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Interesting hurling championship pairings

Clare senior hurling champions, Cratloe, surprisingly beaten in the opening round of the 2015 competition on Saturday last, will face Whitegate in a must win round two game in order to get back into the race for the title. The draws for round 2 in both the senior and intermediate competitions has thrown up some interesting pairings which include the meeting of Sixmilebridge and Crusheen, the clash of neighbours Ballyea and Kilmaley and they meeting of East Clare neighbours Tulla and Feakle. Dates for these games have yet to be finalised but it is expected to be July at the earliest before they take place. Meanwhile, the eagerly awaited replay between Clonlara and Clarecastle is set to go ahead this weekend at the county headquarters in Cusack Park Senior hurling— Winners section—Newmarket v Clooney-Quin; Clarecastle or Clonlara v O’C. Mills; Kilmaley v Ballyea; Sixmilebridge v Crusheen; Losers Section—Whitegate v Cratloe; Eire Og v Tubber; Inagh – Kilnamona v losers of Clarecastle …

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Championship draws throw up interesting pairings

There are no shortage of talking points following the draw for the 2015 Clare senior and intermediate hurling and football championships, which took place on Monday evening at Treacy’s West County Hotel. Senior champions, Cratloe will open their hurling title defence against Ballyea, while their opponents in the first round of the football championship will be Kilmurry-Ibrickane. The hurling championship (senior and intermediate) has a new format this year and will be run similar to the senior football competition. Sixteen teams will play eight first round games, after which the eight winners will be drawn against each other with the eight losers drawn against each other. At the end of last season, five senior clubs lost their status and were relegated to intermediate. Two of these, St Joseph’s and Wolfe Tones, will face each other in the first round of this season’s intermediate race The senior hurling champions from 2013, Sixmilebridge face Éire Óg in the opening round, as they seek to …

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