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Camogie News

May 22nd, 2012

May 22nd. ‘12


County Team

A disappointing turnout for the 2nd round of the Ulster Junior Championship meant that Monaghan had to concede the match against Armagh on Saturday evening last. Questions have to be asked of those who didn’t show face as to where their priorities lie and Management will be looking for answers from club delegates at the June Board Meeting. The County team faced a similar scenario in last years Ulster run out but managed to field on that occasion when they were outclassed by a fancied Tyrone side.  Meanwhile after some straight talking back at the camp, Monaghan went on to win the All Ireland Junior B title for the 2nd year in succession.

U14 Development Blitz

Marie Greenan, Monaghan Development Officer is currently inviting County U14 squads from the Region to take part in a Development  Blitz which will be hosted by Monaghan  and will take place in Cloghan on Saturday 2nd June with a 11 o’ clock start.


Ulster Camogie Strategic Plan


Ulster Camogie is currently going through a process of Self-Evaluation with Sport NI on the future of Ulster Camogie. We need to be clear ourselves on where we are taking Camogie in the province. Therefore Ulster Camogie has decided to develop a NEW STRATEGIC PLAN that will drive Ulster Camogie to the next level. To do this we must consult our players, administrators, coaches, referee’s, clubs counties and education sectors.

Therefore a consultation night has been scheduled for June 6th in the Glenavon Hotel Cookstown at 7-9.30pm. This night will be vitally important to the future of Ulster Camogie, so anyone with an interest in Camogie in Cavan and Monaghan are asked to attend.


Ulster Poc Fada

The 2012 O’Neills Ulster Poc Fada will take place on Divis Mountain on Thursday 21st June, commencing at 7.00pm and all challengers are welcome to come along and do battle with Ulster’s Provincial and All Ireland Champions.

This year there is an open application across 3 grades for Camogie- U16, Senior and over 35’s. Camogie entries to be sent to address below

Competition Categories:
Hurling: Senior*, Under 16*, Over 40
Camogie: Senior*, Over 35 Under 16
Football: Senior
* Winner qualifies for National Poc Fada Championships.

The main events of the evening will be for Senior & Under16 Hurling and Senior Camogie, with the winners qualifying to compete in the National finals, which are held each year at Ardnaverna in the Cooley Mountains, Co Louth.
Other fun events will also be held for Over 40 Hurlers, Over 35 & U16 Camogs and Senior Footballers, who will compete in an inaugural invitational ‘Cic Fada’ event.

To apply to compete in the O’Neills Ulster Poc Fada 2012 please contact:

Camogie: Ciaran Kearney
Mobile:             0044 7825855718
Work: 028 357 17180  


                                                         Club News



With the exam season really kicking in at this stage action on the playing fields has been somewhat restricted. However on Friday evening last the social club was where it was all happening as the senior panel gathered to express their appreciation of, and bid farewell to team trainer, Aidan, who heads off to find fame and fortune in London on Wednesday.

Aidan courageously came onboard when John immigrated to Australia, in August 2010. That year he finished the season by capturing Corn Gael Linn and guided the team to the Ulster Club Championship semi-final. Having ‘seen the set up’ as he said himself, following Clontibret’s defeat at the hands of Derrytresk, Co. Tyrone, in 2010, he resolved to take the players ‘all the way’ in 2011. That dream was almost realised in November of last year but Cavan champions, Castletara, were deservedly crowned Ulster junior champions on the day. Undaunted, Aidan set about building on the success of last year and has already laid down a good foundation for 2012. He will be greatly missed by everyone, not just in the camogie club, but also in the hurling club, where he was still actively plying his trade both as player and coach. We thank Aidan for the huge amount of work he has done with the senior team and wish him every success in London.

But the tale is not without a happy ending as John, having returned from Australia, takes over this week as senior trainer once again. Judging from his comments on Friday evening last, he too reckons he has a bit of unfinished business from his first stint as team trainer so it will be very much a case of ‘same as’ (as Aidan would say!!). Good luck to John in 2012!

But of course lack of matches didn’t mean lack of injuries!!! So while Demi and Ríoghnach have returned to playing this week, goalkeeper Helen became the latest casualty breaking her thumb on Friday evening at training! She now joins Eleanor, Karen, Michelle and Tara who are on the ‘long-term’ injury list. What a year – so far!! We wish Helen a speedy recovery!

On Tuesday last 22 of our players in Scoil Mhuire travelled to Cloghan for the annual Cumann na mBunscol camogie blitz. The girls gave a very good account of themselves and worked hard for the duration of the blitz. Thanks to Gerard Gribben and Aidan for their assistance on the day.

On Saturday last our U-14s had a very comfortable win over St. Anne’s, Louth. This match was an excellent opportunity to give all of our little subs a game and they acquitted themselves very well indeed. St. Anne’s unfortunately postponed the U-16 game scheduled for this Wednesday. This will be re-fixed later in the month.

This Friday our seniors take on Tullysarron in Cemartin at 7.30pm. Finding 12 uninjured players, not currently doing exams, may prove to be an even greater challenge than the actual match itself! But we will remain positive and stoic!!

This Saturday the U-14 team play St. Brides in Knockbridge. Originally this was scheduled for 11.00 am but at the time of going to print they are requesting an earlier start!!! Keep an eye on those texts please for updates and travel arrangements.

On Monday May 26th the same team play Collon in an away match. Again, time to be confirmed after Saturday’s match.

Congratulations to Hannah McSkeane and Niamh Kieran who were part of the Coláiste Oiriall team that captured a second Ulster title inside 10 days. This time they defeated Largy College in the Ulster U-14 Schools Final.

Final congratulations this week to Tara, Claudia, Néasa, Emma, Amy, Lisa and Catherine who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Monday evening , in St. Mary’s Church, Clontibret.



Seniors: Training is now on Sunday mornings at 11am.  Attendance needs to improve.  New players are welcome. Our next league game is away to Clontibret on the 26th of June.


Lucky Sqaure: Our lucky square is back in action and there is still a few numbers available so if anyone would like to take part please contact any member of the club. There was no winner of last weeks jackpot.  Thank you to all who support our lucky square.

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