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Camogie Notes

May 2nd, 2012

May 1st. ‘12

Monaghan County Team

An understrength Monaghan team succumbed to Cavan in windswept conditions in the first round of the Ulster Junior Championship held in Cremartin on Sunday last. The home team  lined out without quite a few key players due to injury and dual players playing in the Ladies All Ireland Semi Final. However new recruits were brought on board but Monaghan had to live on the scraps.

Cavan’s Roisin O’Keefe wasted no time in getting1 -1 for the opposition and Aisling Smyth capitalised on a short puck out to send another goal to the net minutes later.Claire Fitzpatrick added another point for the Cavan side in the 10th minute with Monaghan wasting numerous opportunities in converting frees. Fifteen minutes on the clock and Kate Deasy got Monaghan’s first  and only score of the  first half  when she sent the ball over the bar. Cavan’s Smyth edged her side further apart when she got her second goal just before the halftime whistle.

Aisling Smyth continued to play havoc for Monaghan in securing two  goals and a point for her side in the second half and Brid Boylan completed the fray with two points, one from a deflected save by the Monaghan keeper with  Marie Greenan getting  a consolation point for Monaghan.

Score: Cavan           5 – 5

            Monaghan    0 – 2

Given that Monaghan  is out again against Armagh  in the next round on 19th. May, they will  have learned from this experience and  Manager, Malachy Trainor has advised the Board to re organise the Blitz whish was scheduled for next Sunday in order that a serious training regime be put in place for the County team instead.


Monaghan Panel

Róisín McKenna ,Emma Forde, Aisling Greenan ,Aideen Green ,Louise O’Connell ,Mary Meehan,Elaine McKernan, Siobhan McKenna ,Reegan Lynch ,Mairead McCarron, Marie Greenan, Lisa Kindlon ,Carmel McSkeane, Emma McKenna,Kate Deasy, Bríd Treanor, Kellie Fisher ,Kelsey Lam. Subs:  Brid Treanor for Aideen Green ,Kellie Fisher for Elaine McKernan, Kelsey Lam for Kate Deasy.


County U-14 Blitz.

On Sunday last Monaghan County U-14 panel gave a very good account of themselves when they participated in the first blitz of the season hosted by Cavan County Board.

Despite desperate weather conditions, the girls battled gamely in their opening match against the girls from the Mourne County. Although initially it looked like the Oriel girls were going to be swamped by this much more experienced score-line of 3-2 to 0-1 belied the huge effort Monaghan made to curtail them.

Emboldened by this tussle they now faced the home-siders, Cavan. This was a great game, tit-for-tat the whole way, with Monaghan eventually running out winners on a score-line of 2-2 to 0-2.

Monaghan’s final match was against a strong physical Westmeath team who had an unbeaten run throughout the day. Although Monaghan did eventually succumb, it was not without a battle and the girls can be proud of the commitment and honest effort they displayed throughout the day.

Panel: Niamh Hughes, Eimear McKenna, Emily Madden, Emma Deery, Tara McNaly, Mary and Jennifer Duffy, Chloe McGuigan, Sorcha McDonald, Hannah McSkeane, Niamh Kieran and Rioghnach duffy (Clontibret), Clare Deery (Iniskeen), Arlene Leonard, Sheena McKenna, Michelle Forde and Clodagh Duffy (Castleblayney).

League fixtures:

Thursday 10th May @ 7.30pm.

Clontibret V Castleblayney


     Clontibret Camogie News.

Well after all the drama of last week it’s time to move forward and get back down to playing the game!

The seniors, despite being quite depleted, played Granemore in the Armagh League, Premier Division, on Friday evening. This was a good workout – especially as Clontibret finished the match with 12 players on the full sized pitch, due to two further casualties having to be called ashore (Shauna McElvaney and Nicola Morgan), so there was no hiding!  The good news is that in the relative scheme of things Nicola and Shauna’s injuries were mere scrapes and both players will be back in action this week!!

Marie, Aisling and Aideen lined out with the county team on Sunday against Cavan. Unfortunately the traffic was pretty much one-way for most of the game so a lot of hard work will have to be done between now and the Armagh game in a fortnight. Hopefully too our representation at county level will improve as training gets underway in earnest.

Our U-12 players had their first taste of ‘real camogie’ on Saturday morning when they travelled to Crossmaglen to participate in a pre-season blitz. The girls played Camlough, Killeavy, Cullyhanna and Crossmaglen before adjourning for very welcome refreshments out of the Artic wind! This was a great learning experience for the girls and hopefully they will do it all again this Saturday in Culloville at 11pm. Many thanks to the parents for their assistance and providing transport last week. Hopefully the same spirit of generosity will prevail again this week!

Tomorrow (Wed) our U-16 team travels to Philipstown, Louth, for what promises to be a tough encounter against St. Kevins in the Louth League. Bus leaves the Community Centre at 6.15 sharp and players are asked to have their €2 bus fare!

On Monday (Bank Holiday) our U-14 squad will make the same journey to face the U-14s from the same club and we wish the girls the very best. The following evening (Tues) they play Derrynoose at home in the Armagh U-14 League. Then on Wednesday, May 9th our U-16 team host Collon in the Louth League. On Thursday our seniors meet Castleblayney in the Monaghan League, also at home, while they then face Madden in the Armagh League, Premier Division, on Friday evening. This game scheduled for Madden. So don’t say there aren’t enough camogie matches this season!

Finally best wishes to Eleanor, who is recovering from surgery to her finger, to Demi and Ríoghnach who are both back at school – though not yet at camogie – Karen and Tara who are still hopping around on crutches and Mary Duffy who took a ‘wee wobbler’ at Irish dancing and is now Irish dancing on one leg! Things can only get better girls!!!




We are currently working on a new programme for our juvenile members.  Details to follow shortly.

Training on Tuesday and Friday at 8pm in St Mellans.  Could everyone please make the effort to attend, if you you cannot make it please text the camogie phone.  We would like to encourage as many new members as possible to come along. Basic training will be provided.


We played Blayney on Tuesday in our second outing of the league and unfortunately we were unsuccessful in gaining 2 points.


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. Congratulations to Nicola Mc kenna winner of last weeks jackpot.  Thank you to all who support our lucky square.



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