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."


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

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.
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
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
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 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.