*Broadford celebrate. Photograph: Martin Cooper After five years of trying, Broadford have sealed their return to the top tier in Clare hurling.
*Tom Hannan chases after Bryan Donnellan. Photograph: Chris Copley Twin telepathy is an ongoing debate, you may believe it or you may not but upon hearing the similar injuries of serious degrees sustained by Hannan twins of St Josephs Doora/Barefield, one may have their views altered.
*Tony O’Brien, John Corcoran, Paraic Boland, Tom Howard & Alan Kilcoyne. Photograph: Martin Cooper. Broadford GAA club is the centre of the universe in the East Clare village, should they secure promotion to the senior ranks at the fifth time of asking may result in earthquakes rippling through its core such is the excitement for…
*Donie Whelan controls the ball under pressure from Evan Connolly. Photograph: Martin Cooper Beaten quarter-finalists in 2018, Broadford have qualified for the Clare IHC final following a hard-fought four point win over neighbours Smith O’Briens.
*St Josephs Doora/Barefield’s David Conroy. Photograph: Martin Connolly St Josephs Doora/Barefield produced a remarkable comeback to force extra time and seal their place in the Clare IHC decider.
*Sixmilebridge’s Jamie Shanahan watched by Conor Deasy. Photograph: Chris Copley Semi-final pairings have been announced for the Clare SHC and IHC.
*Penalties could determine if Conor McGrath & Cratloe get past Clonlara this weekend. Photograph: Mark Hayes Teams competing in the quarter-finals of the Clare SHC and IHC this weekend may be dumped out of the respective competitions on penalties.
*Mícheál O’Loughlin’s effort sails over the bar during Clonlara’s 2016 county semi-final win over Cratloe. Photograph: Martin Connolly Pairings are now known for the Clare SHC quarter-finals following Monday’s draw in Clareabbey.
*Éire Óg’s Darren O’Brien gets away from Cillian Fennessy. Photograph: Raymond O’Mahony Feakle, Ballyea and Éire Óg have secured their spots in the quarter-finals of the Clare SHC.
*David Reidy. Photograph: Martin Connolly Championship aspirations will become more defined as the second round takes place in the Clare club hurling scene over the weekend.