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Camogie News

July 4th, 2012

July 3rd. ‘12


An understrength Monaghan succumb to Cavan

Cavan          3 – 11

Monaghan  0 – 8

A game of two halves was the order of the day in Stradone on Saturday last when Monaghan lined out  in the All Ireland Championship Junior A series under the new Management of Paul Forde from ‘Blaney. Due to adverse weather conditions the game which wasoriginally fixed for Kingspan Breffni was switched to Stradone.  Cavan’s  Roisin O’Keefe and Brid Boylan dictated the field of play , leaving Monaghan trailing by 1 -10 to 0 -2 at the interval.

A rain and windswept P.J Duke Park probably had some bearing on the fact that Monaghan forwards were unable to get possession for the duration of the first quarter. From the throw in Cavan went on a rampage but misjudged the uprights when awarded their first free. Tina O’ Reilly put a point over in the 4th minute  and Boylan registered 3 minutes later.

Monaghan Goalkeeper, Roisin Mc. Kenna was kept on her toes and stopped O’Keefe in her tracks for two successive goals before Cavan’s Nicola Collins collected a yellow when Monaghan’s Louise O’Connell came down with an injury. With 15 minutes on the clock, Boylan gave a fine pass into O’Keefe who in turn rattled the net for a textbook style goal for Cavan. This duo lay claim to numerous scores before Marie Greenan finally converted a free  and first score for the Farney girls in the 20th minute. Andrea Lynch cancelled it out at the other end of the pitch when she also converted a free for Cavan.

With the half time whistle fast approaching Niamh Brennan wasted Monaghan’s first shot at goal and in the 29th minute Mairead Mc. Carron collected the first point from play but once again Cavan were on target when Grainne Power and O’Keefe completed the scoring of the first half with points  apiece.

Amber Lam and Regan Lynch who were now to the forefront failed in their bid to raid on the Cavan defence but with just 5 minutes gone Marie Greenan converted a ’45. And again converted two more frees  in the 10th and 12th minute. Monaghan were now containing the Cavan forwards when halfway through the 2nd half,that aforementioned duo, got  one past Mc. Kenna in goals

Once again Niamh Brennan and Kate Deasy were unfortunate in their bid for goals and Marie Greenan was again on target taking the remainder of the Monaghan frees.  Substitute Kara Mc. Cabe who in the dying minutes had just been introduced to the playing field  blasted one to the net to secure a victory for Cavan.


Monaghan have a home venue when they take on Westmeath in Oram on Saturday next 7th July. So Hopefully the girls will have plenty of support on Saturday.

Throw in time 2.30pm.

Monaghan Team:  Roisin Mc. Kenna Kelly Fisher, Louise O’Connell, Kelsey Lam, Emma Mc. Kenna, Mary Meehan, Mary Mc. Elroy, Amber Lam, Reegan Lynch, Kate Deasy, Marie Greenan (0-7),  Niamh Brennan, Mairead Mc. Carron(0-1), Donna Mc. Kenna, Kelly Fisher and Siobhan Mc. Kenna.

Cavan Team: Aoife Mc. Dermott, Sinead Brady, Jenny O’Rourke, Ericka Joyce, Mary Moore, Siobhan Reynolds, Sinead Moore, Mairead Mc. Cabe, Tina O’Reilly(0-1), Andrea Lynch(0-1), Aisling Smith, Nicola Collins, Brid Boylan(0-4), Roisin O’Keefe(2-4), Grainne Power(0-1), Darina Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Dunne, Claire Fitzpatrick, Catriona Leddy, Elaine Reilly, Edel Sexton, Kara Mc. Cabe(1-0), Lisa Mc. Garraghan.

County Board

Due to work commitments, Chairperson of the County Board, Malachy Trainor was forced to tender his resignation  as Chairperson and Childrens Officer from the Board, at Monday nights meeting.The Board take this opportunity to thank Malachy for his dedication in all matters relating to camogie and wish him every success in his new venture.



Castleblayney will represent Monaghan in the Feile na nGael 2012. This major event will be hosted by Dublin for the first time since 1983 and ‘Blaney’s host club is St. Kevins. We wish the cailini well and hope they enjoy their weekend of camogie.

Championship Launch

The Senior Camogie Championship will be launched in Cloghan on Monday evening next at 8pm. When  Royal Jade Castleblayney who is the Official Sponsor of the Championship and Fitzpatricks Coach Hire who are sponsoring the League will be present together with the Captains of the Clubs.


                                                          Club News


Best of luck to  the Under 14 Castleblayney Camogie team and Mary Murphy who travel to Dublin on Thursday to represent Monaghan in feile. We hope they have a great weekend. Also many thanks to our sponsors Pete mc Mahon , Centra who has sponsored a set of training tops, Cafe Cusine and Coyles Pharmacy for kit bags and also Mc Ardle Skeath for sponsoring rain jackets. We are extremely grateful to all for your sponsorship.





Last saturday saw our first outing in the Monaghan underage development blitz. The team travelled to Clontibret and although the weather conditions were a bit of a let-down, the camogie did not disappoint. The team gave a great performance and are looking forward to the remaining blitz matches and their competitive outing in the Louth league later this Summer. Underage camogie is being developed in Inniskeen and credit to the mentors and parents for giving their full support. Underage camogie training continues on Wednesdays at 7.15pm.

Our Senior team played St Brides in the Louth league last week and came away with a valuable 2 points. One of our loyal young supporters, Sarah Deery, had an unfortunate accident at the game and we wish her a speedy recovery. Please check on Teamer for upcoming fixtures. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday in preparation for the Championship which commences in August.

Kavanagh Country 10K Run – Keep 13th October free for our second Kavanagh Run. More details to follow over the coming weeks.




Hard luck to the girls who were defeated by Clontibret in the Senior League last week and were also forced to refix the match with Castleblayney on Tuesday due to a number of girls being temporally unavailable.


Money is still outstanding for the lucky square. Please bring this along to the next training session.Congratulations to Eilish Treanor who was last weeks winner,


Well done to Mairead Mc. Carron and Mary Meehan who were part of the panel for the Monaghan Senior team on Saturday last when they were defeated by Cavan also Siobhan Mc. Kenna who is Captain of the County Team and who was carrying an injury sustained in a league match during the week. The club wish them the best of luck next Saturday when they play Westmeath in Oram at 2.30pm.




Activity at all levels continues unabated – with and without injured managers – which is just as well!!!

On Friday last our U-14 panel had a useful workout against Middletown in Clontibret. Well done to all the girls who re-scheduled their busy social lives to attend at very short notice. Thanks to Marie who officiated the match.

On Saturday morning our U-12 team had an excellent workout against Inniskeen in the U-12 Development Blitz. Well done to Marie, Development Officer with the County Board, in persisting in organising this little Blitz. Even the weather conspired against her as it poured from beginning to end, but still our little girls battled gamely and emerged victorious. Saturday, July 14 is the date of the next U-12 Blitz.

Our seniors had a busy week last week playing Truagh on Tuesday evening in the Monaghan League and retaining their unbeaten run in this competition. On Wednesday evening they eventually succumbed to Ballymacnab in the Armagh League Premier Division. This however was a much improved performance on the first time these 2 teams met in May.  Many thanks to so many of our players (and John!) who had to do a lot of arranging and re-arranging of work schedules to fit these matches in.

Last evening, Monday, our U-16 team played St. Kevins in the Louth League and were defeated on a score-line of 3-2 to 6-1. As the game was all-even on a score-line of 2-1  at half time, the girls were disappointed with the final outcome but they learned the hard way that the match is never over until ‘the fat lady sings!’!

Meanwhile in Carrickmacross our club delegates were desperately trying to oppose the decision to postpone this evenings (Tues) senior league match in Clontibret against Inniskeen. However, despite every rule (and bye-law) in the book being broken, their plea was in vain, and apparently a Fixtures Sub-Committee meeting will be convened to ‘re-fix’ this match. Central to Clontibret’s defence is the fact that with so many students in part -time work, arranging time off well in advance of fixtures is crucial. However it appears stalling Clontibret’s progress and punishing the team for their efficiency seems more important at Board level, which is very frustrating!!  A club meeting will take place this evening after training to formulate the club’s response. Thanks to Shauna, Aisling and Catherine who attended the meeting.

It also transpired yesterday afternoon that Malachy Treanor has resigned from the Board both as Cathaoirleach and Childrens Officer with immediate effect!

This evening (Tues) our U-14 team are in action against Clan na Gael, Lurgan, in the Armagh League. Best wishes to this hardy little bunch!

Well done to Marie Greenan who was Clontibret’s sole representative on the county panel on Saturday last when they were defeated by Cavan, in Stradone, in the opening round of the ‘Junior A’ Championship. While I know many of our girls work on Saturday afternoons, I suspect there may be one or two lurking around who could make themselves available for county duty, so let’s aim to improve our contribution to the count panel on Saturday  when Monaghan face Westmeath.

Congratulations to Amy Gorman a member of the U-12 and U-14 panels who has had the deserved honour of being chosen to play at half time in the Cumann na mBunscol, INTO Mini –Sevens in Croke Park in August at the All-Ireland Hurling Championship semi-final. The Club is very proud of you Amy!!

Last Saturday was tinged with sadness for our club as 2 more of our senior panel embarked on the emigration trail and headed for Australia. Aideen and Nicola are a huge loss to both the senior team and the club but, as we have become so used to, we must continue to drive forward. We wish the girls everything they wish for themselves and hope that one day they will be back with us along with Michaela, Angela, Helen and Aidan!!!

Finally, a huge ‘thank-you’ to so many people for their many acts of kindness on the occasion of our recent bereavements and my own injuries.  It has indeed been humbling to receive so many kind offers of help, support, good wishes and messages of encouragement.

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