May 17th ‘11
Ulster Gael Linn
This year the Inter provincial competition took on a new approach to grading and team selection. Last years selection was at Senior Level but this year Junior players featured from all Provinces. Munster Connacht and Ulster were allowed a maximum of five Intermediate inter County players on their Junior team. This in turn left a more balanced pairing.
Munster braved a determined second half Ulster charge before holding out for a four-point win in Sunday’s Gael Linn Interprovincial semi-final , which was played in St. Jude’s Templeogue, Dublin on Sunday last where four of the Monaghan side were named on the panel, Mairead Mc Carron, Orla Mc Meel, Sharon Mc Quillan and Siobhan McKenna .
The Southern outfit led by 2-8 to 0-4 with 12 minutes remaining, but let Ulster firmly back into contention. Aided by a strong wind assistance in the first half, Munster led by 1-5 to 0-1 at the break, with Waterford’s Patricia Jackman netting a late goal.Indeed it had taken Ulster 14 minutes before they got their only score of the opening half – a free from Armagh’s Colette McSorley. Munster continued to look dangerous early in the second half, with Limerick’s Niamh Mulcahy (2) and Karen Kelly of Waterford claiming points inside four minutes of the restart.Munster led by 1-8 to 0-1 at this stage, but Ulster came into contention thanks to the free-taking accuracy of McSorley. Jackman bagged a 44th minute goal for Munster, but Ulster netted a goal in injury time from Down’s Nicola Braniff, with Derry duo Maeve McGoldrick and Karen Kielt also claiming late scores.However, Munster held out to secure a final berth, and the Southern side eventually won out the competition following a slender 1-15 to 2-11 win over Leinster in the Final.
Feile na nGael Skills competition
As part of the National Feile na nGael competition a Camogie skillstar competition runs alongside the team competitions where individual Camogie players representing their County perform a series of skills and are awarded points for each attempt.
The Camogie Association are currently trying to involve all Counties in this competition and encourage each club run the format within their club and then send forward a player for representation at County level.
The County board would in turn hold a Camogie skillstar day to pick a successful Camogie player to represent their County at Feile na nGael 2011 in Galway.
Because of the timing of the competition (Feile matches will be played at the same time as the Skillstar competition) this player can’t be from the team who are representing the County at Feile.
This would be a great opportunity for a young player and her family/Friends to attend and take part in the National Feile na nGael Competition.
Below is the details of how the Skillstar competition is run at Feile.
Skillstar Competition for Camogie
1. GROUND STRIKING
Six sliotair are placed on the 20metre line 4 meters apart.
travel a distance of 20 meters.
Players must run to and strike on the ground from alternate sides. The sliotar must
Score: 5 points per sliotar.
Total Score: 30 points.
2 FREE TAKING
Three sliotair are placed on 45 meter line as follows:
(1) Centre of goals (2) 10 meters to the right of centre and (3) 10 meters to left of centre.
Sliotar must be struck over the bar.
Score: 3 points for striking and 7 points for scoring.
Total score: 30 points.
3 JAB LIFT AND STRIKE
Four sliotair are placed on the 20 meter line, 8 meters apart as shown.
Players must jab lift the sliotar into the hand and strike it on the run to pass over the bar from the right side. When the player has completed the first part of this skill four more sliotair are placed on the 20 meter line as above and the player strikes the sliotar from the left side.
Score: 10 points per sliotar right and left side.
Total Score: 80 points.
NB. It is permissible for the player to commence striking the sliotar on her left side
provided she strikes the second lot of sliotair on her right side. No points are allocated
if the sliotar does not pass over the bar.
4. LIFT, SOLO AND GOAL
Two sliotair are placed on the 45 meter line, ten meters either side of centre. Player runs from 50 meter line, jab lifts the ball on to her stick without handling it and solos forward. Before reaching the outside of the flag on the 30 meter line, she takes the ball in her hand and strikes it from her right into the empty net.
The player strikes the second ball from her left.
Score: 15 points per goal scored.
Total Score: 30 points.
5. LONG PUCK
Players must strike four sliotair from the hand from the end line.
Distance is measured from first bounce.
If end line is crossed prior to striking the sliotar that puck is null and void.
Score: Up to 60 meters, 5 points per sliotar. 60-70 meters 10 points. Over 70 meters 15 points.
Total Score: 60 points.
OVERALL SCORE (maximum) – 230
1st, 2nd and 3rd places awarded
In the event of players ending level on points, skill 2 will be repeated.
Training continues tomorrow at 7.30 and on Monday at 8pm. We played Clontibret in the second round of the league away on Tuesday. Results in next weeks notes.
Our first championship game will now be against Inniskeen on the 26th of June. This should work in our favour as this will give us more time to prepare. Can everyone please attend training.
Hard luck to Siobhan, Orla, Sharon, Mairead and the rest of the Ulster squad who were beaten by Munster on Sunday in the Geal Linn in St Judes last Sunday.
Juvenile training on Saturday at 11am. New players are very welcome. Orla, Catherine and Deirdre are on Duty this week.
Congratulations to Grainne Daly who was last weeks winner of the lucky square. Thank you to all who support.