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Tots isn't all that pacey a player and I would consider McInerney as a more mobile/athletic player but Tots is a far better hurler, with quicker hands and a better hurling brain. He is a far more natural inside forward that McInerney. The wet conditions might not suit him tonight but he is an excellent young player. Presume he will be taking the close range frees as well

johnnyroastbeef (UK) - Posts: 215 - 19/07/2012 10:36:17    1222260

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Ya thats a fair point. He is a very reliable free taker too. I would hope for a big game from Conor McGrath. If we get that we are half way to a win

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 1980 - 19/07/2012 10:47:15    1222265

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Full forward line will go well if they get any kind of decent ball but if they have to live off scraps or ballooned deliveries in on top of them then they will struggle to make an impact, with the two wing backs we have along with Galvin and the hurlers we have in the half forward line I would be confident that they will get it. Conditions will make it tough for our forwards as none of them are particularly big but there are some big strong athletic hurlers in the backs which will give us a good platform to build off.


Should be a good game tonight

johnnyroastbeef (UK) - Posts: 215 - 19/07/2012 11:05:53    1222278

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I hope Davy O H has a good game. He was class for the intermediates against Waterford. I am interested to see how the full back line fair. We need a couple of good defenders to come through to senior level. I would have hopes for Flanagan.

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 1980 - 19/07/2012 11:44:37    1222332

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Full squad:

1. Ronan Taffee ( R.O.That ) Tubber
2. Paul Flanagan P.O.Flannaghain Ballyea
3. David McInerney D.Mac anAirchinnigh Tulla
4. Killian Ryan K.O.Riain Ruan
5. Patrick O Connor P.O.Conchuir Tubber
6. Conor Ryan C.O.Riain Cratloe
7. Seadna Morey S.O.Mora Sixmilebridge
8. Colm Galvin C.O.Gailbhean Clonlara
9. Shane Golden S.O.Goildean Sixmilebridge
10. Tony Kelly A.O.Ceallaigh Ballyea
11. Padraic Collins P.O.Coilain Cratloe
12. Aaron Cunningham A.MacCuinneaghain Wolfe Tones na Sionna
13. David O Halloran D.O.hAllurain Eire Og Ennis
14. Conor McGrath C.MacGraith Cratloe ( Captain)
15. Cathal O Connell C.O.Conaill Clonlara
16. Niall Woods N.Mac Conchoille Newmarket
17. Cathal McInerney C.MacAirchinnigh Cratloe
18. Stephan O Halloran S.O.hAllurain Clarecastle
19. Cathal Malone C.O.Maoilean Ennistymon
20. Jarleth Colleran S.O.Callarain Doora Barefield
21. Enda Boyce E.O.Buaigh Cratloe
22. Niall Arthur N.Mac Artuir. Inagh/Kilnamona
23. Pa Sheehan P.O.Siochain Sixmilebridge
24. Peter Duggan P.O.Duigain Clooney/Quin


No browne which is a surprise to me. he is on the extended panel.

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 1980 - 19/07/2012 12:50:30    1222437

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God they look a seriously good team going by their first half their , they are wiping the floor with Waterford playing a lovely brand of hurling , 2 man full forward line of O'Halloran and McGrath is working a treat , with the likes of Collins , Cunningham , Galvin , Morey doing the business further out the field , Clare's best player Tony Kelly is extremely quiet by his standards and Clare are still dominating regardless , very impressed like by far and away the best team in the province at this grade , future is very bright for Clare hurlers

stekhli (Dublin) - Posts: 3116 - 19/07/2012 20:07:09    1223002

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Fair play great win , reckon you'll win the final , some serious displays all through the field and I reckon by the end of the U21 championship the likes of Flanagan , O'Halloran , Duggan , Cathal O'Connell will all have played their way into Davy's plans for 2013 , great hurlers , Colm Galvin absolutely outstanding ditto Conor McGrath an achievement made even greater when you take into account last weekends devastating defeat , Cunningham and Kelly were quiet but they didn't need to be at their best , bigger days lie ahead for this increibly talented team , Podge Collins showed that you don't need to be tall and big to succeed at top level hurling he has all the skill , speed and intelligence to make it at senior level in time, WELL DONE

stekhli (Dublin) - Posts: 3116 - 19/07/2012 20:59:37    1223049

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very impressive performance by clare..fair play to lads....it will be a different kettle of fish against a strong and physical tipp team.....a real shambles of a performance by waterford....supporters must be disillusioned....given they were minor winners 3 yrs ago...

Dellboy30 (Dublin) - Posts: 37 - 19/07/2012 21:19:09    1223086

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this is the second hiding in three years Waterford have take an this level , seem to do well at minor and senior level , but something at U21 level just goes a miss , serious lack of effort or maybe its just the players in Waterford seem to find it harder to make the step up , who knows

stekhli (Dublin) - Posts: 3116 - 19/07/2012 21:27:55    1223096

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Good win and a very sharp performance by Clare, although it has to be qualified by the fact that Waterford were ill prepared and poor on the night. Clare looked very well coached and their touch and striking was very good. Tipp await in the final but I think this team will take serious beating, a lot of these lads feel as though they should have All Ireland minor medals in their arse pocket and look like a group of players and management who are determinded to put that right.

10 of the starting team and 13 of the 15 subs last night are underage next year

johnnyroastbeef (UK) - Posts: 215 - 20/07/2012 10:42:13    1223240

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Fair play to management ! Some tough calls on their behalf paid off! Up the Banner!

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 1980 - 20/07/2012 10:48:50    1223250

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alot of these players that are coming through are too small for inter county hurling.game against limerick lost on line.sean collins and colm galvin are too small for midfield.

yankee (Clare) - Posts: 134 - 27/07/2012 19:00:43    1230922

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I can see where you're coming from yankee, a lot of Clare's good underage players are a bit on the small/light side when you compare them with Limerick/Tipp/Cork underage players last few years. There is a danger that we could go down the route Galway have been on with having really good underage players who don't make the step up.

The one thing to note though is that a lot of them are still extremely young with at least 4 having 2 more years left at u-21, and there's plenty enough time for them to fill out.

Roashter (Clare) - Posts: 238 - 30/07/2012 12:16:54    1233340

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Will ye gives lads a chance to fill into their frames and get a couple of decent seasons S&C behind them before writing lads off as being too small or light for I/C hurling.

johnnyroastbeef (UK) - Posts: 215 - 30/07/2012 19:11:22    1233979

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I agree! Good man Johnny

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 1980 - 31/07/2012 15:30:29    1234648

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can't wait for this match tomorrow night , I think you will win and I think your minors will win on Sunday too , tomorrow night could be the start of a great week for Clare hurling , you lads will have a serious team going into the 2013 senior championship , what I do really like about Davy is the way age doesn't matter to him and he is not afraid to give minors a go ie Colm Galvin , Aaron Cunningham , Tony Kelly and Seadna Morey , I'd expect him to call up a few from this minor team as well and give them go such as Jamie Shanahan , Conor Cleary , Niall Deasy and Shane O'Donnell and I expect to see Flanagan , McInerney , Duggan , O'Halloran from the u21's all in the senior setup next year

stekhli (Dublin) - Posts: 3116 - 07/08/2012 20:00:52    1241208

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Half time 1 point in not a bad game. tipp missed great goal chance...

DUB1 (Dublin) - Posts: 5583 - 08/08/2012 19:53:22    1241988

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great result for the banner fancied them before the game but thought tipp were going to pip them in the end. the senior boys stood up and were counted when needed i though especially Morey Kelly and Galvin. though Tipp depended too much on O'Dwyer in the end. Hope this is another stepping stone for the banner boys to progress further

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - Posts: 999 - 08/08/2012 20:42:46    1242021

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Brilliant result. Made all the better by the fact that they actually played very poorly. They could have been out of sight at half time and in reality it would have been a travesty if Tipp had won it.

Very unlike Clare to win a game in the dying secods against Tipp like that but they all count. The udnerage Banner juggernaut continues.

Overall, even at this stage you would have to say it has been a reletively sucessful year (in comparision to the last few years) for Clare hurling.

- We got promotion in the league
- In the All Ireland Minor Semis
- In the All Ireland under 21 semis afteer been crowned under 21 Munster champs
- Got the championship monkey off our backs at senior level.

Clare should be in a position at senior to really kick on over the next couple of years and get back to the top.

An Clar Abu

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 1980 - 09/08/2012 08:49:39    1242095

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Tony Kelly is an incredible player and hes only going to get better , he has all the skills and great pace , huge and hunger and workrate as well which was shown when he chased the Tipp lad the length of the pitch and blocked him down , inspirational , Galvin and Morey are also great players , bit disappointed with O'Halloran , McGrath and Podge Collins at times but I'm sure they'll come good for the final against either Galway/Kilkenny

stekhli (Dublin) - Posts: 3116 - 09/08/2012 14:20:30    1242342

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