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Busy weekend for Clare camogie

Clare Minor panel

Clare Minor panel

Bríd MacNamara reviews the weekend’s local camogie action.

Munster Minor Championship
Anne Maher Shield Final
Limerick 2-12 Clare 2-10 (AET)
Clare lost out to neighbours Limerick in the Munster Minor Championship Shield Final on Saturday evening at Shannon Camogie pitch. Played in driving rain, the sides were level on 5 occasions, including at the final whistle and extra time was required to separate the sides.

Clares Regan Conway opened the scoring with a point from a free and added another before Limerick’s Rebecca Noonan opened the visitors tally. Limerick could have gone ahead in the next few minutes but for the hard work of Clare goalie Rebecca Keating who pulled off a couple of great saves. However the Limerick pressure on the clare backs paid off in the 16th minute, when Caoimhe Lyons sent a long low shot from out on the wing, through a crowded defence to nestle in the far corner of the Clare net. Sinead McNamara added from play for Limerick.

Clare fought on and were unlucky at the other end to lose vital possession and see play move back down the field. Conway added another free for the home side in the 23rd minute. From the puckout, Lyons won possession in the middle of the field and ran through, sidestepping Clare full back Anna Clancy before firing towards the net only for Keating to block the shot and come away with the sliothar. Clare introduced Aoibheann Duggan at this point and Duggan made her presence known within minutes, Jodie Guilfoyle having gathered for Clare in the middle cut through the Limerick defence and sent her shot to the waiting Doireann Murphy, who hand passed to Duggan and Duggan finished to the net levelling the sides.

Limerick’s Roisin O’Meara added from play with to see the visitors go in at the break with daylight between the sides. Limericks Noonan added a free inside the opening minutes of the second half to extend the visitors lead. Jane Fitzgerald was introduced for the injured Guilfoyle and her first play saw her pass to Andrea O’Keeffe who was tireless throughout for Clare. O’Keeffe went on the run, and following good work from Murphy, it was AnnMarie Hayes who finished over the bar. Conways free with 7 minutes played had the sides level again. Noonan and Conway, the free takers for each side exchanged placed ball to keep the scoreboard level, before Noonan and McNamara added a brace for Limerick.

Limerick goaled with 5 minutes remaining and with a 4 point advantage couldn’t have been blamed for thinking they had enough done. However Clare fought back with intensity, a sideline cut from Andrea O’Keeffe was neatly dropped into the square and though the limerick backs converged on it, it was Hayes who got the final touch to put the sliothar over the line narrowing the gap to a point. With the game in injury time, Clare launched another attack on the Limerick gioal area, a shot on goal was deflected out by Limerick goalie Aoife Barry. Conway stepped up for the resulting ’45 and put the pressure shot straight between the posts sending the game to injury time, the sides level yet again on 2-8 apiece. Andrea O’Keeffe pointed for the home side with 3 minutes of the first period of injury time played.

With conditions deteriorating, it was Limerick who finished the first half of injury time the stronger, adding points from Megan O’Mara and Noonan. Limericks Aisling Scanlon added a brace over the opening four minutes of the second period of injury time. Clare threw all the had at Limerick for the remaining time but came up agonisingly short, Michele Powell pointing on the run before referee Mike Sheehan blew for time, leaving Limerick winners 2-12 to Clares 2-10.

Clare: Rebecca Keating Inagh Kilnamona; Aoife Tuohy Feakle, Anna Clancy St Colmans, Orlaith Cotter Inagh Kilnamona; Teresa O’Keefe Inagh Kilnamona, Clare Hehir Inagh Kilnamona, Chloe Devitt Ballyea; Ria Flanagan Ballyea, Andrea o’Keefe Inagh Kilnamona; Amy Keating Inagh Kilnamona, Saoirse Glynn Kilmaley, Jodie Guilfoyle Feakle; Doireann Murphy Clarecastle, Regan Conway Feakle, AnnMarie Hayes Newmarket on Fergus Subs: Aoibheann Duggan Clooney Quin for Amy Keating, Jane Fitzgerald Inagh Kilnamona for Guilfoyle (inj), Niamh Mulqueen Broadford for Duggan

Limerick: Aoife Barry Murroe Boher; Leanne Browne Newcastle West, Caoimhe O’Brien Bruff, Sinead Madden Mungret St Pauls; Roisin O’Meara Ahane, Tara Fitzgibbon Ballyagran, Chloe OBriean Ballyagran; Caoimhe Lyons Monaleen, Sinead McNamara Na Piarsaigh; Grainne Regan Murroe Boher, Marion Quaid Bruff, Megan O’Meara Monaleen; Rebecca Noonan Granagh/Ballingarry, Sophie O’Callaghan Adare, Aisling Scanlon Killeedy
Referee: Mike Sheehan, Cork

Clare Camogie Feile Semi finals & Finals
Div 1 Semi Finals and Final

Semi Finals:
Scariff-Ogonnelloe 2-2 Truagh-Clonlara 0-1 (AET)

Killanena 0-0 Kilmaley 1-1
This division 1 feile 2015 camogie semi-final was a repeat of last years final in which Kilmaley won by a single point.
The game was played in dry and pitch perfect conditions. Due to the late start of the games the playing time was reduced to a 20 minute game.  Both teams were up for this fasted paced semi-final. Kilmaley’s mid field partership of Grainne Glynn and Sarah Ni Ceallaigh dominated the opening half and Kilmaley scoring a single point from the a placed ball by Sarah Ni Ceallaigh.

Kilaneana put huge pressure on the Kilmaley defense in the opening minutes of the second half, Megan White, Emily Cahill and Sophie Curran all put in some great work on the Kilmaley half back line. It was evident that there was not much between these two teams and a times a hop of a ball could have decided the game. A long clearance from the defense by Eilis Cahill found it to Aine Donegan who then delevered to the hands of Chloe Neyloe. Neylon netted the only goal of the game, after a simple mistake by the Kilaneana keeper. The East Clare outfit fought back hard by the Kilmaley girls held out to make it to the second final in two years. In the end Kilmaley progressed to the 2015 final on a score line of Kilmaley 1.1 Kilaneana 0.1

Kilmaley: Alanagh Meaney, Isobel Killeen, Eilis Cahill, Leona Grace; Sophie Curran, Emily Cahill, Megan White, Grainne Glynn, Sarah Ni Ceallaigh, Jennifer Griffin, Chloe Neylon, Aine Donegan, Ciara Hurley, Ailbhe McNamara, Grace Carmody. Subs: Ruth Neylon, Jodi Cahill, Aoife Killeen, Chloe Boone and Ciadh Reynolds

Runners Up Final: Truagh Clonlara 2-0 Killanena 1-0

Final: Scariff Ogonnelloe 0-4 Kilmaley 0-0
Kilmaley went into this final as defending feile champions from 2014. There might was tested as this game started at a blistering pace. A extreamly high standard of camogie was played by both sides and very evenly constested in all areas of the pitch. The supporters on both sides were treated to a highly entertaining game. The level of skill displayed by these youngesters from Kilmaley and Scariff/Oggonnelloe’s must be admired as some impressive displays was given by players from both teams.

It was a first Feile apppreance for Scariff/Oggonnelloe and it was given a boost when they opened the scores in the 6th minute with a score from play. Kilmaley on the puck out launched an attack and Alibhe McNamara’s shot a goal was saved by the Scariff/Ogggonnelloe keeper. The Kilmaley defense of Emily Cahill, Eilis Cahill and Leona Grace battled hard but under a lot of pressure gave away a free which added an additonal score for Scariff/Oggonnelloe from a placed ball. This left the two sides at half time Scariff/Oggonnelloe 0.2 Kilmaley 0.0.

On resumption of the of the second half Kilmaley upped the pressure and worked very hard to gain an advantage on the Scariff/Oggonnelloe team, but their efforts were extreamly unlucky as Chloe Neylon’s shot at goal was saved by the keeper. The Kilmaley mid field duo of Grainne Glynn and Sarah Ni Ceallaigh kept the workrate up and supplie plenty of ball to  Aine Donegan, Chloe Boone and Jodi Cahill in the forward line. The Scariff/Oggonnelloe defense worked effortlessly for their team and in the fifth minute of the second half Scariff/Oggonnelloe added a point from play and one additional point from a placed ball to leave it at full time Scariff/Oggonnelloe 0.4 Kilmaley 0.0.

Kilmaley will learn from this defeat and will improve in the next few months as they prepare for the Divison 1B All-Ireland Feile finals.

It was a historic occasion for the Scariff/Oggonnelloe camogie club as they claimed their first Feile title in the history of their club. The will now represent Clare in the Divison 1A All-Feile Finals.

Kilmaley: Alanagh Meaney, Isobel Killeen, Eilis Cahill, Leona Grace; Sophie Curran, Emily Cahill, Megan White, Grainne Glynn, Sarah Ni Ceallaigh, Jennifer Griffin, Chloe Neylon, Aine Donegan, Ciara Hurley, Ailbhe McNamara, Grace Carmody. Subs: Ruth Neylon, Jodi Cahill, Aoife Killeen, Chloe Boone and Ciadh Reynolds

Div 2 Semi Finals and Final
Semi Finals:
St. Joseph’s 1-1 Kilkishen 2-1
Tulla/Bodyke 1-1 Inagh-Kilnamona 1-1 After extra time
30m Free shoot out

Action from the Div 2 Feile semi finals

Action from the Div 2 Feile semi finals

Tulla/Bodyke 0-2 Inagh Kilnamona 0-4

Action from the Feile Div 2 clash of Inagh Kilnamona and Tulla-Bodyke

Action from the Feile Div 2 clash of Inagh Kilnamona and Tulla-Bodyke

Inaghkilnamona were eventual winners in this Feile semifinal after an epic battle with Tulla/Bodyke last Wednesday evening in wet and windy conditions. It was all level after 20 mins of drama, 1-1, Inaghkilnamona’s scores, a gaol from Aoibhinn Ryan and a point from Ciara Hehir coming in the second half. After 10 mins of extra time, the score remained the same and so both teams were to select five players to commence a 30m free shoot out. Inaghkilnamona had the better of this exchange, where Ciara Hehir, Patricia Coote, Aoibhinn Ryan and Michelle Mescall showed nerves of steel to send the ball between the posts,winning 0-4 to 0-2 and securing a place in the Final with Kilkishen.

Inagh/Kilnamona: Patricia Coote; Tierna Hegarety, Michelle Mescall, Roisin Mahony; Kate Hehir, Ciara Hehir (0-1), Eimear Cotter; Cathy Cullinan, Hannah Shannon; Sarah Coote, Aoibhinn Ryan (1-0), Hazel O’Connor; Leah Wynne, Leanne Woods, Orla Vaughan: Subs: Ava Cullinan for Vaughan, Caitlin McInerney for Woods 7 mins. Muireann Daffy for Mahony, Amy Shannon for Hegarty 15 mins

Final & Runners Up Final postponed to 6th May
Div 3 Semi Finals and Final
There was a distinct derby atmosphere to the semi-finals as first, Newmarket-on-Fergus edged out hosts Sixmilebridge by the minimum before Clarecastle shaded neighbours Eire Og by 2-1 to 0-0 in the second semi-final.  Ciara O’Dell opened the scoring with a goal which was the only score of the first half.

The Magpies were again boosted on the resumption with a goal from Aoibhin Donnelly followed by a point from Grace Russell.  With an excellent overall team performance the girls prevented Eire Og from scoring to book their place in the final against Newmarket on Fergus.

It would prove a tense, dramatic final with the only score of the match coming from Emily Hoyne within 5 minutes of the throw in. Before the interval Newmarket had a chance of a goal from a free excellently saved by Sarah McNamara. Outstanding second half displays from midfielders Emma O’Donoghue & Aoibhin Donnelly kept the pressure on at the other end. However, credit must go to the rock solid defence who held their position and prevented Newmarket from scoring as the Magpies edged an anxious 1-0 to 0-0 decider.

Clarecastle:  Sarah McNamara, Veronica Hanrahan, Catherine Feehan, Sarah Kearney, Dearbhile McMahon, Rachel Cassidy, Kimmy Ward,  Aoibhin Donnelly, Emma O’Donoghue,  Grace Russell,  Kirsty O’Hara, Nessa Collins,  Orla Commons, Emily Hoyne, Ciara O’ Dell, Beth Faulkner  & Annie McEldowney.

Sixmilebridge: Sinead Cahill, Caoilfhionn Nic Giolla Cearra, Cliondha Ryan, Zoey Merriman, Lizzy Quinn, Rachel Murray, Gillian Donnelan , Finia O’Brien, Rosie Young, Amy Stanley, Michelle Sheedy, Rachel Kennedy,, Jessica Williams, Cliona Donnellan,, Emma Stanley, Brid Gilligan , Megan Gaule , Clodagh Quinn, Sinead Hogan, Rebecca O’Grady, Laura Whitty, Elisa Roche, Aine Healy, Alanna Swire, Ciara White
Eire Og: Chloe Barry, Eunice Boateng, Phoebe Boayeng, Leanne Considine, Aimee Daniels, Aine Galvin, Dearbhle Kennedy, Karolina Lis, Jamilla Lliani, Siobhan McAleer, Alana McInerney, Emer Murray, Kate Neylon, Katie O’Dea, Abby Quirke, Amy Russell, Jodie Russell, Leanne Russell, Laura Walsh.

Sixmilebridge 0-2 Newmarket on Fergus 1-0
Clarecastle 2-1 Eire Og 0-0

Eire Og and Clarecastle in action in the Clare Div 3 Feile

Eire Og and Clarecastle in action in the Clare Div 3 Feile

Final: Clarecastle 1-0 Newmarket 0-0

Clarecastle and Newmarket on Fergus in action in the Feile Div 3 Final

Clarecastle and Newmarket on Fergus in action in the Feile Div 3 Final

Runners Up Final Eire Og 4-1 Sixmilebridge 2-0
Div 4 Semi Finals and Final
Semi Final
Broadford 1-1 Whitegate 2-2
Broadford played Whitegate in the Clare Camogie Feile Div 4 Semi Finals on Thursday. Both teams came out fired up and ready for the off but within a few minutes from the start of play, Whitegate demonstrated that they had the edge over Broadford and scored the first point of the match. An early goal opportunity for Whitegate was blocked by Broaford’s Hannah Ryan, but despite Broadford pushing the ball up the field several times, Whitegate continued to drive the ball back and succeeded in scoring two goals. Halftime score 2-1 to 0-0. Broadford knew they had a battle on their hands and were a far stronger side in the second-half.  Beatrice Vaughan scored a great goal just a few steps in front of the net when she intercepted the goalies clearance of the ball.  Following a chop, Alexandra Troy scored a point from a free to bring the Broadford score up to 1-1. Whitegate found their form and again piled the pressure on the Broadford defence. After some intense play around the Broadford goal, Whitegate scored the final point from the 45m line. Final score 2-2 to 1-1.

Clooney-Quin 1-3 Whitegate 0-1

Action from the Div 4 Feile Final between Clooney Quin and Whitegate

Action from the Div 4 Feile Final between Clooney Quin and Whitegate

U17 7-a-side
Feakle/Killanena 4-6 Tulla/Bodyke 2-4
Tulla/Bodyke played Feakle/Killanena on Thursday evening in nice dry conditions in Bodyke.  The first half was an evenly contested game, with Bridin Dinan opening the score with a well taken point.  This was followed by a like score from Feakle/Killanenas Laura McGrath. With ten minutes approaching Feakle/Killanena took the lead with a point from play. Bridin Dinan levelled matters from a ‘45 but Feakle/Killanena finished the half better with a Louise O’Callaghan goal and a point leaving the half time score 0-2 to 1-3.

The second half started well for Feakle/Killanena with 2 well taken goals from Rachel McNamara and Sinead Canny. Tulla/Bodyke didn’t give up and Chloe Walsh scored a goal which was followed by a point from Rachel Minogue.  Feakle/Killanena scored a further 1 goal and with points from McGrath, Evelyn Duggan and Roisin McMahon kept matters in the visitors favour. Aoife Floyd finished Tulla/Bodykes score with a goal and a point to leave the final score Tulla/Bodyke 2-4 Feakle/Killanena 4-6.

Feakle/Killanena: Shauna Canny, Sinead Canny, Eileen Daly, Evelyn Duggan, Laura McGrath, Roisin McMahon, Rachel McNamara, Sinead O’Callaghan, Louise O’Callaghan, Trish O’Donnell, Poly Edge O’Neill Aedamar Smyth Roisin Tuohy Emma Walsh.
Tulla/Bodyke: Niamh O’Brien, Ava Quigley, Ciara Doyle, Bridin Dinan, Tara Gleeson, Rachel Minogue, Catherine Meade, Aoife Floyd, Chloe Walsh
Referee: Tommy Minogue

Mon 04th May
Group A
U17 7-a-side
Broadford v Inagh Kilnamona

Wed 06th May
Group A
Broadford v Corofin
Clooney Quin v Kilkishen
Inagh Kilnamona Bye
Group B
Tulla/Bodyke v Eire Og
Ruan v Sixmilebridge
Feakle/Killanena Bye
Results to be texted to both Fixtures 085 1995194 & PRO 086 3978996 immediately after game.

Sat 09th May
Munster Senior Championship
Sixmilebridge GAA: Clare v Cork,

Adult Leagues
Div 4 Quarter Final
Kilmaley v Kilkee/Doonbeg
Clooney Quin v Clarecastle/Ballyea

Adult Leagues
Div 3 Quarter Final
Ruan/Burren v Wolfe Tones Time & date TBC

Aine ni Cormaic Wolfe Tones & Kealy Power Scariff Ogonnelloe with Cathal Egan at the Clare Camogie Referees Seminar in Clareabbey

Aine ni Cormaic Wolfe Tones & Kealy Power Scariff Ogonnelloe with Cathal Egan at the Clare Camogie Referees Seminar in Clareabbey

Clare referee John Dolan & Fintan McNamara with Cathal Egan at the Clare Camogie Referees Seminar in Clareabbey on Friday evening.

Clare referee John Dolan & Fintan McNamara with Cathal Egan at the Clare Camogie Referees Seminar in Clareabbey on Friday evening.


About Brid MacNamara

Brid is the current PRO of Clare Camogie. The Ruan native has picked up numerous awards for her promotion of Camogie as PRO and through her use of Social Media.


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