After such a successful year for our club in 2004 we began 2005 wondering if we could maintain the momentum and achieve further success for our club. We registered 91 players and entered teams in u10/12/13/14/16 and Junior A championship and also had a team in u9/10/12 in the Galway City League.
A very large panel of players trained since April last under the watchful and dedicated eyes of Maura Murphy, Dorothy Kenny, Frank Mc Hugh and Martin Smith. Whilst we had no success in the championship we had great wins in capturing both the U10 and U12 City League. In these age groups it is about participation ,enjoyment ,learning basic skills and not winning that counts. We hosted the U10 City league competition which was ran off as a blitz and it was a great success with 8 Teams participating. It was probably made all the more enjoyable because our young panel of girls won the competition on the day. Many thanks to all our club members who helped make it such a success.
Thanks in particular to team trainers Maura, Frank, Dorothy Martin and to all the parents who help them out during the year.
This panel of players came into 2005 having won the u12 championship and City League in 2004 and so had great expectations for further success. In the group matches our u14s won all their matches beating Killimordaly, Sarsfields and
Athenry qualifying for a Semi-Final place with our neighbors Turloughmore. On the day in a very evenly balanced match Turloughmore came out victorious .Disappointing as the result was for the girls many of them will still be u14 again next year and will be determined to go all the way.
In the U13A competition we again qualified for a semi final place losing to Mullagh and Killimor and beating Davitts,Sarsfields and Athenry in the Group games.As the top 4 Teams went into a Semi-Final we drew Sarsfields who we had narrowingly beaten in the Group by a point.The match proved to be one of the best games our girls played in the year and yet we lost.The team played with fierce determination and skill throughout the entire game and were 2 points up deep in injury time.However an unstoppable goal in the dying seconds beat us at the final whistle. Team trainer and mentor Deci Walsh told a very distraught bunch of girls afterwards that our club could be very proud of them and their performance and that it would only make them better players in 2006.
These girls trained very diligently since last February and many thanks must go to their trainer Declan Walsh who gave his usual 100% commitment.
2005 was a very successful year for our U16 panel culminating in capturing the U16B county final.
Having won all their group matches they met their neighbors Turloughmore in the semi-final. On the day Turloughmore were no match for Carnmore who had them beaten on every sector of the field and Carnmore reached the final winning by a huge margin.
Clarenbridge hosted the final which was a fiercely contested one between Castlegar and ourselves.
From the outset both teams set the tone of the game contesting every ball. This was a hugely entertaining game as the level of camogie and some individual displays were a joy to watch.
Carnmore probably had the edge in the game in that they had forwards capable of picking off points. They were probably unlucky not to be further ahead at half time were it not for the brilliant display of Castlegar