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Munster Final awaits for Kildysart

ST JOSEPH’S Tulla’s breakthrough to a Dr Harty Cup Quarter-Final in dramatic circumstances on Wednesday afternoon was the apex of an encouraging afternoon for East Clare, reports Eoin Brennan. Scariff Community College eased into the last eight of the Senior C Hurling Championship after overcoming neighbours St Anne’s Killaloe by 3-22 to 1-14 and are still on track for a Senior and Junior C double Also through to the quarter-finals as CBS Ennistymon (Senior C) and Ennistymon Vocational School (Senior E) while St Caimin’s Shannon can join them this afternoon (Thursday) when traveling to Tipperary Town to take on Abbey CBS in the Senior B Championship. Rice College will contest next Wednesday’s Junior B Hurling Semi-Final against Cork’s Charleville CBS but St John Bosco, Kildysart went one significant step further by brushing off the challenge of Mungret Community College to advance to the Under 15E Football Final against Gaelcholáiste Mhuire an Mhainistír Thuaigh (Cork) in a fortnight’s time. Munster Post-Primary …

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HURLING: Never-say-die Ballyea take third title

Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final Ballyea 1-17 Inagh-Kilnamona 1-16 THE Canon Hamilton Cup is back in Ballyea for the third time in six seasons after a scintillating finish pipped debutants Inagh-Kilnamona to the post in dramatic fashion in Cusack Park this afternoon, reports Eoin Brennan. Put simply, despite being without current All-Star Tony Kelly as well as remarkably firing 17 wides, Ballyea’s sheer ‘refusal to lose’ mentality was eventually rewarded coming down the final straight with a four point blitz in as many minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Being a fourth one point victory in their six championship outings that also included a group decider draw with Cratloe, it was their experience and winning know-how that ensured that Ballyea never reached for the panic button at any stage despite falling by as much as four points in arrears nearing the final water break. The turning point of the final was undoubtedly a penalty awarded to Aaron …

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HURLING: Tulla finish season on a high

Under 15B Shield Final Tulla 2-25 Broadford 2-09 TULLA eventually eased to the last Under 15 silverware of 2021 after keeping Broadford at arm’s length on the home soil of Dr Daly Memorial Park on Tuesday evening, writes Eoin Brennan. Despite finishing lower than their East Clare rivals on the Under 15B table, the hosts were always in control, leading from start to finish, without ever really loosening their grip on proceedings. Chief marksmen Emmet Mulcahy (1-7), Ryan Hayes (0-7) and Daniel Humphries (0-6) combined for a remarkable 1-20 between them including some exquisite long range shooting while Sean Cunningham, Cathal Culloo and Shaye Curtis were others to impress for Tulla. Centre-forward John Moran led the Broadford charge alongside Cormac Gunning, Fiachra McNamara, and James Dillon, with their best period coming immediately after the break when halving the deficit to five thanks in the main to a well-worked Aodhan O’Driscoll goal. Overall though, Tulla possessed the greater balance, with everyone …

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HURLING: Murphy’s law rules for Tones triumph

U-15C Hurling Championship Final Wolfe Tones 4-13 Crusheen/Tubber 1-11 A dream final for 3-8 hero Sean Murphy greatly aided Wolfe Tones passage to a first ever Under 15C Hurling title in Cusack Park on Monday evening, reports Eoin Brennan. The clinical full-forward was simply unstoppable as the Tones produced a 15 point turnaround over a Crusheen/Tubber side that will rue early missed opportunities and indeed their luck as the ball certainly didn’t bounce their way at key moments early on. Still, in James Costello, the amalgamation had a real leader while Joe Clancy, Oisin McNamara, Osgar Dunford, Peter Farrell and Ian Taaffe did most to stem the tide. The Shannon side’s philosophy was more ‘who dares wins’ and in Murphy, the skilful Niall Fitzgerald, Georgie Pyne, Aaron Shinners and goalkeeper Sean Guilfoyle, they ruthlessly outscored the North Clare amalgamation by 4-10 to 0-04 in the middle 30 minutes of the tie. Such a sea-change is difficult to comprehend as Crusheen/Tubber …

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HURLING: Tone deaf champions march on

Senior Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 3 Sixmilebridge 3-19 Wolfe Tones 0-13 A devastating second half display from holders Sixmilebridge certainly spoiled the home party in Shannon on Wednesday evening, reports Eoin Brennan. The crisp atmosphere and ideal setting demonstrated exactly what supporters have missed since Covid centralised the majority of senior championship fixtures between Cusack Park and O’Garney Park. And for the first-half at least, the teams responded in kind, with a cracking top-of-the-table derby showdown that was level on eight occasions by the 30 minute mark. More of the same was expected for the second period but along the fading light went Wolfe Tones’ challenge as they were unable to sustain the pace, movement and intensity of their opening half efforts and would be duly punished by a ruthless Sixmilebridge. In all, the back-to-back champions outscored their hosts by 3-11 to 0-04 in the final 30 minutes, with incrementally sloppy Tones errors fully capitalised on with three goals …

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Man arrested in connection with death of Clare club hurler in Greece

Greek police are questioning an Irish man in connection with the death of Clare club hurler, Niall O’Brien, on the island of Ios yesterday, Monday, reports David Raleigh. Mr O’Brien, 22, from Castletroy, Limerick, who played with Broadford GAA, died after being struck by another male, police said. The alleged assault took place on the island’s largest town, Chora, which has become popular with Irish tourists. A 20-year old man was arrested by police and is being questioned on suspicion of striking Mr O’Brien “with his hands”, causing his death. A police information release sent to this reporter stated the alleged assault resulted in Mr O’Brien “falling on the road”. Mr O’Brien was “transported by ambulance to the Health Centre of the island” where he was pronounced dead. Police said investigating officers went to the scene of the alleged assault where they located a male suspect and “brought him to the Police Department”. Police said the arrested man was to …

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HURLING: Last gasp save denies never-say-die Banner in All-Ireland Championship Qualifier

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 Qualifier Cork 3-19 Clare 1-23 CLARE were agonisingly denied a dramatic reprieve at the death as a relieved Cork finally held out to inch into the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Finals in the LIT Gaelic Grounds this afternoon, reports Eoin Brennan. Despite timely suckerpunches at the end of the first two quarters, a Tony Kelly inspired Clare not only made a full recovery on both occasion but actually managed to edge ahead for the first time in over 40 minutes through the overlapping Diarmuid Ryan in the 57th minute at 0-21 to 2-14. However, Clare simply couldn’t sustain that momentum as their fourth match in five weeks appeared to be catching up with them when Cork’s sprightly bench raided for 1-2 including a devastating goal through Shane Barrett in the 66th minute on their way to a six point advantage. Game over surely? Not with Tony Kelly leading the side as the 2020 All-Star …

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HURLING: Limerick send Clare crashing from U-20 championship

Munster U-20 Hurling Championship Semi-Final Limerick 1-27 Clare 0-17 THERE was no doubting the result in the Gaelic Grounds on Monday night as Clare tried as much as they were allowed against a Limerick side who were stronger and more dominant possessing the key players in the right positions and this sealed a place in the Munster final, reports Michael O’Connor. Two replacements on the Clare side from the opening round win over Kerry saw William Halpin and Jack Kirwan make way for James Maguire and Robin Mounsey. Clare crowded the half-forward and midfield sector leaving Diarmuid Cahill and Robin Mounsey as a two man inside forward line. Missing from the corresponding fixture from a Clare perspective at minor level due to senior and injury issues were Mark Rodgers, Shane Meehan and Cian Galvin who is out until next year. Limerick were looking to the talented duo of Cathal O’Neill and Colin Coughlan as the home side had a solid …

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