It was a busy weekend of action in the local Clare camogie scene with Round Three of the Senior Camogie League taking place along with the visit of many clubs to Semple Stadium for the Camán to Thurles initiative, Brid MacNamara reports.
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Clooney Quin 1-05
The final round of the group stages of the 2015 senior league was a rematch of the 2014 County final and it ended up being a one-sided affair as County Champions Kilmaley won out convincing winners by eighteen points.
Kilmaley lined out with a strong team and many of its regulars returned to the starting fifteen. This was a much improved performance from their previous outing. The opening score came from play as Claire McMahon slotted over a fine point from play. She soon added another point from a free. Deirdre Murphy opened Clooney’s account after fifteen minutes for and she was the only Clooney player to score in the first half with a total of 1-02.
The Kilmaley forwards were in full flight in the final ten minutes of the first half and their scores came with fluency from Claire McMahon, Ailish Considine and Chloe McAleer. At half-time the visitors led 0-08 to 1-02.
Early on in the second half former inter-county teammates Deirdre Murphy and Denise Lynch exchanged scores from placed balls. Kilmaley’s work rate and pace was no match for the Clooney girls and some hard work around the mid field area from Sinead O Keeffe and Ashling Darcy resulted in further scores from the Kilmaley half forward line with Emma O Driscoll, Ailish Considine and Chloe McAleer all raising white flags.
Clooney/Quin tried hard but just lacked the forward power to take scores from play. Claire Ryan added a point for Clooney, but Kilmaley responded with a fine Saoirse Glynn goal on the twenty third minute.
Additional points from Claire McMahon and Emma O Driscoll followed for Kilmaley while Murphy added another placed ball for the hosts. Glynn picked up the final point of the game to secure Kilmaley’s place on top of the group table ahead of the League semi-finals.
Kilmaley will now face Newmarket on Fergus in the league semi-final on Sunday May 17th, which is a repeat of last year’s league final.
Teams: Kilmaley: Denise Lynch (0-02), Aleisha Pyne, Sarah Reidy, Lisa Kennedy; Lauren McGuane, Niamh O Dea, Helen McMahon, Ashling Darcy, Sinead O Keeffe (0-01), Aida Griffey, Emma O Driscoll (0-02), Saoirse Glynn (1-02) Claire McMahon (0-07) Ailish Considine (0-02) Chloe McAleer (1-03)
Subs: Caoimhe O Halloran for Helen McMahon, Maire Hehir for Lisa Kennedy, LeighAnne McMahon for Sinead O Keeffe, Rebecca Cahill for Aleisha Pyne, Orla Killeen for Chloe McAleer
Newmarket on Fergus 5-13
Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
These local rivals met in ideal conditions on Sunday morning in front of a sizeable crowd in Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Sixmilebridge got off to the better start with Chloe Morey pointing from play and she soon added a ‘45. Newmarket’s first score came from a placed ball as Niki Kaiser split the posts. Naomi Carroll was next to add to the Bridge scoreline when she scored a point which was soon followed by a Morey goal from a free.
Newmarket added three points all from the stick of Niki Kaiser. Morey replied with another placed ball to leave the Bridge three clear.
Darren Hayes’ Newmarket finished out the first half in style, adding 3-01 in the last five minutes to leave the half time score 3-07 to 1-06.
Irish Hockey International, Naomi Carroll was first off the mark in the second half, adding a point with less than two minutes played. The sides traded frees, before Carroll found the back of the net minutes later with a much needed goal. Newmarket again changed gear and upped the tempo, and went on to score 2-05. The Newmarkets backs worked hard keeping the Bridge scoreless for the remainder.
Annmarie Hayes was the star performer for the Blues while Chloe Morey lead the Sixmilebridge cause.
Teams: Newmarket on Fergus : Carol Kaiser; Aoife Griffin, Laura McMahon, Aislinn Keogh; Rachel Kelleher, Roisin McMahon, Aimee McInerney 1-00, Niki Kaiser 2-07 2’45, 1-04F, Joanne Walsh; Gemma McInerney, Carol O’Leary, Sharon McMahon 0-03, Aine Feehily, Ruth Kaiser 1-0, AnnMarie Hayes 1-02
Sub: Aileen Kilmartin 0-01 for Feehily.
Sixmilebridge: Aine McNamara; Sarah Loughnane, Deanna Considine, Karen Gallagher; Keelin Lyons, Maire McGrath, Niamh Whyte; Aoife Hurley, Chloe Morey; Rachael O’Halloran, Slaine Carey, Fiona Murphy; Aiveen O’Shea, Naomi Carroll, Ali Quinlan.
Subs: Bridget O’Halloran for Whyte (inj), Katie Freeman for Quinlan.
Referee Jim Hickey
Inagh Kilnamona were the victors of this round 3 game against Truagh Clonlara, 1-9 to 0-6,
in what were ideal conditions for camogie for this early morning tie on Sunday last.
Inagh Kilnamona opened the scoring on the fourth minute with a goal from Laura Rynne, which was followed by points from Helen Hehir and Chloe Foudy. It took Truagh/Clonlara fifteen minutes to register on the scoreboard and it was a Marie Begley point from a tight angle that got them off the mark.
Inagh Kilnmaona continued to pile the pressure on the Truagh/Clonlara backline but were unable to capitalise on their goal opportunities due to some fine play from the Truagh Clonlara goal keeper Aileen O’Sullivan. Eimear Kelly added for the East Clare outfit, after some hard work in winning possession.
A point from a free on the twenty second minute from Inagh/Kilnamona’s Sinead Quinn saw the home side go in at half time 1-04 to 0-02 in front.
The second half resumed with Inagh/Kilnamona facing into the stiff breeze, and Sinead Quinn extending their lead, pointing three frees. Despite Truagh/Clonlara’s determination, some fine play from Inagh Kilnamona’s backline and midfield ensured that no easy scores would be conceded.
Michelle Powell added her name to the Truagh scoresheet following an accurate puck out from O’Sullivan into the hand of Michelle Caulfield, who found Powell free inside her.. Inagh Kilnamona’s goalie Rebecca Keating was keen to keep a clean sheet throughout and Truagh Clonlara were denied their much needed goal, Keating deflecting an Eimear Kelly shot over the bar.
Further points from Sinead Quinn, Laura Rynne and Andrea O Keeffe ensured that Inagh Kilnamona were to be winners on the day. A determined team effort from the home side has set them up with a league semi-final place with Sixmilebridge in the coming weeks.
Teams: Inagh/Kilnamona: Rebecca Keating; Sarah Cotter, Clare Hehir, Orlaith Cotter; Teresa O’Keeffe, Sinead Quinn, Michelle Wynne; Aoife Keane, Andrea O Keeffe; Tara Rynne, Helen Hehir, Jane Fitzgerald; Chloe Foudy, Laura Rynne, Sinead Power.
Subs: Michaela Roughan for Power (Inj. 20 mins), Sinead Power for Fitzgerald (40 mins), Roisin Longe for Roughan (49 mins), Ciara Fitzgerald for Power (49 min), Roisin Clancy for Sarah Cotter (58 min).
Truagh Clonlara: Aileen O’Sullivan; Maire Guinane, Helen Guinane, Sarah Hastings; Aine O’Loughlin, Kathleen Horgan, Louise Egan; Aoife McKeon, Michelle Caulfield; Michelle Powell 0-02 1F, Maire Begley 0-01, Ellen Horgan 0-01; Caithlin Meehan, Eimear Kelly 0-02, Sinead Hogg.
Referee: Joe O’Donnell
St Josephs 7-18
Venue: Dr Daly Park, Tulla.
Killanena /Tulla will take no further part in this year’s league bowing out to St. Joseph’s on a scoreline of 7-18 to 1-0 in Tulla on Sunday evening. The hosts fielded a much depleted side due to exam and work commitments.
Lisa Meehan. Aoibhinn Byrnes, Amy Mcnamara, Aoife Conlon. Sarah Walshe , Eveleen Glynn, Sinead O Callaghan. Tara Gleeson, Ellen solon. Sinead Canny, Polly Edge O Neill, Aine O Callaghan. Valerie hogan, Aisling Hunt, Trish O Donnell.
Div 3 & 4
Clarecastle/Ballyea 3 04
Corofin made it two wins from two in the Junior League when they overcame the challenge from Clarecastle/Ballyea’s second strning.
The winners got off to a great start with a goal and two points in the opening five minutes.
Clarecastle/Ballyea’s Chloe Devitt followed with 1-01.
Corofin’s ability to win the breaking ball in midfield was crucial to their win and the accurate shooting from Aoibheann Malone and a hat trick of goals from Eva O Dea, put the Corofin girls eleven points clear at half-time.
The home team continued to dominate in the second half and sealed their win with three goals from Noelle Crowe. Clarecastle/Ballyea found it hard to get passed a strong Corofin defence.
Teams: Corofin: Clóda Collins, Sinéad Collins, Aoife Forde, Rebecca Collins, Louise Browne, Amy O Brien; Siobhain Lane 0-02, Corina Mc Mahon; Aoife Danagher, Aoibheann Malone 1-07, Emer Kierse 1-00, Noelle Crowe 3-00, Eva O Dea 4-01.
Clarecastle/Ballyea: Marie Lyons, Siobhain Hehir, Caroline Slattery, Laura Vaughan, Roisin Fallon, Alex Potter, Hannah Dinan, Chloe Devitt, Chloe Eustace, Amy Wiley, Elaine Lyons, Alison Carrig, Sinead Frawley.
Referee: AnnMarie McGann
St Josephs 3-04
Clooney Quin 0-01
In the third round of the Junior B league it was hosts St Josephs Doora Barefield who ran out twelve point winners.
St. Josephs playing with the wind in the first half opened the scoring inside fifteen minutes with a point from play from Vanessa Meaney. Wing forward Aoife Shannon added a point from a free.
Ciara Whelan hit the back of the Clooney/Quin net for a well taken goal, before Vanessa Meaney added a further point from play. St. Josephs finished the half with a second goal from Ciara Whelan leaving the half time score 2-3 to 0-0.
Clooney Quin kept the pressure on in the second half but the parish side added a further 1-3 from play, scores coming from Vanessa Meaney, Emma Dilleen, and a third goal from Ciara Whelan. Jessica Leamy scored for Clooney/Quin inside the last five minutes, but the homeside had done enough to secure a merited win.
Teams: St. Josephs Doora Barefield: Aoife O Connor, Orla O Neill, Kate Dillon, Michelle O Neill, Orla Fawl, Emma Dilleen (0-01), Orla Hoey, Orla Moloney, Vanessa Meaney (0-03), Aoife Shannon Capt.(0-01f), Emily Williams, Ciara Whelan ( 3-01), Karen McMahon.
Subs: Karen McMahon for Aoife O Connor, Ann Foudy for Orla Hoey, Ornaith Hanratty for Emily Williams.
Clooney/Quin: Siobhan Halpin, Jennifer Leamy, Eimear McGrath, Cora O’Grady, Marie Keating, Emily Moloney, Jessica Leamy, Orlaith Nash, Emma Sheehy, Gemma Hassett, Nicola Moran, Paula Walsh, Aoife O Connell.
Éire Óg 3-07
A stronger Feakle/Killanena side overcame the challenge of Éire Óg with goals proving to be crucial in this one.
Éire Óg came out much better in the second half and put in a great performance for the 20 minutes but Feakle/Killanena maintained the upper hand and emerged victorious.
Éire Óg; Fiona Kelly, Caireann Kennedy, Saoirse Warren, Maria Redmond, Amy Broderick, Leah Ryan, Nora Casey, Eva Whyte, Mary Tiernan, Rebecca Slattery, Emma Liu, Lia Kelly, Ciara Kennedy.
Feakle/Killanena; Shauna Canny, Sinead Canny, Louise O’Callaghan, Rachael McNamara, Roisin McMahon, Trish O’Donnell, Emma Walsh, Eileen Daly, Roisin Touhy, Evelyn Duggan, Laura McGrath, Aedmar Smyth, Sinead O’Callaghan
Inagh Kilnamona 6-09
Inagh/Kilnamona started their U17 campaign on Tuesday evening with a win over neighbours Corofin.
In what were very warm conditions on the evening, the rotating substitution system was very well used by both teams. Inamona were first on the score sheet with goals from Laoise Ryan and Chloe McNamara inside the first five minutes. It took six minutes for Corofin to register a score with a well taken goal, which was quickly followed by another in the tenth minute.
For the remaining ten minutes both sides added points, with Inagh/Kilnamona’s coming from Sinead Power and Roisin Clancy before they headed into half time with a two point advantage.
The second half resumed with a determined Inagh/Kilnamona hunting for goals and they were rewarded for their efforts in the twenty first minute, with a goal from Sarah Cotter who then added a point within a few minutes. Goals from Chloe Foudy and Micheala Roughan increased their lead with five minutes remaining.
Though Corofin managed a goal on the 38th minute, this was quickly cancelled out by a last minute snatch goal from Micheala Roughan to ensure the win for the home team.
Inagh/Kilnamona: Micheala Roughan (2-01); Sarah Cotter (C)(1-01) , Rebecca O Leary; Chloe Foudy (1-01), Sinead Power (0-03); Laoise Ryan (1-02),Chloe McNamara (1-00).
Subs (Rotating): Roisin Clancy (0-01), Eimear O Looney and Aoife Sexton.
Tulla/Bodyke 5-7 Sixmilebridge 2-8
Kilkishen 3-10 Broadford 2-5
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Cratloe emerged the victors in a tightly fought contest edging out the Magpies by two goals.
The visitors got the opening score, when a block by Cratloe netminder Maria Healy was pounced on by Nessa Collins who shot the rebound to the net. This game was a defensive one in nature, with Clarecastle playing an extra player in the backs for much of the game, and the next score did not come for twenty minutes, until Cliona Murphy for Cratloe’s attempt at goal was deflected by the Clarecastle goalie over the bar for a point.
Aoife O’Brien for Cratloe followed with a point soon after. Cratloe got their first goal before half time to make the half time score Cratloe 1-02 Clarecastle 1-01.
After the resumption, each team scored a goal, before Clarecastle equalised with a point from Kirsty O’Hara. Excellent midfield play by Aoife Murphy and Aoife O’Brien provided a good supply of ball down to the Cratloe forwards.
Ellie O’Donoghue scored her third goal to give Cratloe the edge, before Claire Daly scored Cratloes final goal of the day.
Teams: Cratloe: Maria Healy, Ava Cunningham, Orla Gallagher, Lucy Earles, Ava Gardner, Andrea Murphy Wright, Aoife Murphy, Aoife O’Brien 0-1 Cliona Murphy 0-1 Aoife Marie Costello, Sarah MacMahon , Ellie O’Donoghue 3-0 Niamh O’Leary .
Subs: Claire Daly 1-0 for Aoife Marie Costello , Eimear Flannagan for Aoife O’Brien , Roisin McGonagle.
Clarecastle: Sarah McNamara, Sarah Kearney, Catherine Feehan, Laura Mullen, Dearbhile McMahon, Orla Commons, Aoibhin Donnelly, Kelsey Farmer, Grace Russell, Kimmy Ward, Kirsty O’Hara (1-1), Jennifer Hanrahan, Nessa Collins (1-1)
Subs Rachel Cassidy for Farmer, Emma O’Donoghue for Grace Russell, Ciara O’Dell for Feehan & Emily Hoyne for J. Hanrahan
Referee: Aidan Ryan
On a warm evening in Parteen, Cratloe emerged the victors with a comprehensive win.
Parteen got the opening score on their home turf, with a point, but then Cratloe went on the offensive. Niamh O’Leary replied with the first of her seven points in this match. Aoife O’Brien followed with a goal. There followed two points by Niamh O’Leary before Ellie O’Donoghue scored the first of her hat trick of goals.
Parteen fought back, but solid defence by Ava Cunningham and Orla Gallagher kept Parteen at bay. Niamh O’Leary found the net bringing the score at half time to 4.04 to 0-01.
Parteen came out with renewed vigour after half time. Maria Healy deflected a goal, but the rebound was sent back in by Parteen’s Sarah Hall for their only goal of the match. Cratloe re-focussed and regained the upper hand for the rest of the match. Sarah MacMahon, Cliona Murphy and Claire Daly all showed a very high work rate during this period, with Sarah attacking and scoring 2.1 in the second half. Andrea Murphy Wright stood out in the backs in the second half.
Cratloe: Maria Healy, Ava Cunningham, Orla Gallagher, Lucy Earles, Ava Gardner, Andrea Murphy Wright, Aoife Murphy, Aoife O’Brien(1-00) Cliona Murphy, Aoife Marie Costello, Sarah MacMahon (2-01), Ellie O’Donoghue (3-00) Niamh O’Leary (1-07).
Subs: Claire Daly for Sarah MacMahon (blood substitute) , Eimear Flannagan, for Ellie O’Donoghue, Jody O’Halloran for Aoife O’Brien, Fiona Cummins for Sarah MacMahon, Sadbh Foley for Orla Gallagher,
Camogie Rules Seminar
Clare Camogie Referees Committee are going to hold a Rules seminar on Friday 1st May at 7pm. Venue to be confirmed. Cathal Egan (Cork, and National Camogie Referee) will host the evening. It will include:
1. Current Camogie Playing Rules.
2. New rules that come into effect from 28th April.
3. Differences between Camogie and Hurling.
4. Q & A Session throughout.
This open to all coaches/mentors of teams within Clubs. The cost is €10 per club and a minimum of 1 person per club is required, This is an excellent opportunity to fully understand the rules, their interpretation and ask questions to an established National Referee.
Clare Long Puc Finals
Clare Camogie Long Puc Adult and U16 Friday will take place on Friday May 1st 6:45pm in Whitegate.
The finals of the Clare Camogie Long Puc will be hosted by Whitegate in conjunction with the Hurling Long Puc and their May festival.
There are two categories – Adult and U16.
All clubs are requested to run their own Adult and U16 finals and send on winners names to us by Monday April 27th.
The Clare Final will be run in Whitegate over the pony race track starting at 6:45pm. All clubs are requested to have an adult and U16 participant.
The Clare winners will then represent the county at the Munster Finals on Monday July 6th in Thurles Racecourse.
Clare Senior Camogie & Hurlers Training Fund
Fancy winning €1000??? Our Senior Camogies & Hurlers are combining forces again this year to fundraise for their Championship preparations. No time for dancing now so instead they are doing a draw with numerous cash prizes on offer. Cards will be available from all Senior players on both panels from this weekend, so for just €5 you could be a grand richer. Please support the players in this campaign. Winners draw will take place live on Clare FM on Friday 22nd May
Inagh Kilnamona Camogie Club are holding a Table Quiz in Dillons Bar, Inagh on Friday 08th May at 9.00pm. Tables of 4 €40. Finger Food provided on the night. Please come and support. For further information please contact any Team Mentor or Club Officer.
Tues 28st/Wed 29th April
Corofin v Clooney Quin
Tulla/Bodyke v Feakle/Killanena
Eire Og v Ruan/Burren
Results to be texted to both Orla 087 2417355 & PRO 086 3978996 immediately after game
Wednesday 29th April
Clare Camogie Feile
Div 1 Semi Finals and Final
Scariff-Ogonnelloe v Truagh-Clonlara, 6.30pm
Killanena v Kilmaley, 6.55pm
Runners Up Final: 7.45pm
Div 2 Semi Finals and Final
O’Callaghans Mill GAA:
St. Joseph’s v Kilkishen, 7.00pm
Tulla/Bodyke v Inagh-Kilnamona, 7.25pm
Runners Up Final 8.45pm
Div 3 Semi Finals and Final
Sixmilebridge v Newmarket on Fergus, 6.00pm
Clarecastle v Eire Og, 6.25pm
Runners Up Final 7.45pm
Thursday April 30th
Junior B Cup Final
St. Caimins Shannon v Scariff Comprehensive @ Kilkishen 1.00pm
Div 3 & 4
Shannon Camogie Pitch: Wolfe tones v Kilkishen, 7.30pm
Clare Camogie Feile
Div 4 Semi Finals and Final
Broadford v Whitegate, 6.30pm
Fri 01st May
Div 3 & 4
O’Callaghans Mils: Broadford v Kilkee/Doonbeg, 7-15pm
Sat 02nd May
Munster Minor Championship
Anne Maher Shield Final
Clare v Limerick
Mon 04th May
Broadford v Inagh Kilnamona