*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.
*Damian Fox. Photograph: Chris Copley Clare referee Damian Fox has criticised “certain sections of the media” for being “extremely harsh” when giving their views on the performance of referees within the county and cautioned that those who abuse officials will receive suitable suspensions going forward.
*Ambrose Heagney dishes out a yellow card to Clarecastle’s Adam Healy. Photograph: John Meyler An ex inter-county referee has praised Clare GAA for the handling of fixtures in the club championship by awarding younger men in the middle high profile senior games.