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The Hurling Championship in Clare concludes this Sunday. Sixmilebridge return to the final to defend their title. On the other side of the tie is O’Callaghan Mills who are aiming to win their first Clare SHC since 1937.
Last year, Sixmilebridge won their 14th Senior Club Championship by beating Cratloe in the final. So far, they have a perfect record in their attempt to retain the title, winning four from four. In fact, two of these four games were against Éire Óg Ennis. Firstly, they defeated the fourteen-time winners by five points. Then, in the semi-final there was just a point to separate them as Sixmilebridge marched on to the final.
Likewise, there was just one score between O’Callaghan Mills and Ballyea in the other semi-final. O’Callaghan Mills won out 2-17 to 1-17.
O’Callaghan Mills have not won the Canon Hamilton Cup since 1937. In fact, their last trip to the final was also against Sixmilebridge. That was in 1993. On that occasion, Sixemilebridge won 3-08 to 2-06.
In contrast, Sixmilebridge have been a regular in the Clare SHC Final. After a loss in the 2011 showdown, Sixmilebridge returned to win in 2013, ’15, ’17, and, of course, ’19.
Sixmilebridge will go into this game as favourites. But, after an 83-year drought, O’Callghan Mills’ desire to win will mean Sixmilebridge have to bring their A-game.
Paths to the Final
O’Callaghan Mills 2-17 vs 1-17 Ballyea.
Sixmilebridge 0-17 vs 1-13 Éire Óg Ennis.
O’Callaghan Mills 2-16 vs 0-13 Inagh-Kilnamona.
Sixmilebridge 0-21 vs 0-12 Broadford.
O’Callaghan Mills 3-17 vs 0-17 Crusheen.
Sixmilebridge 0-20 vs 1-13 Whitegate.
O’Callaghan Mills 2-13 vs 0-17 Broadford.
Sixmilebridge 0-17 vs 0-12 Éire Óg Ennis.
Clare SHC Final: O’Callaghan Mills vs Sixmilebridge, Sunday 27th September, Cusack Park (Throw-in TBC).
Senior Hurling Championship Semi-final v Eire Óg (0-17 to 1-13). See https://t.co/YNqGW5Zy7v for more.
— Sixmilebridge GAA (@SMBGAA) September 12, 2020