Clara GAA Club Notes

Intermediate Hurling Championship

We were well beaten by Crinkle on a score line of 1-15 to 0-3 in our last game of the group. Played on an excellently prepared Kinnitty pitch last Sunday evening. This defeat means we now play in an intermediate relegation game to avoid the drop to Junior. The team was: J Deehan, L Monaghan, J O’Brien, J Fleming, Enda Stones, P Deehan, S O’Brien, K Meehan, M Hackett, G Keegan, K Murray, R Brady (0-1), S Deehan, M Stones, D Scanlon (0-2)

Junior B Hurling Championship

Our Junior hurlers have qualified for the semi-final after a great win against Lusmagh on a score line of 2-17 to 2-7. Played in Clara last Friday evening we were winning at half time on a score line of 1-10 to 1-3. We now face our neighbours Shamrocks in the semi-final. The Clara team was: D Handy, N McEvoy, W Fleming, G Rabbitte, D Coyne, S Nolan, K Dunne, S Grennan (0-1), L Mitchell (0-1), W Byrne, I Melia (0-9), J Murray, Michael Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell (1-2), J Reynolds (1-4). Sub K Mannion for K Dunne

Junior Ladies Final

The club would like to congratulate the ladies junior team on winning the county final on Sunday last in O’Connor Park. They now progress into the Leinster championship


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Clara Underage Hurling

Its been a busy few weeks for our underage hurlers. The U-8s played in two ground hurling blitzs in Ferbane on the astro-turf pitch over the last two mondays . Under the management of Wayne Bracken, Colm Scanlon and Noel Gavin. The lads played very well and enjoyed both blitzs thoroughly . They will continue to train every Thursday 6:30-7:30 along with the U-6s who are coached by Johnny Butler, Treasa Bracken and Oliver Deleany . Well done lads and keep up the good work.

The U-10s have had a very enjoyable summer with lots of games and two blitzs in Banagher.  Their last blitz was last saturday and they played 4 very enjoyable games. The team is coached by Paul Rabbette, Dessie Dolan and Clare Moran each Thursday 6:30-7:30

The U-12 Hurlers have played in the A group this year and have played 6 group games with 2 more still left to play and 2 challenge matchs and todate have 6 wins . The step up to to the higher grade has helped improve their standard and training has gone very well with Padraic O’Meara, Mel Doyle and Tony Egan putting the lads through their paces each Thursday 6:20-7:30 .

Sadly the U14 season was short with only 3 games in their group and their season ended July 8.This is something the County Board will have to address in the best interest of Offaly underage hurling.

Finally our U-16s played CRC Gaels last saturday in a very well prepared Mountbolus venue. It was the County semi-final and Clara came up short against a well drilled CRC Gaels team. Clara played well throughout but were unable to take any of their 4 goal chances with CRCs goalie and the woodwork keeping a clean sheet. And everybody knows goals win matches and CRC took their 3. However the lads fought bravely to the end and alot of heart can be taken from this preformance and with 17 out of the panel underage for next year they can look forward to the 2012 season. The team was well coached by James O’ Brien, Pat Phelan, Ned Buckley and Pat Kelly. thanks to the lads for their effort throughout the year.

Panel: Darren Fleming, Martin Fleming, Leon Egan, Niall Keenan, Adam Scanlon, Donal Recks, David Newman, Gavin Carrol, Steven Buckley, Carl Stewart, Adam Dolan, Alan Gavin, Kevin O’ Meara, Padraig Henry, Seamus O’ Brien, Mark Fallon, Colm Doyle, David Falsey, Ryan Kelly and Denis Hackett.

The coaching plan is to train for the next few weeks on Thursday at 6:20-7:30 and organize a final day of challenge games for our U8,U10,U12,U14 teams at Pairc Proncais at 11:30 September 18th. This will be a historic day having 4 club teams playing at the same time on our splendid facilities. Many thanks to all the lads for keeping the pitches in great condition for hurling. We will give more details closer to date.

Weekly Club Lotto

Weekly Lotto 27/08/2011-There was no winner of the weekly club Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 16, 17, 23, 28. There were two match three winners. They were Maura Naughton and Kathleen Cleary. Next weeks lotto takes place in Doc’s and the Jackpot is €4900. Thanks to all who support our lotto and thanks to all our ticket sellers.


Wednesday 31st August: Junior A Football Vs Ballycommon in Clara at 6.45pm

Saturday 3rd September: Senior Football Q/Final Vs Erin Rovers in O’Connor Park at 4.30pm

All Ireland Hurling Final

The club would like to wish Brian Gavin and his umpires Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn and PJ Lawler the best of luck when Brian referees the upcoming Senior Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary on Sunday.

Blood Donation Clinic

The blood donation clinic will be in the GAA Centre on Monday 5th September from 3.00pm – 5.00pm and from 7.00pm – 9.30pm.

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