May 24th ‘11
Castleblayney eased to victory in the first round of The Westenra hotel Camogie Championship in a windswept Kilanny GAA grounds on Friday evening last when Blitz winners Castleblayney took on last Seasons League winners Inniskeen.
The Grattans who started with a wind advantage but without their star player Issy Kierans had Sharon Mc. Gahon convert a free five minutes into the game. Eileen Mc. Elroy who collected a midfield ball two minutes later got Castleblayney’s first score. Inniskeen forged ahead with three points without reply from Mairead Mc Gahon (p) and two from Sharon Mc. Gahon(f) .
Both teams gained points apiece again from Mc. Gahon and Mc. Elroy before the killer blow for Inniskeen half way through the first half when Emma Mc. Kenna rattled the net for the opposition. Emma Forde tried the same act minutes later but this time Inniskeen goalie Arlene Mc. Geeney cleared it for a’45 which Mc. Elroy converted.
‘Blayney continued to win their frees and Inniskeen managed one more, to leave a deficit of three points for Inniskeen at the interval.
‘Blayney’s Amber Lam and the Mc. Elroy sisters dominated the play after the break before Emma Mc. Kenna got herself a hat trick which ended the contest. Inniskeen’s free-taker Sharon Mc. Gahon earned a consolation point minutes before the full time whistle.
Castleblayney 3 – 11
Inniskeen 0 – 7
The Championship which takes a round robin format will have a long break for exams before the next round of matches which is scheduled for Sunday 26th June when Castleblayney take on Clontibret and Truagh take on Inniskeen.
Jack’s Bar League
A Marie Greenan sideline free which resulted in a goal five minutes from full time clinched the match for Clontibret on their home turf on Tuesday week last. Both teams were on a level par in a “tit for tat” scoring tally until Aideen Greene sent one to the net for the home- siders after 10 minutes. Siobhan Mc Kenna and Sharon Mc. Quillan raised the bar for Truagh five minutes before the interval when they sent goals apiece past the Clontibret keeper Rosita Finnegan.
Lorraine Mc. Kenna, full back for Truagh did a superb job in clearing all that came her way and kept her side ahead by a goal at the interval.
Points were served up by both teams when Siobhan Mc. Kenna and Shauna Finnegan respectively sent over points from play in the 10th and 12th minute of the second half.
Truagh continued to press ahead for scores but to their detriment they were not forthcoming. Orla Mc. Meel converted two more free’s 5 minutes from the end but minutes later Clontibret dug deep when between them Aideen Greene and Marie Greenan scored two goals and a point to put their side ahead by two points and clinch the match.
Final Score : Clontibret 3-4
Truagh 2 -5
. The County Board sends their best wishes for the future to Inniskeen camogie player Yvonne Kieran who tied the knot recently with Mark Tully.
A very busy, eventful week in the club at every level – and that’s not including Shauna, Katie (McNally) or Niamh Kieran’s birthday parties!
Our senior team played Truagh in ‘Jack’s Bar’ and secured 2 points, but suffered a heavy defeat the following evening to Keady in the Armagh Premier League. On Wednesday the girls play Middletown and details of that match will be available next week.
Our U-14 team played Niamh Bhride in the Louth League and won on a scoreline of 5-4 to 4-1. On Monday they lost out narrowly to St. Kevin’s by the minimum margin of a point in a nail-biting contest. Many thanks to all the parents who turned out to support the players and the senior players who helped out. Next Monday this panel travels to Annagasson to play St. Anne’s.
But the real excitement of the week centred on a phone call from Croke Park inviting the U-14 panel to participate in this year’s Féile na nGael in Galway. Following a parents’ meeting on Saturday morning, where they expressed their whole-hearted support for enabling the girls participate, the players were informed and there was much joy and celebrating at being chosen by ‘the powers that be’ in Croke Park. On Monday night another meeting of the parents was held and a number of fund-raising ventures and practical details were discussed. More details next week.
And as if that wasn’t enough, congratulations to Emily Madden, Eimear McKenna, Niamh Kieran and Hughes, Hannah Mc Skeane, Chloë McGuigan, Sorcha McDonald, Mary Duffy, Melinda McCague and Ríoghnach Duffy who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday evening. On Monday Chloë and Hannah represented Scoil Mhuire, Clontibret, in Croke Park at a ceremony where schools were presented with their Green Schools Flag.
After all that excitement it’s now time to get down to some serious training for Féile na nGael at the end of June!!
Finally, don’t forget, our Chairman, Mary McQuaid and some of our more energetic senior players will participate in the Ladies Flora Mini-Marathon on the June Bank Holiday Monday. This is an important fund-raiser for the club so please support those with sponsorship cards.
Seniors: Training continues tomorrow at 7.30pm and on Monday at 7.30pm. Hard luck to the girls who were beaten by Clontibret in last weeks league game. Our first championship game will now be against Inniskeen on 26th of June, so plenty opportunity to prepare for this big game. Can everyone please attend training.
Juveniles: Juvenile training on Saturday at 11am. New players are very welcome. Kate Mc Aree, Lauren Mc Kenna and Una Ennis are on duty this week.
Lucky Square: Congratulations to Imelda Mc Quillan who was last weeks winner of the lucky square. All numbers for the lucky square have now been taken. Thank you to all who support.
There will be another clothes collection in St Mellans on Saturday the 4th of June at 11am. This is a great way to get rid of that clutter, old clothes, shoes, bed linen and curtains can be donated. Bags can be left in the tunnel at the turn styles.
A disappointing result last Friday night as the Championship kicked of. Both Inniskeen and Castleblayeny travelled to Killany to begin the Championship season. An exciting first half opened with both teams taking scores from all angles and some very tough outfield play. Inniskeen seemed on form, attacking the forward line with every ball and at the half time whistle Inniskeen sat behind with 0-06 points to Castleblayneys 1-06. However in the second half, although Inniskeens best efforts were thrown at Castleblayneys defence, it was Blaney that left with the win! Hard luck to the girls but the seaon is not over yet as we meet Truagh in the next round!
Next game on Tuesday night at 7pm in Inniskeen v St Annes (Louth League) All players are asked to attend!