The munstergroup Clare Community Games County Camogie competition took place on Saturday 28th and Saturday 4th April in St. Flannans and Inch/Connolly/Kilmaley Community Games Camogie created history when they won Gold medals in this year's Community Games Final. Inch/Connolly/Kilmaley over came Derg in the Semi-Final the previous week and qualifed for the first ever final against Kilkishen/The Mills/Oatfield.
This was a hard fought game by both teams. The game was in the melting pot going into the final six minutes of the game, such was the contest. Inch/Connolly/Kilmaley got off to a great start with points from Sarah Ni Ceallaigh from placed balls. A goal from Aine Donnegan and a goal from a free from the hurley of Sarah Ni Ceallaigh. Some great defensive work was done by Leona Grace, Eilis Cahill and Grainne Glynn during the first half. Kilkishen's Caoimhe Kelly gave an outstanding display of camogie from her team and kept the Inch/Connolly/Defense at all times.
Aine Donnegan and Jodi Cahill both battled very hard around the mid field and kept a supply of ball to Chloe Neylon, who was causing problems in the Kilkishen/The Mills defense.
The half-time score was Inch/Connolly/Kilmaley 2.3 Kilkishen/The Mills/Oatfield 1.1.
The second half was a battle royal for both teams and Kilkishen/The Mills battled back in true East Clare spirit. They got an additional goal and two points from play. Corner forward Grace Carmody stuck for goal leaving just a point between the sides going into the final seven minutes of play. Inch/Connolly/Kilmaley dug deep for the final minutes of play and defended to the best of their ability. A long clearance from Eilis Cahill found Aine Donegan, who delivered to Chloe Neylon, who then turned and crashed the ball to the back of the Kilkishen/The Mills net, this sealed out the game for her team. Kilkishen had some geat displays from Chloe Philpot, Aoife Ryan and Jazmine Touhy.
A more experienced Inch/Connolly/Kilmaley team were the victors on the day, in which both teams battled until the final whistle. Sophie Curran, Isobel Killeen and Kiadh Reynolds all played well for the Inch/Connolly/Kilmaley side.
AnnMaire McGann presented the Gold Medals to the delighted Inch/Connolly/Girls and she also presented the Silvers medals to the runners up Kilkishen/The Mills/Oatfield
Alanagh Meaney; Leona Grace, Eilis Cahill; Grainne Glynn, Sofie Curran; Jodi Cahill, Sarah Ni Ceallaigh, ( 1.3F ) Aine Donegan; ( 1.0 ) Kiadh Reynolds, Chloe Neylon, (1.1) Cpt, Aoife Killeen, Grace Carmody. (1.0). Subs: Ciara Hurley for Aoife Hurley, Isobel Killeen for Kiadh Reynolds, Ruth Neylon for Jodi Cahill, Jodi Cahill for Ruth Neylon
Kilkishen/The Mills/Oatfield Team
Roisin O Neill, Katelyn Baker, Ellen Lenihan; Cara Close, Aoife Ryan; Kayleigh Bently, Niamh Melody; Eimear Whitney, Shauna Keane; Chloe Philpott, Chloe Canny; Jazmine Touhy, Caoimhe Kelly; Roisin McNamara, Leanne O Halloran; Rebecca Burke, Anabelle Campher, Rachel Henry, Eimear Murphy.
Bronze Clarecastle/Ballyea 8.4 and Certificate of Merit Derg 2.3.
Another great game, but this day saw the Clarecastle/Ballyea girls outshine the east Clare outfit Derg. Some excellent scores for the Clarecastle/Ballyea team gave them a comfortable win over the 2013 winners Derg. Both teams gave an exhibition of camogie, with some outstanding individual displays for players on both sides. Stronger on the day the Clarecastle/Ballyea team earned the Bronze medals, adding to previous Gold medals that the area have won in this competition.
Anne McMahon, The Field coordinator for this years games thanked St.Flannans College for use of the field and the Clare Community Games Committee for promoting the game of camogie within the Community Games in Clare. A total of seven teams entered the competition and the standard was very high this year. She encouraged more areas to enter the competition in the coming years, as all clubs benefited greatly from the competition and it was very encouraging the standard of camogie being played by 12 and 13 year old players across the county.
Referee AnnMaire McGann of St.Josephs Doora/Barefield presented the medals & certs to all the 4 teams on the day.
This is the first time that Inch/Kilmaley/Connolly have won the Gold medals and they will go on to represent Clare in the Munster finals in early July.
Big thank you to Anne McMahon and her team.