Clare clubs counting down the days until Féile commences

Clare clubs counting down the days until Féile commences

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Camogie 1Clare will be represented by six camogie clubs in Féile na nGael which takes place this weekend. Brid MacNamara caught up with each club ahead of the weekend’s feast of action.

Derry is the venue for this year’s competition with Inagh/Kilnamona and Cratloe representing the Banner in the North. Regional Féile blitzes take place this weekend with Kilmaley, Truagh/Clonlara, Feakle/Killanena and Scariff/Ogonelloe flying the Clare flag.

Féile CratloeClub: Cratloe Camogie Club
Club formed in what year: April 2011
Number of underage members: 103 member in 2015
Féile team mentors: Jean Murphy Wright, John Ryan, Vincent Murphy, Ciara Gallagher
Féile venue: Na Magha Derry City
Are the players looking forward to Féile? They are so excited and feel very proud to be representing their county in Feile 2015
How have the team been preparing? We have worked on fitness and skills. We have also played a few challenges matches.
Any previous experience of Féile? Some of the team participated in Feile 2 years ago when it was in Limerick.  Cratloe Camogie club were invited to participate and we hosted a team from Louth called St Brides.  It was a superb weekend and we are still in contact with that club.
What has been local reaction to the team going to Féile? We have received very positive feedback for all our community.  Most people understand what a wonderful opportunity it is to participate in Feile and are truly delighted for this very lucky team.
Have ye had to do fundraising? We received sponsorship for new kit from local businesses and the girls completed a fundraising walk and got fabulous support from their families, friends and neighbours.  The Cratloe senior and minor clubs have also given us great support.
How do ye hope to get on in Féile? We hope to do our very best and do our county proud. We have 4 matches on Saturday and hope to make it into the semi finals on Sunday.  Fingers crossed.
Do ye think the Regional Blitzes are good for the development of Féile? Yes every blitz and camogie match really helps to develop a team and their confidence.  If the team are happy and confident they will play to the best of their ability.
Does attending Féile help raise your Club profile locally? The community of Cratloe has really got behind the Féile team and are very proud that our club are representing Clare in Derry. The community are talking more about the success of our club in such a short time since the club was relaunched in 2011 and they are wishing us well.
Feile Panel 2015;
Maria Healy, Orla Gallagher, Ava Cunningham, Lucy Earls, Andrea Murphy-Wright, Ava Gardner, Aoife Murphy, Cliona Murphy, Niamh O Leary, Aoife Marie Costelloe, Sarah Mc Mahon, Claire Daly, Eimerar Flanagan, Ellie O’Donoghue, Roisin McGonagle, Kate O’Donoghue, Fiona Cummins, Orla O’Connell.

Féile IKClub: Inagh Kilnamona Camogie Club
Club formed in what year: 2012
Number of Underage players: 120
Féile Team Mentors: Joe Ryan, Veronica cotter, Michelle Wynne and Loretta Connor
Féile Venue: Lavey, in Co.Derry
Are the players looking forward to Féile: Yes, there is great excitement within the camp, and it is building as we get closer to June 19th. The girls are really looking forward to this experience and are very happy to represent their county in Derry.
How have the team been preparing?  After a weeks break when the U14 championship campaign came to an end, the girls have returned to training 2/3 times weekly for our Derry trip.
Any previous experience of Féile? Last year our club represented Clare in Galway for the Regional finals and in 2012 Inagh Kilnamona won the National Féile Div 2 in Dublin.
What has been the local reaction to the team going to Féile? We are getting great support from the local community, through both our fundraising and in sponsorship donations, which is greatly appreciated.
Have ye had to do fundraising? Yes, fundraising has been ongoing over the last number of weeks, we have had one main event with a DJ/ dance night, and are continuing to run smaller events right up to days before we leave.
How do ye hope to get on in Féile? We are hoping to do our very best and to represent Clare in the very best way that we can. This will be approached like every other game we have played this year, with the intention of winning each of our games and working from there.
Do you think the regional blitzes are good for the development of Féile? Taking part in the Regional Feile in Galway last year, has given the girls an experience of what feile is about, the shorter games and understanding that we have to play right from the throw in. Clubs that may never had have the opportunity to get to National Feile, have a chance to represent their club and county and become part of the experience.
Does attending Féile help raise your club profile locally? Yes it does
Féile Panel 2015
Patricia Coote, Leah Wynne, Michelle Mescall, Roisin Mahony, Eimear Cotter, Ciara Hehir, Kate Hehir, Cathy Cullinan, Hannah Shannon, Sarah Coote, Aoibhinn Ryan, Hazel O Connor, Orla Vaughan, Ava Cullinan, Leanne Woods, Caitlin Mc Inerney, Tierna Hegarty, Muireann Daffy, Amy Shannon, Ella Leyden, Caoimhe Whelan, Niamh Hegarty, Lauren Fitzgerald, Rachel Cotter, Caoimhe Longe.

Féile KilmaleyClub: Kilmaley Camogie
Club formed in what year: March 25 1983
Number of underage members: 150 – 11 teams at underage level.
Féile team captain: Emily Cahill and Ailbhe McNamara – Co Captains
Féile team mentors: Anne McMahon, Colm O Ceallaigh and Trevor White
Féile venue: Castlecomber, Kilkenny  Division 1B – Kilmaley, Lucan Sarsfields, Dublin, Newport, Tipperary and Killimor, Galway.
Are the players looking forward to Féile? Our girls are very excited about attending this years Féile in Kilkenny. As our panel has 14 new players this year, some of these girls have not ever been to this competition before, their excitement is untold. There are a number of fourteen year olds on the panel and this is their 3rd Féile trip.
How have the team been preparing?  We have been preparing as normal.  As the season has been extended there is always extra work to be done on the training pitch.  This time of year suits our girls, as we are physically light team, but our girls have plenty of pace and skill.  Our year began the second week of January with Féile and the Under 14A Championship on the Radar. This is the first time in five years that we have competed proper in the Under 14 A division. We have challenge games arranged against Cill Ard of North Kerry and Carnmore, Galway who are the Galway Div 1 Féile Champions this year. We got a great run in the championship with some very tough games behind us. We hope that this will all stand to the girls in the future.
Any previous experience of Féile? This is third year attending feile, last year 2014 we competed in the Division 1 finals in Thurles and the year prior 2013 we attended the Limerick Féile and won the Division 5 All Ireland Final.
What has been local reaction to the team going to Féile? We have had a great reaction, this year is unique as the Kilmaley U14 Boys will attend the Division 1 finals in Thurles, they won the Clare finals this past May. We always get great support from the local community. Our camogie families are what make our club a very strong unit.
Have ye had to do fundraising? Fundraising is ongoing, We just had a feile disco last Friday with  the boys team to raise funds for our trip to Kilkenny.
How do ye hope to get on in Féile? We hope to do well, plenty of ambition. Our first game is against Lucan Sarsfields, Dublin.  This is a huge game for our girls. In our group we also have Newport of Tipperary and Killimor of Galway. All big clubs when it comes to camogie. If we can get a result against the Dubs, we will be setting the bar very high for the rest of the competition. It is an honour to be able to represent Clare and to compete with the best teams in Ireland.
Do ye think the Regional Blitzes are good for the development of Féile? Yes, it raises the profile of the game as more clubs get to participate. The subs rule is one development that needs to be brought in all under age camogie across the board. It mandates that 5 subs are introduced in each game. So a panel of 20 players are used in all games. Camogie is about girls playing not standing on the line.
Does attending Féile help raise your Club profile locally?  Yes, it have increased our membership by at least fifty this year alone. Our participation for the past two years has renewed interest from all young girls in the parish. Siblings want to be like their sisters and participate along with other young girls. Three years ago we had some of this years panel on the bus home from Limerick and they now are part of this year squad. It creates great friendships amongst the girls.
Féile Panel 2015
Alanagh Meaney, Aoife Killeen, Eilis Cahill, Leona Grace, Megan White, Emily Cahill (cpt), Ciara Hurley, Sarah Ni Ceallaigh, Grainne Glynn, Aine Donegan, Chloe Neylon, Jodi Cahill, Ciadh Reynolds, Ailbhe McNamara (cpt), Chloe Boon, Siofra Ryan, Grace Carmody, Molly Casey, Caoimhe White, Chloe Coffey, Laura Healy, Grace Doherty, Shonagh Harvey, Ruth Neylon, Jennifer Griffin, Rebecca Griffin, Sophie Curran, Isobel Killeen.

Féile FKClub:  Killanena/Feakle
Club formed in what year: Both Clubs have a long history in Clare, with Killanena formed in 1959 and Feakle circa 1965. The 2 Clubs have been amalgamated at underage level for the last few years & now with the change in rule for amalgamated teams at Feile, this gives the 2 Clubs the opportunity to continue that amalgamation at National level.
Féile team captain: Jennifer O Meara
Féile team mentors: Pauline Mc Namara, Paul Nugent, Breda O Donnell, Maree Moloney
Féile venue: Laois
Are the players looking forward to Féile?  Yes, the players are looking forward to participating in the competition.  It creates a different atmosphere when they are playing teams from outside the county. For the Feakle girls it is their first experience and they are extremely excited. A lot of these girls have never experienced playing outside the county and are curious to see the standard of play with players of their own age from other counties.
How have the team been preparing?  The team has been training weekly and played some challenge matches. The girls are encouraged to practise their ball work at home and at school
What has been local reaction to the team going to Féile? A very positive reaction with a tremendous amount of support. Everyone is wishing players and mentors from both clubs the best of luck.
Any previous experience of Féile? Yes, Killanena reached the final in 2010 when Féile was held in Clare.  We were invited to participate in the Galway Féile in 2011 and won Division 5.  In 2014 Killanena won the All Ireland Division 2 Regional Féile in Kilkenny. Feakle Camogie Club have never participated in Féile before.  The only experience of Féile is when our club accommodated players from participating counties when the Féile was held in Co. Clare.
Have ye had to do fundraising?  Yes, we did Guess the Score for the Championship match between Clare and Limerick plus Feakles two annual fundraisers (Spring Walk & Guess the Score) will contribute to the cost of the trip.
How do ye hope to get on in Féile?  We hope to go as far as we can in the competition and bring home another All Ireland Trophy. We hope our players will perform to the best of their ability and will demonstrate good sportsmanship and skill during the tournament as they have been doing throughout the year. We hope they progress steadily throughout the competition and will represent our clubs and county proudly.
Do ye think the Regional Blitzes are good for the development of Féile? Yes, the Regional Féile Blitzes allows extra counties to be involved.  More players get the opportunity to participate and to play against teams from outside their own county. It further develops the girls confidence and skill within the game of camogie.
Does attending Féile help raise your Club profile locally?  Yes, because of Féile there are more games and also because we have done so well in the previous Féile competitions there is greater interest and awareness of Féile. .  The wider community become more aware of the club’s activities, it’s willingness to promote the game and their players, therefore stimulating a higher attendance at matches and training sessions, in particular at underage level.
Féile Panel 2015
Lorna Mc Namara, Eimear O’Donnell, Therese O’Donnell, Katie Greene, Linda O’Brien, Ella MacNamara, Claire McNamara, Allanah Moloney, Zi Yan Spillane, Louise Keehan, Robyn Conway, Jennifer O’Meara, Katie Moloney, Roisin Quilligan, Ellie Edge O’Neill, Rachael Walsh, Meave Brady, Catherine Nugent, Keva Conway, Allanah Fox, Hannah Moloney, Aine Bowes, Lisa Brady, Deirdre Spillane.

Féile SOGClub: Scariff Ogonnelloe
Club formed in what year: 1st Jan 2015
Féile team captain: Ashling Corry
Féile team mentors: Tim McGrath, John Daly, Ann Murnane
Féile venue: Thurles, Co Tipperary
Are the players looking forward to Féile? Yes, very much so, they are challenging themselves at the very top level finding out just how good they are.
How have the team been preparing? They have been playing 2 matches/ weekends as well as training midweek, our fitness levels are very good and our overall game has improved.
Any previous experience of Féile? Yes, lasts year we were in the North.  We lost in the semi-final by a point to Lougheil who went on to win the title.
What has been local reaction to the team going to Féile? Everyone is very proud of them especially wining our 1st Clare Féile title.
Have ye had to do fundraising? No
How do ye hope to get on in Féile? Being honest we want to win it – who knows after that.
Do ye think the Regional Blitzes are good for the development of Féile? Yes most definitely for the development of camogie.
Does attending Féile help raise your Club profile locally? Yes
Féile Panel 2015
Rachel Daly, Carmel O’Brien, Aoibheann O’Gorman, Anne McNamara, Kate Walsh, Susan Daly, Leah Lowry, Aoife Lynch, Lynda Daly, Roisin Giblin, Alexandria McGrath, Niamh McGill, Yolanda Ramirez, Ashling Corry, Alison McGee, Lisa O’Grady, Aoife Minogue, Jennifer Daly, Emily Walsh, Alva Rodgers, Sarah Louise Kinahan, Maria Scanlon, Kate O’Mahoney, Finn Mooney.

Féile TCClub: Truagh / Clonlara Camogie Club
Number of underage members: 123 underage members
Féile team captain: Leah Hawes
Féile team mentors: Jill Haskett, Patricia Mullins, Flan Haskett, Kenneth Haskett nad John Fennessey
Féile venue: Ballinderreen
Are the players looking forward to Féile? Yes the girls are looking forward to the Féile and are excited to compete against clubs from different places
How have the team been preparing? The girls have been training every week and are eating well. The girls also know the importance of sleep so they will be sure to be well rested for the competition.
Any previous experience of Féile? Some of our girls have experience playing in Féile before and other have experience going to see our team compete in previous years.
What has been local reaction to the team going to Féile? The club is very happy for the girls as they travel to compete with the entire community also getting behind them and wishing them well.
Have ye had to do fundraising? We decided not to do fundraising but to get each player to contribute to cover the cost of the bus and their Féile t-shirt. The club will ensure the girls get a good feed on the day!
How do ye hope to get on in Féile? Everybody wants to win of course! Our girl are hoping to show off their skills and experience in their matches and aren’t too worried about the scoreline!
Do ye think the Regional Blitzes are good for the development of Féile? Yes they help a lot. They give the girls the practice they need to perform well at the Féile.
Does attending Féile help raise your Club profile locally? It does of course! The entire community is talking about the girls going to Ballinderreen and are excited for them to compete.
Féile Panel 2015
Alice Gleeson, Ann Marie Howard, Eva Larkin, Aine Hannan, Rebecca Reilly, Louise Kavanagh, Fahriye Dilmac, Sarah Fahey, Katie Conlon, Christina McKeon, Alex Condron, Lauren Walsh, Aoife Hogan, Sinead Ryan, Moly Walsh, Rebecca Foley, Roisin O’Connor, Joanne Egan, Leah Hawes, Moya Byrnes, Orlaith Keane, Amy Carmody.

 

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