The competition to find Clare’s representative in the 2015 Féile Camogie competition began with some exciting contests played as part of blitzes, Brid MacNamara rounds up on all the action.
St Josephs Doora/Barefield 0-01
Kilmaley began the defence of their Féile title with had a hard fought game against St Josephs in their first round game.
Alilbe McNamara got the goal that Kilmaley needed and Chloe Neylon scored two fine points from play. Sarah Ni Ceallaigh added a well taken score from a placed ball. Leona Grace, Isobel Killeen and Eilis Cahill did well for the Kilmaley defence.
Clooney Quin 0-02
Kilmaley hit their stride in the second game. Ailbhe McNamara gave Kilmaley the first hat trick of the Féile evening, with three well taken goals, further scores from Chloe Neylon (1-01) and a well taken goal from corner forward Chloe Boon. Aine Donegan and Grainne Glynn played well for the Kilmaley girls.
A battle of all battles was between these two fine teams. It was very hard fought by all players and the score line at half time of Kilmaley 0-02 Sixmilebridge 0-01 showed how tight the match was.
The Kilmaley half back line of Sophie Curran, Emily Cahill and Megan White all did exceptionally well for as they were under huge pressure from Sixmilebridge. The only two scores of the first half came from Sarah Ni Ceallaigh from a free and Chloe Neylon from play.
A very tight second half was had and Grainne Glynn got the only score of the half from the midfield area leaving the game. Leona Grace, Aoife Killeen and Rebecca Griffin played well for Kilmaley. Kilmaley will now play the Division 1 semi final against Killanena on Wed 29th of April at Clonlara.
Kilmaley: Alanagh Meaney, Isobel Killeen, Eilis Cahill, Leona Grace, Megan White, Emily Cahill, Sophie Curran, Grainne Glynn, Sarah Ni Ceallaigh, Rebecca Griffin, Chloe Neylon, Aine Donegan, Grace Carmody, Ailbhe McNamara, Caoimhe White.
Subs, Jodi Cahill, Siofra Ryan, Ruth Neylon, Ciara Hurley, Aine Donegan, Molly Casey, Aoife Killeen, Grace Doherty, Laura Healy, Chloe Coffey, Shonagh Harvey, Chloe Boon.
Kilmaley 1-03 St Josephs Doora/Barefield 0-02
Sixmilebridge 2-02 Clooney/Quin 1-00
Kilmaley 5-01 Clooney/Quin 0-02
St Josephs Doora/Barefield 0-02 Sixmilebridge 0-01
Kilmaley 0-03 Sixmilebridge 0-01
St Josephs Doora/Barefield 3-02 Clooney/Quin 0-00
Kilkishen topped the Group in Éire Óg winning all their games. Some entertaining Camogie was served up in ideal conditions, with all teams giving it their all.
Éire Óg 1-01 Whitegate 0-02
Scariff/Ogonnelloe 0-01 Kilkishen 0-00
Kilkishen 2-03 Éire Óg 1-00
Scariff/Ogonnelloe 2-02 Whitegate 0-00
Scariff/Ogonnelloe 10-02 Éire Óg 0-00
Kilkishen 4-02 Whitegate 2-00
Truagh Clonlara emerged winners in Féile Newmarket-on-Fergus in an exciting Group. It was a tight finish between Truagh and Tulla/Bodyke with Truagh pipping Tulla/Bodyke for first place on scoring difference, which sees Tulla/Bodyke through to the Div 2 semi finals. Newmarket on Fergus & Broadford will contest the Div 3 and Div 4 semi finals respectively.
Killanena snatched a goal in the dying minutes of this first round game of Feile 2015 to take a win from Inagh Kilnamona. Inagh Kilnamona had much of the possession in the first ten minutes but were unable to penetrate the Killanena goals as a result of some wonderful goal keeping from the Killanena number 1.
Both sides went in at half time without registering a score on the board, but resumed the game on the hunt for these elusive scores. The game continued much as it had in the first ten mins with Inamona having a number of opportunities to take a score but they were to be punished with two minutes to go, by a goal for Killanena, after failing to clear the sliotar after much scrambling in their goalmouth. Killanena took the much needed points to ensure they topped the group, after a win also over hosts Clarecastle.
Inagh Kilnamona: Caitlin McInerney; Tierna Hegarty, Michelle Mescall, Roisin Mahoney; Kate Hehir, Ciara Hehir, Eimear Cotter; Cathy Cullinan, Hazel O Connor; Sarah Coote, Aoibhinn Ryan, Leah Wynne; Patricia Coote, Leanne Woods, Orla Vaughan.
Subs: 7 min: Ava Cullinan for Woods, Muireann Daffy for Vaughan; 15min: Amy Shannon for Mahoney, Niamh Hegarty for T Hegarty
An early point from Aoibhinn Ryan got Inamona off to an ideal start and they extended their lead with an excellent goal from Ava Cullinan.
A further point from Aoibhinn Ryan had Inagh Kilnamona going in to the break 1-02 in front. Clarecastle’s only score of the game was to come from a free on the sixteenth minute but points from Ryan and Ciara Hehir ensured Inamona’s place in the semi-finals.
Inagh Kilnamona: Caitlin McInerney; Tierna Hegarty, Michelle Mescall, Roisin Mahoney; Kate Hehir, Ciara Hehir (0-1), Eimear Cotter; Cathy Cullinan, Hazel O Connor; Sarah Coote, Aoibhinn Ryan (1-2), Leah Wynne; Patricia Coote, Muireann Daffy, Ava Cullinan (1-0).
Subs: 7 mins: Orla Vaughan for Daffy, Leanne Woods for Cullinan; 15 mins: Caoimhe Whelan for McInerney, Ella Leyden for Hegarty.
Caoimhe Longe for Mahony (17 min)
Lauren Fitzgerald for Wynne (17 min)
Rachel Cotter for O Connor (18 min)
Killanena 1-02 Clarecastle 0-00
Killanena 1-00 Inagh Kilnamona 0-00
Inagh Kilnamona 2-03 Clarecastle 0-01
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
Clare Camogie Feile
Div 4 Semi Finals and Final
Broadford v Whitegate, 6.30pm