Wexford Camogie update
Kate Kelly, Katriona Parrock and Bridge Curran lined out for Wexford yesterday to take part in Wexford’s first games of the season and under the new management team of J.J. DOYLE.
The Marshalstown native was ratified by delegates a number of weeks ago to succeed the departing Stellah Sinnott, following a recommendation put forward by a special sub-committee. Doyle is in his mid-thirties and was a substitute on the Wexford Minor hurling team which lost by a point to Kilkenny in the Leinster championship final of 1992. He was educated in Marshalstown National School and Enniscorthy C.B.S., before going on to play with N.U.I. Maynooth in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Doyle, who represented Wexford in all grades up to and including Minor, joined Naomh Éanna in 2001 and lined out in Senior hurling with them as well as playing a big part in getting camogie back up and running in Gorey.
Indeed, he coached every team in the club from Under-12 up to adult level over a six-year period before moving to Ballymitty in 2008 where he has been involved with successful Rackard League boys’ and girls’ football teams. Doyle’s full backroom team will be awaited with interest, and it won’t be long before the new-look Wexford outfit returns to action.
JJ is joined by Tommy Roche (Marshalstown); and Joe Brennan (Naomh Eanna) both selectors. Gerry McQuaid is the trainer with Odhran Furlong also making up the backroom team.
Wexford played UCD in a senior practise match in preparation for their upcoming league campaign, Katriona lined out midfield while Kate started at corner forward. Indeed, their first National League game is on February 28 at home to Dublin, and they are also joined in the group by Galway, whom they host on March 6, and Clare, whom they will face at an away venue on March 14.
Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny are in the other group, with Limerick having dropped down to Intermediate, and the league semi-finals are down for decision on April 10, with the final a fortnight later. All seven counties are in the one group for the Gala All-Ireland championship, and Wexford will have a bye in round one on June 12. Their fixtures are: home to Dublin on June 19; away to Galway on June 26; home to Clare on July 3; away to Tipperary on July 10; away to Cork on July 17; home to Kilkenny on July 24.
The top four will advance to the semifinals on August 14, with the final in Croke Park on September 12.