the junior A championship were also decided on Monday at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey. Ml. \Cusacks will face Naomh Eoin while Ennistymon awaits whoever emerges from  the Clondegad/Lissycasey/Coolmeen triangle The semi-finals of the intermediate championship will take place on this Saturday with Wolfe Tones …

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Quarter final draw throws up parish derby

By Seamus Hayes The all parish clash of Ballyea and Clarecastle in the quarter final of the Clare senior hurling championship is just one of a number of interesting pairings thrown up when a number of draws were made at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey on this Monday evening. Ballyea, runners up to Clonlara in their group, were first drawn from the three runners up (Clarecastle and Crusheen were the other two) to join the group winners, Cratloe, Newmarket and Clonlara in bowl 1. This left Clarecastle, Eire Og, Crusheen, and O’Callaghans Mills in the other bowl. In the case of Clonlara and O’Callaghans Mills, this will be the third year in a row that the teams will clash at the play off stage. Clonlara have won the past two clashes, narrowly on both occasions The following quarter final pairings resulted; Cratloe v Eire Og; Ballyea v Clarecastle; Newmarket v Crusheen and Clonlara v O’Callaghans. There was also huge interest …

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Clare battle back to earn another chance

  Clare 2-25 Wexford 2-25 (After extra time) Clare’s dream of making history by retaining the All-Ireland senior hurling title for the first time is still alive….but only just. Before an attendance of 12,871 at Cusack Park this Saturday afternoon, the title holders fought their way back from a ten point deficit to force extra time. [doptg id=”28″]They played the entire second half of normal time with fourteen men after Podge Collins was shown a straight red card just before the short whistle. The dual player, it is alleged, interfered with the face guard of his opponent’s helmet and this is a red card offence since the beginning of the playing season, Wexford dominated the game in the first quarter at the end of which they were 2-7 to 0-3 on front. They were dominant in most positions and Clare can count themselves fortunate not to have been further behind at this stage. By half time, the home side had …

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Home tie for Clare hurlers

  Clare will have home advantage for their first round hurling qualifier tie after been  drawn against Wexford. A meeting of the competitions control committee at Croke Park this Monday afternoon will when this game will take place. Two of the four games are due to be played this coming weekend with the remaining two a week later. Already scheduled for the second weekend is the meeting of Tipperary and the losers of the Galvay v Kilkenny replay, a fixture which is sure to attract huge attention regardless of who will provide the opposition for Tipperary. The other two fixtures will see Antrim play Offaly and Waterford take on Laois.  A draw between the four winners wil determine the two fixtures to take place on July 12 with the winners of those games going on to play in the quarter finals against the beaten Leinster and Munster finalists on the weekend of July26/27 Last year, Clare were fortunate to overcome …

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Clare Champion Cup holders held to a draw

By Seamus Hayes The race for the Clare Champion Cup, senior hurling league, together with the Division 2, 3 and 4 hurling leagues got underway at the weekend. Division 1 A produced two draws with holders Newmarket sharing twenty six points with Crusheen while Inagh-Kilnamona and Clooney-Quin each scored 1-10 in their meeting at Kilnamona. Clarecastle had two points to spare (1-17 to 2-12) over county champions Sixmilebridge while O’Callaghans Mills scored three second half goals on their way to a 3-15 to 0-17 victory over Tubber. In a game which produced some impressive scores, Cratloe were 2-18 to 1-16 winners over Eire Og at the Ennis club’s grounds on Sunday. In division 1 B, Clonlara were easy winners over a Ballyea side that lined out without a number of key players including Tony Kelly and Jack Browne. the final score in this one was 1-21 to 1-3 and there was good news for the Clare senior hurling management as …

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Clare to face Cork or Waterford

 By Seamus Hayes All-Ireland senior hurling champions Clare will begin their 2014 championship campaign at the Provincial semi-final stage where they will face either Cork or Waterford. A first round win for Cork will result in a repeat of the All-Ireland final which produced two outstanding games before Clare brought home the Liam McCarthy cup for only the fourth time in their history Five counties will compete for the Provincial crown and the second semi-final will be between Tipperary and Limerick. A Cork win over Waterford in the only quarter final game will result in a repeat of the semi-final pairings from 2013. Meanwhile, in the senior football championship Clare will face Waterford in a quarter final with the defending champions Kerry awaiting the winners. In the other half of the draw Tipperary play Limerick with Cork awaiting the winners. Last week the Munster Council, controversially, decided to seed Cork and Kerry for 2014, a decision that has drawn a strong  response …

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