*Jamie Malone bursts through the Smith O’Briens defence. Photograph: Ruth Griffin. A heavy defeat for Whitegate, a narrow loss for Bodyke and an expected if hard earned, win for Corofin were the big talking points after the weekend’s intermediate hurling championship quarter finals, two of which were played in very difficult conditions on Sunday.
*Labhaoise O’Donnell finished with a hat-trick for Scariff/Ogonnelloe. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill ENTERING THE FINAL round of the Clare Credit Unions senior camogie championship, title holders Scariff/Ogonnelloe and Feakle/Killanena are among the sides to have booked their place in the knockout stages.
*Keith Stritch. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Smith O’Briens, Corofin and Whitegate have edged closer to the play-offs in the intermediate hurling championship following round two victories over Tubber, Ruan and O’Callaghans Mills while Parteen/Meelick and Bodyke got their challenge for honours off to a winning start with victories over fancied Sixmilebridge and Tulla sides.
*Ronan Monahan weaves through the Smith O’Briens defence of Evan Connolly, Cian Nolan and Mark Stritch. Photograph: Ruth Griffin TWO MORE teams will be relegated from the senior ranks this season so the opportunity to jump from the intermediate grade to the top tier is all the greater for the fifteen teams in action.