There was plenty of camogie action at the weekend with the resumption of the PK Travel Senior Camogie League where there were wins for Inagh/Kilnamona, Clooney/Quin, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Sixmilerbridge.
By Anne McMahon
Ideal Spring time conditions greeted these two senior camogie sides on Sunday morning in Kilnamona. This local derby was played at an intense pace for March with every ball being contested for. It will be one of many meetings that these sides will battle out between them in the coming seasons as both clubs have some young talented players coming through to the senior ranks.
Scores were very hard to come by for both teams and a plucky Inagh/Kilnamona side restricted Kilmaley to a single point in the first half. Inagh/Kilnamona’s Sinead Quinn was first off the mark to get her name on the score sheet with a well taken point from play in the opening minutes of the game. The Kilmaley defence kept the young Inagh/Kilnamona side forward line under a strict reign in the opening fifteen minutes. Fiona Laffety added a point from a placed ball giving her side a two point advantage, 14 minutes into the game.
Kilmaley’s opening score came in the 18th minute when Claire McMahon fired over a placed ball. Fiona Laffety was again at the end of the stick to give her team an addional score again from a free in the middle of the field which was the final score of the half.
Kilmaley put their foot to the metal in the second half and put in a huge effort all over the field. Team captain Claire McMahon opened the scorline with a pointed free. The next three points all came from frees and were all converted by Fiona Laffety, increasing Inamona’s lead to four. Kilmaley fought back and scores came from Denise Lynch and Saoirse Glynn, but ultimately it was too little too late for the County Champions.
Some of the players to impress for Inagh/Kilnamona were Theresa O Keefe at wing back, Claire Hehir and Orlaith Cotter exhibited there Clare Minor Camogie experience and excelled in the positions in defence.
It was a game in which both defenses excelled and the two teams lived off of frees. Eight of the ten scores came from placed balls.
It must be noted that Kilmaley were lining out without a large number of their experienced seniors for this opening fixture, Katie Cahill, Niamh O Dea, Emma O Driscoll, Shonagh Enright, Eimear Considine and Ashling Cahill were all unavailable for the game. This opening fixture gave the management a chance to blood some of the younger players on the panel as the squad has been extended this season.
Saoirse Glynn, Claire and Helen McMahon all did well for Kilmaley on this first outing. Next up for Kilmaley is an April 6th meeting with Clooney/Quin in a repeat of last year’s county final.
Rebecca Keating, Sarah Cotter, Claire Hehir, Orlaith Cotter, Teresa O Keeffe, Fiona Lafferty (0-05), Aoife Keane, Sinead Quinn (0-01), Jane Fitzgerald, Tara Rynne, Chloe Foudy, Christina Glynn, Laura Rynne, Amy Keating, Andrea O Keeffe.
Kilmaley: Denise Lynch (0-01), Aleisha Pyne, Sarah Reidy, Lisa Kennedy, Lauren McGuane, Helen McMahon, Aida Griffey, Sinead O Keeffe, Saoirse Glynn (0-01), Abigail Connellan, Claire McMahon (0-02), Ashling Darcy, Leighanne McMahon, Ailish Considine, Ashling O Halloran
Subs Orla Killeen for Leighanne McMahon, Nora O Rourke for Abigail Connellan, Chloe McAleer for Ashling O Halloran.
Referee: Martin Leahy (Ruan).
By Páraic McMahon
Newmarket-on-Fergus got their 2015 Senior Camogie off to the perfect start with a comprehensive with a twenty point win over Clarecastle/Ballyea in the opening round of the League.
The Blues started extremely well with a free from Niki Kaiser fresh from the throw-in. Her sister Carol found the back of Clarecastle/Ballyea net with less than four minutes played as Newmarket certainly laid down a marker early on. Further placed balls were fired over by Niki Kaiser to increase the lead to eight points with ten minutes played. A great team move was finished off following a pass by Rachel Kelleher who found Gemma McInerney and she made no mistake in hitting the sliotar straight between the posts.
Clarecastle/Ballyea opened their account at the midway stage of the first half through a point from lively corner-forward Doireann Murphy who would end up being the chief scorer for her side. Ruth Kaiser registered her first score of the game with seventeen minutes gone. Centre-forward Carol O’Leary handpassed the sliotar to the back of the Siobhan Hehir’s net to give the Blues a 2-11 to 0-04 lead at the interval.
Carol O’Leary kept her account ticking off straight after the resumption with a point from distance, this was followed by a Sharon McMahon effort off her right hand side. The Blues refused to lie down and ploughed on with scores via Niki Kaiser, Carol O’Leary and Aileen Kilmartin. Each Newmarket substitute introduced was eager to prove a point as was evident with the workrate of Annmarie Hayes and Kilmartin, Hayes found the back of the net with fifty two minutes on the clock. Dual-county player Carol O’Leary got her second goal of the affair with four minutes remaining. Aileen Kilmartin tore through the heart of the Clarecastle/Ballyea defence before handpassing to the back of the net to put the icing on the cake.
While the scoreline won’t suggest it, this is a promising Clarecastle/Ballyea team. Having won the Intermediate crown in 2014, it will take them a few games to adjust to the change in standard and this tie will fall into the transition period. As the season progresses so too will their fitness as the skill is certainly in this side, it is just a case of showing more of it. Doireann Murphy and Ria Flanagan stood out for the hosts.
Going into this game, a win was expected for the Blues and a win was achieved. The fluency and communication was very strong for the team today as they totally dominated from start to finish. However this fixture will count for absolutely nothing when it comes to the business end of league and championship but it is important to start as you mean to go on. Carol O’Leary, Joanne Walsh, Niki Kaiser and Annmarie Hayes were prominent for Newmarket.
Newmarket-on-Fergus: Jenny Kelly, Jane O’Leary, Laura McMahon, Aoife Griffin, Katie O’Flanagan, Roisin McMahon, Aimee McInerney, Joanne Walsh, Niki Kaiser (0-09 8f 165), Gemma McInerney (0-01), Carol O’Leary (2-02), Sharon McMahon (0-02), Carol Kaiser (1-00), Ruth Kaiser (0-02), Rachel Kelleher. Subs: Aislinn Keogh for O’Flanagan (HT), Annmarie Hayes (1-02) for G McInerney (HT), Aileen Kilmartin (1-01) for Kelleher (45), Maria Kennelly for J O’Leary (51), Claire Arthur for S McMahon (54).
Clarecastle/Ballyea: Siobhan Hehir, Sinead Frawley, Emma O’Connell, Sinead Reidy, Lauren Holland, Suzy O’Shea, Carol Browne, Chloe Devitt, Laurie Ryan, Amy Wiley, Ria Flanagan, Lauren Tuohy, Ciara Lynch, Sharon Quinn, Doireann Murphy (0-04 2f 165).
Referee: Aaron Hogg (Clonlara).
Sun 15th March
PK Travel Adult Leagues
Div 1 League
Sixmilebridge 1-07 Kilkishen 1-05
Newmarket on Fergus 5-19 Clarecastle/Ballyea 0-04
Clooney Quin 3-09 Truagh Clonlara 1-11
Inagh Kilnamona 0-06 Kilmaley 0-04
Div 3 & 4
Kilkee GAA: Doonbeg/Kilkee v Wolfe Tones, postponed.
HM Travel U14 Championship
Clooney Quin 3-07 Ruan/Burren 1-00
Kilkishen 5-00 Whitegate 1-01
Tulla/Bodyke 3-03 Newmarket on Fergus 2-02
Banner 4-00 Cratloe 1-05
Clarecastle 5-01 Broadford 2-00.