Monday, 10 September 2012

All Roads Lead to Dublin on the 16th September.

Ballincollig Camogie Club are off to Dublin for the All Ireland Final
to support a Cork team that contains two of our senior players, Linda
Dorgan and Leah Weste . Coaches' cars, trains are all heading north
carrying the Ballincollig army of supporters to cheer the girls on
Sunday 16th. They aren't the only girls from Ballincollig playing in
Dublin that day. Our U10's and U12's will be playing friendly matches
against Faugh's Celtic Camogie Club in Templeogue. These girls have
been travelling all summer from Ballinhassig to Kilkenny, west to
Killarney and now to Dublin. They will go anywhere for a game of
Camogie and a good day out. Of course this trip is extra special and
we hope that Linda and Leah will bring back the O'Duffy cup to round
off what has been a very busy but wonderful summer of Camogie for
everyone in the clubs under age section. Watch out for match reports
in next week's newsletter.
Training will continue for those not travelling to Dublin, text will
be sent if there is any change.

Well done Jess!

Under 9/10 would like to congratulate their trainer Jess Hennigan on
winning her first Munster medal with cork. This junior team took on
Tip in what was a cracker of a game, Jess scored 6 lovely points, she
did her county and club pound, well done Jess!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Under Age Gets Going!

It was great to see all the girls return to our Sunday training
sessions last weekend. It was a beautiful warm morning and lots of
girls could be seen practicing their skills in the GAA grounds. Girls
between the ages of 7 and 13 were striking, blocking, hooking, and
soloing. Most importantly all the girls were having fun. The large
number of girls playing really is a sight to behold. This busy hive of
activity all bodes well for our club. There was a lot of talent on
display. If you'd like your daughter to join our underage Camogie Club
feel free to come down any Sunday morning from 12.15 to 13.15.

U10 Blitz in Ballinhassig

Last Saturday our U10 team travelled to Ballinhassig to take part in
the annual Donal Crowley Blitz. This is one of the highlights in the
U10 calendar and as usual everyone had a great day. Our first game was
against Eire Og. The girls really hit the ground running in this game.
We saw Sophie O'Sullivan, Zara Foley and Nicole Kirstein getting goals
in a very tight match. Miriam Healy was her usual solid self in
defence and Amy Murphy worked tirelessly in midfield supporting both
forwards and backs at all times. Our next game was against the hosts
Ballinhassig. This was a really tight affair as both teams were evenly
matched. It was Eanna O'Connell up front that made the difference in
this game. Allana O'Sullivan and Claire Murphy played their part in
setting Eanna up for the only goal of the game, while at the other end
Kate O'Sullivan kept the Ballinhassig goal attempts out with a
coolness that you'd normally see int he Arctic Circle. Our final group
match was against Barryroe and our forwards really got rocking and
rolling in this game. Zara and Nicole were on the score sheet again
with Abbie O'Sullivan and Amy O'Rourke, Ellie Ronayne got two and Anna
Cremin Butler scored from half way. A fantastic way to round off the
group stages.

We went onto play our neighbours Eire Og for the second time on the
day in the Semi final. This was a great semi final with both teams
giving their all in a great display of camogie enjoyed by what was now
a very large crowd. Captain for the day Caoimhe Creedon led by example
for the whole game giving her all. Lauren Buckley despite being tired
pushed hard up front along with all her team mates to try to get an
equalizer but alas it was not to be. Eire Og went through and went on
to win the final. Our girls and mentors were disappointed but not for
long. The chips and sausages brought their smiles back and it meant we
left Ballinhassig with more fond memories of another great day out.

The mentors Mossie, Eileen Denis and Michael and all the supporters on
the day had a great day thanks to these wonderful girls. Well done to
you all. Everyone involved, players, mentors, parents and supporters
want to also say a big thank you to Jess Hennigan for being our club
ref on the day. We would like to congratulate her on winning a Munster
Junior medal the next day playing for Cork against Tipperary.

Under 16

Very tough challenge game last Saturday we now know how high the
standard is so girls training is vital championship and league quarter
final put back so we have time to get things rite, best of luck to our
exam girls don't enjoy yourselves too much on Wednesday.

JUNIOR B

The girls again this year due to results were in a 3 way play off and
will again play Ballygarvan in Ballincollig on
MONDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER to see who will progress to the County Semi Final
on Sunday 9th September against Sliabh Rua.
The girls have put in tremendous preparations of hard work, attendance
at training and challenge matches, and the mentors had difficulity in
picking the starting 15 due to the efforts by each and every player;
and over the past two matches we have introduced players and all girls
are prepared and ready to play and play as a unit with one goal - a
place in the County Semi Finals.... the gloves are now off and only 1
team will survive and progress........... Match report next week.
As a Club we are very lucky to have the excellent Down Family of Downs
Supervalu, Main Street, Ballincollig as Club Sponsor - and like in
previous years the family get behind the Camogie Club and this year it
was the turn of the Junior Team to receive new gear....... the Junior
gear in use presently was handed down from the present senior team and
after 9 years it was time for its retirement..... The new gear fully
sponsored by the Down Family was presented at the GAA Grounds on
Friday 24th August and was accepted by Junior Club Captain, Louise
Weste. On hand at the presentation were Barry Down and Captain Louise
Weste....... Barry was invited into the Club to a reception and Club
Chairman, Finbarr Bradley, and captain, Louise Weste both thanked the
Down Family for their continued support; there was a great attendance
of the Club Officers, committee and players and a lovely evening was
had by all.... Once again a huge thanks for the gear and we hope to do
you proud....
Photo taken of Barry Down and Louise Weste at the Score Board also
sponsored by the Down Family for the Ballincollig GAA Club.

MINOR

With a busy schedule we are finding it difficult to pin down a date to
play Cloughduv in the Minor match but we hope to have news of the
match in the coming days..... watch for the tx and be
ready............ not much time to prepare but this small talented
group will give their all against neighbours Cloughduv....

Monday, 27 August 2012

Go Games Finals

Under 8s
This weekend thirteen enthusiastic Under 8 girls represented
Ballincollig in an exciting Camogie Gala weekend in Castle Road. Two
teams played against Sarsfields in two equally balanced matches. The
games consisted of three periods giving the girls an opportunity to
play in all the different positions on the field.

In team A Ciara O Donovan gave a masterful display in midfield,
Sorcha McCarthys puck outs reached the far end of the pitch, Chloe
Bernardi was resolute in defence and in goals. Lily Carey Murphy
controlled her zone and was a prolific goal-scorer. Áine Creedon was
fantastic in the forwards and birthday girl Emma Lynch rushed from the
sideline (after treatment for an injury) to score a super goal.

Team B also gave a wonderful performance on the day. Meabh Dempsey was
a credit to her team, Meabh Power's work-rate as ever was second to
none, Ailbhe Hickey brought strength and leadership to the mid-field,
Ciara O Brien was fearless in the tackle, Hazel Power was a busy
beaver all through the game, Kate Lee, who stayed focused throughout,
contributed in all the zones and the experienced Aoibhinn O Flynn
played with characteristic tenacity.

Having played their hearts out through torrential downpours the sun
finally came out just in time to dry them off for the presentation.
The girls were delighted to receive cúl pink camogie wristbands and
groovy mini gear bags. A great day was had by all!


Under 9s
U9 had there Go-Games Final in CastleRoad on Saturday,We had 10girls
and we played CourseyRovers.It was a great day out and the girls
really enjoyed themselfs.

Under 10s
The U10 also had there Go-Games Final in CastleRoad on Sunday.We had
2teams of 8 and we played Ballygarvan in to great contests.The girls
showed all the skills they had learned in
training,handpassing,hooking,blocking,striking by most of all
Teamwork.Well done girls.

All Ireland Semi finals

Frances Corkery from the U10 team wrote a small note for everyone
about the trip to Kilkenny on Sat 18th August to play at the All
Ireland Semi finals.

"Saturday was a great day, we were all wearing green for Ballincollig.
Once we arrived at Nowlan Park off the coach, we were waiting in the
stands for the game to begin, at last we were waving our flags for the
girls in red and every time they scored we cheered. At half time we
played our match against Killmora from Galway in front of a lot of
people. It was great to have some of the Cork team sign our hurleys,
thanks for a great day and we are looking forward to cheering on our
Cork girls in the final."

Senior

Unfortunately we bowed out of the championship last Monday night after
we lost to St Catherines on a 0-17 to 1-07 scoreline. We competed very
well up to half time but unfortunately we were unable to stay with our
opponents in the second half. After a great effort from the entire
panel throughout the year, now we have the long wait until next year
before we get together again. A sincere 'thank you' to all the panel,
supporters and club in general for all your efforts, commitment and
support through the year.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

U10's play at all Ireland semi final.

Two weeks ago this group were in Killarney playing teams from Kerry
and this past week they were in Kilkenny playing a team from Galway.
Cork were playing Galway in the Semi Final of the senior All Ireland
and Ballincollig were invited to represent Cork at half time in an U10
go games match. It was a great honour for the club to be asked and
fitting also as we had two players from the Ballincollig senior team
involved in the Cork squad. The U10 girls as well as the senior
players Linda Dorgan and Leah Weste did the green and white of
Ballincollig proud on a beautiful day in Nolan Park. The bus journey
up to Kilkenny seemed to fly by really quickly and we actually arrived
earlier than the Cork team coach. The U10 team went for a little puck
around on the Nolan Park pitch to loosen out the limbs after the bus
journey up. Then it was a case of team pictures on the pitch before
checking out the programme which included their own team list. The
girls met Marty Morrisey and got pictures taken with him too. They all
enjoyed watching the first half of the Cork Galway game and then it
was the girls moment to shine. And shine they did, it was a very short
game so the girls gave it everything. Nobody was over awed about
playing in front of such a large crowd and the reception that all four
U10 teams received at the end of their game brought a huge smile to
all the girls already beaming faces. We then settled down to watch the
exciting second half of the Cork Galway game. Cork deservedly won and
are now through to the All Ireland Final in September. The
Ballincollig girls formed a guard of honour for the Wexford team as
they came out for the second semi final V's Offaly. Then there was
more photos, this time with Linda and Leah so we now have a record of
the day all twelve Ballincollig girls played at the All ireland semi
final. We watched some of the second game before we hopped onto the
bus for home, but before we got on the bus the girls were delighted to
have the opportunity to meet the Cork team and to get autographs on
hurleys, helmets and programmes. We stopped for our tea in Cahir and
continued on our merry way home. The bus pulled into the club right on
schedule. We couldn't have planned the day to have been any better. Of
course we must thank all the people that helped on the day and before
hand to make the whole experience go as well as it did. Thanks to
Michelle for organising the flags, thanks to Sean, Denis and Jess for
looking after the team on the day. Thanks to Erika for providing the
markers for the autographs. We must also thank Niamh and Debbie who
looked after the girls through out the day. Thanks to Leah and Linda
for spending a bit of time with the girls for photos after their
momentous effort to get to the All Ireland Final. We wish you and all
the Cork team the very best in Croke Park. Last but not least we have
to complement the U10 girls who represented the club in such a
wonderful manner both on and off the pitch You were all a credit to
the club, your families and yourselves. Well done to you all and
hopefully in a few years time we'll be going to support some of you in
Nolan park in the red and white of Cork.

End of Summer Leagues

Our under age girls completed a hectic programme of games through out
the summer as part of the County Boards GO Games Summer leagues. All
this effort will culminate in a weekend of non stop camogie action in
the County Boards headquarters in Castle Road this weekend. We
encourage all parents to give your daughters the chance to play in
these wonderful blitzes, they deserve the chance as they have worked
hard during the year to get to this stage. We will have a great day of
fun and camogie and it should turn out to be the highlight of the
camogie year. Watch out for texts from your mentors and please let
them know if you will be attending or not. It is important that we
have definite numbers for the organisers to allow them to plan out the
programme.

The blitzes will run as follows

Friday Aug 24th (Evening) - U11's v sarsfield.
Saturday Aug 25th (Morning) - U8's v sarsfield.
Saturday Aug 25th (Afternoon) - U9's v blarney.
Sunday Aug 26th(morning) - U10's v ballygarven.

GO Game Rules apply•
Players to be at Castle Road 30 minutes before Match time listed above.
FULL RESPECT TO ALL REFEREES / MENTORS / OPOSITION At ALL TIMES
This is a huge undertaking by Cork Camogie Juvenile Board and all
involved so we would ask all clubs to register on time, be ready to
play on time, THERE ARE NO DRESSING ROOM FACILITIES AVAILABLE AS THEY
ARE NEEDED FOR BATHROOM FACILITIES............
We wish all our Underage players the Best of Luck, and ask for all
Club Members to go and Support them.

Lauren Cooper & Ciara O Callaghan

As part of the Cork Camogie under age developement model, a series of
inter county U -15 competitions were organised .
Lauren Cooper and Ciara O'Callaghan were selected from Ballincollig
after trials were held to participate in the 2012 Cork U-15
developement programme.
Over the past few weeks competitions were held in Clare, Limerick and
Kilkenny and the girls played a total of 10 very competitive
games. Both girls performed very well on the playing field and were a
credit to there club coaches. The experience gained by playing against
the likes of Clare, Galway, Kilkenny ,Limerick and Dublin will
certainly stand to the girls in there forthcoming league and
championship fixtures. The development programme finished last
Saturday when all participating counties were paraded around Nowlan
Park at the all Ireland semi-finals and gave our girls a chance to
support there club mates Linda and Leah in the Senior game.
Well done to Ciara and Lauren.

HELP Needed !

The under age section in Ballincollig Camogie Club has grown from
strength to strength in the last number of years. The number of teams
now playing has grown from 3 to 8, more than doubling the number of
girls playing camogie in our town. Of course this is fantastic news
but brings with it extra pressures for all the adults involved in
running the under age section in the club. The girls who turn up every
week to play and train deserve the best training we can give them. We
need new trainers to come on board and help these girls fill their
potential. As usual the organisers in the club are working away in the
background making plans for the winter indoor training sessions and
organising things so we can hit the ground running in the spring of
2013
Due to the welcome increase in numbers over the last few years, we are
looking for help in training our Underage groups for the coming season
2012 Indoor training and 2013 playing Season.

Whether you are a parent whose child plays or you are a past /present
player and would like to help out in any way possible, please contact
Brendan on 087 6145532 or Linda on 086 1938646 to discuss further.
They won't bite you and don't please don't let inexperience prevent
you from joining. Every contribution helps and you will get plenty
help and advice from the other trainers. You will be up and running no
time! The girls really appreciate having adults around to train and
encourage them in a lovely friendly atmosphere.
We look forward to hearing from you

Senior

Senior Championship v St Catherines on Monday next at Castle Road in
Mahon 6.45pm

We face St Catherines on Monday in the championship and while training
has gone reasonibly well over the last couple of weeks, no doubt we
will need to play to our very best to overcome this huge challenge.
Please come along to support the girls as strong encouragement from
the supporters may provide the extra incentive to get over the line.
Also, congratulations to Linda and Leah who will be in Croke Park on
All Ireland Final Day representing Cork having been part of a great
semi final win v Galway last week. Particular congrats to Linda who
lined out at centre forward and represented the club and county with a
very strong performance.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Senior All Ireland Playoff

Once again the Cork Senior Team returned to Ballincollig to play
Tipperary in a playoff match, the winners were straight through to the
Quarterfinals and a match less to play so a lot at stake......
They had enjoyed the excellent facilities of Ballincollig the previous
weekend and requested a return visit so as always the Club again
worked wonders in a short turnaround time.
It was a beautiful sunny day, and the pitch looked fantastic, and the
result was as good a win for Cork and job well done.
Again on duty - we had people doing the gates, parking, dressing
rooms, catering, baking, score board and general help. A huge thanks
to
Declan, Frank, Eugene, Domonic, Kieran, Brendan, Philip, David, Adele,
Eileen, Linda L, Breda, Liam, Daniel, Claire, Emer (our baker),
Michael for the flags and work, and Kathleen... again both the Camogie
and GAA pulled together and we had a fantastic day and plenty of help.
As always fair play to the men who had the pitch looking and playing
so well......
Again well done to Linda who started in the full forward line for Cork
and Leah Weste who is getting closer to a starting place...

U16

League quarter final draw Ballincollig v aghabullogue date to be
confirmed, training going well need full attendance at all sessions.
Best of luck to Mairead, Kieran, Linda and girls in championship this
Saturday

Junior B

CHAMPIONSHIP IS
DATE: SUNDAY 29TH JULY
VENUE: BALLYGARVAN
TIME: 5PM SHARP
Please support this great group of girls who have worked hard and
prepared well for championship
over the past number of months, despite holidays, injuries and work
all girls have pulled together and we are looking forward to our first
championship match.
We can then all travel on to Belgooly to support the Intermediate
hurlers as they take on Carrigaline and we wish them the best of luck
at 7pm.
Minors - are having a quite time at present on the playing field,
however, now that first round of senior championship is over, and very
hard luck to the girls on Monday night, and girls are returning from
holiday we shall get organised again for training and a possible
match.
all Minor and Junior queries to Mairead .

Senior

Defeat was our lot in the championship v St Finbarrs on a 2-10 to 1-6
scoreline last Monday in Mahon. It was a frustrating performance where
we struggled to get on top throughout the field with only a few of the
team performing to potential. Nevertheless no one could fault the
effort as everyone tried their very best but alas "it was not to be".
However, in times of disappointment we need to look at the positives,
certainly we know we can perform much better and also we know that
everyone kept fighting right to the bitter end. We now await the draw
for the 2nd round. Best wishes to our juniors who are playing
championship on Sunday. Finally a sincere "thanks" to everyone who
came out on a miserable night to support the team, it was very much
appreciated.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13

U7 This bunch of girls are really getting their act together. Despite
the poor weather they are turning up every Sunday morning having fun
and learning loads of camogie skills. These girls are now well able to
strike, block and dribble the ball. As you can see in the photo it's
all smiles from these girls who love their camogie and love having fun
together along with their trainers Michael, Bairbre Susan and Brendan.

U8 Training Sunday – 10.30am – 11.30am

U10 The girls played in a very entertaining game in Carrigaline this
week as part of their summer league. As was noted by someone in the
large crowd these girls are really gelling as a team. No superstars
but a great team ethic sees these girls playing brilliant camogie.
Some great goalkeeping by Amy O Rourke kept the team in a tight
contest. Sophie O Sullivan scored in the first half and Ellie scored
from half way in the second half and jumped for joy!!!!. As we said it
was a team performance and everyone played well. The girls have one
more game against the Glen to complete and their summer programme will
be done and dusted and we'll be all set for the big blitz in Castle
Road at the end of August. These girls have been given a well earned
rest and will be back training on August 12th in preparation for the
summer blitz. Mossie, Michael Eileen and Denis hope all the girls have
a great summer and are planing some more skill training for you all
when you return.

U11 Training Sunday – 10.30am – 11.30am
U13 Training Sunday – 11.00am – 12.00pm

MINOR

With a number of girls not available as they are preparing for Senior
Championship and holidays we have cancelled the Minor Session,
however, all girls are welcome to join the Junior Sessions if not
training with their own Under 16 Team....
Tx messages will be sent of the times and venue.
We hope all our ladies in France, Spain, Portugal and Kerry are
enjoying their break and we need you back training for championship as
soon as you are back.
Our apologies for Louise Weste, we thanked all the helpers last week
and omitted Louise who was are score keeper for the day and kept us
all on our toes.... Well done and thanks Louise.

JUNIOR

this group continue to train for championship and with this in mind we
took on neighbours Bishopstown to help with preparations. With
holidays and injuries we had 16 players available and were delighted
with their attitude and work rate on the night.
Aisling Hen started in goal and had an excellent outing, she finished
in the back line as Leanne Doyle (Under 16 keeper) took up the mantel
in goal and again did very well.
Out field our backs of Lisa, Laura D and Louise kept a tight rein on
the strong Bishopstown forwards and worked hard over the hour.... our
half backs of Fiona, Nicola and Kate, did a good job over the hour and
worked very hard.
Midfield pairing of Sinead and Mairead O Dwyer (just back from injury)
had to work very hard to keep a strong Bishopstown midfield from
dominating.
Half forward of Emma, Orlaith and Claire kept a plentiful supply of
ball going into our full forward line and also setting up scoring
chances and taking some scores themselves, full forward line of
Aisling W, Chloe and Laura Barrett, took the opportunities and got on
the score board.
We again had scores coming from 5 forwards and we were delighted with
our 3-8 on the night.
Our thanks to Bishopstown for travelling and wish them well in their
championship.
TRAINING:-
WEDNESDAY 7 - 8.15PM
FRIDAY 7 - 8.15PM
SUNDAY 9AM to 10.15am
We are getting close to championship and working towards SUNDAY 29TH
JULY 2012 in Ballygarvan - time TBA.
Any queries to Mairead 0872846310

CAMOGIE ALL IRELAND DAY IN BALLINCOLLIG ON SATURDAY 14TH JULY

Ballincollig hosted Cork V Kilkenny in both Senior and Intermediate on
Saturday 14th, it was a very successful day for Cork and they achieved
victory in both games. As host club we were delighted that Linda
Dorgan and Leah Weste again featured in the senior game with Linda
again getting on the score board.... there were many club supporters
around and all were delighted to see the girls representing their
county... our own underage club were out in force to see the girls and
shouted loud in their support.
The day went without a hitch and this was due to the enormous help by
the GAA personnel and Camogie members.

A special thanks to
• Declan, Frank, Dominic and Eugene who were on gate duty
• Liam, Kieran, Pat, Ger, Brendan, David for the car parking, dressing
room duty and all round help....
• Michael for his help with the flags and tidy-up,
• Daniel Barry for the excellent and accurate score board keeping.
• John McAvoy to make sure it was all recorded on camera
• To our special catering staff, who are just top class - Breda,
Judith and Celia who were there all day and in mighty form
• Kathleen Healy who took time off work to give us a hand to ensure
our helpers, the Board Officers, Club members and everyone who needed
it was 'watered and fed' with the best of food generously supplied by
O'Keeffe's Bakery - A HUGE THANK YOU TO THEM -
• Our special little baker EMER O'BRIEN - your cup cakes were a huge
success and you were very generous in giving out all your hints to
help us get to your very high standards..... not a cake was to be had
in a very short time... a good business venture for the future for
you!!!
• and in general to anyone who gave assistance on the day......
We were delighted to see our Under 11's doing guard of honour on the
day as the Cork Senior Team and Kilkenny Senior Team entered the pitch
and also playing at the half time break in the Senior game and a huge
thanks to team mentor Linda for organising all the teams to be there
on time and also fellow team mentors Frank and Ian who were a
tremendous help on the day....
The pitch, despite the terrible weather for the previous week, was in
good condition and looked as always brilliant - this is down to the
extremely hard working grounds men in the Club - led by top man JOHN
PURCELL - the unknown hours given by these wonderful men cannot be
imagined or appreciated enough but WE thank them and the Cork Camogie
Board also sent their thanks for the wonderful and extremely well run
day and compliments to the both the Ballincollig GAA and Camogie
Clubs.
A massive achievement to everyone involved and our heartfelt thanks to
all who made it happen.

Senior

Disappointment was our lot in the Munster League Final last Sunday in
Cashel. We played against a strong wind in the first half and found it
hard to get into our stride. At the half time whistle we were 11
points behind our opponents, Moneygall. In the second half we played
with a much higher level of desire and intensity and approaching the
final few minutes we had drawn level. However Moneygall finished
stronger and we lost on a 3-9 to 1-12 scoreline. Well done to everyone
for the superb effort. We now face the tremendous challenge of St
Finbarrs in the championship next Monday 23rd at 7.30 in Castle Road.
All support would be very welcome. Congratulations to both Leah and
Linda who played for Cork in the comprehensive win over Kilkenny which
was played in Ballincollig last Saturday. Both will again be involved
this weekend and hopefully they will again be on the winning team.

Ballincollig Credit Union floodlit tournament final
The delayed final was eventually played last Sunday week with a great
game between Inniscarra and Ballygarvan. Even though the floodlit
tournament was delayed, the game provided the perfect preparation for
upcoming championship. Congratulations to Inniscarra who were
deserving winners on the night. Finally a very sincere 'thank you' to
Ballincollig Credit Union for sponsoring the competition once again
this year

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

General News

Underage Finals - Important Dates from Juvenile Board –
Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 & Under 11 Gala Weekend is (all matches completed)
25th & 26th AUGUST -and due to the huge participation we may need to
add a further date.
Under 12 Finals for all Clubs (all matches completed)
29th & 30th SEPTEMBER - a number of venues......
Each player will receive a momento of the day, and the Under 12
section will also receive medals – Each club is asked to raise € 2.00
per player to cover the cost of this, and we at Ballincollig Camogie
Club are only too happy to put these funds forward to Juvenile Board
after all the hard training our Underage have done and all the matches
they played this year. Well done girls – ye are doing us proud!
Well done to Orla Keating who was on the Cork 5th Class Primary
Schools Team representing her Club (Ballincollig Camogie Club). Orla
has been training with this team for a few weeks and played in a Blitz
where she played against Tipperary, Dublin and Limerick.

CORK v's KILKENNY @ 1.30pm
Intermediate Camogie
CORK v's KILKENNY @ 3.15pm
Both Matches are on in Ballincollig GAA Club, so please come and
Support the girls.
There are a limited amount of the Bord Gais Cork Camogie Supporters
Jerseys if you would like to purchase one before the big game at the
weekend.
SPECIAL OFFER PRICE OF JUST €20
Sizes Available Age 5 to 6, Age 7 to 8, 9 to 10.
SIZES ARE LIMITED SO ITS ADVISABLE TO GET DOWN AND GET THE SIZE YOU
NEED BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD OUT.
AVAIILABLE IN PAIRC UI RINN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.30 AM TO 4.30PM
TELEPHONE 021-4291604

U11

U 11's have their first Muskerry Blitz this Saturday in Ballincollig.
Clubs taking part are Ballinora, Blarney, Ballincollig, Aghabullogue,
Eire Og, Inniscarra, Grenagh and Rockban.
We are meeting 11.30am and first match will be at 12.00pm.
We played Carrigaline in a League match during the week, so only have
2 matches to play in August to qualify for the Final's in September.
There is no training for U11 this Sunday.

U12

With Holidays here, we are very short on players this week, so we have
had to pull out of 2 matches as we cannot field a team – We have 4
matches left to play – 2 in July & 2 in August – These matches have to
be played to get us into the Final's in September.
The U12's will train with the U13's

U13

We have played 4 matches Cloughduv, Ballinora, Inniscarra and Rockban,
which leaves us to play Blarney, Eire Og, Grenagh and Aghabullogue in
September.. For the last number of years we have made it to the 'A'
Final of this League, and this year we will be aiming to make the 'A'
Final again, and winning same. We will continue to train throughout
the summer, so if you are around, please make the effort to attend
training.
Enjoy the Summer Holidays and remember to take your hurley on holidays
with you to keep practicing !!

Under 16

Training is continuing as normal and all girls should make every
effort to attend as we will be stepping it up a gear with League
Quarter Finals and Championship around the corner.
Congratulations to both Ciara O'Callaghan and Lauren Cooper on making
the Cork Under 15 Development Squad 2012. Congratulations and well
done to both girls.

MINOR

Ballincollig were host to the inaugural Minor Super Summer 7's
Tournament on Saturday July 7th.
The weather was the kindest it has been for a number of weeks and the
sun shone on our day of camogie.
There were four teams Ballincollig, Milford, Eire Og and Cloughduv.
Our panel available on the day were Sinead O Sullivan; Jess Hennigan,
Aisling Hennigan, Chloe Hennigan, Leanne Doyle, Lauren Cooper, Kate
Green, Julia Dineen, Sarah McAvoy, Shannen O Brien, Rachel
Nevin............... Club captain Laura Barry was there to support the
girls but unable to play due to injury..
The matches kicked off at 12 noon and our first match was against
Milford, this was a tough battle and the 8 minute half's went very
quickly, changes were made quickly and all girls got match time on the
pitch....... Aisling Hen who is our goalie got time outfield and
Leanne stepped in between the posts......
All girls gave a great account of themselves and moved around the
pitch to all the positions, backs became forwards who became
midfielders who then were forwards so it was an excellent outing for
all the girls.
We then pitted ourselves against the eventual winners Eire Og - again
a very tough encounter but all girls worked hard and despite the
immense heat we had some outstanding performances.....
Our final outing was against Cloughduv - again a very tight affair but
all girls were working hard and again we moved players around to the
different positions to take advantage of the games to see the
potential and adaptability of the girls......... all girls got game
time. It is was overall a good outing and the players. mentors and
supporters got to see some lovely camogie and also the SUN!!!!!!!!!!
After the hard days work of playing camogie we retired to the Club
where the parents of the Minors excelled, we had a fantastic spread of
food for our own girls and also for our visitors.... Eire Og,
Cloughduv and ourselves enjoyed the refreshments and our two referees
on the day Ger Sheehan and Ger Moran.... the food was fantastic and
Norma's cakes with our 'green & white' colours were definitely the
'icing on the cake'.... A huge thanks to the parents for the fab food
and a special thanks to Norma, Kitty, Breda, Claire & Ann who worked
so hard in the kitchen with the preparations and the tidy up after.
Training will be on Sundays at present and will be reviewed when
Senior Championship is played on Sunday 22nd July.

JUNIOR

We are now in championship training and working hard on preparations
for our first match against Ballygarvan on Sunday 29th July.
We hope to have played a challenge match by the weekend again in preparation.
Continued training is important for all players - so keep up the good work.
The Juniors were delighted to support their selector, Linda Dorgan,
and watch her score in the recent match against Offaly in Pairc Ui
Chaoimh and also to see Leah Weste making her championship debut at
the same match. Well done on their great win.
TRAINING:
WEDNESDAY - 7 - 8.15PM
FRIDAY 7PM - 8.15PM
SUNDAY 9AM TO 10.15PM
MINORS 10.15AM - 11.15AM

Senior

All roads lead to Cashel on Sunday morning at 11am to play Moneygall
in the Munster League Final. Best wishes to the girls in this match
which is ideal preparation for the championship on 22nd. We also had a
solid win in the Cork League last Monday night v Valley Rovers which
keeps us in a good position to progress.

Monday, 9 July 2012

JUNIOR B

We finished our Munster Summer League with a match against Youghal on
Wednesday 27th June on Pitch 1 - it was a dreadful night weather wise
to play and after a very quite and indifferent first half the team
took off... we went in at the half 3 goals 1 point down - and Youghal
were good for their lead...... but
a different attitude and a good team talk and we took off in the
second half - the rain was torrential but the camogie played was very
good despite the wet conditions............. in this half we scored 5
gls & 1 point and still got beaten by the one score; so pride was
restored and fair play to all involved.
We had available nearly the full panel available, however, we still
have a few recovering from off and on injuries and some heading off on
their holidays so the panel as a whole work hard at training as each
player never knows what position they may have to play in.
Aisling in goal, could do very little about the scores against her and
worked hard over the hours with her long puc outs taking pressure
off.... our defence had a torrid time in the first half but did very
well in the second half, Louise, Rachel, Laura Barry (who had to
retire with an injury), Jenny Cotter, Laura Driscoll, Fiona O Brien,
Lisa O Callaghan (back from hols); the midfield changed a bit over the
night but all there worked very hard - Jenny Ryle and Claire Ryan
(injured in 2nd half), subs Aisling Walsh and Catriona Ni Chathasaigh
In the forward line, Orlaith J led the charge from centre forward and
was ably assisted by Chloe Hennigan, Mia Cronin, Laura Barrett, AOife
O Neill, Emma Donovan, Subs Kate O Dwyer, Mairead O Dywer & Catriona
Ni Chathasaigh,
We got some quality scores on the night and finished the evening with
some well earned sandwiches and tea in the club bar, so thanks to
Richie and Staff for accommodating us and to our 'guardian angel' for
the lovely chocolate cake.....
The match was refereed by Colette O Mahony who did a very good job
despite the awful weather and underfoot conditions ....

This year we played better and tougher matches over the league and we
are delighted with the preparations for championship.

We wish Ciara Riordan and Mia Cronin the very best of luck as they are
now on the Senior Panel.....

A speedy recovery to Aoife, Jenny, Laura - championship is getting closer.

MINOR

Ballincollig are hosting the Cork B Grade Minor 7-a-side Tournament on
Saturday, the start time is 12 noon... we would love your support and
its sure to be a great day four teams involved are ballincollig ,
Cloughduv, Eire Og and Milford the best of luck to all.....

TRAINING;
JUNIOR - WEDNESDAY 7 - 8.15pm; FRIDAY 7 - 8.15PM AND SUNDAY 9AM
MINOR - at present Sunday 10.15am to 11.15am - this could be changed
but all players/parents will be notified by tx message.


ANY QUERIES; contact 0872846310

Senior

We have had 2 really good wins in the past 2 weeks. Firstly in the
Munster League semi final we had our best team performance of the year
to record a win over Silvermines. We face Moneygall in the final and
this promises to be a very well contested game as we previously drew
in the 1st round match. The Munster Final (yes we are in a Munster
Final) hasn't yet been fixed. Then last Sunday we recorded a good win
over Barryroe in the Cork Summer League. We are due to play Valley
Rovers this Monday at 7.30 in the next game. C'mon girls, keep up the
super effort that has been evident over the past month and we will be
ready for a tremendous game in the championship which is only just
around the corner.


On Saturday next July 7th the Cork Senior Camogie team play Offaly in
Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 5pm as a double header with the Cork v Offaly
hurling game.
Having lost out last weekend to Wexford the team need SUPPORT in this
game and the following weeekend when they play Kilkenny in Cork
GET BEHIND OUR CORK CAMOGIE GIRLS AS THEY BID FOR AN ALL IRELAND TITLE.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

U9's travel to Valley Rovers.

Last Saturday our U9;'s travelled out to Brinny to play Valley Rovers
on what was a dark day but thankfully the rain held off and the large
support as well as the players stayed dry. In what was a very tough
game these girls played their hearts out with some outstanding
performances all over the pitch. Grace Cooke stopped nearly every shot
fired in on her while she played in goal. In defence Aoife, Abbey and
Miriam tackled like demons with Miriam clearing balls nearly the
length of the pitch a number of times. Siobhain McAvoy despite getting
a bang on the foot played on in midfield, while Orlaith and Lauren
marshalled the area very well throughout the game. Alanah our newest
addition played like a girl who had been involved in camogie all her
life. Up front Erika, Frances and Molly combined coming very close to
scoring on a number of occasions. All the girls were truly worn out
the end of the day after the big effort put in by everyone. Well done
to all the girls that took part. Remember training continues on
Sundays at 12.15.

U12

Our under 12's played away to Cloughduv last week. This was a tough
match but we won 3-3 to 1-1 in the end. Well done to the girls - The
U12's will train with Philip & Aoife going forward as they are part of
the U13 panel who played Ballinora last week and won well, and we are
due to meet inniscarra this weekend.
Next U12 match is next week against Aghabullogue.

U11

We had a very poor turnout at training last Sunday. On the books we
have 23 players, but only 12 were at training last week. If girls do
not start coming to training, we will have to pull a team from the U11
competition.
Our next match is away to St. Finbarr's on Saturday 12.00pm.. We will
meet at the Barr's 11.30am sharp.

Under 16

All back training now that the exams are over ,we have to two very
important league games to prepare for so it's vital that everyone
makes an effort and comes to training, we are playing st Catherine's
Monday the 25 of June away and carrigaline at home on the 29 of June
both games start at 7 o clock.

Senior

We played Douglas in the Munster League on Wednesday and came out
deserving 1 point winners on an 8 point to 7 scoreline. This was a
very competitive game and the determination that the girls showed in
the last 10 minutes was very satisfying to see. Well done to all but a
particular mention has to go to Ciara and Jess (the experienced
newcomers) and also to Mia who once again played really well when
introduced for the second half. It was also fantastic to see Eimer
back playing outfield after a long lay off with injury. We received a
walk-over in the final game so we are now delighted to be into the
semi final. We don't know who will be our opposition but hopefully we
can now go all the way to the final. We also are due to play in the
Cork summer league which will commence in the next week or two with a
game at home to Barryroe. Keep up the good work girls, only a month to
go to D Day in the championship.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Under 11 & Under 12

We have had a busy few weeks with the start of our Go Games Leagues –
Our U11's have played against Carrigaline and Sars. We played
Carrigaline at home 2 weeks ago and were missing quite a few players.
Our girls started off well but Carrigaline came back to draw 1-3 to
2-0. Last Saturday we played Sars away, again we were missing a few
players but were strong throughout and won well in the end – 5-2 to no
score.
Well done girls – Attendance at training will have to improve – we
have a panel of 23, but only 14 are turning up for training each week
– Training is a very important part of playing Camogie and we have to
encourage all girls to be there every Sunday.
We have entered 2 teams of 11 a side into the U11 competition, but for
the last two matches have only been able to play 1 match as we have
been unable to field the 2 teams – this is why we have 3/ 4 subs on
the line with 1 match of 11 a side. We
encourage all parents to try and make the matches as a lot of effort
is being made by the Trainers/ Club to fix the matches.
Our U12's have played 2 matches also – we lost 6-2 to 2-1 against
Carrigaline and won well 7-2 to no score against Douglas last week.
There was a fierce difference in the girls between the 2 matches, and
they played their hearts out against Douglas as seen by the score –
Girls, this is the standard you are, and should play like this every
match as you are well able. Well done to all the Girls.
Our U12 is a small panel, but they are a strong team and should do
very well in the competition.
The Under 12's have also moved up to train and play with the U13's – I
think they got a bit of a shock at the first training session with
Philip & Laura – obviously Linda, Frank, Ian and Stephen are way to
nice – Little did the girls know that worse was to come when Linda &
Philip organised Kieran to train them last Sunday – Kieran gave an
excellent session and when I asked one of the girls after did they
listen to everything he was saying? She replied "All I could hear -
was my heart pounding for the hour.."
I think we'll have to get Kieran back again! Thank you Kieran – you
did a great job with them, we really appreciate it and the girls
really enjoyed it (They admitted it afterwards).

TRAINING continues every Sunday 12.15pm – 1.15pm.

Senior

Training is going well at the moment but we need constant improvement
if we are to do well in the championship which is only five weeks
away. By time you read this, we will have played Douglas in the
Munster League on Wedneday last and we complete the Group stage with a
game away to Moykarkey Borris on Saturday 16th. We all bid a sad
'Farewell' to Maria O'Donoghue who is taking time out to see what the
camogie is like in Austraila. Maria has been a stalwart of the club
over the last 10 years and has played a significant part in most of
our successes in that period, scoring many important goals along the
way. Her influence on and off the pitch will be a great loss. All the
best Maria and hope to see back wearing the Green of Ballincollig very
soon

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

U10&U9

U10's were very busy this week with our new league, we played
Inniscarra on Monday night at home and we played away to Eire Og on
Thursday. 24girls in total played and all showed great skill and
determination throughout these matches.
U9 played also on Thursday against Eire Og 13 girls in total played
and they too showed great enthusiasm throughout the game. Well done
girls.

On a personal note, I did the Marathon on Monday 4th June and there
are a lot of people I would like to thank. But first the race. I did
the first half of Marathon in 1hour 56mins and was feeling so so not
under pressure but feeling the pinch of the half way line, struggled
on got to 16 miles was still feeling ok, this is when things got hard
the 18mile and on I started slowing down. Picked up again at 21, but
at 24 had a fall, and only for St John's ambulance I probably would
not have finished. My time was 4.49.29 not bad for my first attempt. I
would like to thank the 1,500 people you who kindly sponsored this
event. Also a big thank you to the mentors, selectors and players for
selling the lines.
To Brendan, Noreen, Eileen & Mary who kindly gave up so much time
helping to organise this event, and last but not least I would like to
thank all the people who send me best wishes and all the people who
turned up and cheered me on along the way.

Senior

We began the Munster league with an excellent draw against Moneygall
last Monday on a 2-9 to 1-12 scoreline. This was a very encouraging
start to this competition as we also gear up towards championship.
Team; Eimear O'Sullivan, Adele Kiely, Brea O'Callaghan, Ciara
O'Riordan, Leah Weste, Aoife Cotter, Samantha Coomey, Ashley Lovett,
Cliona Irish, Denise Cronin, Rebecca O'Callaghan, Linda Dorgan, Sinead
O'Sullivan. We are next to play Douglas on 13th and will finish off
away to Moykarkey Borrris (Littleton) probably Saturday 16th. Best
wishes to Kate and Sarah who headed away for the summer during the
week.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

U7

Our paparazzi man was out again this week taking more pictures of some
of our future stars. As next weekend is a bank holiday weekend there
will be no training for these hard working girls on Sunday June 3rd.
Of course we will be back in full swing the Sunday after on June the
10th. Enjoy your break girls you deserve you were all brilliant in
training and the thrilling match at the end showed us all how much you
have come in you camogie skills well done to you all.

MINOR

This is now a very small squad and we have reverted to one training
session on the Sunday
morning 10am - 11am.
Again best of luck to the above girls and also to our under 16 players
who join the minors for
the Sunday morning sessions and our matches throughout the year.
To Alex, Leanne, Fiona, Kate, Lauren, Julia we hope all goes well and
see you after the

exams..... and if you want to let off some steam then join us on the
Sunday morning......
The minor championship has not yet been drawn but we shall keep you
all up to date.

JUNIOR

We had our last outing in the 2012 league on Friday night at home
against Castlemagner,
sadly it was not our best performance and overall the better team on
the night won...... it was
a low scoring game with both teams having to work hard to get scores.
Despite trying our hardest over the hour many of the the plans made at
training just didn't
work out on the night. Aisling in goal gave her usual strong
performance and could not be
blamed for the goal. our full back line of Shannen, captain Louise and
the inform Nicola
worked tirelessly and put their bodies on the line. In the half back
line Adele, Ciara and Emer
again did their best to stop the continuous attack and worked
tirelessly. In midfield we found
it hard to get a grip despite excellent efforts of Mia and Sinead.....
we moved things around
but again the Castlemagner duo just had a little bit more than us on
the night... the half
forwards of Chloe, Edel and Claire found this line difficult to break
down and their centre
back was on form on the night setting up play... our full forward line
didn't get a huge amount
of ball but Orlaith, Laura B and Aoife did their best.
We thought we might be down players on the night as we had many girls
coming back for
their college exams and also a number of the leaving cert students
were unavailable on the
night... but we had 25 players to chose from which is a credit to any
team and in particular a
team who have a senior team.
We introduced Laura O Donoghue who is coming back to form and was a
key player in 2011
and we are looking for her to reach those levels again this year, new
'girl' Kate Dwyer came
on the forward line, Laura Driscoll was introduced into the midfield
area, Lisa O Callaghan
came in at corner back and and Fiona O Brien came into the half forward line....
We have left the league behind us and we have a lot of work ahead but
we shall enjoy playing
the Munster Summer League and try out new things and enjoy playing
different teams. Our
first match is Monday 28th May in Brian Dillons (Dillons are a Junior
A team) but shall give
it our best shot......
Best of luck and we hope all goes well to our Leaving Cert ladies
doing their exams: Aisling
& Chloe Hennigan, Sarah McCoy, Catriona Ni Chathasaigh, Meabh McManaman, Orlaith
Jennings & Aisling Walsh.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

U7 Training gaining momentum

These girls have shown great determination lately in trying to master
the basic skills of the game. You can see that there are a number of
future stars in the making in this talented bunch of girls. The girls
have been put through their paces by Michael, Bairbre and Brendan and
there enthusiasm for Camogie and fun is never ending. The girls have
been learning how to strike and block the sliothar. They have also
been learning the skills of dribbling the ball. All this done with a
smile by girls and trainers together. Here's a picture of some of our
future stars striking a pose for our club paparazzi man, who has to
remain nameless so he can get more pictures that I am sure will appear
in the newsletter in the next couple of weeks.

If you would like your girls to have fun, make new friends while
learning the skills of Camogie on a Sunday morning bring them down to
the GAA grounds at 12.15 on a Sunday morning or contact Brendan Butler
on 0876145532

The summer is eventually starting

We aren't talking about the weather either. Mind you things are going
to get hot on the camogie field pretty soon. We have nearly 100 girls
playing camogie at U8, U9, U10, U11 and U12 grades. All these girls
diligently turn up for training every Sunday. practice their skills,
take part in various blitzes and now have their chance to take part in
the County Board Summer leagues. Between now and August the county
board will run about 1200 go games and these brilliant Ballincollig
girls are ready to get stuck in to complete their fixtures so they can
take part in the big blitzes at the County Boards HQ in Castle Road in
August. We wish all these girls well in their respective games. Spare
a thought for the trainers who have to organise all the matches and
make sure the girls are in tip top shape for the summer. If any
parents feel like getting involved to help don't be backwards in
coming forwards. It would be great to get more people involved in
organising these games for these wonderful girls of Ballincollig

Under 16

Are training every Friday evening and are awaiting last few league
fixture which will be played after the exams, good luck to all

JUNIOR

With exam time for the College Students and the leaving cert around
the corner training numbers have been reduced, however, those
attending are getting the benefit of excellent training sessions.
On Sunday we had mini matches and this livened up the training
sessions, it was an excellent outing and as we await news of the
League match regarding Castlemagner we keep our heads down working on
our camogie.
The Junior B Championship draw was made as follows:
GROUP A - BALLINCOLLIG, BALLYGARVAN & ST CATHERINES
GROUP B - Castlemagner, Cloyn, St Finbarrs
GROUP C - Courcey Rovers, Youghal, Glen Rovers
GROUP D - Ballinascarthy, Sliabh Rua, St Vincents
only first placed team goes through to semi finals.
A V D
B V C
There are no dates yet but we should know in the shortly approximate time.
Training continues on WEDNESDAY / FRIDAY & SUNDAY nearly on PITCH 5 -
so come a bit earlier as there is a little walk to warm up.

MINOR

Unfortunately for training in this group we have 9 girls doing leaving
certificates and we are only seeing a few of those at training during
the week or on Sundays which I suppose is disappointing, however, we
understand the importance of studying for the exams but do feel 1 hour
per week is not a huge amount of time to request. The Under 16's who
join us are also doing junior cert so it's a very studious group we
have and those who chose to attend are availing of the excellent small
sessions which we hope will benefit us for Championship.
The dedicated hour for all minors is SUNDAY AT 11AM on pitch 5 and we
hope to see a few more faces at this session.
We welcome back Mairead O Dwyer who has been plagued with injuries
this year and she did a great session on Friday last. Also we are
hoping for good news on Laura Barry and hope to see her back training
soon.
MUNSTER SUMMER LEAGUE coming up in June - this will be a mix of our
Juniors and non-exam Minors to make up a team to participate and we
are also heading to the Kingdom mid June for a one day blitz, so we
have plenty to train for.
Make that extra push to attend training.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Under 12

For girls of all ages from 12 down to our tiny tots it's back to some
serious training as we prepaid for our busy summer league schedule
which will start towards the end of May.
Our under 11/12 league fixtures should be out this week also so busy
months ahead for all.

If you would like to learn about the game of camogie in a friendly and
safe environment feel free to join our club Training for all age
groups is on every Sunday morning from 12.15 -13.15 in the GAA
grounds.
Please contact Brendan Butler (Under age development officer) on
0876145532 for more information

U16

This group of girls have got off to a flying start in their league
campaign, recording a comprehensive victory against Carrigtwohill and
a hard fought but well deserved win against neighbours Ballinora.
We still have St.Catherines and Carrigaline to play, we are hoping to
ha have these fixtures scheduled before we break to allow the girls
prepare for their exams.
Well done to Judy Murphy and the Cork U16B panel who recorded a 2
point win against Waterford in the Munster Final on Sunday last.

MINOR

the bulk of this panel are studying hard for the Leaving or Junior
Cert. Despite this a hardy group of girls were put through their paces
on Sunday morning and were in top form and worked tirelessly over the
hour.
Our new training home appears to be Pitch 5 and we are delighted to
have the facility.... the little country walk wakes us up and then
cools us down on the way to and back from there.
Huge thanks to the men of the club who have worked tirelessly to
ensure another excellent training facility.
With exams this group are on hold for matches as we are aware of how
important the exams are to each and every player.
Congrats to Sarah Mc Coy and Sinead O Sullivan who celebrated their
18th Birthdays last week......?

JUNIOR

We have a number of girls doing their College Exams at this time of
the year and we wish them all the bery best of luck.....
Lisa, Laura B, Jenny, Emer, Nicola, Fiona, Laura D, Orla,
We are continuing to train on Wednesday / Friday & Sunday, and even
though the exams are taking priority for a number our girls it is
great to see them at training....
We have entered the Junior Munster Summer League again this year and
despite have quite a number of Leaving & Junior Cert players we are
going to use the league for good challenge opposition and travelling
to meet new Clubs we have a quality side and it will give playing time
to a lot of girls.....
We have also entered a one day tournament in Tralee and we will be
heading off there on SUNDAY 17 JUNE - new venture for us all.
PLEASE ATTEND AS MANY TRAINING SESSIONS AS STUDY AND WORK ALLOWS AND
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A GOOD CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Annual Blitzes come to an end

We finished off our under age annual blitzes in style last weekend.
This week it was the turn of the U10's (all 24 of them). Again there
was tremendous entertainment and no shortage of camogie skills and
determination for the large crown in attendance to witness.
Ballincollig had two teams taking part along with teams from Eire Og,
Douglas, Inniscarra, St Fanahans, Ballinhassig and St Finbarrs. All
games were competitive and exciting with the crowd, mentors and
players all enjoying a great day.
Of course these blitzes can't happen without the hard work of a huge
team of people both on, around and off the pitch So here goes. Thanks
to our refs Fiona, Jess, Ciara, Mairead, Leanne, Johnny and Frank.
Thanks to the kitchen crew who constantly turn up with a wilingness to
help and serve the masses with a smile, the people involved are
Eileen, Breda, Liam Noreen, Conor, Mairead, Maria, Linda, Kathy, Mary,
Bridie May, Orla. Thanks to the bar staff in the GAA Club especially
Claire and Leah for all the help each Saturday we invaded the place.
Thanks to the mentors for coming down early to prepare pitches and to
tidy up everything after each Blitz. A special thanks has to go the
mentors and co ordinators for having the girls well trained in their
Camogie skills, for getting them to a level where they play the game
with skill, determination, and true sportsmanship.
Thanks to the parents for supplying us with loads of sambos, home made
cakes (especially Tracy's chocolate biscuit cake), and biccies. Thanks
for supporting your girls and their team mates. Finally a huge thanks
to all the girls that took part in the blitzes. You are a credit to
yourselves, your families, and the club. By my count that's about 90
people in all who make these wonderful days happens. Well done to you
all.

Check out the photo section on our website www.ballincolligcamogie.com
to get a flavour of the action on these great days. The smiles on the
girls faces tells the whole story.

For girls of all ages it's back to honing their skills for our busy
summer league schedule which will start towards the end of May.

If you would like to partake in wonderful days like these, learn about
the game of camogie in a friendly and safe environment feel free to
join our club Training for all age groups is on every Sunday morning
from 12.15 -13.15 in the GAA grounds.
Please contact Brendan Butler (Under age development officer) on
0876145532 for more information


Also we cant forget ;;
These lovely ladies are making their first communion this sat hope ye
all have a lovely day Niamh o Riordan, Clodagh o Sullivan, Erica o
leary, nichola batt, Lauren Buckley, Sarah o Connell.

U16

This group of girls have got off to a flying start in their league
campaign, recording a comprehensive victory against Carrigtwohill and
a hard fought but well deserved win against neighbours Ballinora.
We still have St.Catherines and Carrigaline to play, we are hoping to
ha have these fixtures scheduled before we break to allow the girls
prepare for their exams.
Well done to Judy Murphy and the Cork U16B panel who recorded a 2
point win against Waterford in the Munster Final on Sunday last.

JUNIOR B

The girls played on bank holiday Monday in Ballinascarthy - this match
had been cancelled but we rallied the girls and got a good response to
travel for match start at 4.45pm.
Ballinascarthy had only 14 players available, we had a number of
injuries and players unavailable due to the leaving certificate, and
the match was nearly 45 minutes last starting as referee was delayed
in traffic but despite all of these we recorded our 3rd win in the
League. With only match to play against Castlemagner it will possibly
be the decider. However, as the match was cancelled by Castlemager
just the evening before it was to start the mentors have taken the
important decision to defer all county board fixtures till after the
exams.
The team lined out with Aisling Hen in goal and though not very busy
she kept alert to the every present threat of Ballinascarthy. Full
back Louise had a difficult job at full back, as she was our extra
player, and held the line strong, corner backs Lisa and Sinead both
performed well and when Shannen was introduced she also stuck to the
task of tight marking. Half back line of Nicola, Ciara and Rachel
Nevin were very strong and held the line and gave away only limited
ball to the attacking forwards. At midfield Edel and Mia both worked
tirelessly and set up many of our scoring opportunities.... half
forwards Laura O D (great to see back in action), Chloe Hen - who gave
her best league performance to date, and Claire Ryan all did very
well, our new look full forward line of Laura Barrett, Emma and
Orlaith all were excellent and all got on the score sheet. We
introduced the young Fiona O Brien into the half forward line and she
did very well in her first Junior league match, we also introduced new
comer from 'Cashel' Kate and she did very well setting a marker with
an excellently taken point.
Our scores came from: Laura Barrett, Emma Donovan, Claire Ryan,
Orlaith Jennings, Fiona O Brien, Chloe Hennigan and Kate O Dwyer.
A huge thank you to those who travelled on the day, we are glad it was
a worth while journey and we came away with the win... also thanks to
our injured players who travelled Aoife O Neill, Laura Barry, Jenny
Ryle and Mairead O Dwyer - all are great panel members...

MINORS

Our last match was played in Cloughduv in very wet and windy
conditions, we were out of contention in this competition but we had
our pride to play for.... the girls gave a hugely committed
performance, again due to numerous injuries we had to move players
around and all girls worked and put in a huge effort... Cloughduv got
the win on the night but we were happy with the overall attitude and
commitment of the players. Laura Barry had to retire due to a leg
injury and we hope to see her back soon, We also wish a speedy
recovery to Jess Hennigan (Who missed the Minor Munster Final) Kate
Green and Mairead O Dwyer all having injuries. Well done girls... we
now have championship to train for so keep up the good work.
TRAINING:
WEDNESDAY 7 - 8PM
FRIDAY 7 - 8PM
SUNDAY - 9AM - 10 AM - JUNIORS
10AM - 11AM - MINORS
Please attend as many of the above sessions as you can.
We have entered the Munster Junior Summer League and also a one day
Tournament in Kerry so we have plenty to keep us busy and out of
trouble......
Best of luck to all our girls taking College and Second Level Exams.
Claire Ryan, Lisa O Callaghan, Orla Ni Chathasaigh, Emer Nolan, Fiona
Ryan, Laura Barrett, Jenny Cotter, Nicola Young, Laura O Leary, Laura
Driscoll
Aisling & CHloe Hennigan, Aisling Walsh, Catriona Ni Chathasaigh,
Sarah McCoy, Meabh McManaman, Orlaith Jennings
Fiona O Brien, Leanne Doyle, Kate Green, Lauren Cooper, Alex Lynch, &
Julia Dineen.

It's not all about Camogie you know

Our Hardy U10's got a day off training a couple of Sunday's ago. Mind
you they were after playing with great skill and tram work the day
before at a blitz in Ballygiblin, Mitchelstown. It wasn't all rest
though. These girls decided it was time to do something for the
community and so they joined forces with those hard working people in
the Ballincollig Tidy Towns group to help clean up the main street and
surrounding areas between Quish's Super Valu and the Topaz garage at
the East Gate. This was organised as part of part of National Spring
Clean 2012. About 20 girls and some of their parents turned up on the
morning to help tidy the town. Each girl got their own picker and
rubbish bag and proceeded to fill them as quickly as possible.
Everyone enjoyed the hour, though it flew and all involved were well
pleased with their mornings work. Tom Butler for the Tidy Towns was
delighted to see such a pleasant bunch of girls helping out and
rewarded them all with a few goodies at the end of the morning.

Mossie’s Marathon

Our under 10 trainer Mossie O'Sullivan has bravely (or stupidly)
volunteered to run the Cork City Marathon to raise funds for
Ballincollig Camogie Club. For all parents and friends of the club,
please make sure to support Mossie and the club by buying lines from
our Camogie girls. The money is needed by the club to provide the
fantastic facilities that the girls use, so all donations are needed
to make sure the club can continue to provide the best for the girls.
Everyone buying a line can enter their guess for how long it takes
Mossie to complete the Marathon, and the nearest guess to his actual
time wins €200. This is Mossie's first marathon and he "claims" to
have run a 10km race in 50 minutes and 27 seconds. Remember when
guessing his time that the marathon isjust over40km (and his 10km time
is not confirmed by the Olympic Council of Ireland and is based on his
faulty stopwatch). You can see a picture of Mossie here running past
our club's sponsor Down's Supervalu. This is Mossie after about 10
seconds of running so don't based your estimate on how fit and
energetic he looks in the photo – he will look a lot different after
40km.
Please give generously, and the club members would like to thank
Mossie for the great effort he is making on all our behalf.
Under 14
Training went well on Sunday morning, a total of 15 players worked
hard. We worked on target practice and challenges. Our four usual
defenders were put to the test with each of the players taking tackles
against them. We were very impressed with everyone's work.
We have a league match against Killeagh and a full report will follow
next week. This will prove to be a tough match, as Killeagh always put
up a great game.
Girls, please try your best to fill your sponsor card, 'Mossy's
Marathon'. And bring it back as soon as you can. Make sure you get
people to guess the time Mossy will complete the marathon in, and they
might be lucky enough to win €200 for guessing the right time!!!

JUNIOR B

This group of girls have now played 2 of their 5 league matches.
First match was at home to Ballygarvan and the girls got off to a
strong start. Both clubs have Senior Teams so were fielding second
teams in the Junior Grade. It was a strong performance and
Ballincollig led for the match.
We had some excellent scores from Orlaith J, Aoife O Neill, Claire
Ryan, Edel, Chloe and Emer Nolan... show a new depth in the side for
scoring.... The defence was strong overall but for 10 minutes in the
second half conceded 2-2 but finished very srongly. The hard work in
preparing for the league showed but as always there is room for
improvement in areas of the game so that will be for the training
field.
Team Aisling H, Meabh Mc Manaman, Lourise Weste (Captain), Sinead
Barry, Nicola Young, Laura Driscoll, , Emer Nolan, Mia Cronin, Laura
Barrett, Chloe Hennigan, Edel Murphy, and full forward line of Claire
Ryan, Orlaigh Jennings & AOife O Neill... Subs on the night Catriona
Ni Chathasaigh, Ciara O Riordan and Sarah McCoy..... Also available
for selection were Ciara O Sullivan, Shannen O Brien,Lisa O Callaghan
and Alex Lynch
Our second match was again at home on Friday 13th but thankfully we
had no bad luck on the night - this time we were playing Courcey
Rovers, agian Courceys have a senior team.
This match was played on pitch 1 which was in immaculate condition and
a great match was played.
The line out differed so
Aisling Hen in goal, full back line Meabh, Louise and Sinead B,
Nicola, Laura D and Ciara Riordan, midfield pairing of Mia Cronin &
Sarah McCoy, Half forwards Catriona, Edel and Chloe and full forward
line Claire Ryan, Orlaigh J and Laura Barrett.....
The team started and finished very strongly, their overall play was
improved on the first league match and we proved too strong on the
night for Courceys who had a very young team. Our scores coming from
Claire Ryan, Orlaith Jennings, Edel Murphy... the scores were set up
by excellent forward play from Catriona Chloe and Laura B. We
introduced Emma Donovan, Lisa O Callaghan, Rachel Nevin, Laura O
Donoghue and Jenny Cotter in the second half and again this ensured we
stayed on top in all areas. Our goalie and defence worked hard for the
hour and conceded 6 scores, our midfield ran themselves into the
ground and controlled the area, and our forwards put in massive team
work to secure 16 scores on the board.................
AWAY TO ST FINBARRS ON FRIDAY 20TH
We went to the Bars with two wins behind us but it was not to be our
night.... it was a tired performance in many parts of the pitch and we
were beaten by 5 points. We worked hard but on the night the Bars
seemed to be sharper and used their possession well. We got some great
scores from Aoife, Orlaith. Claire, some excellent midfield work by
Sarah and ferocious defending by captain Louise, corner backs Lisa and
Sinead.... our half backs were under tremendous pressure for the hour
but tried hard to hold the Bars....
HOME TO CASTLEMAGER ON FRIDAY 27TH APRIL time: 7pm sharp -
Castlemagner unable to play.
Final league match AWAY TO BALLINASCARTHY - this match is confirmed
for Friday 4th May - leaving Club at 5.30pm sharp.....
As this is a very tight competition all matches have to be won to
secure a place in the final 2..... and with the increase in numbers
from 8 teams to 13 teams in the competition it is a much stronger and
interesting competition

MINOR

This year the Board have organised a 13-a-side league competition - a
new venture and we are looking forward to the challenge.
The panel is made of 5 girls from the Under 16, and 11/12 girls at
minor level..... as Jess and Sinead train with the Senior Panel and
the Under 16 girls train with their panel it is difficult to get time
together, however, despite this we have worked very hard and the girls
are a great group.
Our first match was against Brian Dillons and despite a great
performance we went down by the narrowest of margins a point and with
the final whistle being blown for full time when we were on the edge
of the square who knows????
The new format meant a fast paced and skilled match was played by both
teams with very little between them...., in the first half we
dominated and should probably have been further ahead but missed frees
and scoring opportunities meant we only led by 1-4 to 1gl.... all the
girls were working hard in all areas of the pitch and the new format
suited some players more than others.............
The second half Brian Dillons dominated and took the lead and despite
our best efforts we fell short, Ciara Riordan who was having her best
game to date but got a nasty hit to the knee and had to retire and
ended up with 5 stitches but no doubt after her little rest she will
be back flying again........ the game was fast and furious and both
teams committed to getting a result.......
Team Aisling Hennigan, Ciara O Riordan, Meabh McManaman, Grace
McDonnell, Laura Barry (Captain), Fiona O Brien, Jess Hennigan and
Mairead O Dwyer, forwards Shannen O Brien, Sarah McCoy, Chloe
Hennigan, Sinead O Sullivan and Mia Cronin...
We introduced Lauren Cooper into the forward line and despite her
young age she did very well and her first touch set up our second
goal..... we also introduced Judy Murphy... We are lucky to have a
substitute goalie at this age in Leanne Doyle and we have new comer
Julia Dineen whom we hope to introduce during the course of the league
as both girls have been working hard at training.
Overall all girls did well and the new fast format suited some players
better than others but we now know what it is all about so we will
work hard again and will keep pushing hard to improve. Well done to
all the girls you did us proud.
Against Milford in Milford on SATURDAY 21ST APRIL @ 6.45PM -
unfortunately we had to travel with a number of key players injured or
unavailable - Jess Hennigan and Ciara Riordan (whom we hope to have
back soon).... however, those on duty did their best to play a
physically bigger and stronger side than ourselves.... Aisling in
goal, despite a knee injury, did very well and work hard, our
defenders had to work very hard as there was constant pressure but led
by Laura B they give it their all. Mairead O Dywer had to retire due
to a broken finger (get well soon) and as we had a limited number of
subs we had to move players out of their normal spots... all girls
gave 100% and despite the defeat we are working towards the new format
championship later in the year.
TRAINING CONTINUES
WEDNESDAY 7PM to 8PM
FRIDAY 7PM - 8PM
SUNDAY - NOTE NEW TIME AND PITCH
ALL JUNIORS TO ATTEND 9AM TO 10AM - NEW PITCH 5
ALL MINORS TO ATTEND 10AM TO 11AM - NEW PITCH 5
WE ALSO HAD A GREAT TRAINING ADVENTURE AT THE GLEN RESOURCE CENTRE ON
SUNDAY 15TH APRIL - WE HAD A FANTASTIC ATTENDANCE OF 27
PLAYERS..................... THE GIRLS HAD A GREAT MORNING. The tests
of strength, courage, stamina, cuteness and character were preformed
with great aplomb and they were a pleasure to be with............... A
quick lunch and some of us returned for the Annual Easter Hunt which
was a fantastic event as always and had some down time
fun.....................

Senior

We finished off the league with a very satisfying win last weekend to
Ballygarvan. Well done to everyone involved in the 2-12 to 2-8 win.
Now the focus turns to championship preparations but first of all, we
wish everyone involved in exams the very best in this stressful time.
Best of luck girls.

Under 8

The U8 girls had their first big day of matches at home this year.
They hosted Douglas, Inniscarra and Eire Og in what turned out to be a
great sporting contest with plenty of excitement to keep the large
number of supporters entertained for nearly 2 hours.
Ballincollig fielded two teams, nicknamed the Ballincollig Butterflies
and the Ballincollig Bunnies, 21 girls in all, scoring too many goals
to mention.
For the Bunnies were Ciara O'B brilliant in goal with a great strike
of the ball outfield, Sorcha pulling hard on the ball left and right,
Kate rock solid pulling on moving balls, Ailbhe fantastic at flicking
the ball into space to create room, Chloe and Ellabeth dribbled
through the opposition at ease, Ciara O'D great in the clash, Sinéad
the powerhouse at midfield full of energy, Méabh clean striker of the
ball with great sense of positioning and Niamh a golden touch around
goal.
For the Butterflies were Aoibhinn with clever puck outs and
intelligent out field play, Abby covering a lot of ground with great
tackling, both Lily May and Lily C.M scoring goals for fun, Aine
outstanding in all positions pulling left and right, Caoimhe dominated
midfield setting up a lot goals and scoring a few as well, Hazel
striking the ball across two zones, Aoife and Jill who weren't going
to be stopped when the goals were in sight, Emma showing us what clash
of the ash means and Threse timing her tackling and strikes on the
ball to perfection.
Special thanks to the girls that refereed the matches, Fiona, Mairead,
Ciara and Jess.
After the matches it was back to the club house where both players and
supporters enjoyed refreshments prepared by a great team of
volunteers. Thanks to all involved!

Under 9/10

Had yet another blitz last Saturday in mitchestown these girls don't
want any rest. In total we had 18 girls show up making up'2 teams ,we
played 3 games in total against Sarsfield, Castlelyons and' St
Flanagan's the weather was perfect for camogie and we were not short
on skill, Caoimhe Creedon scored a fab goal from a free on the half
way line, Amy Murphy and Abbie o Sullivan were in midfield and showed
great skill and team work with some excellent passing, Ellie Ronayne
was great in the backline and showed great determination in keeping
the keeper safe, well done girls the second group also played three
game against the same teams Daniela Quinn was great in defence she
also got the opportunity to played up forward helping Nichola Batt who
scored 2 fab goals Eanna o Connell and Eirka o leary played very good
together in midfield and cover a lot of ground sending plenty of ball
into the forward line, well done girls.
There is no rest for this group or their parents on Sunday the 22 a
day after the blitz bright and early the under 9/10 participated in
the tidy towns clean up in the village 26 girls and 16 parents took
part in this big clean up so well done and a huge thank you to the
parents for having the girls involved,(photos of the morning can be
view on our website or the Ballincollig tidy towns website) we just
might give ye a break this week from matches so ye can have a small
lie in, but don't forget training is Sunday at 12.15 see ye there.

Under 14

The U14 panel played their third league match last Thursday against
Eire Og. It was important that we got a win to stay competitive in our
league campaign. It was important that we got off to a got start as we
knew Eire Og would put up a tough game. This was something that had
let us down in the last two league games. However last week we finally
saw how great this panel truly is. From the throw in everyone gave it
100% and we were first to every ball. We put away some early scores
and came off out at half time well ahead. During the second half Eire
Og came back fighting and managed to bring the score close.
Ballincollig put three more points on the board and finally the final
whistle blew. Keep up the great work girls; we knew ye had that
performance in ye. Final score Ballincollig 5-5 Eire Og 5-2.

Seniors

Our interest in this year's league ended last weekend with a
disappointing loss to St Catherine's. We finish off the league with a
game home to Ballygarvan on Saturday (provisional). Hopefully we can
finish on a positive note which will give us more confidence going
into the championship. We need to use the next couple of months
focussing on getting the basics right and if this happens, we will
have an impact in the championship.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Under8

This week it's the turn of our fantastic U8's to show off their
Camogie skills. Our annual blitz takes place on Saturday 21st in the
GAA grounds and we have invited teams from EireOg, Inniscarra &
Douglas.
We hope to see a big crowd out supporting these great girls. They
really have been training hard with Johnny McCarthy and his crew and
are just itching to get out on the field.
We hope everyone enjoys the day and has loads of FUN!

Under9

Had yet another blitz on Saturday last at home, we invited 6 team's
ballinora.st finbarras, st flannagans, ballinhassig, Douglas and Eire
OG. On what was a lovely morning app 20 players turned up from
Ballincollig so we had two teams of girls all waiting to display their
skills on the pitch. Aoife Daly, Frances Corkery and abbey hanlon were
great in defence making anna cremin-butler our goalkeeper for the day
job a lot easier. Miriam Healy and Lauren Buckley showed great skills
in midfield, both scoring not one but two great goals .Our forward
line was Orlaith Murphy ,Sinead Buttimer they to show great skills
well done girls, second teams goalkeeper for the day was Sophie o
Driscoll and with the help of Niamh o Riordan, Nichola Batt and Kate
Lee stopped plenty of goals from entering our net, Eimer Conway and
Shauna o Flynn were a great team in midfield our forwards were Clodagh
o Sullivan, lily Carey-Murphy and Grace Cooke all scoring great goals,
well done girls it was not only a great day weather wise, it was a
pleasure to see such skill ,determination and team work from this
young group of girls,
Huge thanks to our refs for the day jess Hennigan, Fiona o Brien and
Leanne Doyle.

EASTER HUNT

On Sunday the 15th, Ballincollig Camogie Club hosted an Easter Hunt
for all the players, parents, and friends of the club. The event took
place in the Powder mills/Regional Park and great fun was had by all.
Visitors to the park that day would have seen kids and adults of all
ages walking and running through the forest with maps in hand
searching for little orange and white markers scattered throughout the
park. An even stranger site of three grown adults wearing bunny suits
was met with more than a few strange looks from people out having
their Sunday walk.
The idea behind the event was to have fun and get a bit of exercise,
although there were sightings of a parent or two who thought that
there was a water element to the event as they waded through streams
with trousers rolled up. We don't know if they were serious
competitors or just completely lost but most of us reckon it was the
latter.
Prizes were given out for the best times for the event with random
prizes for those who took part – we're sure the reappearance of Easter
eggs in big hampers in people's houses was met with smiles from the
kids.
There were two courses to be followed (and none of them required a
swim!!) and the winners were
Long course 1st. The Healy Clan 2nd. O'Grady's
Short course 1st. Alan Donovan Joint 2nd. O'Keeffe's and Doherty's
Draw Dwyer/ Lee
All the winners were given an Easter Egg Hamper – Sponsored by Down's
Super Value (A Huge Thank you to Barry & Helen Down who kindly sponsor
this Event each year.)
Prizes were also awarded for our colouring competition with several
kids leaving holding tightly on to their chocolate bunnies.
Bouncy castles and games followed the Easter hunt, so for those who
missed it this year, make a date in your diary for next year

Thank you to all who helped out on the day and a special thank you to
Liam Barry who gets involved in this event with us every year!

U11/ U12

Training continues every Sunday morning12.15pm – 1.15pm.
League Schedule will be available in the next few weeks for both U11
and U12, so all players will be notified of same.
All players need a Skort for playing League matches (camogie rules) –
please see John McAvoy before training on Sunday's to purchase one of
these.

Under 14

Ballincollig vs. Douglas
We played Douglas last Thursday in their community pitch. 16 girls
travelled to the game. This was a game of two very different halves.
The final score saw Douglas victorious, but we did hold them scoreless
in the second half.
Sarah took up position in goal for the day, doing her team a huge
favour, as we were short numbers. Sarah used the wings for her puck
outs and picked out free players in her passes. After a great save in
the second half, we might see her in goal again.
In the full back line: Katie marked tight. At one stage Katie carried
the ball from the goal mouth well in to mid field, to make she her
team was out of danger. Rachel found herself in full back, this was a
new position for Rachel but she proved herself as a strong player,
blocking down any high ball and clearing well. Sophie played in corner
back and marked well. Sophie showed some great skill in picking and
clearing the ball.
In the half backline: Kerry was running for the whole match. Kerry is
a very reliable player, few balls got passed her on the day and
anything that did pass she chased and made sure to get it back again.
Marley showed her strength as a reliable half back. Marley played in
this position last year and plays as a confident sweeper, gathering
the ball and hitting off her left and right side. Marley showed skill
in her free taking on the day. Aoife had a busy day on the pitch,
blocking everything that came her way. Aoife showed some impressive
ground hurling sending the ball flying up the pitch. This is something
we have been trying to get all the girls to do. Well done Aoife!!
Clodagh and Oliva both worked hard in midfield. Both girls helped in
the back line when they were needed and set some great passes into the
forward line. Clodagh scored a great goal in the second half. Well
done girls, keep it up.
Half forward line: Emma worked hard in centre forward and showed us
her skill in free taking, sending 5 beauties over the bar. Emma also
proved her skill hooking and blocking. Kailyn showed off her first
touch, something we have been practicing at training. Megan found
herself in the forward line, far from her usual spot in goal. Meg gave
100% and showed us a nifty side line cut, striking in the air and on
the ground.
Full forward line: Amy battled hard and won possession f the ball,
crossing it in towards the goal and showed some great first touch.
Eimear worked hard in corner forward and crosses the ball with power
towards the goal. Fiona played in the half and full forward line,
working tirelessly to keep the ball in our forward line. Fiona did
some great chasing. Both Fiona and Eimear made two great block downs.
This is another skill we are practicing at training and both girls
showed us how to do it perfectly. Huge thanks to Danielle O'Sullivan
who came up from the Under 12 to give us a hand at short notice.
Training: We had ten girls at training last Sunday; we headed to the
ball alley for the core of our training and to the pitch to finish up.
Well done to all the girls who attended. Sorry about the mix up of
times, training will continue next Sunday at 12.15pm to 1.30pm.
Well done to Marley, Clodagh, Sarah and Emma who played with Cork
Colleges last weekend. These girls are a credit to our club and also
put in 100%. Keep it up girls.
Notice to Mentors: Please give mentors adequate time of notice if your
daughter will not be available for matches. We had the bare minimum
when we travelled to Douglas and were lucky that the match could go
ahead. We are aware that players have other commitments or things pop
up but please give mentors enough time if something does come up.
Thank you.

Senior

Unfortunately we were well beaten by neighbours Inniscarra in the
league last Sunday night on a 2-11 to 0-03 scoreline. We have the
opportunity to put this result behind us this weekend away to St
Catherine's at 11.30 on Sunday morning.

JUNIOR B

This group of girls have now played 2 of their 5 league matches.
First match was at home to Ballygarvan and the girls got off to a
strong start. Both clubs have Senior Teams so were fielding second
teams in the Junior Grade. It was a strong performance and
Ballincollig led for the match.
We had some excellent scores from Orlaith J, Aoife O Neill, Claire
Ryan, Edel, Chloe and Emer Nolan... show a new depth in the side for
scoring.... The defence was strong overall but for 10 minutes in the
second half conceded 2-2 but finished very srongly. The hard work in
preparing for the league showed but as always there is room for
improvement in areas of the game so that will be for the training
field.
Team Aisling H, Meabh Mc Manaman, Lourise Weste (Captain), Sinead
Barry, Nicola Young, Laura Driscoll, , Emer Nolan, Mia Cronin, Laura
Barrett, Chloe Hennigan, Edel Murphy, and full forward line of Claire
Ryan, Orlaigh Jennings & AOife O Neill... Subs on the night Catriona
Ni Chathasaigh, Ciara O Riordan and Sarah McCoy..... Also available
for selection were Ciara O Sullivan, Shannen O Brien,Lisa O Callaghan
and Alex Lynch
Our second match was again at home on Friday 13th but thankfully we
had no bad luck on the night - this time we were playing Courcey
Rovers, agian Courceys have a senior team.
This match was played on pitch 1 which was in immaculate condition and
a great match was played.
The line out differed so
Aisling Hen in goal, full back line Meabh, Louise and Sinead B,
Nicola, Laura D and Ciara Riordan, midfield pairing of Mia Cronin &
Sarah McCoy, Half forwards Catriona, Edel and Chloe and full forward
line Claire Ryan, Orlaigh J and Laura Barrett.....
The team started and finished very strongly, their overall play was
improved on the first league match and we proved too strong on the
night for Courceys who had a very young team. Our scores coming from
Claire Ryan, Orlaith Jennings, Edel Murphy... the scores were set up
by excellent forward play from Catriona Chloe and Laura B. We
introduced Emma Donovan, Lisa O Callaghan, Rachel Nevin, Laura O
Donoghue and Jenny Cotter in the second half and again this ensured we
stayed on top in all areas. Our goalie and defence worked hard for
the hour and conceded 6 scores, our midfield ran themselves into the
ground and controlled the area, and our forwards put in massive team
work to secure 16 scores on the board.................

FIXTURES
AWAY TO ST FINBARRS ON FRIDAY 20TH - time to be confirmed by St Finbarrs
HOME TO CASTLEMAGER ON FRIDAY 27TH APRIL time: 7pm sharp - referee:
Colette O Mahony
Final league match AWAY TO BALLINASCARTHY - this match is not
confirmed but will be either Friday 4th May or Saturday 5th May.....

As this is a very tight competition all matches have to be won to
secure a place in the final 2..... and with the increase in numbers
from 8 teams to 13 teams in the competition it is a much stronger and
interesting competition

MINOR

This year the Board have organised a 13-a-side league competition - a
new venture and we are looking forward to the challenge.
The panel is made of 5 girls from the Under 16, and 11/12 girls at
minor level..... as Jess and Sinead train with the Senior Panel and
the Under 16 girls train with their panel it is difficult to get time
together, however, despite this we have worked very hard and the girls
are a great group.
Our first match was against Brian Dillons and despite a great
performance we went down by the narrowest of margins a point and with
the final whistle being blown for full time when we were on the edge
of the square who knows????
The new format meant a fast paced and skilled match was played by both
teams with very little between them...., in the first half we
dominated and should probably have been further ahead but missed frees
and scoring opportunities meant we only led by 1-4 to 1gl.... all the
girls were working hard in all areas of the pitch and the new format
suited some players more than others.............
The second half Brian Dillons dominated and took the lead and despite
our best efforts we fell short, Ciara Riordan who was having her best
game to date but got a nasty hit to the knee and had to retire and
ended up with 5 stitches but no doubt after her little rest she will
be back flying again........ the game was fast and furious and both
teams committed to getting a result.......
Team Aisling Hennigan, Ciara O Riordan, Meabh McManaman, Grace
McDonnell, Laura Barry (Captain), Fiona O Brien, Jess Hennigan and
Mairead O Dwyer, forwards Shannen O Brien, Sarah McCoy, Chloe
Hennigan, Sinead O Sullivan and Mia Cronin...
We introduced Lauren Cooper into the forward line and despite her
young age she did very well and her first touch set up our second
goal..... we also introduced Judy Murphy... We are lucky to have a
substitute goalie at this age in Leanne Doyle and we have new comer
Julia Dineen whom we hope to introduce during the course of the league
as both girls have been working hard at training.
Overall all girls did well and the new fast format suited some players
better than others but we now know what it is all about so we will
work hard again and will keep pushing hard to improve. Well done to
all the girls you did us proud.

Our next game is against Milford in Milford on SATURDAY 21ST APRIL @
6.45PM - we will be travelling leaving the Club at 4.45pm sharp....


TRAINING CONTINUES
WEDNESDAY 7PM to 8PM
FRIDAY 7PM - 8PM - if not match
SUNDAY 9.30 TO 10.45AM

WE ALSO HAD A GREAT TRAINING ADVENTURE AT THE GLEN RESOURCE CENTRE ON
SUNDAY 15TH APRIL - WE HAD A FANTASTIC ATTENDANCE OF 27
PLAYERS..................... THE GIRLS HAD A GREAT MORNING. The
tests of strength, courage, stamina, cuteness and character were
preformed with great aplomb and they were a pleasure to be
with............... A quick lunch and some of us returned for the
Annual Easter Hunt which was a fantastic event as always and had some
down time fun.....................