Clare’s hurlers have been left shocked following the long trip to Belfast to kick off their Allianz National Hurling League campaign.
Allianz National Hurling League
*Antrim hurling manager, Darren Gleeson. In his first full season as Antrim senior hurling manager, Darren Gleeson guided the Ulster county back to the top tier of senior inter-county hurling with victory in the McDonagh Cup.
*Rory McGann. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography Awarding penalties and a ten minute sin-bin will be the big change to rules in an attempt to curb cynical play from defenders as the Allianz National Hurling Leagues commence this weekend.
*Jack Browne & Aidan McCarthy in action. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Clare’s senior hurlers and footballers are continuing with individual programmes as uncertainty clouds the entire GAA season for 2020.
*David McInerney. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Clare’s group stage run in the Allianz National Hurling League is as good as can be but David McInerney issued the reminder that the real time for judgement is in the summer months.
*Clare’s Shane O’Donnell. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Balance is the key was the message issued by Brian Lohan on their panel rotation while he also expressed his satisfaction at Clare securing their place in the knockout stages of the Allianz National Hurling League.
*Clare’s Ryan Taylor under pressure. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Player welfare was not an issue before Sunday’s clash between Clare and Laois in the midst of an orange weather warning in the eyes of Brian Lohan.