AIB Club Championships Talking Points
Ballyea v Clonlara
Ballyea have only ever once made a Clare senior final and that was in 2003 when Anthony Daly’s Clarecastle beat them by nine points. The black and amber side have one surviving player from that clash — a then 17-year old wing-forward named Kevin Sheehan — who is now the goalie. Ballyea have four hurling and five football Banner panellists at inter-county level, including 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly and 2016 All Star nominee Gary Brennan. They have also benefitted from the isolated player rule as Damien Burke and Pearse Lillis have come from Cooraclare where there is no hurling side, likewise Stan Lineen, Martin O’Leary and David Egan from Kilmihil, along with Cathal Doohan and Ryan Griffin of Lissycasey. Clonlara beat 2014 champions Cratloe in the semi-final and are hoping to go one better than last year when they were beaten by Sixmilebridge. They have a stack of inter-county class in Colm Galvin, Darach Honan, Oisin O’Brien, John Conlon, Cathal ‘Tots’ and Nicky O’Connell, along with Domhnall and Cormac O’Donovan.