Thursday, 19 April 2012


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 &
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!


Had yet another blitz on Saturday last at home, we invited 6 team's 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.


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
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
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

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.


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.


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
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 - 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


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....

FRIDAY 7PM - 8PM - if not match
SUNDAY 9.30 TO 10.45AM

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.....................

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


Hope you all had a good Easter - and ye have some room left for more

Our Annual Easter Hunt is this Sunday (15th April) in Ballincollig
GAA. It will start with an Orienteering Trail through the Powder
mills/ Regional Park - Watch out for our bunnies along the way who
might have some treats for you!!! On your return - there will be more
fun, with Bouncing Casters, games and more!!
This is a fun day for all the family - so tell all your friends and
family to join in the FUN!!
Hope to see you all there.


Had a busy weekend once again we traveled to blarney last Saturday
morning, with two teams of 20 players all eager to get started, on
the day Caoimhe Creedon was very strong and skillful in midfield Eimer
Conway was great up front and showed us what she's made off with some
great goals, Amy o Rourke was very strong and determined in protecting
our great goalie Erika o Leary, well done girls keep up the good work
and team spirt.

Our second team also did extremely well France Corkery was very strong
in midfield and made some great passes leading to Niamh o Riordan
scoring an excellent goal ,Tara Kirkhy work hard in protecting the
back line, and the goal of the day was scored by Chloe Bremmer ,well
done girls once again great team work.


We have lots of Jumpers/ Coats in our container that were left on
pitches after training over last few months - If you think yours is
there, please ask trainer at the end of your next training session. At
the end of month, we will give any Jumpers/ Jackets leftover to

Any new gear can be ordered with John McAvoy on Sunday mornings - John
will be available at Container during training times only.

The Camogie club is always open for new players and any ex-members
looking to re-join. Training is Sunday mornings at 12.15pm - 1.15pm.
Please ensure girls have football Boots, and shin Guards, Helmet and
Hurley (Hurley's available to buy at training) - Please bring drink of
water also. Looking forward to seeing New Faces!!


There will no Training this Sunday morning, so the girls can come
along to our Easter Hunt.

We had our first U12 Blitz last Saturday in Eire Og - we played Eire
Og, Rockban and Grenagh - The girls played great in all three matches
- and by the third match, all girls were confidently showing all their
camogie skills on the pitch - Keep it up girls. We have 2 more Blitzes
before our league starts in May.
Our Under 12's have a Blitz this Saturday in Blarney - Girls have been
contacted during week with full details so Best of Luck to ye!

We are currently trying to organize a few challenge matches for our
u11'S - more details to follow next week. The U11 league also starts
in May so we have a busy few months ahead of us.

Under 14

Ballincollig Vs Ballyhea
We played our first league match against Ballyhea on Wednesday the
4th. 18 girls travelled to Ballyhea and throw-in was 6.30pm. The final
score was Ballyhea 2-2 Ballincollig 0-2.
Megan our captain for the day played a stormer in goal. Blocking shots
from all angles and hitting the puck outs wide in the corners, we
couldn't have asked for more.
Aoife, Sarah, Ruth and Katie played very well in the full back line.
Ballyhea put this line to the test, running straight at them, but this
line stood their ground and showed their strengths.
Alex, Lauren and Rachel had a great day in the half back line, marking
was tight. Alex and Rachel showed their great side line cuts and
Lauren was up and down the field all day, any where she was needed she
was there! Well done girls.
Marley and Clodagh worked hard in mid field, both girls gave it their
all, and supported all their team mates, clearing from the back line
and making some great passes to the forwards. Keep it up girls.
Orla, Emma and Oliva played well in the half forward line. This was a
busy line with the girls attacking and defending throughout the match.
The girls battled hard for the 60 minutes. Keep it up girls!
Fiona, Kerry, Amy, Shona and Eimear had a very good match in the full
forward line, although it was quite, once the ball was up there all
the showed off their first touch and headed for goal, we had some very
close attempts, but we were unlucky on the day not to get goals. Don't
worry girls we will keep working in training and we will get it. Well
Next league match vs. Douglas, full match report will follow next week.


Ballincollig 1-09 Cloughduv 0-04. We got our league campaign back on
track last Sunday with a very pleasing win over Cloughduv. Pleasing
for a number of reasons. We were short a number of regulars but those
who came in played very well and other more established players were
required to play in unfamiliar positions and equally did themselves
proud. A special welcome to Mia Cronin who came up from the Junior
ranks and played in her first senior game and did extremely well. Kate
Green also came on at wing back and slotted in very nicely while Ciara
Riordan started her first match in the half back line and was superb.
Jess Hennigan also has to be delighted for playing midfield and
acquitting herself quite well against an illustrious opponent. To be
fair, everyone who played from Aisleen in goal to Becky at corner
forward gave it their all and were rewarded with the result. It was a
real treat to see the smiles and to hear the laughter after the game
as the girls were warming down. More again please next week girls as
we take on Inniscarra in Ballyanley (Saturday 7pm provisional). Team:
A Sheehan, A Kiely, K O'Donoghue, A Coughlan, C Irish, S Buckley, C
Riordan, L Dorgan, J Hennigan (0-2), A Lovett, E Casey, D Cronin
(0-2), S O'Sullivan (1-0), P Buttimer (0-5), R O'Callaghan, Subs used
M Cronin, K Green. Congratulations to Aisleen Sheehan and Adèle Kiely
who were named captain and vice-captain for the year. Hopefully it
will be a long and successful one.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Easter Egg Hunt and Blitzes

It was great to see lots of new faces at training this week. We
welcome you all and hope that this is the start of a wonderful and
enjoyable time for you all playing camogie in Ballincollig.

There will be no training for the under age groups (U7/U8/U10 & U12's)
on Easter Sunday 8th of April. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is on Sunday
15th April so there will be no training that day either. Your trainers
are endeavoring to arrange training sessions for during the week. Ask
your moms & dads to keep an eye out for texts informing them when
training will be on.

We are now heading onto the busy season and already our U9 and 10's
have been playing matches against Douglas and the Glen. The girls were
brilliant in all games and the winter rustiness is well and truly worn
off. The U12's started their cluster blitzes in style this weekend. We
are getting great numbers turning up for training consistently every
week and this is now bearing fruit on the pitch. Well done to the
girls on all the teams.

Our annual blitzes will be taking place in the coming weeks.

U9 Blitz in Saturday 14th April
U8 Blitz on Saturday 21st April
U10 Blitz on Saturday 5th May

These are really wonderful days where parents ,grandparents, family
and friends can come and see the girls showing off all the skills they
are learning with their team mates in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
So mark the dates in your diaries.

Under 10

Our lovely under 10s had their first match last Sunday morning on what
was to be a lovely day; we traveled to the glen with two teams a total
of 28 girls all willing and eager for the games ahead.
Shauna o Flynn's teamwork was excellent and set up Nichola Kirsten to
score two great goals. Amy Murphy didn't let us down with her skills
and determination as she scored a great goal from midfield. Eabha o
Mahony and Lauren Buckley battled hard in midfield. Ciara Kelly scored
an excellent goal...Sophie o Sullivan had a hard job in goal but was
excellent on the day with the help of Kate o Sullivan and Claire
Murphy to battled hard making the keepers job easier, well done girls
it was a great day thanks to all whom traveled.

Under 14

We had a low number at training this week, a total of ten girls
participated. Numbers may have been low but the work rate was intense.
The girls worked hard in preparation for their first league game which
took place on Wednesday against Ballyhea (full match report will
follow next week).

Well done to Emma, Marley, Sarah and Clodagh who played with Cork last
weekend. These girls always give 100%. Well done girls keep up the
great work!!!

Training will continue on Sunday at 12.15pm to 1.30pm, bring water and
make sure you have your shin guards!


This group had their first league match last week against
carrigtohill, and while numbers are tight at this age group they
pulled off a great win, full training and preparation required as our
next match fast approaches.
Judy Murphy and Fiona o Brien have been called again for another cork
under16 trial good luck girls.


Training last Sunday morning had our best turnout yet and as a result
we had a very productive session. Keep up the good work girls. We are
due to play Cloughduv this weekend (not confirmed), a fixture where we
were well beaten last year and which we really need to win this year
if we are to have any realistic possibility of making the league semi
Ballincollig Credit Union sponsored floodlit tournament -
Unfortunately both games last weekend were cancelled at late notice
and as yet, we don't have the re-fixtures confirmed. Hopefully we will
have news next week.