Thursday, July 06, 2017



Division 3

Despite winning two of their group games, Myshall had to settle for a place in the shield competition. Three teams finished on four points each in the group but with Cork side Newceston inflicting a 4-4 to 2-5 defeat on the Carlow team that was the key result of the group and scoring difference saw them miss out on challenging for the cup.

Myshall’s Nora Sullivan goes on this solo run during her team’s game against Bannow Ballymitty Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography

In a sense, there was a silver lining in that the Myshall girls took a different direction and after a 4-11 to 0-1 win over Bannow-Ballymitty from Wexford in the quarter-final they accounted for Dublin’s Naomh Uinsionn.

Another Wexford side provided the opposition in the shield final and once again the yellow and black of Myshall emerged triumphant on a score-line of 2-4 to 0-2.

Myshall: Sarah-Jane Doran, Anna Nolan, Katie Bowes-Breslin, Kim Nolan. Therese Nolan, Michaela Donoghue, Rachel Kavanagh, Abbie Foley, Caoimhe Jordan, Maria O’Neill, Kim Doyle, Lauren Kavanagh, Rhiannan Kenny, Nora Sullivan, Amie Nolan, Danielle Nolan, Chloe Murphy, Shannon Slye



Division 4

After this successful Feile adventure the feeling persists that Muinebheag could well be the dominant force in camogie here in Carlow for the coming years. With an emphatic 8-6 to 1-1 win over the Kildare combination of Rathcoffey/Cappagh/Maynooth and following up with a 3-5 to 0-2 over Wexford’s Duffry Rovers, it was on to Saturday where they were put to the pin of their collar when beating Antrim’s Portglennone by 1-2 to 0-3.

Young supporters cheer on Muinebheag on Friday evening

There was a distinctly Kilkenny feeling to the rest of their challenge when they moved ever so slightly across the border to Clara where they beat Naomh Bríd by 5-2 to 2-4.

It was Kilkenny opposition in the cup semi-final and again a 3-1 to 0-1 win over Freshford’s St Lachtain’s saw the Bagenalstown side progress to the decider.

Here they came up against the dynamic John Lockes from Cat country where a 6-4 to 0-1 defeat ended a dream of winning a national title.

Disappointed yes, but Carlow opposition watch out. This group of girls aren’t just a coming force, they have arrived.

Muinebheag: Emma Lillis, Clodagh O’Neill, Chloe Coady, Ellie Coady, Katie Doyle, Rebecca Kelly, Niamh Minchin, Emma Power, Molly Tuite, Leanne Carroll, Sinead McCullagh, Ebony Darcy, Michaela Clarke, Orla Byrne, Ava Byrne, Hollie Sinnott, Sophie Walsh, Eimear Lillis, Katie Tunstead, Kelsey Coady, Nikita Byrne, Shauna Williams, Keva Plant. Shanice Middleton


Naomh Bríd

Division 4

Having gone into Saturday on a 50% record from Friday’s matches with a win against Derry side Drumsurn by 6-4 to 2-1 and a loss to near neighbours, Gowran’s Young Irelands, Naomh Bríd needed something special if they were to make the cup quarter-finals on Saturday. In front of their home supporters at the Superbowl they produced the goods to beat Offaly’s Lusmugh-Drumcullen by 1-8 to 1-1.

Pat and Josie O’Mahony, Mandy Ryan and Aidan Fitzgerald keep out of the sun in Myshall on Saturday Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography.

In the end there was no need to feel disappointed when losing to eventual cup finalists Muinebheag by 5-2 to 2-2.

Everyone at the club had a great weekend in glorious weather.

Naomh Brid: Emer Aughney, Rachel Curran, Laoise Coady, Megan Conran, Emma Drea, Hazel Doran, Andrea Dooley, Sophie Dowling, Caitlyn Earl, Aine Irwin, Emily Kehoe, Ava Murphy, Olwyn Lawler, Rose Nolan, Maya Nair, Indie Nair, Tara O’Byrne, Lisa O’Dwyer, Siofra O’Neill, Lauren Pendergast, Sinead, Raftry, Jenny Sawyer, Ella Mae Swell, Katelynn Murphy


Mount Leinster Rangers

Division 5

Going into the weekend a young Mount Leinster Rangers team had not been playing well but cometh the hour, the whole squad dug deep to produce some great performances.

Myshall supporters watching the games on Saturday

Lifted by great performances from Courtney Johnson, Alanna Curry, Emily Martin, Keelin Lawlor and Aine Doyle the whole team gelled from the start and even though they lost their two games to Edendork from Dungannon by 3-2 to 1-5 and against the home side, Ferns, by 6-2 to 3-4, spirits were high.

For their final group game they found St Dominic’s from Roscommon too hot to handle losing that one too (5-3 to 0-3). In Danesfort they had to settle for second best in the shield quarter-final when Denn from Cavan came through by 4-1 to 2-2. That was the end of their Féile ambitions for a year but a weekend which started with a street parade in Borris on Friday evening will be remembered for a long, long time.

Mount Leinster Rangers: Hannah Joy, Katelyn Condren, Emily Martin, Catie Mealey, Keelin Lawlor, Orlaith Power, Áine Doyle, Aislinn Joyce, Mirren Smith, Courtney Johnson, Meadbh Doyle, Hannah Kehoe, Shannon Fox, Eleanor Williams, Orla Ryan, Kathleen Fenlon, Claire Kavanagh, Geri Mai Murphy, Amy Murphy, Alanna Curry, Meave Lawlor.


St Mullins

Division 5

The St Mullins U14 camogie team put in an excellent showing at the 2017 All-Ireland Féile na nGael at the weekend, reaching the Division 5 Cup quarter-finals.

Maureen Power, Tracy Sinnott and Margaret Tuite enjoying Féile

On a busy weekend, which saw the side hosting eventual shield semi-finalists Denn from Cavan, St Mullins went unbeaten in Group B following some powerful scoring exploits, which saw them register 13 goals and 12 points in their first three games.

St Mullins got off to a flyer on home turf on Friday afternoon with a 2-3 to 1-2 win over St Lazarian’s, Abbeyleix from Laois. They followed this up on Friday evening with a very impressive 7-6 to 2-0 win over St James of Wexford, ensuring a top of the table clash against Denn on Saturday morning.

St Mullins were certainly up for this match and they didn’t disappoint, registering a 4-3 to 0-0 win over the Cavan side.

It was off to Danesfort for a Cup quarter-final against St Dominics, but St Mullins found it tough, and their Feile involvement came to an end after a 3-2 to 0-6 loss to the Roscommon side.

St Mullins: Roisin Grennan, Hannah Murphy, Caoimhe Coady, Megan Ryan, Anna Murphy, Ella O’Neill, Ellie Ryan, Emma Doyle, Caelinn McCabe, Kate O’Flynn, Katie O’Connell, Brid Doyle, Ava Ryan, Eabha McCabe, Leah Ryan, Ruth Fogarty, Shauna Connors, Kayla Ryan, Aoibhinn Doyle



Division 5

Camogie president Catherine Neary came to Ballinkillen on Saturday morning to visit the host club but they were unable to mark the occasion with a win as they lost their final group game to Brideoga by 3-3 to 1-2. Having won their opening two games in Fenagh Training Centre the evening before, against Four Roads (2-1 to 1-0) and Danesfort (0-4 to 1-0), there was not too much damage done. However, their great run ended in Danesfort on Saturday in the cup quarter-final when Rathgarogue-Cushinstown won by 2-5 to 0-3.

It was a great occasion. Brendan Leen praised the management and the players.

“Tremendous progress from this group of players who are well-coached and looked after by the management team in the club. I don’t want to mention anyone in particular in case I leave someone out but we know who they are and they are doing a great job.”

Ballinkillen: Niamh Tracey, Laura Cummins, Aoife Foley, Orla Nolan, Muireann English, Tegan Wall, Nicola Nolan, Moya Jordan, Becca Sheehan, Amy Roche, Rachel O’Brien, Holly Wall, Amy Kelly, Tara Hynes, Emma Fitzpatrick, Caoimhe Dunne Brennan, Leah McCabe, Safya Basanth, Ciara Dixon, Jill Murphy, Farrah Ryan, Caoimhe Nolan, Mollie Hickey


Burren Rangers

Division 6

This was a brilliant achievement by Burren Rangers to make the quarter-finals of the cup competition. Funnily enough, it was in their opening game against Mayo side Westport where they could have come undone. Having conceded two goals they scored two themselves but their ability to add points was key as they came through by 2-3 to 2-0. Their 4-2 to 0-5 victory over Kilkenny’s Lisdowney/Naomh Bríd was followed by a 2-1 to 0-0 success over Donegal’s Carndonagh.

Muinebheag captain Emma Lillis presents a commemorative pennant to Joanne Dowd (Rathcoffey/Cappagh/Maynnoth) prior to their match in McGrath Park on Friday evening. Also pictured is match referee John Thompson Photo:

Their great run came to an end in Carlow Town HC when Cilliard of Kerry prevailed by 8-7 to 1-0. Nonetheless, this was a wonderful weekend for everyone in the club.

Burren Rangers: Leah Barron, Bronagh Betts Allen, Leanne Carroll, Aoibhe Connolly, Roisin Connolly, Emer Deacon, Orla Deacon, Caoimhe Holden, Orlaith Holden, Aoibhinn Iroh, Katie Keating, Aibha Kieran, Amy Moloney, Saoirse Moore, Edelle Morrissey, Roisin Morrissey, Sarah McCaffrey, Marie ONeill, Eimear Raleigh, Abbie Roche, Aoife Smithers, Shauna Sweeney, Lynsey Ward, Leah Whelan



Division 7

Setanta camogie U14s certainly had a Féile na nGael weekend that will live long in the memory, before bowing out of Division 7 at the semi-final stage of the shield.

They lost out to eventual shield winners Paulstown-Goresbridge of Kilkenny by 2-1 to 0-0 at Palmerstown, and while they will be disappointed by this defeat at Dicksboro GAA club, there were many positives to take from the weekend.

Placed in a tough Group D along with Kildare’s Coill Dubh; St Fiachra’s of Kilkenny and Laochra Óg of Cork; Setanta worked hard and showed great spirit throughout.

They certainly improved with every game, and after a tough 4-2 to 0-1 loss to Coill Dubh in their opening game, they regrouped, but once again found it hard against a goal hungry St Fiachras who claimed a 5-2 to 0-3 win.

In round three on Saturday morning, Setanta came good with a 3-0 to 1-1 win over their visitors Laochra Óg in Tinryland.

The Cork outfit went on to contest the shield final, and only lost by a point to Coill Dubh in their previous group game – so hats off to Setanta on a job well done.

Setanta travelled to Carnew for their shield quarter-final, and claimed a 6-2 to 0-1 win over Clontibret O’Neill’s of Monaghan, before their semi-final loss on Sunday morning.

Setanta: Ava Kavanagh, Niamh Ahearne, Lauren Doyle, Deyna Murphy, Cliodhna Gavin, Abbie Costigan, Katie Jacob, Ava McCarthy, Shauna Bermingham, Emer O’Hanlon, Niamh Gray, Sinead Thompson, Aoife Whelan, Sarah Doody, Niamh Byrne, Sinead Murphy, Siona Barcoe Keogh, Maeve Fallon, Abby Kehoe, Natalia Connolly


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