Camog-athon Thank you

A big thank you to one and all who helped and participated in our recent Camog-athon

Lots of happy memories from our first ever Camog-athon on Monday 3 June will linger for a long time.  Weather was fantastic, a big thank you to the organising committee Ciara Donohoe, Kate Kelly, Fionnuala Hearne, Kathleen Dooley, Trish Fielding and Alan Aherne. 

A grand total of 113 players took part over the 12 hours, with the honour of striking the first ball falling to Kathleen on the stroke of 7 am.  Kate and Fionnuala were next on the scene, and the numbers increased over the day.  Club Seniors played the Wexford Intermediates team in a challenge game at 9 am, kindly refereed by Francis Neville.  The game was played over three 20 minute segments, with a clearcut 5-14 to 4-5 win for Club girls.  Team as follows:  Sandy Carr, Catherine Doyle, Leona Tector, Maeve Quill, Ciara Donohoe (capt), Bridget Curran (0-3), Fiona Cullen, Kate Kelly (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free), Shelly Doyle, Aine Lacey, Katrina Parrock (1-2), Anne-Marie Kelly (0-2), Roisin Tobin, Michelle Hearne (2-1), Deirdre McMahon (1-1).  Subs Eadaoin Fitzgerald for Tobin, Aine Barron for M Quill, Lisa Quill for Doyle, Maeve Doyle for Curran, Mary Cullen for Carr, Therese Sheil for Fitzgearald, Caroline Curran for McMahon.  Michelle Harding was unable to play due to her knee injury but did take part in the crossbar challenge later!

Next up was a fun training session for Anne-Marie Kelly’s Under 8 girls, and a big thank you to Kate, Ciara, Aine and Maeve for keeping our youngest players entertained till 11 am.  Those who took part were:  Niamh Hearne, Amie Cooling, Laura Wilson, Aoife McEldowney, Saoirse Banville, Chloe Whelan, Annie Kelly, Bronagh Hearne, Orlaith Hearne, Cara Parker, Aoife Cullen, Zara Corrigan and Lucy Roche.

The Under 10’s carried on the fun and games with a lot of participation from the parents as well as mentors Stanley O’Leary, Tom Tynan, Austin and Emma Hearne.  Well done Aoife Hearne, Alannah Tynan, Eimear Flanagan, Ciara McMahon, Erin Kehoe, Nicole Gillen, Keeva Campbell, Lily Stoutt, Danielle O’Leary, Mai ling Tynan, Caoimhe Parker, Abigaill Gillen, Katie Feeney and Muireann Lanigan.

The Under 12 squad under the guidance of Ursula Neville and Trish Fielding were ready and waiting to carry on the marathon, and their training session featured Abbie Devereux, Sarah Whelan, Alison Doyle, Aine Fitzgerald, Andrea Fielding, Hannah Hearne, Caitlin Carroll, Ciara Banville, Aoibhe Murphy, Aoife Doyle, Ailis Neville and Lauren Murphy, the girls had lots of fun with the water balloons.

Some of the Under 14 crew were away on soccer duty in Limerick but that didn’t deter mentors Mick Lanigan and John Harding as they put Zoe O’Leary, Ellie Daly, Thea Kehoe, Anna Whelan, Larah Campbell, Eleanor Lacey, Mikaela Lanigan and Aoife Fielding through their paces.  Jenny Murphy also took part in some activities despite her wrist injury, and we can’t forget our special guest from Oulart-The Ballagh, Eimear O’Connor, who is definitely an Ibar’s wannabe!!

The mid afternoon featured a combination of exam students, as well as Under 16’s and Under 18 members, who were involved in non-contact skills and drills under the tutelage of Kate Kelly, Kim Walsh and John Kelly.  The group featured Chloe Mahon, Linzi Lanigan, Shauna Kelly, Megan Murphy, Niamh Walsh, Katie Lacey, Jessica Sinnott and Chloe Thomas, this was followed by a crossbar challenge when mentor Kim hit the target and lost the run of herself for a few seconds.

Then came the highlight of the day:  the return of the Legends!  A total of 25 players of the past lined out for a game to remember, with John Furlong manning the whistle, Christine Lanigan throwing the ball in, and Aidan O’Leary providing the running commentary!  It featured thrills, spills, some dodgy attire, plenty of fine skills, the near-decapitation of Marguerite Murphy and a lorry load of laughs as everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion.

Player of the match Annette Barron received her presentation from former mentors Sean Kelly and John Furlong.  Also in action were Theresa Kehoe, Marianne Murphy, Peggie Kelly, Mary Sheil, Kathleen Lacey, Mairead Potter, Mag Doherty, Aideen Parker, Ursula Neville, Aine Donohoe, Marguerite Murphy, Kim Walsh, Mag Harding, Trish Fielding, Dympna Hearne, Theresa Roche, Deirdre O’Leary, Mary Furlong, Diane Hanrahan, Mary O’Leary, Mag Murphy, Mandy Murphy and Sharon Doyle.

After the excitement of the Legends game, the day concluded with some schools challenges, with players young and old forming teams based on where they were educated.  After Castlebridge took on Curracloe, the true spirit of the day was encapsulated in the meeting of Screen and Blow-ins when the many young players on view, from four year old Sarah Kennedy upwards, were give centre stage by their older colleagues as they happily chased the sliothar around the field.

The twelve hours concluded with a combined game featuring Screen and Curracloe against Castlebridge and the Blow ins, with no fewer than 67 players on the field!  The extras who took part in that section were Sharron Daly, Emma Carroll, Michelle Murphy, Janice Carr, Ceara O’Brien, Kate Kelly of Blackwater and the aforementioned Sarah Kennedy.

The day was aimed at giving everyone with a past or present link to the club a chance to take part, have fun, meet old friends and make new ones.  We are confident that these goals were acheived judging from the positive feedback, and we hope it won’t be the last such occasion in Hollymount.  

A reminder anyone with sponsorship cards outstanding, please return as soon as possible to any committee member or team mentors.