CLANMAURICE will be begin their tilt at the Munster Junior Club Championship on Saturday next aginst the Clare Intermediate Champions Truagh / Clonlara, who won their championship two weeks ago.
MUNSTER JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 Clanmaurice v Truagh / Clonlara (Clare) 1pm in Ballyheigue
The club is situated on the Limerick border and it was their third appearance in-a-row in a county final, which they won by a point against Scarriff / Ogonalloe. They powered their way to the final and will be intent on making an impact in Munster. Clanmaurice can exepect a gritty encounter, but with the likes of Michelle Leen, Patrice Diggin, Sinead Mackessy and Aoife Fitzgerald in their ranks, won't shy away from this challenge.
A home venue is always a plus going into the unknown and good support for the girls would be like the 16th player. The Clan must be admired for wanting to compete in this competition, up against the powers of the Munster club scene, considering the club is only a year old, but as we have seen in the past, this team never lie down and having won the Munster League in July, will not fear any team crossing the Shannon.
St Annes 9-28 Blackrock 1-2
IT was clear from early on that the Kerry girls wanted a good performance and with Patrice Diggin prowling at the edge of the square and the wind at her back, she made life very difficult for the Blackrock defence.
St. Annes commanded all areas of the pitch and this game was over at half time when the scoreline read 514 to 0-0. Great combination work saw Alanna Maunsell's pace burn off every marker to take her own scores and set up more.
Aine O'Connor marshalled centre back, with the Leen sisters and Orla Young sending in some great ball to the forward line. St. Annes back line had little to occupy themselves, and any danger was swiftly dealt with by Aoife Fitzgerald and Norann Gilbert. Siadbhe Horgan chipped in with two points, along with Cora Carroll and Isabel O'Connor taking their chances. This game was a great confidence boost to the girls who havnt played together since May.
A returning Kerri O'Shea also made an impact after a long lay off with an ankle injury. Coach Pete Young can be happy with his charges, but he along with the girls know stiffer tests await in the long grass of knockout Championship. Next up is the combined team of Na Fianna on Sunday at a time and venue to be announced. St Anne's: Andrea Hanly, Aoife Fitzgerald, Norann Gilbert, Louise Hobbert, Aine O'Connor, Orla Young, Niamh Leen, Annmarie Leen, Patrice Diggin, Isabel O'Connor, Cora Carroll, Kerri O'Shea, Melissa Dineen, Julianne O'Keefe, Alanna Maunsell, Siadbhe Horgan U15 Development Blitz THIS blitz was held in Portlaoise last Saturday, with Kerry entering a strong team.
However, the bus never left the county, as only 13 girls showed up to travel. This simply isn't good enough, given that a panel of 22 had trained and were intent on competing. Scrambling to contact players, who didn't bother contacting management to let them know they wernt going and with 13 girls committed to line out it was very very disappointing to have to tell them we wouldn't be travelling.
As this was an inter-county blitz organised by Croke Park, a phone call had to be made to inform them we wouldn't be competing. The draw had to be re done removing Kerry from the fray.
I would urge parents and players to please consider the management and your team mates when deciding not to travel and what that means.
To the girls who did show up last Saturday morning, thank you. SQUAD: Orlaith Casey, Angel Hussey, Nessa McGarty, Aoife Behan, Julianne O'Keefe, Kate Austen O'Sullivan, Alanna Maunsell, Niamh Leen, Andrea Hanly, Aoife O'Connor, Rachel Burke, Emma Lawlor, Louise Hobbert. Mgmt: Eoin Lawlor, David Doyle Coaching GLENDERRY National School in Ballyheigue is the focus for coach Bryan Murphy as he started eighty weeks of camogie training last week. It is hoped that from this, players will join clubs and strengthen numbers at underage level where the building blocks for senior teams come from.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Limerick Minor Championship Round 2 St. Annes v Na Fianna (time and venue to be announced)