*Sixmilebridge’s Seadna Morey. Photograph: Chris Copley It was far from their finest hour but Sixmilebridge managed to hold off a defiant Éire Óg and keep their aspirations of winning a fourteenth Clare SHC title alive.
*Cratloe’s Conor McGrath. Photograph: Martin Connolly A place in the quarter-finals of the Clare SHC will be the prize for the winners of the four ties taking place this weekend.
*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.
*Cathal Malone netted a hat-trick for Sixmilebridge. Photograph: John Meyler Seven games took place in the Clare senior hurling championship on Saturday marking the beginning of the 2019 campaign.
*Shane Lowry. Photograph: Getty Images Minus Rory McIlroy’s presence, Shane Lowry appears to be the fan favourite for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and he’s grateful to have such support.
*Niall Horan. Photograph: Getty Images Irish pop giant, Niall Horan has been confirmed to lead the stellar line-up for next week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am.
*John Conlon and Mike Casey in battle. Photograph: Martin Connolly Stuart Holly, Editor of The Clare Echo says Clare’s hurling followers baying for blood should get a grip.
*John Kiely & Donal Moloney on the sideline. Photograph: Martin Connolly Defeat to Clare on Sunday would have meant Limerick were the earliest All-Ireland champions to bow out in the subsequent campaign since Tipperary’s departure from the 1992 championship, such an outcome was “inconceivable” according to John Kiely.
*Seamus Callanan reacts quickest and buries the ball in the Clare goal despite Patrick O’Connor’s attempts. Photograph: Martin Connolly The Clare Echo’s Darach Honan reflects on Clare’s thirteen point defeat to Tipperary and looks at possible changes for Sunday’s must-win tie against Limerick.
*Clare’s defence deal with a Tipperary attack in the 2018 Munster SHC. Photograph: Gary Collins Both Clare and Tipperary are unbeaten so far in this year’s Munster SHC, for one that will change on Sunday according to The Clare Echo columnist Darach Honan.