CAMOGIE - On a dry but biting cold Sunday morning [24th March] the Clara Intermediate Camogie team made the trip down to St. Ibars of Wexford to play the third match in their Leinster league group. With one win and one loss so far, this match was a must win, if they hoped to have a chance to go further in the competition. The Team started the match on the front foot and made life very hard for the St.Ibars team to get any hold in the game. Under the Captaincy of Roisin Byrne [full back] she organised her defence to close down the opposition and allow centre field and the forwards to to dominate the match. The final score been Clara 3.11, St Ibars 0.05. The panel were Marilyn Nolan, Tamsin English, Roisín Byrne [capt], Aisling McDonald, Niamh Byrne, Claire McDonald, Claire Nolan, Marie Murphy, Aisling Curtis, Mary O’Connell, Grainne Byrne, Aisling Nolan, Ciara Byrne,Elaine Nolan, Aylson Creane, Dianamh Phelan, Bríd Murphy, Fiona Phelan,Gemma Dowing,Nicola Murphy Catherine Nolan.
GAA - Last Saturday saw the first competitive adult match of the 2013 season and it was between Clara and Erin’s Own in the first round of the All County Junior League. Clara started the game with a point from Eoin Curtis. Erins Own followed this up with 3 points 2 of which were from frees. Clara got the next 3 scores, the first a point from Decky Rafter, the next score a well taken Goal from Jody Creane and the third score a free from Brian Prendergast. Erins Own then got their fourth score, a point from a free.Clara then got the next 4 scores, 3 frees scored by Brian Prendergast, The fourth was a well worked goal which was started by David Prendergast who played a nice pass to Brian Prendergast, who in turn layed off a good hand pass to Eoin Curtis who finished to the net. Erins Own finished the scoring in this half with a point. This left the half time score Erins Own 0-5 Clara 2-6. The second half started like the first with Clara getting the first score a pointed free by Brian Prendergast. Erins Own came right back into this game with a goal. Clara came right back at them with 2 points, the first a great point scored by Mick McDonald from far out on the left side of the pitch and the second from another nice point from Decky Rafter. Erins Own got the next point before Brian Prendergast scored another free. Erins Own got the next 2 points both from frees. Not to be out done Brian Prendergast scored another free. At this stage with time running out Erins Own started to pile on the pressure and kept driving for goal, which they got with a few minutes to go. This made for a frantic finish with only 3 points in it Erins Own came at Clara again looking for a goal to level it and would have had it only for some fantastic defending by the Clara defence and brilliant block by Dermot Nolan. Clara finished the scoring in this game with a point scored by Jody Creane. The Final Score Erins Own 2-08 Clara 2-12. Scorers; Brian Prendergast (0-7), Jody Creane(1-1), Eoin Curtis (1-1), Decky Rafter (0-2) and Mick McDonald (0-1)The panel was: Killian Phelan, David Carroll, Dermot Nolan, Brian Delaney, Peter Nolan, David Prendergast, Shane Cassin, Bill Carrigan, Paddy Galvin, Jody Creane, Mick McDonald (Capt), Conor Phelan, Eoin Curtis, Brian Prendergast, Decky Rafter, Nicky Langton and Jason Barcoe.
WELL DONE - to the Kilkenny senior team who overcame Cork in a very close match on Sunday. Again well done to our own Lester Ryan who had a super game and finished on the score sheet for another game.
UNDERAGE TRAINING - Training will resume for underage teams (U12 to U6) for both Hurling and Camogie Monday the 8th of April. New players are always welcome at any age level as registration can be done by Pam Cummins on the Night, she will also be taking Jersey sizes for all players.
GOOD LUCK - To the Clara Under 8 Hurlers who follow in the footsteps of the senior team and play a match in Croke Park on thursday. Note for all Parents, Players will be meeting up in front of the museum in Croke Park at 10.45am.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP - Members of the executive committee will be around to collect remaining membership for 2013. All support very much appreciated and new members are always welcome.
FOR SALE - DVD’s will be going on sale soon for the Intermediate finals played in 2012/2013. The DVD’s will be sold as a box set. The set includes: League Final, County Final, Leinster Final, All-Ireland Semi Final and the All-Ireland Final. Please contact Trevor (085-1079791) to reserve your set. There are also Mugs for sale to commemorate the success of the last year. There are three mugs in the set,one for each Intermediate Final that was won, listing the names of the full panel for each final. Please contact Jimmy Fitzpatrick (086-8245106) to place your order. to see the mugs log onto clara.kilkenny.gaa.ie for more details and pictures.
UPCOMING FIXTURES - Friday 5th U16 Hurlingl League Clara Vs James Stephens at 6.30pm in Larchfield. Saturday 6th Seinor Football Championship Clara Vs JS/DB at 6.30pm in John’s Park. Sunday 7th Junior Hurling League Clara Vs Windgap at 2pm in Clara. Monday 8th Minor Hurling League Clara Vs Graigue Ballycallan at 6.30pm in Callan.
PARISH LOTTO - Jackpot won. One winner. €3000 won by Peter Coogan, Kingsland. Winning numbers 8, 18, 28. Next weeks jackpot €750.
NOTES - Anyone wishing to have information included in the Clara Notes, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 086-2525261 before 8pm on Sunday night.