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How Is It Fair When a Male Weightlifter Competes Against Women?

first_imgCharisma News 21 March 2017Family First Comment: “But of course it’s unfair. Hubbard is a male, not a female, and even after months of hormone treatments, he still has unfair advantages over the other women, who sacrificed for years to make it to this elite level, only to lose to a man. How is that right? As one woman tweeted in response to this news, “Imagine training for this your whole life, as a woman, only to have a known leader in men’s weightlifting take your title.”The performance was stunning, as New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard absolutely smoked the competition, beating her nearest competitor, a Samoan woman, by nearly 20 kilograms. The only problem is that Laurel is a biological male, born Gavin, which is why a number of the competitors felt the competition was unfair.But of course it’s unfair. Hubbard is a male, not a female, and even after months of hormone treatments, he still has unfair advantages over the other women, who sacrificed for years to make it to this elite level, only to lose to a man. How is that right?As one woman tweeted in response to this news, “Imagine training for this your whole life, as a woman, only to have a known leader in men’s weightlifting take your title.”Gavin Hubbard had “previously competed at a national level in men’s weightlifting,” making it all the more absurd that he would now be competing against women, which is why his presence was “met with criticism from Australian competitors who believe a transgender athlete in the female weightlifting category was not an equal playing field.”Not an equal playing field indeed—no more than it was an equal playing field when a female high school wrestler taking testosterone defeated all the other girls she wrestled against (she’s on hormone treatments as part of her “transitioning” to male) and no more than it was an equal playing field when a male-to-female mixed martial artist manhandled (literally) her female opponents.After the wrestling competition, Patti Overstreet, the mother of another wrestler, said, “She’s standing there holding her head high like she’s the winner. She’s not winning. She’s cheating. It’s not equal. It’s never going to be equal.”In response to this, cultural commentator Bill Muehlenberg wrote, “Nope, it sure ain’t equality, and it sure never will be. Trying to treat unequal things equally will always result in blatant, appalling inequality. And in the case of sports, it will result in more women being taken to hospital—if not the morgue.”When it comes to the weightlifting competition, one of the other lifters said, “We all deserve to be on an even playing field. It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”Exactly? Why compete at all? Why have men compete against men and women compete against women? Why have weight classes? Why not just throw everyone into the same competition and have the world’s strongest (or fastest) human—of either sex, in any weight class, at any distance, in any event? Why not blur all distinctions, if a man can now compete side by side with women?Ridiculously, Phil Gifford, described as a prominent sports writer, “said Hubbard had every right to compete with the women after passing ‘straightforward’ hormone regulations.”Specifically, he argued, “It’s testosterone levels which is a much more scientific way of measuring male gender, female gender than anything else that is currently known. And Lauren has passed all of those tests over the last 12 months.”So, then, a man who had lowered testosterone levels but all the other physical advantages a male would have over other women should be allowed to compete with the ladies? Just a glance at the picture in the news report, in which Hubbard, the fourth from the left, dwarfs his competitors, would tell you something is not fair here.But no, the whole world must revolve around the perceptions of those who identify as transgender, regardless of how it hurts others, regardless of how it inconveniences others, regardless of what new inequities it causes.And that says it all: This man who identifies as a woman has more rights than the other women, and they have to leave to make room for him.Can you join me in saying “Enough!”?Let’s continue to look for ways to help those struggling with gender identity confusion while protecting the rights of the rest of society. If enough of us raise our voices, positive change will come.READ MORE: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/63750-how-is-it-fair-when-a-male-weightlifter-competes-against-womenSport: Samoa protest against transgender lifters competing in women’s gradeRadio NZ News 29 March 2017 Samoa says it’s unfair for transgender weightlifters to compete in women’s divisions and plan to take their protest to the International Weightlifting Federation.New Zealand lifter Laurel Hubbard won the over 90kg division at the Australian International event in Melbourne earlier this month.The 39 year old lifted a combined total of 268kg, 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa.The President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Jerry Wallwork, said the move will discourage women from participating in the sport.“I really don’t think it’s fair. I’ve seen it up in front, in person, and especially when you’ve got someone who was a champions male lifter and now competing with the women, against the women,” he said.“I think it’s really unfair – I could probably almost class it as taking drugs.“You meet the testosterone levels and you get it down to a certain level but you’ve still got the muscles and the bones of a man and of course you’ve still got the strength there – it doesn’t matter how low you go.Jerry Wallwork said the fact Hubbard denied a Samoan lifter the gold medal was irrelevant and the main issue was one of fairness.“I’ve been a coach for 25-30 years and I’ve seen it up front and it does not look fair,” he said.“There’s a big advantage there to that side and I’m prepared to take it all the way up to the International Weightlifting Federation and I will raise it with them and argue with them that something [has to change].“Maybe set up a new division – there’s nothing wrong with that, set up a new division but to go against women I still think it’s unfair.”“I talked to other female athletes that were they – they’re actually saying to me what’s the point of training and competing, we will not be able to beat these lifters – transgenders – because they’re obviously much stronger, much bigger.”Jerry Wallwork said it was important to make their voices heard but whatever the IWF Congress decides, he will accept the decision.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/pacific/327725/sport-samoa-protest-against-transgender-lifters-competing-in-women’s-grade‘A man is a man’ – Samoa protests New Zealand transgender weightlifter’s winTVNZ One News 2 April 2017Samoa is protesting to the International Weightlifting Federation after New Zealand’s first transgender competitior snatched gold from their lifter.Laurel Hubbard made history as New Zealand’s first transgender weightlifter, but her big win resulted in Samoa’s loss, and they’re not happy.Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork from the Samoa Weightlifting Federation said the competition was “unfair”. Iuniarra Sipaia took silver, 19 kilograms behind Laurel Hubbard, and she believes it was not an equal playing field. “I am very disappointed with this issue, because a woman’s strength is not the same as a man. I feel its very unfair,” she said.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/man-samoa-protests-new-zealand-transgender-weightlifters-winKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.center_img “It doesn’t matter what you say… I still think a man is a man, still has the muscles and the bones and the strength of a man,” he said.last_img read more

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Bacolod City gov’t mulls mall closures but pharmacies, banks, grocery stores to stay open

first_imgRobinsons Place Bacolod will also beclosed temporarily on Friday, but its establishments that offer basicnecessities similar to those stated in Leonardia’s order would remain open./PN Photo shows the Bacolod City Government Center façade and fountain area. WIKIMEDIA BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardiahave recommended temporary closure of all malls in this city, but withexception to those providing essential services, in a bid to slow the spread ofthe coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “Mall here can voluntarily reduce thenumber of days that the establishments will be open for business,” Leonardiasaid SM City Bacolod has announced that itsmall operations will temporarily stop starting Thursday until further notice,but its supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, hardware, and select restaurants willremain open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.center_img Exempted from closure, according tothe mayor, are drugstores; supermarkets; medical clinics and laboratories;government offices; bakeries; banks; and convenience stores which shouldcontinue operations as they are providing essential services. “They can continue to operate but witha skeletal staff, and preferably manned by those residents of this city so thatthose staff who reside outside this city shall no longer need to come in herefor stricter quarantine measures,” Leonardia explained, saying the clear andpresent danger in the health and life of the people posed by COVID-19 cannot beoveremphasized. Leonardia on Wednesday issued anExecutive Advisory No.1 enjoining all mall owners to consider  “as soon aspossible” to voluntarily close (fully or partially) their establishments untilthe health threat is averted.last_img read more

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IMCA Late Models gain new Thursday home at Nebraska’s U.S. 30 Speedway

first_imgU.S. 30 also sanctions The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Part of the Jet Racing Central Region, U.S. 30 will sanction its Modified division for a 26th consecutive season in 2019.  U.S. 30 Speedway presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts adds the IMCA Late Model division to its regular Thursday shows. The 1/3-mile clay oval at Columbus is one of four newly sanctioned tracks in eastern Nebraska.  “The sanction gives Late Model drivers the opportunity to race for national and state points and point fund shares,” he added. “It’s a way we can give back to them more.” COLUMBUS, Neb. – Another sanctioned division has joined weekly race programs at one of the longest IMCA tenured tracks in Nebraska.  “We sat down with officials from the other tracks and agreed to go with the same set of rules,” explained Bobby Lincoln, co-promoter at U.S. 30 with his wife Janelle. “It made sense to go with IMCA. We were already sanctioned by them for everything else.”  IMCA Sunoco Stock Car points earned at Columbus count toward EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region standings, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region. Opening night at Columbus is set for April 18. Season championship night is Aug. 29 and the National Auto Sales-sponsored Late Models see action on one night of the Abe Lincoln Memorial in September.  “We have enjoyed a long association with the Lincolns and U.S. 30 Speedway. It’s one we look forward to continuing well into the future,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “There is immense potential for our Late Model division in Nebraska and I anticipate continued growth there.”last_img read more

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Wrestling: Nigerians climb high on World ranking

first_imgRelatedPosts Wrestling Federation happy over Adekuoroye’s gold medal in Rome tournament Adekuoroye claims second world wrestling championships bronze medal Adekuoroye wins bronze medal at world wrestling championships Commonwealth Champion Blessing Oborududu (68kg) has moved up to a career-high number three in the latest world rankings released by the United World Wrestling. This was contained in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday by Emeka Dennar, Media Officer of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation. The statement said Oborududu climbed up the ranking following her impressive outing at the recently concluded Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournament in Rome, Italy, where she won a bronze medal. It said that Oborududu (30pts) jumped four places from seventh in the previous ranking to her best-ever third position, behind top ranked American and world champion, Tamyra Mensah (74pts), and second-placed Anna Fransson (40pts) of Sweden. The statement added: “Similarly, Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) reclaimed her second position in the global ranking, after winning gold at the tournament in Rome. “She had 43pts in second place behind Japanese world number one, Risako Kawai with 60pts; but world bronze medalist was rated number three prior to the tournament. “In third place is former world champion Ningning Rong of China, who has 40pts.” According to the statement, the President of the NWF, Daniel Igali, who served as their coach in Rome, said participating at the ranking series tournament in Italy has yielded the expected results. Igali said: “The main aim of going to the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournament was to improve our rankings at the world and have our athletes highly seeded at the top 4 in the Olympics. “Last year Adekuoroye was number two but slightly dropped three, now she is back to two, while Oborududu was number four, dropped to number 7, now she’s back to number three. “Third position is Oborududu’s best ranking so far; so, everything has gone according to plan.” It disclosed that the African Championships, a ranking tournament that carried about 18 points for gold, will hold February 2020. It added: “So, if Adekuoroye and Oborududu both win there, they can’t do worse than number two in the rankings, it could even get higher. “Their current ranking, if maintained, is expected to fetch the wrestlers favourable draws at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, later this year.” It said though former world number one Adekuoroye was the only Nigerian wrestler that had qualified for the 2020 Olympics following her bronze-winning performance at the 2019 World Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan. “Oborududu and other wrestlers are expected to also qualify for Tokyo, with the Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifiers set for El Jadida, Morocco, in March,” the statement said.Tags: Anna FranssonBlessing OborududuEmeka DennarOdunayo AdekuoroyeWrestlinglast_img read more

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Hughes rejects Barton claims

first_img Hughes was sacked just 12 games into what proved a nightmare campaign for the London club, ending in relegation from the Premier League. They are now in heavy debt and looking unlikely to secure automatic promotion from the Championship. Hughes is now rebuilding his reputation at the Britannia Stadium, but Barton claims he has not accepted his share of blame for the demise of the Rs. Barton tweeted: “Accept you failed. Accept your to blame. Be humble and apologise to a club you left in a hell of a worse situation than when you came.” Hughes insists he has never shied away from his part in what went wrong, but has no interest in returning fire on the outspoken Barton. Hughes said: “The game is full of opinions. Joey seems to have a lot more opinions than most. “It is one of those things. A lot of blame was placed at my door and I accepted it at the time, because I was party to something that unfortunately didn’t go as well as everyone involved wanted it to go. “It wasn’t through the lack of trying. We all worked exceptionally hard to make it work, but sometimes the dynamic of a dressing room doesn’t allow it to work. That is what happened. “Joey has a view, I have a view as well on Joey – but I keep my thoughts to myself.” Barton, the controversial Rangers midfielder, this week launched an attack on Hughes via Twitter, claiming the players now at Loftus Road were “trying to clean up his mess”. Barton’s outburst was prompted by a newspaper interview in which Hughes, now in charge at Stoke, urged people not to judge him on the dismal start to the 2012-13 season that cost him his job at QPR. Hughes, speaking at a press conference to preview his side’s Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea this weekend, was asked to elaborate further on the issue of culpability. He said: “There is a lot of blame. I have taken my share of the blame and rightly so. Some of it is warranted and some of it isn’t. That happens in football. “Everyone worked hard to try to make it happen. There were a lot of issues at the club. “It was a difficult time for everyone involved but I wish them well. I hope they go up this year.” Hughes has enjoyed an encouraging first season at Stoke and the club, in 10th, are hoping to secure a top-half finish for the first time since promotion to the top flight in 2008. The Potters have won four and drawn one of their last five games and Hughes feels the team are on course to hit the targets he set on arrival last summer. He said: “Now we have put ourselves in a really strong position to achieve what we set out to do at the start of the year. “It is about making sure we capitalise on the position we have put ourselves in for these last six games.” Stoke have Jonathan Walters available again at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but Oussama Assaidi and Robert Huth remain on the sidelines with knee injuries. Press Association Former QPR boss Mark Hughes has denied Joey Barton’s claims that he does not accept some responsibility for the club’s problems.last_img read more

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Dele Alli deserves improved salary and contract – Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

first_img Alli has been among Spurs’ best performers this season since completing a £5million move from MK Dons, and he is the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer from midfield with five goals in 18 appearances. The 19-year-old’s outstanding form has resulted in selection by England in November, just three months after making his debut in the top flight. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli fully deserves the new contract that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021. Pochettino, who is preparing his team for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Leicester, would like to reinforce his forward options during the transfer window but will remain happy if he must continue to rely on Kane. “There have been a lot of rumours about us form the beginning of the season. Our supporters need to understand we are in a project that is different from other clubs,” he said. “It’s true maybe that Harry Kane is a proper striker, not only him, but we have different players in the second line who can help him and also play in his position. “The most important thing is to add the right profile and right player. Trying to find this player is not easy. “The market is very difficult in winter and our power is in the changing room, in the squad, the team. It’s not about one name, one player more or less. “It’s important to find the right player who can help us. That player will come, but if he doesn’t it’s not a big worry for me. “I can understand people are concerned we need one striker more, but we are very confident in following the same direction as the first half of the season.” “It’s very good news for us and for him,” Pochettino said. “After the last six months, Dele deserves to improve his salary and his contract. “He has achieved the level of the team-mates and now he is international and plays regularly in first team. He deserves all he takes now. “All the players are important. Dele is important too, but for me the most important thing is the collective, the squad, the spirit. “When you have a very good player with enough quality to play, you can achieve what you want. “The most important thing is that players like Dele are here and they show commitment with the club.” Pochettino is also gladdened by Harry Kane’s declaration that he wants to stay at Tottenham despite reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United. “Harry wanting to stay is very important. Harry feels very good here and is very happy,” he said. “In football anything can happen, but Harry is very happy with us. We are really happy and very pleased he is with us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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What Florida Safer at Home Order Means

first_imgFlorida will be under a “safer-at-home” order beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3. Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement days before in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The governor says under the order you can still go out for a ten mile run by yourself if you feel up to it.After initially resisting the idea of enacting such a measure, DeSantis said he choose to follow through on the executive order after President Donald Trump extended the national social distancing guidelines for an additional 30 days.Florida’s order will be in place for 30 days, joining at least 30 other states nationwide that have similar orders in place, affecting hundreds of millions of Americans. Here are three things to know about Florida’s order:Can I leave my home? What can I do?The executive order instructs residents to stay at home and travel outside their residence only for a handful of reasons. They include going out to obtain medical supplies or services, picking up groceries or other necessary products, and going out to public spaces to engage in activities. Senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are told to stay home, period.Social distancing if you must go out is a must. Here’s a full list of what the executive order permits you to to go out to do: Attending religious services Participating in recreation activities consistent with social distancing guidelines (these include walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, swimming) Providing, seeking pet care Caring for those in need Getting gas Grocery shopping Picking up carryout from restaurants Obtaining medical services (including going to your Pharmacy or Dentist) Going to work or to purchase products or services from businesses that are deemed “essential”What businesses are essential?Employees who work in certain fields that are deemed as essential are allowed to continue going to work. Employees are told to maintain social distancing between coworkers and customers.These businesses include: Healthcare providers Grocery stores, other food providers and distributors Businesses that provide social services Media and telecom providers Banks and financial institutions Hardware stores Contractors who provide services that are deemed “necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation residences and other structures” Mail and shipping services Laundry providers Gas stations Restaurants that provide food for carryout or takeout Schools (only permitted to be open to facilitate online learning) Office suppliers Marinas and docks The transportation sector (Airlines, trains, buses, taxis, etc) Funeral homes and mortuaries Assisted living facilities Gun stores Landscape and pool care Childcare facilities that operate with groups of 10 or fewer Pet stores and veterinarian services Utilities services Constructions site Manufacturing facilities Waste management services Residential and commercial real estate and settlement servicesWhat happens if you disregard the order?DeSantis’ executive order does not contain an explicit penalty for those who disregard the order.A previous county-wide stay-at-home order in St. Lucie County said violation of the order could result in a second-degree misdemeanor and include a maximum fine of $500 and up to 60 days in jail.last_img read more

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U.S. reclaim 4x100m world title, Britain take silver

first_imgBy Christian RadnedgeLONDON (Reuters) – Individual champion Tori Bowie anchored the United States to victory in the women’s 4×100 metres relay at the World Championships on Saturday.It was the sixth time the U.S. have won the event and the gold was a record 15th World Championship medal for Allyson Felix, who ran the second leg.The Americans, Olympic gold medallists in Rio last year, were led off by Aaliyah Brown who flew out of the blocks to start the run that brought them the world title they last won in 2011.Felix, part of that winning team in Daegu, took the baton to Morolake Akinosun who handed on to Bowie, the 100m world champion.The 26-year-old had pulled out of competing in the 200m earlier in the week due to suffering cuts and bruises in her sprint triumph last Sunday.However, she looked in no discomfort as she surged down the final straight to win in 41.82 seconds.“We are on top of the world,” Bowie said. “I am grateful to be able to run and bring these ladies home to the gold. It has been a mixed week but two gold medals is amazing for me.”Bowie was shadowed all the way to the line by Briton Daryll Neita who led her team to silver, in 42.12, ahead of 2015 champions Jamaica who were missing their usual anchor runner in Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.Britain’s silver represented a big stride forward for the team, having won bronze at the Olympics.“I tried my best down that last stretch and I’m glad to bring the team home to silver. We work so hard as a team so we are delighted,” Neita said.The evening session proved a double sprint delight for Britain as the men won a sensational gold in their race, watched by their female counterparts beside the track who leapt and screamed in delight at the final result.“We’ve smashed it. We worked so hard for this. Us girls and boys have both done so well and we’re so proud of each other,” Neita added.last_img read more

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USC looks to extend its hot start in doubleheader

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team has just begun what promises to be a long, demanding season, epitomized by only a two-day break in between matches this week. After a successful ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament, the No. 2 Trojans immediately began preparing for a doubleheader against the No. 57 Cal Poly Mustangs and the UC Irvine Anteaters to be played today at Marks Stadium.Aces wild · Junior Emilio Gomez, ranked No. 27 in the nation for singles play, will remain in the No. 1 spot in Sarmiento’s absence. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanThis weekend, USC defeated San Diego State, 4-0, to advance to the ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship, in which they defeated Fresno State, 4-0. As soon as the match was over, the Trojans had to put the weekend behind them and start thinking about their next match.USC coach Peter Smith acknowledged the fast turnaround — the first of many — describing the team’s schedule as “a little intense this year,” given the high volume of games.According to junior Emilio Gomez, the quick succession of matches is actually good for the team.“We’re just trying to get our rhythm back,” Gomez said. “We actually want to get a lot of matches in, so we can really start improving our game.”USC will open its doubleheader today against Cal Poly. The Mustangs (2-1) are led by first-year coach Nick Carless. Earlier in the season, they had success in a tournament at Fresno State, where they defeated Saint Mary’s, 5-2. In the next round, they upset Fresno State, 4-1. At the time, the Bulldogs were ranked No. 50 in the nation, while Cal Poly sat at No. 62. Leading the upset was senior Andre Dome, who is currently the No. 89 singles player in the country.His singles and doubles victories in that match earned him the title of Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week.Smith says Cal Poly’s upset of Fresno State hasn’t affected the team’s training or mindset leading up to their match.“All of these matches, really, in my eyes, are a form of practice,” Smith said. “And that’s not to say disrespect to our opponents. Really, we’re all playing toward something bigger: conference championships [and] national championships.”In the second match of the day, USC will take on the Anteaters of UC Irvine (0-3). After losing a match at home to Nevada 6-1, the Anteaters traveled to Honolulu to take on Hawai’i and Sacramento State. They fell to Hawai’i 5-2, and lost to Sacramento State the next day 6-1.The Anteaters are led by junior Ryan Cheung, who was named to the All-Big West second team in doubles for the 2011-12 season. UCI coach Trevor Kronemann is in his sixth season with the team.UCI is currently unranked and has no players ranked in either singles or doubles, but the team isn’t letting its guard down.“It’s important not to overlook these teams,” junior Ray Sarmiento said. “The guys need to take care of their own matches and the rest will come.”Sarmiento, USC’s highest-ranked singles player, will sit out the doubleheader today because of a slight abdominal injury but will be back in action against Texas on Friday.USC kicks off its doubleheader today against Cal Poly at 12:30 p.m. The team then faces UCI at 4:30 p.m. Both matches are set to be played at Marks Stadium.last_img read more

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County hurling final pairings decided

first_imgThe West Tipp club – who’d only played their divisional decider 24 hours before contesting the semi-final – defeated Carrick Swans 2-14 to 0-10 in Bansha in their last four clash.Sarsfields, meanwhile, saw off Nenagh Eire Og 3-19 to 1-11 in the other semi.In the Conty U21B competion the semi-finals finished: Borris-Ileigh 0-13 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-11; Killenaule 2-8 Lattin-Cullen Gaels 1-8.last_img

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