October 4th ‘11
Clontibret win the Double
Clontibret 1 – 13
Castleblayney 1 – 3
Clontibret produced a stirling performance to take a well deserved victory in Jack’s Bar, Monaghan Senior Camogie League Final on Sunday last in Grattan Pairc Inniskeen. This proved to be an intriguing final as both teams had contested all three county competition finals at senior level this year. Castleblayney claimed the Blitz early in the year with Clontibret winning the Championship and are also through to the Bridie Mc. Meniman Shield Ulster Final so the stage was set for a great game.
Marie Greenan opened the scoring for Clontribret in the 1st minute with a point from a free. This was quickly followed by a point from Castleblayney’s Eileen McElroy in the 3rd minute to level the sides. Michelle Morgan added a fine point from play for Clontibret. Maire Greenan was unlucky not to put another score to her tally in the fifth minute when she narrowly missed a free. Both sides battled hard and it was the 19th min before Clontibret was to score again with a point from a free from Marie Greenan.
In the 21st minute Joanne McSkeane playing the captains role, produced a fine side line puck down to the Clontibret forwards, a tussle ensued and a ’45 was awarded, Maire Greenan again stepped up to the mark and put it across the bar. Clontibrets Nicola Morgan was causing plenty of trouble for the Castleblayney back line and scored a nice point from play in the 24th minute. Castleblayney’s Eileen McElory put Castleblayney back on the scoring track with a point from a free in the 25th minute. Marie Greenan and Karen Boyle added a point each from play and with half time imminent Shauna Finnegan delivered the killer blow with a goal for Clontibret, This put Clontibret into the driving side at half time with a score : Clontibret 1-7 Castleblayney 0-2.
Clontibret extended that lead after half time when Marie Greenan put over another point from a free in the 3rd minute. Castleblayney’s back line were under a lot of pressure and kept working hard, Eleanor McQuaid edged Clontibret further ahead with a point from play.
Kelsey Lam and Niamh Brennan were replaced by Donna McKenna and Kelly Fisher for Castleblayney. Nicola Morgan and Marie Greenan added two more points to Clontibrets score line. They also introduced subs Orlaith Boyle and Aibhne Boyle for Aideen Green and Nicola Morgan. Castleblayney registered their first score of the second half with a point from Eileen McElory. Shaua Finnegan added another point for Clontibret and Demi Moen was introduced by Clontibret for Donna Moen.
Castleblalyney’s Oral Wills scored a fine goal in the dying minutes of the game but it was a case of a little too late for the Castleblayney girls as the final whistle blew and Clontibret ran out worthy winners.
Chairperson of the County Board, Geraldine Clarke thanked the main sponsor of the League Jack Mc Carville of Jacks Bar and all who had contributed to the sponsorship throughout the year she thanked both teams for an entertaining and sporting match and remarked on how both teams had met in all three County Finals in 2011, she also thanked the Referee who had to stand in at short notice due to The designated referee, Pat Walshe being unexpectedly hospitalised, The Chairperson went on to thank the Inniskeen club for the use of their facilities also the match officials and proceeded to present the Captain of the Clontibret team Joanne Mc. Skeane with the Senior League Cup.
Inniskeen Camogie Club is proudly organising the Kavanagh Country 10K Road Race which will take place on Saturday 15th October at 11am. There is also a 5K run taking place on the same date. The 10K route will centre around Inniskeen village and take in some sights made famous by Patrick Kavanagh. Race Co-ordinator Lorraine Lynch has put in tremendous work, with the help of the Inniskeen Camogie Committee and team members, in organising the smooth running of the event. Please come along and show your support on the day. Race winners will receive prizes and there are also many spot prizes up for grabs on the day! For more information check out www.kavanaghcountry10krun.ie.
Ulster Club Bridie Mc. Meniman Shield Final
Clontibret who are through to the final of the Bridie Mc. Meniman Ulster Shield Final are still awaiting the outcome of the other Semi Finals. October 23rd. has been provisionally fixed for the Final where Clontibret are making final preparations and are raring to go.
County Board Meeting
The monthly meeting took place in the Westenra Hotel on Monday evening last where Ger Gribben, Regional Development Officer was in attendance and informed delegates of a new scheme which would enable the 4 Monaghan clubs play a new League format where clubs from Louth and the lower Division from Armagh would participate. This would replace the Senior County League on a trial basis next year. Underage would take on a similar format where all clubs would be catered for with blitz days being organized on alternative weeks. A meeting of the respective County Development Officers is to be arranged towards the end of the month to finalise proceedings.
Ger Gribben is presently delivering the “Mum and Me” programme in the Inniskeen and Clontibret clubs and will be on hand to cater for Truagh and Castleblayney in the near future.
The County fundraiser “A Taste of the World extravaganza“ which takes place on Thursday 3rd. November in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, was high on the agenda on Monday night. A host of local producers and country marketeers will also display their wares in the form of food tasting on the night in what promises to be a date not to be missed. Tickets will go on sale shortly.