*High flying Clonlara will meet Éire Óg in the quarter-finals. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
ONE OF THE favourites to lift the Canon Hamilton will be eliminated at the quarter-final stage.
Clonlara and Éire Óg have been paired together in the last eight of the Clare SHC meaning one of the tipped sides to claim the honours will bow out in the next fortnight, it certainly stands out as the top billing game of the quarter-finals.
Scariff who emerged from a very competitive Group 1 have been paired against Clooney/Quin with both sides confident of their chances of making it to the semi-finals.
Heretofore unbeaten Feakle will take on Kilmaley while Newmarket-on-Fergus and Crusheen do battle.
In the relegation series, it is simply win or bust for the four teams with two to drop down to the intermediate grade. St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield meet Wolfe Tones while Clare Cup champions O’Callaghans Mills are up against Clarecastle.
Reigning Clare SFC champions Éire Óg face neighbours St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield in the quarter-finals while the familiar pairing of Kilmurry Ibrickane and Cratloe will reignite their rivalry.
Kildysart’s first campaign back at the top tier continues and their next assignment is St Joseph’s Miltown while the last pairing pits St Breckan’s against Lissycasey.
East Clare rivals Whitegate and Tulla face off in what has the makings of a fiercely competitive game in the Clare IHC quarter-finals while leading contenders Corofin meet Smith O’Briens who were relegated from the senior ranks last year.
Unbeaten Bodyke will be expected to account for Sixmilebridge while Parteen/Meelick who topped Group 3 with flying colours come up against Ruan.
Clare SHC quarter-finals:
Clonlara v Éire Óg
Scariff v Clooney/Quin
Feakle v Kilmaley
Newmarket-on-Fergus v Crusheen
Clare SHC relegation play-off finals:
St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield v Wolfe Tones
O’Callaghan’s Mills v Clarecastle
Clare Senior B hurling quarter-final:
Inagh/Kilnamona v Broadford
Clare Senior B hurling semi-Finals:
Inagh/Kilnamona or Broadford v Cratloe
Ballyea v Sixmilebridge
Clare SFC quarter-finals:
St Breckan’s v Lissycasey
Éire Óg v St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield
Kildysart v St Joseph’s Miltown
Kilmurry Ibrickane v Cratloe
Clare IHC quarter-finals:
Bodyke v Sixmilebridge
Parteen/Meelick v Ruan
Corofin v Smith O’Briens
Whitegate v Tulla
Clare IHC relegation semi-final:
Newmarket-on-Fergus v Killanena
Loser v O’Callaghan’s Mills in relegation final.
Junior A hurling quarter-finals:
Clooney/Quin v Clonlara
Broadford v Éire Óg
Cratloe v Sixmilebridge
Banner v Kilmaley