Kerry Come Up Short Against Wexford

 

 

Risteárd Ó Fuaráin reports on Kerry’s narrow 0-9 to 0-6 defeat at the hands of Wexford over the weekend

 

 

Following their opening game at home to Westmeath when the Kingdom were unlucky not to get a share of the spoils, Kerry welcomed Wexford to Tom Healy Park, Abbeydorney on Saturday. Prior to throw-in, Áine O’Connor replaced Olivia Dineen on the Kerry Team and Wexford started as selected. Kerry played against a strong breeze in the first half but they opened the scoring in the 2nd minute when Patrice Diggin converted a free. A Wexford attack in the 8th minute was thwarted by a brilliant block from Aoife Behan. Wexford opened their account in the 9th minute when full forward Farren Byrne scored from play. Ellen Roche converted a free in the 12th minute and Jackie Horgan was unlucky not to find the Wexford net in the 17th when her dipping shot came back off the upright. Wexford launched another attack in the 18th minute but a brilliant intervention by Sara Murphy resulted in the attempt drifting wide. Ellen Roche converted two frees in the 26th and 29th minutes. She was wide with another attempt in the 30th but regained her accuracy in the 2nd minute of injury time. Jessica Harding from play in the 5th minute of injury time and Ellen Roche from a free in the 6th and final minute left the halftime score at Wexford 0-7 Kerry 0-1.

Kerry had the aid of a strong breeze in the 2nd half and started strongly with a number of promising chances but the swirling wind was affecting accuracy. Patrice Diggin converted a free in the 43rd minute but Emma Walsh replied from play in the 45th. Alannah Whelan was replaced by Clodagh Walsh, Jessica Fitzell by Eilish Harrington and Elaine Ryall replaced Julianne O’Keeffe. Patrice Diggin put just 4 points between the sides when she converted two frees in the 52nd and 53rd minutes. In the 56th minute Kerry were awarded a penalty and Patrice Diggin’s low shot was deflected over the bar to leave a goal between the sides. The same player reduced the margin to two points in the 1st minute of injury time. Megan Weir replaced Jackie Horgan. Kerry gave it their all but it was Ellen Roche who had the final say with the last puck of the game to leave the final score Wexford 0-9 Kerry 0-6. Kerry will be bitterly disappointed to have left Abbeydorney empty handed but this was another solid performance by Kerry with the girls putting together some lovely flowing passages of camogie and they now look forward to a trip to Armagh.

 

Kerry Team and Scorers:

Aoife Fitzgerald, Liz Houlihan, Niamh Leen (Captain), Michelle Costello, Patrice Diggin (0-6f), Sara Murphy, Aoife Behan, Áine O’Connor, Rachel McCarthy, Laura Collins, Julianne O’Keeffe, Jackie Horgan, Alanna Whelan, Jessica Fitzell, Bríd Horan.

Substitutions (All 2nd half): Clodagh Walsh for Alannah Whelan, Eilish Harrington for Jessica Fitzell, Elaine Ryall for Julianne O’Keeffe, Megan Weir for Jackie Horgan.

 

 

 

Muire Gan Smál embrace the power of the Ash

A new initiative from Kerry GAA and Castleisland Ladies Camogie Club sees Muire Gan Smál pupils trying out a new but very traditional sport. 

Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary is very fortunate to be chosen by the Castleisland Ladies Camogie Club to participate in a programme to introduce camogie to the area. 

This programme consists of nine weeks coaching and is supported by the GAA’s Munster Development Squad. Two coaches will come into the school over the next few weeks and work with the pupils in fifth and sixth class teaching them the skills they need to play. All the equipment needed to play camogie will also be provided. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to try a new sport without the added cost of buying lots of equipment.

“We had a very busy sporting start to the New Year in Muire Gan Smál. At Christmas we had the basketball blitz and when we came back to school we started a series of gymnastics classes for junior infants to sixth. 

Gymnastics is such a popular sport at the moment. It’s great that we can offer it to the pupils. Added to this we’ve been approached by Kerry GAA who asked us to take part in a nine week camogie coaching programme in conjunction with the newly established Castleisland Camogie Club. We’re delighted to be part of this initiative. The school has just had their first lesson and the feedback has been very positive. 

The girls really enjoyed the experience. Hopefully the club will grow and the pupils will become proficient in camogie. In the future we’d like to see the girls representing the school in the camogie competitions in Cumann na mBunscol” said Máire Lynch, Principal. Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary. 

Tralee Adult Camogie Revival

Tralee Parnells will officially launch the revival of adult camogie in the Tralee area on Friday, November 23 at 8:00PM at the Meadowlands Hotel.

They are welcoming potential players, aged 16 and upwards; there is no maximum age limit; no previous experience is necessary.

They are also on the look out for potential coaches, mentors, administrators, sponsors and all supporters of a Tralee Parnells adult camogie team starting in 2019.

At the launch, players will have the opportunity to sign up for an 8-week, pre-season circuit training programme, beginning on Friday, January 4, at 8:00PM at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, High Street, €25pp.

Enquiries to 087-0956743. Follow us on Facebook: Tralee Parnells Camogie and Twitter: @TraleeCamogie.

Clanmaurice Retain Munster Title

Clanmaurice made the journey to Newcastle West on Sunday to defend their Munster Junior Club Camogie title against Crecora of Limerick.
The Limerick girls were first on the scoreboard with a 1st minute free. Laura Collins got Clanmaurice up and running a minute later. Dearbhla Egan pointed two frees for Crecora in the 4th and 6th minutes.
In the 9th minute Patrice Diggin converted a free and Sara Murphy followed up with two from play in the 11th and 12th minutes. Jackie Horgan pointed from play in the 22nd minute and Aoife Behan from play and Dearbhla Egan from a free completed the first half scoring to leave the halftime score, Clanmaurice 0-6 Crecora 0-4.
Clanmaurice started the second half well with a free from Sara Murphy in the 31st minute, a point from play from the stick of Jackie Horgan in the 35th and another free from Sara Murphy in the 37th minute.
Clanmaurice made their only substitution when Jessica Fitzell replaced Alanna Maunsell. In the 43rd minute Crecora launched a dangerous attack on the Clanmaurice goal but the defence stood firm to repel the attack and a 45′ was conceded, which Dearbhla Egan converted.
In the 44th minute a puckout from Aoife Fitzgerald was capitalised upon by the half-forward line and when the sliotar was delivered into the Crecora square, Laura Collins was on hand to find the net to leave the score at 1-9 to 0-5.
In the 45th minute it looked like Úna O’Connor would find the net for Crecora but a last minute tackle by Michelle Costello resulted in her shot going over the bar.
Another long puckout by Aoife Fitzgerald in the 47th minute saw Rachel McCarthy gain possession but a foul resulted and Sara Murphy converted the free.
In the 49th minute Úna O’Connor raised another white flag for Crecora and in the 52nd minute Sara Murphy converted another free for Clanmaurice.
However, in the 57th minute Crecora ensured that the spectators would be treated to an exciting finish when they scored a point and a goal in the space of a minute. Crecora pressed hard for an equalising goal but goalkeeper Aoife Fitzgerald came to the rescue when she grabbed a sliotar that was heading towards the top corner of her net.
So Clanmaurice held on to win back to back titles on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-8. Captain Orla Young accepted the Cup from Chairperson of Munster Camogie Marion Graham, and Laura Collins received her ‘Player Of The Match Award’ from PRO of Munster Camogie Bríd McNamara.
Clanmaurice progress to the All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Semi-Final where they will face the 2017 Champions, Kilmessan of Meath.
Clanmaurice Team and Scorers:
Aoife Fitzgerald, Liz Houlihan, Niamh Leen  Michelle Costello, Elaine Ryall, Patrice Diggin (0-1f), Orla Young (C) Aine O’Connor, Laura Collins (1-1), Rachel McCarthy, Aoife Behan (0-1), Olivia Dineen, Jackie Horgan (0-2), Sara Murphy (0-6, 4f), Alanna Maunsell.
Substitution: Jessica Fitzell for Alanna Maunsell (43).
Referee: John Kirby (Cork)

Causeway Camogie News

Causeway camogie finished the year on Wednesday night at the U15 9 aside blitz in Abbeydorney.
2018 was a hugely successful year for the club  with titles won at U12, U13, U14 & U17 and with Ellen O’ Donoghue winning the County Skills competition and coming 4th in the All Ireland competition.  A lot of work went into 2018 with games & blitzes from U8 right up to U20 being organised and played.
Huge thanks has to go to all the trainers, mentors and the club committee who put in a lot of hours throughout the year and without whom none of this would have being possible.  Also a very big thank you to the girls that play camogie with Causeway because without you we wouldn’t have a club.
Thanks to the parents, Causeway GAA & Kerry Camogie board for all you do for our camogie club, without your continued support our club wouldn’t be the success it is today.
Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who supports our fundraisers your contribution is greatly appreciated.  Our U12’s won the B County League title, U13 C’way blitz joint winners and the U17’s won the Parnells Autumn tournament but the highlight of the season has to be our U14 team.  U14 County Feile winners, U14 Veronica Stack Tournament, U14 County League.
But the crowning glory was the U14 ALL IRELAND FEILE TITLE.  Their coaches Patrice Diggin, Michelle Costello & Danny Guerin take a bow. You have put in a lot of work & hours into this group of players over the last few years and you were justly rewarded this year.  Our camogie club is indebted to  you.  Many thanks for all your hard work and dedication.  CAUSEWAY CAMOGIE ABÚ.

No Joy for Kerry Camoige on first Croke Park Outing

Dublin 1-12 Kerry 0-06

Aoife Bugler’s 15th-minute goal was the crucial score as Dublin’s Camogie revolution continued with victory in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie final.

It was redemption for the victors after losing last year’s decider but although the margin was emphatic and the pain of defeat will linger, this is only the beginning for the Kingdom, their first appearance at Croke Park coming less than a decade after the inauguration of a county team.

This day was about the Dubs though. Bugler was just one of an impressive attacking cast in which Player of the Match Caragh Dawson and Laoise Quinn and the pacy Caragh Dawson shone, while at the other end of the pitch, the redoubtable Deirdre Johnstone led an unyielding defensive effort.

Bugler, who was named Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Player of the Year last year despite Dublin falling short, suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury shortly after the Final and only returned for the Blues’ Semi-Final win over Offaly last month, in which she scored a goal and three points.

She matched that tally on this occasion but this was an excellent team display.

Shane Plowman had his team set up to pull out and leave considerable space in front of his front three, and then it was about the supply.

They were well drilled in this regard and Bugler’s goal was a product of it, Quinn drilling a low ball in front of her that she gathered neatly, before turning Niamh Leen and firing high to the far corner.

She almost had another from the next attack but Leen got back well to deny her and indeed, held her own in a brilliant individual duel.

Patrice Diggin settled Kerry with a couple of pointed frees but Aoibhe Dillon did likewise at the other end, showing good composure in doing so having missed a couple of early opportunities.

But Dublin had more firepower and added three points from play, the highlight of which was a splendid score by Bugler that combined subtlety, strength and accuracy.

They led by 1-6 to 0-2 at the break and though Kerry were much improved in the second half and Laura Collins’s point after sublime stickwork from Jessica Fitzell offered a glimpse of their capabilities, they never looked like getting the goal they needed to get back into proceedings.

Bugler took over the freetaking duties to good effect when Dillon was substituted and the gap remained comfortable.

Kerry boss Stephen Goggin took the opportunity to give as many of his players as possible a taste of Headquarters on All-Ireland Final day, in the hope that it might stand to them in the long term.

Plowman did the same and managed to get skipper Emer Keenan on in the dying seconds, having been sidelined by a cruciate ligament injury suffered four months ago.

Within minutes, Keenan was lifting the trophy named in honour of Dublin’s greatest player Kay Mills, and offering classy words of comfort to the vanquished Kerry, before the celebrations were on in earnest.

 

Dublin scorers: A Bugler 1-3(0-2fs); A Dillon 0-3(fs); S Wylde, L Quinn (1f) 0-2 each;C Dawson, E Keenan 0-1

Kerry scorers: P Diggin 0-5(fs); L Collins 0-1

Dublin: K Kantounia, E O’Riordan, N Gleeson, S Murphy, E Barron, D Johnstone, C Ní Mhaolagáin, H O’Dea, S Wylde, C Dawson, A Dillon, A Dooley, A Walsh, A Bugler, L Quinn. Subs: L O’Shea for Dillon (38), E Twomey for Dooley (56), L Walsh for Bugler (60+2)

Kerry: A Fitzgerald, L Houlihan, N Leen, M Costello, A O’Connor, S Murphy, E Harrington, O Young,Diggin, C Shanahan, L Collins, A Behan, J Fitzell, J Horgan, N Casey. Subs: R McCarthy for Harrington inj (25), E Ryall for O’Connor (41), A Whelan for Casey (46), K Buckley for Shanahan (55), J O’Keeffe for Fitzell (59)

Kerry looking forward to big Croke Park debut

 

A week on from the Kerry Minor footballers claiming a historic five in a row, the county’s camoige stars head to Croke Park for their first ever outing in a final at HQ.

Stephen Goggins charges come face to face with old foes Dublin who defeated Kerry at the semi-final stage of the Junior championship last season in the Gaelic Grounds on a 1-12 to 0-9 scoreline.

Ahead of the big day Kerry captain Jackie Horgan spoke to the local media about her sides preparations.

“Preparations have been going great so far. This is Kerry Camogie’s first time reaching Croke Park so it’s a massive day for us as a county. We’ve been putting in three weeks of hard training, pushing each-other on and we treat every training session as if it’s our last and we’ve been going full pelt at each other, so it’s been great.”

The Kilflynn girl admits that while it is exciting that it will be the first time for the team to play in Croke Park, she is confident that the big day won’t get to them.

“I suppose it hasn’t changed for us anyway, we’re just focusing on trying to not let the occasion get the better of us. Seeing as it’s our first day out in Croke Park it’s going to be a massive occasion for everyone involved. For us, it will all be about settling the nerves early on and just enjoying the day as much as we can.”