Weekend Camogie round-up

Weekend Camogie round-up

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Div 1 League

Newmarket 1-10 Sixmilebridge 1-9

This league game between the neighbours took place in misty, wet conditions in Newmarket.

The home crowd were first to register a score when they pointed in the opening minutes, but a minute later Slaine Carey rattled the Newmarket net having received a pass from Muireann Scanlon.

Newmarket bounced back adding another four points. Chloe Morey put over her first of the day when she converted a free. Newmarket won one of their own minutes later at the opposite end. McGrath managed to make space for herself just inside the 65 to split the posts but again Newmarket returned the favour. They then went on to get a goal of their own.

Just before half time Morey pointed another from a free. At half time the ‘Blues were ahead on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-3. In the second the ‘Bridge had a better start as Morey pointed two frees. Newmarket came back with a point before Carey and Olivia Phelan bounced back with one a piece. Things looked to be going their way for the ‘Bridge as Morey added a further two (1 45’, 1f) but a free in front of the goal kept Newmarket in it. They added one final point to secure the game on their home soil. 

Sixmilebridge: Aine McNamara; Deanna Considine, Rachel Kelly, Hannah Wilson; Kiah Mellet, Keelin Lyons, Aoife Hurley; Muireann Scanlon, Maire McGrath; Ciara Maloney, Slaine Carey, Aiveen O’Shea; Sarah Loughnane, Chloe Morey, Olivia Phelan. Sub: Ellen Roche for Maloney. 

Clooney-Quin 8-13 Sixmilebridge 1-3 

This league contest took place in ideal conditions on Saturday evening. Sixmilebridge fielding without twelve of their usual starting team, it was always going to be a tough challenge against a full strength Clooney side.

Clooney got off to an ideal start rattling the Bridge net in the opening minutes. Deirdre Murphy pointed soon after. Olivia Phelan was next to score popping one over the bar with the first Bridge score. Clooney went on to dominate the scoreboard until Aiveen O’Shea converted a free.

Clooney went on to add more to their tally. At half time Clooney had advanced a lead of 6-7 to 2 points. Sixmilebridge made one switch at half time Rachel Kennedy replaced Muireann Scanlon due to injury. A few minutes in to the second half Keelin Lyons scored a goal from a free after a challenge on O’Shea. Clooney found target in the Bridge net from a long range free.

Clooney pointed a few more before Lyons split the posts this time. Despite a good Bridge effort it was never enough to challenge Clooney in the way they would have liked. 

Sixmilebridge: Ruth O’Neill; Cliodhna Ryan, Deanna Considine, Elaine Carroll; Kiah Mellet, Ellen Roche, Hannah Wilson; Ciara Maloney, Keelin Lyons; Muireann Scanlon, Aiveen O’Shea, Aobha Carey; Jean Flynn, Olivia Phelan, Niamh Lyons.

Sub: Rachel Kennedy for Scanlon.

Div 2 League

Scariff Ogonnelloe 1-14  Feakle Killenena 1-8 

Sharon Walsh Memorial tournament

The final day of the inaugural Sharon Walsh U11 Memorial Tournament takes place on Bank Holiday Monday in Tulla. 

The name Sharon Walsh is synonymous with camogie in Tulla. Whether as a player or mentor all Sharon ever wanted was what was best for camogie in general and Tulla camogie in particular.

She especially loved working with the underage players and seeing their development. So when the County Board decided to discontinue the u11 ground camogie tournament Sharon asked her club to take it on. She was particularly keen to keep the “ground” aspect to the games as it allowed more girls excell and grow confident in their striking.

The Tulla club continued to organise this tournament even when Sharon could no longer participate due to her failing health.

As a mark of respect to Sharon, and with the blessing of her family, Tulla club is honoured to host this tournament again this year, in a slightly different format to latter years.

In memory of Sharon and all she loved about camogie the tournament has gone back to the basics of “ground camogie”, as they say “get the basics right and the rest will follow”.

Sharon loved to see “her girls” improve and progress and if they won along the way that was a bonus. Sharon will be missed greatly but her legacy will continue. 

Tulla Camogie Club thank her family for allowing them to present this trophy in her memory and hope it brings them a small measure of comfort at this hard time to know she was and always will be an integral part of Tulla Camogie. Ar dheis De a raibh a anam.

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Brid MacNamara is the award winning PRO of Clare Camogie. The Ruan woman has picked up national accolades for her promotion of the game as PRO plus awards for her use of social media.

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