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Shock results in senior football championship

Round 2 in the Clare senior football championship produced a number of shock results, not least of which was the defeat of champions Cratloe who went under by a point to Cooraclare on Sunday evening in Clarecastle. There was little between the sides throughout the contest and they went to the break at 1-5 each. Cooraclare showed the greater hunger in the second half and this helped them to get over the line and into the quarter finals while the champions will be in round 3 action as they seek to keep their hopes of a third title in a row alive. Last year’s beaten finalists Eire Og are out of the title race after suffering a two point loss to Lissycasey on Saturday. A strong second half showing from Lissycasey proved decisive as they outscored the town aside 0-6 to 0-1 in the final twenty five minutes to book their passage to round 3. Eire Og now find themselves …

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Four quarter final places filled in senior hurling title race

Four quarter final places in this year’s Clare senior hurling championship have been filled following round 2 in the race for the Canon Hamilton trophy. Sixmilebridge, Clonlara, Ballyea and Clooney-Quin booked their places in the last eight with wins over Crusheen, O’Callaghans Mills, Kilmaley and Newmarket respectively. The latter four are still in the race and they will compete with Cratloe, Inagh-Kilnamona, Tulla and Eire Og for the remaining quarter final places. Out of the race after two defeats each are Tubber, Whitegate, Feakle and Clarecastle and they now will play off to determine which one will drop down to intermediate grade for next season. Veteran Niall Gilligan scored ten points as the Bridge defeated Crusheen 0-17 to 1-12. This was a well contested tie between two evenly matched sides at Clarecastle on Saturday evening. In the opening game at Clarecastle Danny Russell scored a dozen points in Eire Og’s four point win over Tubber (0-16 to 1-9). Clarecastle was …

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Clonlara march on at second attempt

It was a weekend of mixed emotions for Clarecastle GAA followers. In their eagerly awaited senior hurling championship first round replay with Clonlara, they had to give best to the South Clare outfit at Cusack Park on Saturday. A strong start by Clonlara put down a marker and while the eventual winners experienced some anxious moments in the opening ten minutes of the second half when the magpies rallies, there is no doubting the merit of their win. First half goals from Darach Honan and Micheal O’Loughlin helped Clonlara to a ten point interval lead with the score at 2-9 to 0-5. A strong display by their half back trio of Neil Ryan and Oisin O’Brien on the wings and John Conlon in the centre laid the foundation for this win. An early second half goal from Pakie Healy, back in the side following injury which had kept him out of the drawn game, sparked off a good spell for …

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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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Cratloe and Éire Óg to contest senior football final

Champions Cratloe and Éire Óg will contest the final of the Clare senior football championship following their semi-final victories over Cooraclare and Kilmurry-Ibrickane respectively. Their final clash will be a repeat of the opening round which Cratloe won by three points, 2-12 to 1-12. Coincidentally, both sides had winning margins of four points at the weekend. On Saturday in Kilmihil, Eire Og were always in control in their clash with Kilmurry-Ibrickane and emerged 0-14 to 1-7 winners, with the West Clare side’s goal coming in injury time. Kilmurry-Ibrickane finished that game with thirteen men after Shane Hickey and Evan Talty were sent off while, earlier, Odran O’Dwyer picked up a black card which ended his involvement in the game. The early exchanges of Sunday’s semi-final at Cusack Park was evenly fought but, gradually, Cratloe got the upperhand and emerged with a 0-12 to 0-8 win. This result keeps the South Clare side’s dream of winning both the senior hurling and …

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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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Senior camogie title race begins

By Seamus Hayes There were big wins for Clooney-Quin, Newmarket and Inagh-Kilnamona as the race for the Clare senior camogie title got underway this Friday evening. Holders Newmarket on Fergus made their intentions clear when they proved to strong for Kilkishen, winning on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-6. They raced into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead and by half time they were 2-10 to 0-3 ahead. Clooney-Quin, beaten in two finals in recent years, were 2-9 to 1-3 ahead at half time in their clash with Sixmilebridge and they went on to win on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-7. Inagh-Kilnamona and Truagh-Clonlara have only moved up to senior ranks in the past two years. they were level at 1-4 each at half time in their clash before the mid Clare side got the upperhand with Fiona Lafferty, Theresa O’Keeffe and Aoife Keane impressing as they went onto seal a 2-14 to 1-5 victory. the remaining first round game will …

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Hurling fixtures postponed

By Seamus Hayes It’s official. The worst kept secret in  Clare GAA is out. Four senior hurling championship games scheduled for this coming weekend have been called off against the wishes of some of the clubs involved. Representatives of the eight clubs–Ballyea, Clooney-Quin, O’Callaghans Mills, St. Josephs, Wolfe Tones, Éire Óg, Sixmilebridge and Cratloe–were told this evening that the Clare senior hurling management team had “invoked the 13 day rule” which says that players “shall be free from club fixtures for 13 days prior to inter county championship action”. With three of the games scheduled for Friday evening and one for Sunday, there were only eight days, and in the case of Sixmilebridge v Cratloe, six days until Clare play Wexford in the hurling Qualifier first round. The earliest that these games will take place is August and if Clare progress in the championship, it may be later than this. The senior championship game between Scariff and Broadford goes ahead as …

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