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Senior Camogie Championship Final 2017

Senior Camogie championship final
Clontibret 2-11
Castleblayney 1-4

No written tribute to former camogie President Mary Lynch (Carrickmacross) in this year’s final match programme, could have honoured her as much the enthralling contest that unfolded in Inniskeen on Sunday last, when holders Castleblayney took on arch rivals Clontibret. As a player and coach Mary advocated a ‘no holds barred’ approach to the game and this contest would certainly have satisfied her, as it did the many supporters who turned up to watch the game.
Castleblayney set out their stall inside 3 minutes with a well-taken point by Niamh Brennan. However, Clontibret’s Marie Greenan negated this and then went on to put her side ahead in the 11th minute with 2 points – one from dead ball, the other from play. Clontibret though looked to be in real trouble when, 5 minutes later, Brennan struck low and into the corner of the net giving her team a 2-point lead. To their credit Clontibret remained composed and even at this stage looked the more threatening side – though they were also guilty of wasting opportunities up front. Their composure however was rewarded when Chloe McGuigan scored a lovely point from play and Marie Greenan added another point which, in the 24th minute, brought parity to proceedings. For the remainder of the first half play swung from end-to-end and both goalkeepers Aideen Green (Clontibret) and Roisín McKenna (Castleblayney) executed some terrific saves to the delight and relief of all concerned.

Half time score:
Clontibret 0-4
Castleblayney 1-1

From the resumption of play, the intensity of the exchanges between both teams escalated. Amber Lam opened the scoring for Castleblayney but Marie Greenan restored equality with a well-taken free. Niamh Brennan got the slimmest of opportunities from her marker and added a sweet point from play to push Castleblayney ahead again. However, their lead was short-lived as almost immediately Jennifer Duffy, possibly the youngest exponent of the game on the day, added to Clontibret’s tally, leaving the sides level again. With the game now entering the final quarter it was make or break time and both sets of management reshuffled their packs with the hope of breaking the stalemate for once and for all. Clontibret’s Marie Greenan within 20m of a net, is the stuff the can cause goalkeepers to have restless nights! Her redeployment on the edge of the square produced instant results – following a well worked passage of play from the Clontibret defence, Michelle Morgan laid off a low ball to Greenan. There was only ever going to be one outcome. Buoyed by this score Clontibret found a new impetus and brought the game to an even higher level. Young Duffy, now prowling shamelessly with the ‘big guns’ at mid-field, added another point and almost before the referee (Mairtín McGann, Armagh) had time to restart the play properly, Greenan, with deadly accuracy, rifled the net again. Castleblayney to their credit, refused to roll over, but attempts by Amber Lam to drive 2 frees low and hard, were severely rebuffed by a Clontibret defence who were now on fire. From the clearance Muireann Atkinson gained possession and sent the ball homeward to add another point to Clontibret’s tally. Castleblayney challenged relentlessly but with Clontibret’s Nicola Morgan, Aisling McElvaney and Hannah McSkeane in exceptional form, the battle for Castleblayney was uphill. Upfront Michelle Morgan showed star quality, and pace, time and time again, and late in the game was even joined by daughter Sioneen in a rare mother-daughter duo. Niamh Brennan continued to ply Castleblayney’s cause by adding her 3rd point from play. She was well supported by Orlagh Maguire and Sheena McKenna, but it was a day when Castleblayney must surely have wondered where their leaders were as Clontibret romped to the finish line aided 2 further points from Muireann Atkinson and Marie Greenan.

Final Score:
Clontibret 2-11
Castleblayney 1-4

Clontibret: Aideen Green, Joanne McSkane, Niamh Kieran, Donna Moen, Nicola Morgan, Sorcha McDonald, Ríoghnach Duffy, Aisling McElvaney, Hannah McSkeane, Éimear McKenna, Marie Greenan, Chloe McGuigan, Michelle Morgan, Aisling Greenan (Capt), Jennifer Duffy, Sioneen Morgan, Sinéad Mohan, Muireann Atkinson, Orlaith Boyle, Ailbhe Boyle.

Castleblayney: Roisín McKenna, Rebecca Treanor, Sheena McKenna, Janine McKenna, Arlene Leonard, Kelsey Lam, Karen Markey, Amber Lam, Leah Haughey, Rachel Markey, Elaine McKernan, Aoife Cullen, Eileen Cullen, Niamh Brennan (Capt), Roisín O Sullivan, Kate Deasy, Caoimhe O Sullivan, Corine McKenna, Jessica Cullen, Ciara Kelly, Orlaigh Dorrity, Orlagh Maguire, Emma Forde, Éimear Duffy, Siobhan McBennett.

Player of the Match: Aisling McElvaney (Clontibret)
Referee: Máirtín McGann (Armagh)

Camogie Notes – 21 April 2016

There continued to be plenty of action for our members at all grades during the past week. The U-14’s had their first slice of the action on Tuesday evening when they played Mullaghabawn in Clontibret. The game was very exciting from start to finish and our young players showed great tenacity and sportsmanship. For Ellyn McKenna, Rebecca Hamill, Alanna McCarron-Walshe, Leah Magennis and Sara Carragher it was their first time playing at U-14 level and they really stepped up to the mark! Well done girls! A word of thanks to the large number of parents and some senior players who turned up to support the team.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, this team play Camlough, also at home. Players are asked to be at the pitch at 6.15.

Then on Tuesday, April 26, our U-16s start their playing season off in earnest when they meet Middletown. Again players are asked to be at the pitch at 6.15.

Our seniors played Ballymacnab on Wednesday evening last and although we suffered defeat by a few points, the match was fast, tough and competitive. This Sunday the senior team are scheduled to play Aghagallon, in Aghagallon. However, it is hoped to bring this match forward to Friday if possible. Notification to be sent to all players.

Next week the Monaghan League gets underway and Clontibret meet Castleblayney, in Concra, in the first round, on Wednesday, April 27.

For our county minors it was a case of heartbreak at the hands of Tyrone in the National League, Division 3 final, on Saturday. Played in pristine conditions in Eglish, though with the usual hail showers to which our minors have become so accustomed, Tyrone’s physicality was hard to match, coupled with their ability to take points from far outfield. Monaghan battled gamely throughout most of the first half but eventually Tyrone began to distance themselves with alacrity in the second half. Final score: Tyrone 3-12 Monaghan 1-3. Special mention must be made of one of our youngest players, Amy Gorman, who was drafted into goals at very short notice on Thursday evening, due to the unavailability of the regular goalkeeper, for Saturdays final. Not only did Amy step into the breach, but she also took off some fine clearances at crucial stages of the game. Well done Amy!

Commiserations to our representatives on the minor panel – Hannah, Éimear, Emily, Niamh, Sorcha, Sioneen, Ríoghnach, Amy, Clíodhna and not forgetting the injured, Chloe – who have worked so hard together since early February, yet find themselves in the runner-up spot in a National final, once again. Their season however is not yet over as they still have the Ulster ‘B’ Championship final to play – yes, against Tyrone. The date for this has still to be fixed.

Training continues as follows: Seniors: Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm. U-16/14: Thursday at 5.30pm, U-12/Beginners: Tuesday 6.00pm. County minors: Saturday afternoon.

Finally, great to see Karen Kieran out and about again, and making great strides (literally!), following a nasty accident involving her beloved horse. Karen has been recuperating in Monaghan but heads back to Limerick next week to complete her doctorate. Every good wish Karen for a full recovery.

Camogie Notes – 14 April 2016

This week promises to be another busy week in our camogie calendar with the U-14s in action tomorrow evening (Tues) against Mullaghabawn while our seniors host Ballymacnab, in the Premier League, on Wednesday evening. Our county minor cohort has training on Tuesday and Thursday, in advance of their National League final on Saturday, against … yes, you’ve guessed, Tyrone! The venue and time of this final has not yet been announced but I appeal to everyone to come out and support our county players on Saturday, once it is confirmed. Saturday also sees the second of the Armagh U-12 blitzes being run at a central venue (hopefully) commencing at 11.00am. Good wishes to all our players.

Next week our U-14’s are in action again, this time at home to Camlough on Tuesday (April 19) and the following evening, our seniors play host to Madden in the Premier League.

Last week got off to a tame start for our U-16s when Derrymacash gave Clontibret a walk-over. Their next outing is on Tuesday April 26 when they meet Middletown. On Friday last the club members in Scoil Mhuire were among a group of 63 camogie enthusiasts who took part in a Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Blitz. The girls acquitted themselves admirably! Then on Saturday a number of U-12 players travelled with Aisling to St Brigid’s, Armagh, to participate in the first of the Armagh U-12 Blitzes. Many thanks to Aisling and those who assisted her.

Training continues as follows: Senior: Wednesday and Friday, 7.30pm. U-16/U-14: Thursday, 5.30pm (though this will revert to the later time when county minor season concludes). U-12/Beginners: Tuesday 6.00 – 7.00pm. County Minors: Tuesday/Thursday, 6.30pm.

Recently the county minors organised and ran a very successful Easter Draw to purchase half-zips for the panel. Thanks to our Greenan Ladies for their sponsorship and assistance, to Concra Wood Restaurant (Castleblayney) and Wards Chemist Monaghan for their generosity.
Prizewinners: Meal for two in Concra Wood: Paul Monaghan, Middletown
Voucher for Wards Chemist: Éimear McKenna, Clontibret Camogie Club
Easter egg hamper: Paddy Irwin, Castleblayney

Tickets for The Kube are not circulating so please contact any senior club member as soon as possible to purchase same.

Finally, it is important that any parent who has not yet completed the club registration/affiliation/insurance forms please do so as soon as possible to ensure their child is registered and insured to participate in club activities. Seniors are reminded that their registration/affiliation and insurance fees are also due.

Camogie Notes – 7 April 2016

On Wednesday evening last our seniors got their season off to a winning start when they defeated Middletown in the first round of the Armagh League, Premier Division, on a score-line of 1-10 to 1-7. The girls gave a very feisty display and showed great team-work in what was a tough encounter. Their next engagement will be with Ballymacnab on Wednesday April 13.

Tomorrow evening (Tues) our U-16 team play their first match when they face Derrymacash, who make the long journey from outside Lurgan, to Clontibret. Please note that, at the request of Derrymacash, this match will commence at 7.30pm sharp. Players are asked to meet at 6.45. We wish the girls well.

Then on Friday, the players from Scoil Mhuire travel to Cloghan for a school’s blitz under the auspices of Cumann na mBunscol. And the following day our U-12 cailiní travel to St Brigid’s, Armagh, for the first U-12 Blitz of the season. Best wishes to all our under-age players.

Unfortunately, despite all the good wishes, Monaghan County Minors once again suffered defeat at the hands of Tyrone, this time in the Ulster Minor ‘B’ Championship, on Sunday last, on a score-line of 3-3 to 6-3. This was definitely a game of two halves with Monaghan failing to get a foothold in the match for most of the first half, but re-emerged completely focused and much more assertive in the second half and they really brought the match to Tyrone from the re-start. However, as they learned to their cost, opportunities squandered in the first half cost them dearly, despite trying desperately to make amends after the break. Tyrone play Donegal on Sunday next and Monaghan must await the outcome of this last match to determine if they are in the final. Well done though to Hannah McSkeane (Capt), Niamh Kieran, Emily Madden, Éimear McKenna, Sorcha McDonald and Rioghnach Duffy who did the club proud.

National Camogie Congress took place in Limerick last weekend. The event saw the replacement of a number of Ard Comhairle officers whose terms of office had concluded. Sheila O Donoghue, Waterford, takes over as Secretary replacing out-going Marie Kearney from Cork. Of provincial interest, the Síle Nic an Ultaigh award for outstanding service to the game was bestowed on Máirín McStay from the Clan na Gael club in Armagh, who is also President of Armagh Camogie Board. This is an honour richly deserved by Máirín who has been to the forefront over many years in promoting the game.

Registration for club membership, affiliation and insurance took place on Tuesday evening last. Parents who still have to register their daughters should contact the Club Secretary, Aisling McElvaney, or the team managers as soon as possible. We are very grateful to Olivia Kennedy who has taken on the very important role of Children’s Officer for the Club. In the coming weeks some aspect of child welfare, as it relates to a sports club, will be highlighted. With leagues getting underway its timely this week to focus on a few practicalities relating to notification of matches etc. Parents/guardians should receive adequate notification of matches and it is very important that the team manager, or Club Secretary, is notified of a player’s intention to attend, or otherwise. For underage players this communication must come from a parent/guardian. Players should arrive at the venue, or pick-up point, in time, and after the match should be collected promptly. Children should have the correct playing gear and a drink. The use of mobile phones/electronic devices is banned in dressing rooms and these should be collected and retained by a parent/Club officer during the duration of the match.

The Kube: Don’t forget, tickets – lots of them! – for The Kube, which will feature, among others, Ned, Marie, Sinead and Emily, are available for purchase from any of our senior players and Committee members. Well worth the €20 to see them ‘strut their stuff’!!!

Training for the coming week is as follows: Seniors: Wednesday and Friday 7.30pm; U-16/U-14: Thursday 5.30pm (this week); County Minors: Tuesday, Thursday(?) 6.30pm and Saturday.

Finally, the sympathy of the club is extended to Sinéad, and the Mohan family, on the recent death of her grandmother, Mrs McNulty, Cullyhanna. May she rest in peace.

Camogie Notes – 31 March 2016

Registration for all our members, senior and underage, takes place tomorrow (Tues Mar 28) at 7.15pm in the Community Centre. Registration forms will be available for completion and it is important to note that both the parent and player must sign the under-age forms. Registration fees remain as per previous years: Senior members €50, Underage members €30 (which includes €5 registration for a parent). A short presentation in relation to Child Welfare will form part of the meeting and underage fixtures will be available for those who may not yet have them.
County Minors: The county minor team moved one step closer to the National League final when they had a convincing victory over Donegal on Saturday last. Played in atrocious weather conditions, Monaghan showed great character and a steely determination and really snuffed out the Donegal challenge from an early stage, eventually running out comfortable winners on a score-line of 5-7 to 0-2. Congratulations to Hannah McSkeane (Captain), Niamh Kieran (1-1), Sorcha McDonald, Éimear McKenna (1-0), Ríoghnach Duffy (0-1), Emily Madden, Amy Gorman, Sioneen Morgan and Clíodhna Moran who represented the club with pride.

On Sunday, April 3, Monaghan face Tyrone in the Ulster Minor ‘B’ championship at a Monaghan venue (to be confirmed). This opposition, as always, promises to be a stern challenge but hopefully Monaghan will rise to the occasion and continue their run of victories. It has also transpired that due to a backlog of fixtures, the Ulster Minor championship finals, scheduled for April 10, have now been deferred to a later date.

Domestic fixtures: Our seniors travel to Middletown on Wednesday evening for the first round of the Armagh Premier League at 7.00pm. We wish the team well. Then on Tuesday, April 5, our U-16s play Derrymacash in Clontibret. Friday, April 8, sees the camógs from Scoil Mhuire in action in the Cumann na mBunscol blitz in Cloghan at 11.00am. Good luck to all our underage players.
The Kube: Don’t forget, tickets – lots of them! – for The Kube, which will feature, among others, Ned, Marie, Sinead and Emily, are available for purchase from any of our senior players and Committee members. Well worth the €20 to see them ‘strut their stuff’!!!

Training: Training for the various age groups takes place which will feature, among others, Ned, Marie, Sinead and Emily as follows: Seniors: Friday of this week. Beginners/U-12 group: Tuesday at 6.00pm. U-16 panel: Thursday (time to be confirmed). Thanks to Mary for her assistance last Thursday. County minors: Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm (please note the change of time).
Great to see Marie and Aisling back in action coaching the ‘smallies’ last Tuesday. By all accounts they had a full house! A case of ‘absence making the heart grow fond’!!

Finally, congratulations to one of our most helpful ‘Mammies’ – Denise Haughey-Magennis – who gave birth to beautiful Baby Conall, on Thursday last. We wish you, Shane, Leah and Masie much joy, Denise!

Camogie Notes – 24 March 2016

With the lengthening of the days, attention is firmly focused on forthcoming fixtures. The county minors make another trip to Templemore Sports Complex, Derry, on Saturday to take on Donegal again, this time in the National Minor League. This is an important match for the girls as they have only lost one match to Tyrone this season, and Tyrone have already beaten Donegal. This match sees Monaghan without the services of Chloe McGuigan who picked up a nasty finger injury, requiring surgery, when the two sides last met and she is a big loss to the Monaghan attack. Clontibret however are well represented on the panel by Hannah McSkeane (Capt), Sorcha McDonald, Niamh Kieran, Ríoghnach Duffy, Éimear McKenna, Emily Madden, Sioneen Morgan, Amy Gorman and Clíodhna Moran. We wish the girls ‘good luck’ on Saturday and send our best wishes to Chloe for a speedy recovery.

On Wednesday March 30th our seniors make the short trip to Middletown to play the locals in the first round of the Armagh Premier League. This competition will be a good test of skill, fitness and character and it is important we have as many senior players as possible available for selection.

This season many of our U-16 and almost all of our U-14 Armagh League matches will be on Tuesday evenings. Our U-16s play Derrymacash on Tues April 5, in Clontibret, while our U-14s host Mullaghabawn on the following Tues – April 12th. It is therefore very important that training sessions are well attended at all levels.

On Friday April 8 the pupils from Scoil Mhuire will participate in a Cumann na mBunscol Blitz in Cloghan and the following day many of these little girls will participate in the first of the Armagh Go-Games Blitzes. Venue to be confirmed.

Club training is as follows: Senior: Wednesday and Friday 7.30pm.

U-16 Group: Thursday 6.30pm. Beginners group to be confirmed, but it is hoped that their training will take place on Thursdays also. As always help is required at all underage training sessions. Thanks to Mary Fitzpatrick for her help recently.

Registration for all our club members will take place on Tuesday evening, March 29, at 7.15 in the Community Centre, upstairs. Underage players must be accompanied by a parent/guardian as their membership form must be jointly signed. Registration fees remain the same as the past few years – Senior €50, Underage €30 (which includes parental membership also).
With tickets for The Kube now on sale, the club has been forced to postpone its own fundraiser until later in the year. Anyone wishing to buy tickets for The Kube can contact any senior player or Committee member who will be delighted to oblige!!!! Representing the club on May 1 will be Ned McCann, Marie Greenan, Sinead Mohan and Emily Madden. Éimear McKenna will be eagerly waiting in the wings, lest Ned takes ‘cold feet’!!!

The club members were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Aideen’s Dad, Tom, last week. To Nuala, John, Aideen, Kathleen, Gerard, Conor and Thomas the club extends its prayerful sympathy.

Camogie Notes – 10 March 2016

Congratulations our county minors who have been putting in a huge effort recently, both at training and on the playing pitches and have recorded two victories on ‘the bounce’ in recent weeks – the first of these in the National League, against Wicklow, in Arklow, and more recently, in the Ulster Shield, against Donegal on Sunday last in Templemore Sports Centre, Derry city. These players are a credit to the club and the county. A special mention must be made of Hannah McSkeane who was chosen as captain of the county minor team for 2016 and certainly judging by her performances in both matches, it is easy to see that she leads by example. Our club representatives are: Chloe McGuigan, Eimear McKenna, Emily Madden, Sioneen Morgan, Sorcha McDonald, Niamh Kieran, Ríoghnach Duffy, Amy Gorman and Cliodhna Moran. This Saturday Monaghan has a tough assignment against Tyrone, in Monaghan. Details regarding time and venue will be circulated as soon as a pitch has been secured.

The county minors will be hosting an Easter Draw towards the purchase of a set of half-zips. Prizes include a meal for 2 in The View Restaurant Bar, Concra Wood and a delectable, large, chocolate Easter egg! Lines cost €2 each, three for €5. Please support the girls in their fund-raiser.

Last week an important meeting of Ulster Chairs and Secretaries was held in Garvaghy, Co Tyrone. This was to outline the importance of ensuring that all Club and county Executive members, club and county coaches are Garda vetted and have completed a recognised child protection course. Garda vetting forms are available online and any club official/coach who has not completed one in the past three years should d so asap! Ulster GAA will be conducting an audit of every club in the province to ensure they are compliant with the aforementioned so it is important that the relevant people take the necessary steps to ensure they are covered.

The Beginners Coaching course, previously scheduled for Feb 24th has been e-scheduled for Tues March 22 at 7.30pm. This will be facilitated by Clare Dowdall, Regional Development Officer,and is appropriate for parents, TY/Gaisce students and senior players with no previous experience of coaching. As our U-12/U10 members have not yet commenced training, it is imperative that this is well supported. Names to be forwarded to myself, or Club Secretary, Aisling McElvaney, as soon as possible.

Thanks to Sharon McCarron-Walshe who recently undertook a First Aid course on behalf of the club, in conjunction with Monaghan Sports Partnership. Let’s hope her skills are not required too often but it is important for parents to know that someone with the ‘know how’ is on the sideline when their children are playing games. Thanks again Sharon!

With Clontibret O’Neills ‘The Kube’ fundraiser taking place on May 1st, tickets have gone on sale at €20 each. These can be purchased from Aisling Greenan, myself or any Committee member.
Training continues for seniors on Wednesday and Friday evenings, U-16/U-14s Thursday evening and county minors on Thursday evening. Thanks to Moira McKenna who assisted last week with U-14/U-16 training.

Congratulations to Marie who ‘passed out’ – not literally of course! – or rather, graduated, from Templemore Garda Training College on Monday. As could only happen to Marie, she was spotted on the RTE News at 6 o clock! Sure with national prominence like that ‘The Kube’ will be no bother to her!! Her first posting is in Navan and we wish her every success in her career.

Camogie Notes – 18 February 2016

It’s all systems go on Saturday when we host the first of the seasons U-12/14 indoor Blitzes in the Community Centre beginning at 3pm and concluding at 5pm. So far we have 16 participants and 5 adults willing to lend a hand which is very encouraging. Our participants are asked to arrive by 2.45pm wearing tracksuit bottoms, suitable footwear and their helmets. Club jerseys will be distributed before the Blitz commences. It is hoped to also have representation from Castleblayney, Inniskeen, Derrynoose and Culloville.

On Thursday Feb 25 a very important course for parents/TY/Gaisce students/senior players, who would like to help coach our U-8/10s, takes place in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. This will be facilitated by Clare Dowdall, Regional Development Officer. No previous experience of coaching or playing is necessary. Those interested should forward their names to me on or before Thursday 18.

Recently we held our Club AGM. Although this was poorly attended, what we lacked in quantity was compensated for in quality! The following officers were elected for 2016:
Cathaoirleach: Macartan Kieran
Secretary: Aisling McElvaney
Asst-Secretary: Marie Greenan
Treasurer: Aisling Greenan
Asst-Treasurer: TBC
PRO: Geraldine Clarke
IT Administrator: Ned McCann
Children’s Officer: TBC

Many interesting ideas were put forward regarding the development of the club and fund-raising. A further meeting will be held on Friday evening at 8.30pm to ‘put flesh’ on these ideas. Registration for all our underage players and their parents will take place on Tues March 8 at 7.30 pm. Enclosed is the Secretary’s Report for 2015.

Our county minors continue to train twice weekly in preparation for the upcoming National League which sees them take on Wicklow, away, on Saturday Feb 27.

U-16/14 training continues on Thursday evening in the Community Centre at 6.30pm sharp. Our seniors currently workout each Friday at 7.00pm.

Many thanks to all those who purchased tickets in the recent GAA National Draw. Talk about a late flurry, as literally hundreds of euro ‘rolled in’ in the last few days!! Many thanks to Aisling for her promotion of this amazing Draw. Proceeds from what the club sold goes to buying playing gear for our county U-14 panel, which involves a number of Clontibret club players.

Great to have Mary back at county minor training on Thursday last – much to the panel members delight! Don’t worry Mary, we have you ear-marked for a non-playing role already!!

Best wishes to Oonagh McNally, Mum of playing member Nicole, who is recuperating after her surgery.

Camogie Notes – 4 February 2016

This Friday evening (Feb 5th) our AGM takes place in the GAA Club Rooms at 8.30pm. It is very important that we have a good attendance of players, officers and parents in order to help us plan for the year ahead.

Congratulations to Rachel Leonard, Leah Magennis and Kayla McCann who participated in the U-8/U-10 Camogie Blitz in Castleblayney on Saturday last. Unfortunately, this event coincided with the commencement of Community Games swimming lessons which involved quite a number of our younger members. However, there will be other little Blitzes coming up which will be at a more suitable time. For Leah it was a very busy camogie weekend as she, along with Catherine Walsh and Ria McCann, participated in the exhibition match during half time at the All-Ireland Club Championship semi-final, between Killimor (Galway) and Loughgiel (Antrim), in St Tiernach’s Park Clones. Congratulations to these great little players and thanks to the parents who provided practical assistance.

There was a very good representation of our players at county minor training in Cloghan on Saturday afternoon last – despite the atrocious weather conditions. On Thursday evening the panel will train indoors, in Clontibret Community Centre, at 7.00pm sharp. Outdoor training will take place again on Saturday in Cloghan.

A reminder to anyone interested in purchasing a ticket for the GAA National Club Draw 2016, please contact me asap as the ‘closing’ date for returning tickets is Sunday, Feb 7th.

On Monday night the monthly County Board meeting takes place in the Glencarn Hotel at 8.00pm. It is important that the club is represented as events relating to the club will be decided upon and without club representatives, our input is limited.

Two very important dates in February are Sat Feb 20th when we host an U-12/U-14 Indoor Blitz at 3.00pm in the Community Centre. Much help will be required to ensure the smooth running of the event, so don’t be shy!!

On the following Thursday (Feb 25), Clare Dowdall, Regional Development Officer for Monaghan and surrounding counties, will facilitate a workshop geared towards parents, Gaisce students, senior players and anyone else who might be interested in coaching the basic skills of the game to beginners. The course takes place in the Community Centre and will commence at 7.30pm. This will be very practical with lots of little skills and drills. No previous experience as either a player or coach is necessary. Again, don’t be shy!!!!

Sporting event to Commemorate 1916: On Saturday 2nd April in Cloghan GAA Grounds the Comhairle na nÓg Committee, in partnership with the Mens and Ladies Co Board and the Ladies Camogie, will host a fun and interactive event aimed at 14-16 year olds from across the County. The afternoon will consist of the young people participating in an informative and entertaining history and sporting table quiz. Following this, participants will compete in an exciting Clubs Challenge in their preferred sport. Never before have various different disciplines played and competed side by side. Not only will young people who attend reflect on the full richness of our history but also appreciate the diversity that exists within our own County. Any club members interested in participating in this novel event, which is limited to 6 from our club, please let me know asap as an application form must soon be completed.

Senior training continues on Friday evening at 7.00pm. Please note a temporary change in time for the U-14/16 training on Thursday evenings in the Community Centre. Normally this session commences at 6.30pm but for the next 3 weeks it will start at 6.00pm to facilitate county minor training. All parents will receive a text message later in the week.

A huge ‘congratulations’ to Clare and Cormac on becoming proud parents on Friday evening last, when Baby Philip Michael arrived into the world. Wishing you both much happiness and joy with your new baby.

Camogie Notes – 17 December 2015

With the countdown to Christmas seriously underway, that means the countdown to our annual Christmas Draw is also on. And to mark the occasion all our members, players (young and not-so-young!) and their parents are invited to a Christmas get-together in the GAA Club Rooms on Friday (Dec 18) where food will be served from 8.30pm. It is envisaged that the Draw will take place around 9.30pm followed by the presentation of the Armagh Division 1 League cup and medals to our senior players. Our ‘Senior Player of the Year 2015’ will also be announced. So why not join us for a few relaxed hours of good food, good drink and good company!

All cards for the Draw must be returned by Wednesday either to Scoil Mhuire or to senior players: Aisling Greenan, Michelle Morgan, Aideen Greene, Nicola Morgan or Club Chairman Macartan.

With the usual array of terrific prizes on offer including €200 cash, a half-day pampering package in the Farnham Hotel Cavan, Christmas hampers, vouchers for Chic Hair and Beauty, Charlie’s Meats and the Westenra Arms Hotel, Christmas Cakes, Christmas beverages(!) and much, much more, there really is ‘one for everyone in the audience’ – almost!!! We also have a prize for the club member in either primary or secondary school who sells the most lines. So make sure you are in the Club rooms on Friday night where it will all be happening!
A meeting of the Club Executive and senior players will take place on Wednesday evening at 8.00pm in the Club Rooms to finalise preparations for Friday night.

Finally, best wishes to Mary who is on a wee ‘sojourn’ with her medical friends in Dublin – no doubt you’ll be back home shortly and in the ‘thick of things’ for Christmas, Mary!