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|07/05/2013 NATIONAL CAMOGIE LEAGUE DIV 2 FINAL|
|NATIONAL CAMOGIE LEAGUE DIV 2 FINAL There was disappointment for Kildare camogie in Birr on Sunday as in the Div 2 National Camogie League Final the team suffered a 3-14 to 0-10 defeat to favourites Limerick. Despite being underdogs Kildare had hoped to pull off a surprise against their better fancied rivals and for three quarters of the match Kildare managed to stay competitive and in touch, giving them just a chance of achieving that. However, three Limerick goals in the final quarter finally saw off the Kildare challenge.Kildare played with the wind in the first half but it was Limerick who went into an early two point lead before Susie O Carroll opened Kildare’s account with a pointed free. Limerick pressure yielded another three points before O Carroll sent over her second placed ball. Limerick opened up a six point lead with five minutes to go to half time but two more O Carroll points from a free and play left it 0-8 to 0-4 in favour of Limerick at half time.Although Limerick had the wind in their favour in the second half Kildare had made some tactical switches and had their best period of the match. Two Limerick points from frees were cancelled out by two similar scores from O Carroll before Kildare had their best chance of a major, when a Siobhan Hurley free was caught by O Carroll who was hauled down as she made for goal. Unfortunately the resultant penalty just skimmed over the bar for a point and a further O Carroll pointed free brought it back to a two point game with fifteen minutes to go. Unfortunately that was as good as it got as Limerick finished much the stronger over the last quarter and the strong pressure they were exerting as they recorded two goals within a four minute period effectively killed of the Kildare challenge. Limerick added another just on the stroke of time to run out 3-14 to 0-10 winnersThe final scoreline does no justice to the Kildare girls performance as they fought with typical grit and determination throughout, never flinching even when the cause was lost at the end. The experience gained from playing such a tough match against a team which has been playing at this higher level for some years will stand them in good stead when they get over the understandable disappointment and focus on the upcoming challenges of the Leinster and All Ireland Championships. Well done to all the girls and the management team of Jim Mc Mullen, Mark Sexton, Liz O Donoghue Byrne and Liam Johnson for a great run in their first year in Div 2.Kildare , Brid Byrne, Niamh Breen, Aoife Trant, Niamh Concannon, Fiona Trant, Carol Nolan, Angela Lyons, Caroline Forde, Louise Keatley, Clodagh Flanagan, (capt.), Siobhan Hurley, Orla Bambury, Roisin O Connell, Susie O Carroll, Clodagh Farrell, Saileog O Keefe, Deirbhile Byrne, Jane O Donoghue Melissa Lyons, , Eimer Hurley, Lauri Mc Dermott, , Elaine McNamara, Hazel Mulligan Tanya Johnson.|
|07/05/2013 LEINSTER U 16 C SHIELD FINAL KILDARE V MEATH|
|Kildare U 16’S, suffered a 3-14 to 0-5 defeat at the hands of Meath in the Leinster Shield Final in Birr on Sunday. Kildare had the wind in the first half but it was Meath who led 0-5 to 0-4 at half time, the Kildare scores coming from Ciara Egan, two from frees and one from play, and one from Laura Murray. With the wind in their favour in the second half Meath exerted strong pressure on the Kildare defence and quickly put the issue beyond doubt. Kildare had strong performances from Gillian Keegan, Tara Breen, and Laura Millett while Aoife Lynch played well above her tender fourteen years.Kildare, Roisin O Hara, Laura Millett, Erin McEvoy,Lynn Phelan, Tara Breen, Erika Dempsey, Molly Ryan, Lorna Murray, Shauna Mulligan, Ciara Egan, Gillian Keegan, Amy Scanlan, Hannah Cusack, Amy Kenna, Grainne Martin, Kate Doran, Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Niamh Brennan, Claudine Howard James, Roisin O Neill, Hassan B. Hare, Krystin O ‘Brien, Rachel Malone, Sorcha Dolan, Ellen Kenehan, Alish MacMillan, Aisling Byrne, Aoife Lynch, Nicole Redmond, Aisling O Sullivan.Thanks to all the girls for their commitment and enthusiasm and the management team of John Farrell, Blaithin Kenny, and Caroline Murphy for all their work with the squad. |
|07/05/2013 ARE MINORS THROUGH TO ALL IRELAND FINAL |
|KILDARE MINORS THROUGH TO ALL IRELAND FINAL Kildare Minor camogie team booked their place in an All Ireland Minor C Final when they comprehensively defeated Laois, 5-14 to 0-4 in Hawkfield, on Friday night last, 3rd May. Although, eventually running out easy winners no one would have forecast the result or the score as Kildare, having conceded the wind, started slowly as Laois looked the more likely outfit during the first quarter as they exerted serious pressure on the Kildare defence where full back Muireann Fagan and Aisling Delaney played a big part in ensuring that the damage was limited to just two points from Grace O Neill. Kildare began to get their act together and two Emer Reilly points from placed balls had the sides level on twelve minutes. Reilly put Kildare one ahead from a forty five, before, in the twentieth minute, Niamh Hegarty made up for an earlier miss by striking low and hard past the Laois keeper to bag the first of her hat trick of goals on the night. Emma Barry added another point to the Kildare tally before half time to leave it 1-4 to 0-2 in favour of Kildare at half time.The second half opened with Barry and Laois’s Jenny Bowe exchanging points while Reilly extended the Lilly’s lead with another pointed forty five. Kildare’s busy Deirbhile Byrne was now dominating the centre and her industry was rewarded with a fine point on nine minutes, just before Chanice Corcoran pounced for Kildare’s second goal in the eleventh minute, a score that signalled an avalanche of Kildare scores, (3-7), between then and the end. Hegarty completed her hat trick when a ball sent in by Byrne was blocked down by the Laois keeper into her path and she made no mistake with a quick thinking strike. Barry netted her goal after good work by Reilly set her up. Reilly added another three points to her tally, while Barry, Louise Qualter and Sarah Clancy added points to ensure that all the Kildare forwards got on the score sheet. Laois’s only reply to all this was a Sarah Broderick point and at the finish Kildare celebrated a superb victory and a chance to play in an All Ireland Final against Armagh next Saturday, 11th May, time and venue TBC. As indicated all the forward brigade were on their game, while Deirbhile Byrne gave a great display as she completely bossed the centre, driving forward time and time again to set up the attack, Muireann Fagan at full back was a tower of strength throughout and in front of her Chloe Donoghue also had a good game. The management team of Tom O'Mahony, Frank Hegarty, Shane Moore, LizO'Donohue and Carol Nolan are to be commended for their commitment to this group of very talented players and have moulded them into a fine team. Following this victory they can approach next week's final with optimism knowing however that they will need to be at their best to defeat an Armaghteam who scored a fine victory over Laois in their group encounter. Manager Frank Hegarty commented ‘’Kildare Minors have been preparing for the 2013 season since Dec 2012 By Feb.the panel grew to 30+players. Carol Nolan took the early sessions and Tom O'Mahony came on board as coach to thesquad. The training reached new heights as the panel bought into his uniquestyle of coaching. Although we were to fail in our first competitive test toMeath the girls raised their game and went on to beat Kerry, Westmeath & Carlow in the group stages, leaving them as group winners and a semi final spotwith Laois which they won convincingly. The final v Armagh on May 11th will be a big test for this young team but a test they are well prepared for and I think we are in for a very closeencounter, in which, hopefully, Kildare will come out on top.’’ Kildare Aisling Delaney, Niamh Phelan, Muireann Fagan, Rachel O Neill, Roisin Nolan, Chloe Donoghue, Niamh Egan,Meabh Walsh, Deirbhile Byrne(0-2), Emma Barry(1-2), Chanice Corcoran(1-0), Louise Qualter(0-1), Niamh Hegarty (3-0), Emer Reilly(0-7 2F,3 45’s), Sarah Clancy,(0-1) Niamh Fitzgerald, Emer Pierce Kehoe, Jenny Downey,(for Niamh Phelan), Sophie Fleming, (for Emer Reilly ),Helen McMillian, (for Sarah Clancy), Aine O Neill, (for Niamh Hegarty, Ciara Finn, Rebecca Kenny, Kris Brady, Cheyanne Holmes. |
|23/04/2013 2013 Feile A Qualifiers|
|Feast of Camogie at Féile ‘A’ Qualifiers|
Naas played host to the first round qualification for Féile Cill Dara 2013 on Sunday last. The warm sunshine which greeted all five teams on arrival turned to wet and windy before any action took place and remained throughout the day, making playing conditions difficult and energy sapping for all players. A total of five teams took part in a series of round robin games and, following more than three hours camogie on two pitches, Naas and Clane emerged to contest Féile ‘A’ Cill Dara in Éire Óg next Sunday .
Clane 3-05, Celbridge 0-00
Naas 3-06 Broadford 2-01
Clane and Celbridge got proceedings under way and with the Clane girls quickly into their stride, they established early dominance. Playing more direct camogie Clane led by 1-3 to 0-0 at half time and added a further 2-2 in the second half to run out clear winners over a Celbridge side that deserved better on the scoreboard for their efforts.
Naas also started brightly in their game against Broadford and, playing with the elements established a 3-6 to 0-0 half time lead. In the second half Broadford came roaring back, scored 2-1 and kept Naas scoreless in an entertaining game.
Naas 3-01, Clane 2-00
Maynooth 5-05 Celbridge 0-00
The Naas v Clane was a close game throughout. The Naas girls scored 1-1 in the first which was to prove the difference between the sides as both teams scored two goals in the second half in a game that could have gone either way.
A physically stronger Maynooth team got the better of Celbridge in their encounter. Leading by 2-1 at the interval, they added an impressive 3-4 in the second half as Celbridge faded.
Clane 3-03,Broadford 0-02
Naas 2-01, Maynooth 1-01
The ability of Clane to score goals proved crucial in their game with Broadford, scoring twice in the first half and adding another after the interval to overcome a gallant Broadford side.
Maynooth impressed greatly in their game against Naas, led by 1-1 to 1-0 at half time and could have been further ahead as the Naas girls, playing their third game in a row, tired. However, Naas dug deep in the second half and scored 1-1 to run out winners in a tight and tense game.
Maynooth 2-7, Broadford 2-0
Naas 0-00, Celbridge 1-03
Maynooth scored an impressive 2-7 in their victory over Broadford and lay down a marker as serious contenders for qualification
The fatigue element finally took its toll on Naas and they had no answer to a very good display by Celbridge who scored 1-2 in the second half to emerge deserving winners
Broadford 2-1, Celbridge 1-1
Clane 5-1, Maynooth 2-00
In the final round first game both teams served up an entertaining contest with the Broadford girls getting all their scores in the second half to come from behind and win a close game.
With Naas already through, the prize for the winner of the second game was qualification for next week’s Féile County Final. At half time the sides were still level, having traded 4 goals. In the second half Clane found another gear and scored 3-1 without reply to claim their final place.
Well done to all teams who served up an entertaining and exciting afternoon of camogie. Good displays were seen from Katlyn McCormack, Aoife Kearney and Emma Bush (Celbridge), Leah Sutton, Ciara O’Reilly and Megan Doyle (Broadford), Roisin Forde Ellen McCourt and Maura Hogan (Maynooth), Tigan Darcy, Anna O’Flaherty and Sinead Cribben (Clane), and Eilis Kenny, Ciara Friel and Nicole Clancy (Naas). Good Luck to Naas and Clane in the Final.
|14/04/2013 National League Div 4 Play off|
|Sun April 14th 2013-04-14|
Irish Daily Star National Camogie League
Div 4 Playoff: Cavan v Kildare
Kildare faced Cavan in a playoff to determine the semi-final pairings in div 4 of the National Camogie League.
The game was played on the plastic 3G pitch adjacent to Breffni Park and there was a gale force wind blowing directly up the pitch towards the old stadium.
This meant we were in for, as the cliché goes “a game of two halves “and that’s exactly what we got.
Cavan played with the wind in the first half and with their very skill full half forward
Roisin O Keefe controlling the play they were to score eleven points in this period, seven from play and four 45’s from the stick of full back Jenny O’Rourke.
Kildare kept in touch as best they could with a goal and point from Emer Reilly and a nice point from Deirbhile Byrne to leave them trailing by six at half time
Half Time Cavan 0 -11 Kildare 1 – 2
With the elements now in their favour Kildare started the second half brightly, with a well worked goal from Grainne Temple and when she followed up with a quick point it looked like Kildare might just do it.
But Cavan dealt much better with the strong wind by hand passing the sliotar out of defence and keeping play away from the centre of the field where Kildare were now on top.
They did get to within two points of the girls in blue on a number of occasions with two further Reilly points ( one 45) but with O’Keefe keeping the score board ticking over, Kildare could never get their noses in front
While all the Kildare girls fought hard to the end, special mention must go to Tayna Johnston in goals who made a string of fine saves and kept her team in the game right to the end
Final Score Cavan 0 – 14 Kildare 2 – 5
Kildare now go on to face favourites Carlow in the semi final
Cavan 0-14 Scorers: R O’Keefe & E McVitty 0-4 each, J O’Rourke 0-3, B Boylan, R Crowe & C Fitzpatrick 0-1each.
Kildare 2-5 Scorers: E Reilly 1-3, G Temple 1-1, D Byrne
Kildare: T Johnston, C Temple, R Duff, S Kennedy, H Mulligan, M Divilly, L Flynn, C Corcoran, D Byrne, M Fagan, G Temple, E Reilly, E McNamara, S Moran, N Hegarty, F Kelly and S O’Brien.
Report Joe Reilly
|13/04/2013 All Irleland Minor C Champhionship Part 2|
|Carlow v Kildare|
But this team is made of stern stuff and great self belief. At the start of the second half, Emer Reilly, now operating in the half forward line, sent over an early point and shortly after drove the ball hard through the Carlow defence to the net. The majority of play was now towards the Carlow goal, but conditions were difficult and scoring likewise. By the midpoint the visitors had moved the board by a point thanks to Emma Barry, to trail 1-03 to 2-07. It was to be another five minutes before the next and possibly defining score of the game. Chanice Corcoran broke through the centre and her power shot ended high in the Carlow net off the goalkeeper’s hand. Into the final ten minutes and still four behind, Kildare pressed on. However the attacking momentum was at times broken up by the concession of unnecessary frees which allowed the opposition re-group and slow the game. When Reilly, who was on fire throughout the second half, drove over two quick points it was a question of Kildare versus the clock. On twenty six minutes the same player pointed to leave the minimum between the sides. Two further attacks were well defended before Barry sent a snap shot over the black spot to the delight of the visiting support. And Reilly, who else on the day, capped a great comeback when she sent over in the last minute to record a famous victory.
This was an excellent win and great credit to the team and management of Tom O’Mahony, Frank Hegarty, Shane Moore, Liz Byrne and Carol Nolan. They hung in when the going was tough, never gave up and scored an impressive 1-05 in the last ten minutes to just get over the line. Along the way they have beaten teams who, on past form, might have expected to beat Kildare. Issues of consistency and discipline will be addressed and they can approach the semi-final with confidence.
Best for Kildare were top player Emer Reilly with Niamh Phelan, Rachel O’Neill, Roisin Nolan, Deirbhile Byrne,Emma Barry and Niamh Hegarty.
Carlow’s best were Kate Nolan, Niamh Canavan, Eleanor Tracey and Mairead O’Shea
Kildare : Emer Reilly 1-05, Chanice Corcoran, 1-00, Emma Barry 0-02, Deirbhile Byrne 0-01
Carlow : Eleanor Tracey 0-06, Mairead O’Shea 1-00, Kate Nolan 1-00, Eimear Byrne 0-01
Kildare : Aisling Delaney, Niamh Phelan, Muireann Fagan, Rachel O’Neill, Roisin Nolan, Chloe O’Donnoghue, Niamh Egan, Meabh Walsh, Deirbhile Byrne, Emma Barry, Chanice Corcoran, Louise Qualter, Emer Reilly, Niamh Hegarty, Sarah Clancy. Subs used Helen McMillan, Sophie Fleming. Niamh Fitzgerald, Emer Pierce-Keogh, Jenny Downey, Aine O’Neill, Ciara Finn, Rebecca Kenny, Kris Brady, Cheyenne Holmes
Carlow : Suzanne Fenlon, Laura James, Katie O’Byrne, Ciara Daly, Breege Nolan, Kate Nolan, Shannon Kavanagh, Alison Ruschitzko, Niamh Kavanagh, Elaenor Tracey, Eimear Byrne, Vanessa Curran, Aine Ryan, Mairead O’Shea, Rachel Kavanagh.
Report: Dermot Clancy
|13/04/2013 All Ireland Minor C Championship Part 1|
|Minor Camogie All Ireland qualifier Rd 5|
Reilly on song as late surge takes Lillies to All Ireland Semi Final.
The Kildare minor camogie team travelled to O’Hanrahan Park, Carlow last Saturday for their final group game in the knowledge that qualification for the knockout stages of the competition was still in their own hands. After a tough game, in which they found themselves in arrears by twelve points at half time, Kildare produced a stunning second half comeback to defeat the home side by the bare minimum and thereby ensure direct qualification to the All Ireland semi final. Defeat for Carlow means they now play Kerry for the second qualifying position in this group.
Conditions were far from ideal with a cross wind blowing towards the corner flag, intermittent rain throughout and a slippery surface making play difficult for both teams. Playing with the advantage of the elements Carlow started brightly and were soon on the scoreboard, courtesy of their accurate forward Eleanor Tracey. The Kildare girls were competing well but the concession of needless and cheap frees, many for technical offences, presented Tracey with further opportunities and she duly obliged. Then, on 14 minutes, Carlow full forward Mairead O’Shea hit a low shot to the corner past an unsighted Aisling Delaney in the Kildare goal to put her side 1-04 to 0-00 ahead. Shortly afterwards Deirbhile Byrne got Kildare on the board from a free in what was to be their only score of the half. From then to half time the physically stronger Carlow side imposed their presence on the game, with the Kildare resistance and damage limitation led by Niamh Phelan, Rachel O’Neill and Roisin Nolan. Inevitable scores followed for Carlow from Tracey (2 45’s) and Eimear Byrne. In between these scores and approaching half time Kildare were dealt a further body blow as, for the third game in a row, failure to properly deal with a long range free led to a second Carlow goal with Kate Nolan’s delivery going all the way to the net leaving the home side ahead 2-07 to 0-01 at the break. The Carlow side remained on the pitch at half time while Kildare headed to the dressing room for a serious review knowing that further participation in the competition was down to their performance in the second half.
|09/04/2013 Weekend Round Up Sun 7th April|
|KILDARE CAMOGIE WEEKEND MATCH REPORTS|
As the preliminary rounds of the National Camogie League drew to a close at the weekend already qualified Kildare entertained Fellow table toppers Kilkenny in Ballykelly to determine who would top the table in Group 1 going into the semi final stage and it was the Kilkenny girls who emerged 3-9 to 1-9 winners on the day despite a strong Kildare finish. Kildare opened the scoring with a Susie O Carroll in the first minute but Kilkenny quickly began to exert exerted serious pressure on the Kildare defence but some great defending by the Kildare backs, where Niamh Concannon and Niamh Breen in the corners were putting up stern resistance, prevented them from translating it into scores and Kildare led 0-3 to 0-2 courtesy of two more O Carroll pointed frees, to Kilkenny points from Aine Kinsella and Maeve Mansfield. Kilkenny’s strong full forward Aine Fahy looked sure to score the game’s first major but her point blank shot drew a fine instinctive save from Kildare Keeper Brid Byrne. Howeve Fahy made no mistake two minutes later to raise the first of Kilkenny’s green flags to give her team a 1-2 to 0-3 lead after sixteen minutes. Nevertheless Kildare regrouped well and it was almost tit for tat in the scoring stakes up to half time with Kinsella’s three points from frees and one from Mags Fennelly answered by three more O Carroll points , two from frees and one from play to leave it 1-6 to 0-5 in Kilkenny’s favour at half time.
Having had the benefit of the breeze in the first half Kildare faced an uphill struggle in the second half and it was made more daunting when in the first ten minutes Kilkenny scored 2-2 without reply. After two minutes Kinsella extended the lead with a pointed free and a minute later Niamh Bambrick finished to the net for Kilkenny’s second goal, while Shelly Farrell added another point and Fahy burst through for her second goal in the tenth minute. However, Kildare were not ready to run up the white flag as they continued to fight for everything and it was they who had the better of it for the remainder of the game, Kilkenny only adding on another point from Aisling Butler while Kildare chased the game valiantly. An O Carroll point began the fightback followed by a point from Clodagh Flanagan. Then in the twenty third minute Kildare were given a lifeline of sorts when O Carroll off loaded an inch perfect pass to Dearbhla Byrne who belied her tender years by showing great composure and skill to drill the ball past the Kilkenny keeper. However, time was running out and despite two further O Carroll pointed frees before the final whistle Kilkenny had done enough early on to ensure that they emerged 3-9 to 1-9 winners in the end. Other good performances on the day came from Carol Nolan and Fiona Trant in the half back line, Clodagh Flanagan who covered a lot of ground throughout and Orla Bambury.
Despite the disappointment, with three wins under their belt, Kildare have retained their Div 2 status for next year and are booked for a semi final slot against Waterford or Limerick in two weeks time.
Kildare Brid Byrne, Niamh Breen, Aoife Trant, Niamh Concannon,Fiona Trant, Carol Nolan, Angela Lyons, Mellisa Lyons, Louise Keatley, Clodagh Flanagan, Orla Bambury, Deirbhle Byrne, Clodagh Farrell, Susie O Carroll, Roisin O Connell, . Sailoig O Keefe, Jane O Donahue, Hazel Mulligan, Sinead Halstead, Grainne Temple
Meanwhile in Div 4 Kildare shipped a fairly heavy 0-2 to 2-13 defeat from hot favourites Carlow in their final preliminary match,also in Ballykelly on Sunday. Although they fought gamely throughout to contain the Carlow challenge they had no answer to Carlow’s superior skill and teamwork and found scoring opportunities severely limited as they were on the back foot throughout, only Emer Reilly getting on the scoreboard with points from a free and play. Kildare had their best performances in the backs, none more so than Tanya Johnson in goal whose stopping and composure under the dropping ball contributed greatly to preventing a heavier defeat. Hazel Mulligan, Muireann Fagin and Leona Flynn also contributed well.
Kildare now face a play off with Cavan next Sunday for a place in the Semi Finals.
Kildare Tanya Johnson, Catriona Temple, Hazel Mulligan, Rebecca Duff, Sabine Kennedy, Muireann Fagan, Maria Divilly, Leona Flynn, Chanice Corcoran, Grainne Temple, Sinead Halstead, Elaine McNamara, Emer Reilly, Shauna Moran, Ciara McAndrew, Niamh Hegarty,Sheena O'Brien, Niamh Dunney, Tracy Johnson, Sinead Healy, Regina Gorman
Report _ Dermot Breen, Kildare PRO