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Clare’s middle men aiming for the skies

IF Clare are to pick up an opening win in Division 3 of the 2016 National Football League, the performances of their midfield partnership of Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor will be pivotal. The Clondegad and Coolmeen men have established themselves as among the most capable duos around and Clare will be confident of securing sufficient possession in that sector to win most league games. O’Connor had a superb 2015, while Brennan showed a national audience what he is capable of when representing Ireland in the International Rules last November. However, this week the St Flannan’s school teacher is preoccupied with giving everything to ensure that Clare win their first league game of 2016. Every minute counts from now on. “Once you came into the new year, the McGrath Cup games shortened the gap to the start of the league. It’s a date that has been in our thoughts for a while and it’s good to be in the week …

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Coolmeen face their biggest hour

THE entire parish of Coolmeen will decamp to Mallow on Sunday. This mass migration of householders from the 24 Cranny/Coolmeen townlands will be an albeit temporary arrangement but one that has become part of the fabric of the club’s glory-laden season. After their post-match warm-down in Cooraclare two weeks ago, having beaten Modeligo in the Munster semi-final, the Coolmeen players were met with a standing ovation from their community, who had stayed on to let them know how highly they rated their men. Coolmeen will need that support on Sunday because in Templenoe they will play the best team they have ever met. That’s not to suggest that the Kerry champions are unbeatable but they will be very warm favourites.In their Munster semi-final, they beat Bandon 0-16 to 1-10 in Clonakilty and a feature of that game was that five of the Cork club’s forwards did not score from play. Team captain Tadhg Morley excelled that day, while Kieran O’Neill …

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Podge targeting a spring comeback

CLARE dual player Podge Collins is targeting a return to the football and hurling fields in March or April 2016. The former hurling All-Star snapped his anterior cruciate ligament in late May, playing in a club championship game for Cratloe against Ballyea in Cusack Park. He underwent surgery on July 7 and has since embarked on an intensive recovery programme. Collins subsequently missed the remainder of 2015 with both club and county. “I had it tested last Monday week in Santry. It was to test the power in the knee and they were very happy with how everything went. I’ve been put on a new programme for the next few weeks. Seán O’Meara (physiotherapist) is working very closely with me and it’s great to have him back from Australia. He’s doing great work with me. Everything is positive and I’ve had no setback so far and, hopefully, it’ll keep going in that direction,” Collins told The Clare Champion this week. …

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A special day for Miltown’s 1990 captain

SUNDAY will be a particularly special day for Miltown, St Joseph’s GAA chairman, Gerry Curtin. He will travel to Cusack Park with the club’s senior team for their Clare football final date with Cooraclare. Understandably, he wants to see his beloved club emerge victorious, a result that will see him “hand over the baton of captain of the last team to bring the title to Miltown.” Twenty-five years ago, Miltown last won the blue riband of Clare football, beating Kilmihil in a final played at Cusack Park. “The final score on that occasion was 1-6 to 0-7 and Sean Burke’s goal proved decisive,” he said. Recalling that success, the Miltown chairman said, “We had won the title in 1985 and the guts of that team were still there. A lot of us were coming to the end of the road. It was a tough struggle and Kilmihil had us on the rack in the first half and again in the …

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Interesting pairings in u-21 football championship

Eleven teams will do battle for this season’s under 21 A football championship, the winners of which will receive the Marrinan memorial trophy. There will three preliminary round games with the winners going through to join the remaining five in the quarter finals. The title holders are Eire Og and they have secured a bye into the quarter finals where they could face the beaten finalists from last year, Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor who play St. Breckans in the opening round Nine teams will compete for the B title while there are just four teams in the C competition. Extra time will apply in all games should matches finish level. The details are Under 21 A–Preliminary Rounds;  A–St. Breckans v Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor; B-Cooraclare v Clondegad; C-Ennistymon v Miltown St. Josephs Quarter Finals; 1–Kilmihil v Cooraclare or Clondegad; 2–Lissycasey v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; 3–Kilrush v Ennistymon or Miltown; 4–St. Breckans or Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor v Eire Og; Semi-finals;  1 v 3; 4 v 2 Under 21 …

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Cooraclare shock favourites

Cooraclare caused a big shock when they defeated the hot favourites Clondegad in the second of the Clare senior football championship semi-finals, played at Kilmihil on Sunday. First half goals from Rory Donnelly and Tadhg Lillis helped Cooraclare to a four point lead at half time when the score was 2-5 to 0-7. Points were exchanged on a number of occasions in the third quarter before Cooraclare  extended their lead with goals from Thomas Downes and substitute Jack Morrissey. To their credit, Clondegad battled back and goals from Paudge  McMahon and Shane Brennan closed the gap but time wasn’t on their side and when the final whistle sounded, Cooraclare were deservingly ahead and through to play Miltown in the final. The final scoreline was 4-10 to 2-13 The senior hurling final pairing is also confirmed after the weekend when Clonlara sealed their place in the final with a 2-19 to 1-10 win over Kilmaley in their semi-final replay at Cusack …

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Football champions to face Clondegad

Title holders Cratloe have been drawn against one of the favourites for the title, Clondegad in the quarter final of the Clare senior football championship. The draw has thrown up two repeat pairings from round two with Ennistymon facing Miltown St. Josephs and St. Breckans taking on Kilrush while the remaining tie will see O’Currys take on Cooraclare. The games are set to be played on Saturday and Sunday week. In the semi-finals Cratloe or Clondegad will take on O’Currys or Cooraclare which leaves Ennistymon or Miltown to face St. Breckans or Kilrush. Meanwhile in the senior B championship semi-finals, Lissycasey will face Kilmurry-Ibrickane while St. Senans, Kilkee will come up against St. Josephs Doora-Barefield. The junior football quarter final pairings have also been determined and they are Ennistymon v St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield; Ml. Cusacks v Clondegad; Coolmeen v Cratloe; Meelick v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; As already announced the intermediate semi-final pairings are Kilfenora v Corofin and Kilmihil v Clarecastle By Seamus …

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Shocks galore in football title race

The third round of the Clare senior football championship produced its fair share of surprise results not least the elimination of Kilmurry-Ibrickane who lost out to Ennistymon at Cusack Park on Sunday. The winners showed from an early stage that it would take a big effort to stop them from marching on. They led by three points at half time and held this advantage throughout the third quarter. Kilmurry made a number of changes and this helped them get back into contention and they drew level inside the final ten minutes before a superb Ennistymon move ended with corner back Enda Ralph shooting to the net for the game’s only goal which helped them to a 1-9 to 0-9 victory. On Saturday in Cooraclare, O’Currys proved too strong for a fancied Lissycasey side and scored a merited one point win, 0-7 to 0-6. The winners dominated the opening half and were full value for their 0-6 to 0-1 half time …

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