Ballyea 1.21  Clooney/Quin 4.9
It is of absolutely no consolation whatsoever to Keith, Pa and the team, but, we are all immensely proud of the performance of the lads in this game. All that is ever asked of a team is that they do their best. To a man, they all gave every last ounce of energy, but, ultimately, came up short...... writes Mike Hogan.


The U-16A semi-final v. Ballyea will go ahead this Friday in Clarecastle at 6.15pm. Originally fixed for last Friday, the match was called off late on the day of the game. Apologies to the supporters who did not hear of the cancellation, and who made their way to Clarecastle.
Let's turn out in force this week and give our support to Keith, Pa and the team.

Under 16 Hurling News from Mike Hogan............................
We heard a lot of talk this week about the 'Thrilla in Manilla' and the 'Rumble in the Jungle'. Well, on Monday evening in Hennessy Park we had just as much excitement and drama. The weather made sure it was 'Messy in Hennessy' but it resulted in a 'Win for Clooney/Quin'! While our U-16 hurlers never showed the arrogance of Ali, they certainly proved the greatest on this particular evening.
Now, after that epic play-off with Meelick, it is straight back into action this Friday evening.
In previewing this weekend's game we have to look back on the fantastic performance the lads put in against Meelick. It was not just the high quality of hurling that was to be admired but, also, their tremendous character and determination to succeed. Having trailed the visitors for all of 55 min. the boys in green and red never gave up and once they had equalized at the end of normal time there could only have been one outcome.
Standing between Clooney-Quin and a place in the U-16A final is Ballyea - the form team of the championship. Ballyea are a seasoned 'A' side and have a very impressive 100% record this year. While it will be a difficult assignment, our boys are hurling with a lot of confidence and assurance and hold no fear whatsoever. Our defence showed a very mean streak on Monday and a repeat performance will surely make things very difficult for Ballyea. At the other end of the field, we have quality forwards with proven scoring ability.
This team deserves the full support of the club this weekend. So, Clarecastle at 6.30pm on Friday evening is the place to be. Let's get fully behind Keith, Pa and the boys.
May they float like a butterfly and sting like a swarm of bees!

The Under 16 hurlers of Clooney/Quin and Meelick/Parteen served up a thrilling eighty minutes of non-stop action in a play-off for a semi-final spot in this years County "A" Championship in Clooney last Monday evening, August 31st.
Having won the toss for home venue due to the unavailability of the appointed venue, the Clooney/Quin lads were slow to settle, with the powerful South-East Clare side taking a commanding lead by the mid-point of the half. The home side eventually settled and reduced the deficit to a goal by the end of the half, with the scoreboard reading 1-9 to 0-9.
With the assistance of the strong wind for the 2nd half, Clooney/Quin were fancied to overhaul the lead. However, the Meelick/Parteen side were in no mood to surrender easily, and kept their noses in front as Clooney/Quin chipped away at the scoreboard.
The goal that the home side craved for eventually arrived with 5 minutes remaining and, in a welther of excitement, the equaliser came as the clock ran down.
Level at full-time, 20 minutes of Extra Time was played. Wind-assisted, Clooney/Quin played their best hurling of the hour in the first period and led by 4 at the break.
On the turnover, Meelick/Parteen fought tooth and nail to get their noses in front, but the home side held out for a terrific 1-20 to 1-18 win.
Credit must go to both sides who provided such an excellent spectacle in heavy underfoot conditions, with wind and rain thrown in to add to their difficulties.  
Having secured the County Under 15 "B" title last year, qualification for this years "A" semi-final is a positive sign of progress for these players. Well done to the team and Mentors. 
Onto the semi-final they go with confidence!

Our U-16 Hurlers have an important match on this Monday at 6.30PM in Clooney. They will take on Meelick in a play-off for a place in the semi-final of the U-16A Championship. They reached this stage on the back of victories in their final two matches against Doora/Barefield and Monday's opponents. That final game in Knockalisheen went right to the wire with an injury time goal securing a 2-point win for the visitors. Monday's game is likely to be just as close and extra time will be played if the sides finish level. The game was originally fixed for Cratloe, but the pitch has been closed. Both clubs agreed to toss for venue, and Clooney won the toss. Try get along to support the lads.