On Saturday last 24th September, Claregalway Junior Ladies took part in the Tesco All Ireland Sevens At Naomh Mearnog G.A.A. club. Having played 4 games in their group, they came out on top and played a quarter final against Mungrets St.Paul’s which they won well. They played St.Sylvester’s in the semi-final and again the Claregalway girls were successful. They met Thomas Davis of Dublin in the final, which was a very tight tough game.
Unfortunately , the Claregalway girls lost out by 2-7 to 1-6. It was a most enjoyable day where the girls gave a wonderful display of football. Great credit to the team which are Siobhan Cullen, Fabian Cooney, Deirdre Brennan, Tara Hession, Lorraine Keane, Emer O’Connell, Georgina Healy, Hannah Coen, Nicola Conlon, Charlotte Cooney,Aislinn Newell and Helen Moran. Manager; Barry Cooney, Michael Kirwan, Mick O’Connell . Special thanks to Rita Healy and to the parents who travelled.
The U-14 Girls travelled up to Bewleys Hotel on Friday evening to take part in the Kilmacud Crokes Sevens. Claregalway were drawn in a strong group with FoxrockCabinteely,Naomh Conaill and Dungarvan. In Saturdays opening game at 10am Claregalway defeated FoxrockCabinteely on a score of 9-3 to 1-3. The second game was much closer against Dungarvan who had recorded a big win in the opening round. A converted penalty by Emma Connolly secured a 2-4 to 1-3 win. In the last group game Claregalway defeated Naomh Conaill 9-2 to 1-1 to setup a Fourth round knockout game with Shean Ui Neill.
This game produced 18 goals shared evenly between the Teams but it was the Claregalway points that won the game on a score of 9-5 to 9 goals. Claregalway defeated Div 3 Feile Champions Lurgan by 8-7 to 1-2 in quarter Final and strong Cork representatives Fermoy in the semi by 7-5 to 2-3. The Banner Ladies from Clare had defeated Sarsfields of Kildare in the other semi-final to setup a Clare v Galway final. The final was 15 minutes a half and with both Teams having already played six games it was a real test of a team’s fitness and character. Only two points separated the Teams at the break. With the wind at their backs in the second half the Claregalway Girls drove for victory with well taken goals and secured the Title for the Club on a score of 10-8 to 4-9. Claregalway have become the first Club to win this Competition twice in its eight year history having won it previously in 2007.
Captain Orla Murphy received the Cup on behalf of her Team and Ciara Burke was a deserving winner of the player of the Tournament. Over the seven games played the Claregalway girls scored a massive 54 goals and 34 points while conceding just 19-21. We wish Roisin Holland a speedy recovery from a hand injury picked up in the opening Game. Panel Natasha Hynes Ellie Glynn Megan Glynn Karen Dowd Orla Murphy Ciara Burke Ciara Campbell Emma Connolly Stephanie O’Connell Roisin Holland Lauren Coen Aisling Murphy. Many thanks to all who travelled up and helped make this a special day for this Team. The U-14 County A Championship final against Moycullen is due to take place next Sunday Morning. Details of time and venue will be posted on Club website during week. Training for all U-14’s on Friday at 6:30 and for U-13’s on Mondays at 6:30.
U10 League. The U10 League Finals take place this Saturday 1st October in Tuam Stars Pitch and begins at 3pm sharp. These players are the young stars of the future and club support would be very much welcomed on the day. There are eight teams participating on the day including; Claregalway, Annaghdown, Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Corofin, Tuam/Cortoon, Dunmore, Caltra & St Gabriels or Naomh Mhuire.