Claregalway U14 Ladies took part in the Galway Feile on Sunday last April 1st. Based at the wonderful new Pitch in Maree for the Group games, Claregalway began the defence of their title County Title playing Kilkerrin-Clonberne at 11:10. After a slow start the Claregalway Girls scored two goals before halftime and led at the break by 2–0 to 0–2. With the wind to their backs Claregalway ran out winners 4–3 to 0–2. Next up were hosts Naoimhe Mhuire and Claregalway were quickly into their stride in this game and led well at the break.
The second half saw the introduction of the entire panel with every player playing their part in a 4–9 to 0–2 win. This win and other results meant the Final was going to be a repeat of 2011 between Claregalway and Corofin. After a short rest the team made its way to Monivea for a 6pm Final. The final turned out to be a very competitive Game with scores hard got. Claregalway got the opening goal but Corofin responded with a goal and point. Two late points from Sky Nash left Claregalway with a slender point lead at the break. The second half was end to end football with outstanding performances from the six Claregalway backs keeping the Corofin forwards at bay. When Stepahine O’Connell found the Corofin net for her second goal it put three points between the teams.
Full back Eva Gilmore then denied Corofin an equalizing goal and from the resulting clearance Christina Hanley hit an insurance point for a 2–3 to 1–2 victory. Rebecca Hansberry was outstanding in goal, the defence was solid as a rock, new midfield pairing of Emma and Grace worked very hard and delivered great ball to the attack. In our forwards Sky, Christina and Stephanie took their scores well which were created by the hard working Aisling, Laurie, Laura and Rachel. Thanks to all the Girls on the Panel for their commitment over the past few weeks and we look forward to representing Galway for our fifth time in Laois Offaly from 22–24th June.
Panel: Rebecca Hansberry , Andrea Glynn, Eva Gilmore, Deirdre Keane, Keeva Gallagher, Ellie Glynn, Catriona Moran, Emma Connolly, Grace Cahill, Christan Hanley, Laurie Moran Aisling Murphy, Stephine O’Connell, Sky Nash, Laura Field, Gwen Horkan, Rachel O’Brien, Megan Shaughnessy, Aoife Philips, Ava Fitzmaurice, Rachel Killilea, Clodagh Murphy, Aoife Gavin, Chloe Donnellan, Leah Flemming, Laura King, Orla O’Gorman, Grace Gilmore, Emma Finneran, Claire Kilcoyne, Rebecca Downes, Shauna Flaherty, Sara Coady, Hannah Coady, Niamh Frances, Fionnula Keating, Caolfhinn Keating, Ailbhe Dunleavey, Andrea Forde, Eva Morgan, Ciara Gilmore, Aisling Kelly, Katie Moran, Lorna Mullally.
Training on Saturday in Knockdoe at 5:30pm. Our leagues start in two weeks time with opening games against Corofin and Monivea Abbey.
There was no luck for our club players in their recent schools and colleges Finals with Presentation Athenry, Mercy Tuam, GMIT Castlebar and LIT all suffering defeat at the final hurdle.
The Senior Ladies welcome County Champions St Brendans to Claregalway on Monday next for their first game in Division 1 of the League. Check website www.claregalwaygaa.net for trow-in time.
Best of luck to the U14 Galway Ladies who play Leitrim in the opening round of the Connacht Championship this Saturday in Leitrim and best wishes to the girls representing our Club; Laura Field, Ellie Glynn, Andrea Glynn, Keeva Gallagher & Laurie Moran.
The U12 Girls began their league with the U12 Gold team playing away to Menlough Skehana on Wednesday 28th of April. It was the opposition who started the strongest, scoring their opening goal very early on and they continued to dominate in the first half finishing 3–0 to 0–1 at the break. A very young Claregalway Team showed incredible grit and determination after the break with excellent defending denying their opponents many scoring opportunities. Three excellent Claregalway goals narrowed the gap to just three points. Menlough Skehana however, continued to battle and finished the game with a final scoreline of 4–6 to 3–2. This was a brilliant opening game for the Gold Team who now play Craughwell in the next round to be played by 4th April.
Panel: Niamh Egan, Miriam Greene, Sarah McHale, Leah Grealish, Kayla Timothy, Amy Walsh, Shannon O Connell, Laura Flynn, Chellene Trill, Rhiann Heery, Emily Duggan, Emma Dolan (C), Nicola King, Caitlin Quinn, Kiara Kearney, Mary Duggan, Grace Fahy, Niamh McGrath.
The U12 Greens will play away to Kilkerrin/Clonberne in Round 2 of the League with the 1st round being deferred. This game is due to be played by the 11th April.