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Camogie Notes – 8 October 2015

Congratulations to the 10 underage players who participated in the Monaghan Blitz on Saturday last
in Clontibret. This was a very well attended blitz with almost 40 participantsfrom Clontibret,
Castleblayney, and Inniskeen. Initially the younger girls played small-sided games and the older girls
played a 20 minute aside 12-aside match. Well done to all involved in organising and helping, along
with Marie, and to Clontibret GAA club for use of their facilities. Castleblayney will host the final one
of these Blitzes in a few weeks time. So keep up the training girls!

Congratulations to Clontibret hurling club who are one of the lucky winners of a ‘Centra Dream Day
to Croke Park’ on Monday Oct 19th. The participating children will receive coaching, on the actual
pitch in Croke Park (!), by well-known inter-county hurlers, from 10.30 to 12.00. They then will have
opportunity to meet and get autographs and photos taken with their sporting heroes! After this they
will be treated to a lunch buffet in the Cusack Suite. This will be followed by a dizzying array of
activities –for U-8’s there will be Giant Games, for O-8’s, a Bungee Run. The children will then have a
behind-the-scenes Stadium tour, focusing on the history and culture of Gaelic games as well as the
historical significance of the stadiumitself. Finally the children will visit the Museum which houses
the artefacts that relate to the story of the GAA and they will also have the opportunity to test their
skills in the interactive games area of the museum. What a breath-taking prize!!! Well done Teresa +
Co. The good news isthat there are a small number of places available for some of our underage
camogie players. These, I imagine, will be carefully chosen and I suspect attendance at training,
attitude and participation in training, attendance and participation in the Monaghan, Monaghan
GAA and Armagh Blitzes, participation on the Monaghan County U-14 panel etc. will all form part of
the criterion. Perhaps the list is even longer! However parents will be informed in due course when
the lucky players have been chosen!

On Saturday last Monaghan were represented in a County U-15 Blitz in Trim Co Meath. With a very
limited panel, made up predominately of Castleblayney players, the team struggled against all their
opponents –Wicklow, Donegal and Roscommon. However, great credit is due to the girls who put
their heart and souls into the matches, none more so than our own two (yes, only two!)
representatives, Amy Gorman and Siobhan Kelly. Amy gave some outstanding displays and proved
herself a ‘thorn in the side’ of her opponents, no matter whether she was an attacker or defender.
Despite being the youngest on the team, Siobhan battled gamely in every match trying to make as
much use of the scraps of possession that came Monaghan’s way, in attack. Monaghan also
benefitted from the help Clíodhna Moran gave on the side-line. Clíodhna had been chosen for the
team, but picked up a wristinjury in school during the previous week. Nonethelessshe travelled
with the teamand was invaluable helping with water, first-aid etc. Many, many thanks Clíodhna for
unselfishly giving up your Saturday afternoon to help. Thanks also to Francis Haughey and Teresa
Lam who did a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’ over the course of the afternoon. I could get used to all this

Tonight (Tues) the monthly County Board meeting takes place in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney,
starting at 7.30pm with a meeting with the new RDO Clare Dowdall. This is an opportunity for the
clubs to have their say in terms how they feel Ulster/Croke Park can help with the development of
the game in the county. Other items for discussion will include camogie in second-levelschools,
Child Welfare training, Annual Convention and a senior county team in 2016. So make sure and have

Best wishes to Castleblayney who play Cavan champions, Lacken, on Sunday in the first round of the
Ulster Junior camogie championship. Well done to O’Neill Shamrocks who defeated Drumgoon,
Cavan, in the ladies Juniorfootball championship last Sunday.

And finally, congratulations to Emma Treanor who celebrated her birthday recently!

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