Club Notes - 2014/04/08

posted 8 Apr 2014, 10:32 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 05:48 ]

Our senior camogie  team played their first league game of 2014 against the County Champions, St. Ibar’s, on Monday 31st and although they lost 0-7 to 0-5 they performed really well with a very youthful team.  It will be very interesting to watch how this team develops over the season. The under 18 camogie team travelled all the way to Coolgreaney on Wednesday 2nd where they beat Castletown convincingly in the first round of their championship; the girls play Craanford in the next round on April 30th. Hard luck to our club representatives, Muireann Byrne (captain), Amy Cardiff, Sarah O’Connor, Katie O’Connor, Chloe Fox and Lauren Carty on the u18 county team who lost out recently to Tipperary to miss out on a place in the All-Ireland semi-final. However, after a number of years competing in the B division, this year’s experience in the A division is something they, along with selector Deirdre Colfer, should all be proud of. Meanwhile, our under 10 and under 12 girls have taken part in the first of a number of blitz days recently. While the emphasis is entirely on participation and fun at that level it's obvious that the girls themselves have a competitiveness that bodes well for the future! 


Congratulations to Ciaran Lyng and Daithí Waters who were instrumental in Wexford’s victory over Longford in Wexford Park on Sunday. These men are an inspiration to our underage players and it’s great that they still make the time to come back and help out occasionally with our young teams. Also working with our underage players and coaches, on Friday 4th, was Maurice Logue who is a full time coach with the Leinster Rugby Academy. Maurice played senior football with Clongeen and spent 2 hours teaching our coaches about all aspects of the warm up and physical literacy. Our underage coaches found the session very rewarding and the under 10 boys, who were Maurice’s guinea pigs, loved being the centre of attention! There will be further “Coaching the Coaches” sessions during the year and all our coaches, plus any interested parents, are encouraged to attend future sessions.


Football was also the focus for our under 12 boys when St Anne's made the short trip to Piercestown for the boys’ first football matches of the year. The lads played two games and showed no signs of rust as they began their preparations for the first round of the County League Division 1 which begins next Tuesday 15th at home to Starlights. Before then the boys will host an exceptionally strong Kilmacud Crokes squad  in Piercestown for a couple of hurling matches on Sunday 13th with throw-in at 11:30am. Those Dublin boys will of course be in Wexford for the Leinster Minor hurling championship match between Wexford and Dublin which our club is honoured to host. This is a huge occasion for the Club with 7 players on the panel – Joe Coleman, Conor Firman, Jake Firman, Johnny Hamilton, Aaron Maddock, Harry O’Connor, Joe O’Connor – which is managed by our own Larry Coleman (and Barry Sinnott as Secretary) and we expect to see a huge crowd for this match. Hopefully the unique experience of playing such an important game in a venue like the St. Martin’s club will help to drive the Wexford team on to victory.


Our juvenile boys had a really good game against the county under 16 football development squad on Friday 4th and it showed that there’s quite a conveyor belt of talent coming through to build on last year’s break-through senior success. Meanwhile, our senior men continue their training for the championships with their first game, in football, against Adamstown in Bellefield on Saturday April 19th.


The Club Lotto continues to grow and the jackpot prize now stands at €14,000 as there was no overall winner last week. There were however four 4 match-3 winners each of whom get €50 so congratulations to S & C Cullen, V & A Staples, C & J O’Leary and to Eoin Quigley. The Club Lotto is very important to the overall stability of the Club and anyone who wishes to participate is asked to contact any committee member.