JUNIOR 13 A SIDE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Kildorrery 2-08 Millstreet 1-09
On Friday night last the 11th of November our Girls faced Millstreet in the refixed final of the 2022 Junior 13 a side County Championship Final. After the disappointment of the original fixture being postponed on the 31st of October due to the weather the game was refixed for Bishopstown at their superb 4G pitch. Conditions were challenging as there was a strong breeze and heavy rain. We had previously met Millstreet in the last game of the group stages and on that occasion we lost by 6 points so we knew we were in for a battle if we were going to bring the cup back to the Hill.
We lost the toss and Millstreet opted to play with the breeze in the first half. Millstreet opened the scoring with a quick point but we showed our intent by answering with a super goal. Sally McCarthy received a great ball in the corner, turned her marker and struck a super goal. Sally then coolly slotted over a 45 followed by a point from play. The next score was a lovely point from play by Aoife Noonan. 1-02 to 0-01 was a dream start but Millstreet came thundering back into the game and scored 3 points on the trot. With 20 minutes on the clock a speculative high ball dropped into Millstreet square and was gathered by their keeper but Ciara Palmer showed great heart to chase in, block down the clearance and finish to the net. This score was vital as it broke Millstreets momentum completely. Judy McCarthy finished the scoring in the first half with a well taken point. Just on the stroke of half time Millstreet were awarded a 21 yard free. The free taker went for goal but Aoife Hennessy made a great save and showed real bravery by putting her body on the line to race out to clear the rebound. At half time the score was Kildorrery 2-04 to Millstreet 0-04.
Kildorrery were in a great position going out for the second half with the wind at their backs and a 2 goal lead but as we all know the wind never won a game for anyone. Millstreet opened the scoring with a quick point. They followed this up with a goal and we knew we were in a serious battle at this stage. Midway through the second Kaylaigh Barry was replaced by Orla McEnaney. Sally steadied the ship with a point but Millstreet went on a scoring burst and scored 3 points in a row. During this period Millstreets number 12 was causing huge damage. This was to be Millstreets last score of the night. With 10 minutes left on the clock Millstreet were leading 1-09 to 2-05. At this stage after being under huge pressure our girls pushed on and Sally scored a free to level. The girls kept working hard and earned another free which Sally converted to Put Kildorrery a point up. At this stage the game was frantic and frenetic. Neither team was giving an inch and the atmosphere was electric. Into injury time Kildorrery won another free and Sally was coolness personified when she pinged it over the bar. 2 points is a dangerous lead and after what seemed an eternity the referee finally blew the final whistle. There were rapturous scenes at the final whistle as players dropped to their knees, drained with emotion and the physical effort. Final Score Kildorrery 2-08 to Millstreet 1-09.
Aoife Hennessy in goals was a real contender for player of the match after pulling off some great saves at vital stages and was solid all through the game. Laura Hanley and Sharon Coughlan were like enforcers in the full back line. Elaine O’ Connor at centre back was a colossus. Niamh Mullins and Fiona O Flynn really hurled beyond their years on the wings. They put in a huge shift and had a huge say in the final outcome. At midfield Aine Keating and Judy McCarthy did trojan work with Aine setting up many an attack and Judy hooking and blocking and chipping in with a lovely point from play. In the half forwards we had the 2 speedsters Aoife Noonan and Kaylaigh Barry on the wings. With their fast feet and Camogie skill they were a handful all night for the Milstreet backs. Sally McCarthy who finished with 1-06 and Orlaith Quaid who orchestrated a lot of the play really bamboozled the Millstreet defenders with their interplay and alternating between the half forward line and full forward line. Ciara Palmer showed her eye for goal again on the big day after scoring 4 goals in the League Final. Orla McEnaney really contributed when introduced in the second half having been unlucky not to start. Ellen Barry-Lynes and Nicole Cahill were unfortunate not to be brought on but they have done more than their fair share in other games to help bring the team to this stage this year and they will have a big say in the club over the coming years. Niamh Ni Fhearghail was so unlucky to miss out on the final through injury and we wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back on the field next year. Our best wishes go out to Mairead Foley who was unable to line out due to herself and her husband Michael expecting their first bundle of joy next year. We look forward to welcoming a new Camogie/Hurling player to the club. Also a big thank you to the younger girls who trained all year and helped make training competitive. The future is looking bright.
A mention must also go out to Millstreet who played their part in a great final. They came so close and really pushed us to the wire. The game was in the balance right up until the referee blew the final whistle. We wish them the best of luck in the future.
And last but not least, a big thank you the management team of Tony McCarthy, Brian Tennyson, Joe Caplice and Maria Noonan who left no stone unturned in ensuring that the girls were well prepared and in top shape all through the year and for the final.
What a way to end an historical year for the club. An adult Camogie team back on the field for the first time in 6 years and 2 cups brought home at the first attempt.
A big thank you to the huge support who travelled Friday night. It made all the difference and really pushed on the girls.
Team and scorers: Aoife Hennessy, Laura Hanley, Sharon Coughlan, Niamh Mullins, Elaine O’Connor, Fiona O’Flynn, Aine Keating, Judy McCarthy (0-01), Kaylaigh Barry, Sally McCarthy (1-06), Aoife Noonan (0-01), Orlaith Quaid, Ciara Palmer (1-00). Subs: Orla McEnaney for Kaylaigh Barry, Niamh Ni Fhearghail, Ellen Barry-Lynes and Nicole Cahill.
Kildorrery Juvenile Club AGM
Kildorrery Juvenile GAA club held their AGM on Sunday the 13th of November. The meeting was well attended by a large cross section of coaches with every age group well represented.
The juvenile, adult and ladies club all had officers present on the night which was great to see and a positive sign regarding one club.
Roisin Kelly, outgoing club chairperson was thanked for her work over the preceding two years and wished all the best in her future endeavours and newly elected chairman Dave White took his place at the top table.
Shane O’ Grady was re-elected to position of secretary. David Finn was newly elected as vice chairman. Eileen Kennedy was re elected as PRO, Eamon o’ Connor re elected as coaching officer and Tom Thornhill remains on as equipment officer.
Main topics on the night revolved around the years highs and lows both on and off the field, fundraising, gradings and the future of U17/18s competitions. Also highlighted was the marvellous work of our club coaches and volunteers, with special mention to Johnny Coughlan, who has done a phenomenal job with the upkeep and maintenance of the pitches, club facilities and our grounds.
We are looking forward to a bright 2023. Cill Dairbhre Ábu.
There is a 100 club draw due this month. We will keep you updated.
There was no winner of the jackpot. The numbers drawn were 9,13,19,21.The Lucky dip winners were mry Ahern Quitrent, Wrong side boys Ollies, Conor fox Marshalstown, Judy McCarthy Ballyvisteen, Pat fenton Farahy,Nora Tennyson the stables Kildorrery.
Bingo continues in the hall on a Friday night at 8pm. If anybody would like to volunteer to help at the Bingo on a rota basis, please contact Kerene Gallagher or Marie Collins
Kildorrery Home Bingo books on sale in the Community office ,Post office, Centra, and Maxol Mitchelstown.The jackpot is €1080. This week’s snowball prize is ,€1600 Thank you.
The forthcoming club AGM will take place on Saturday December 3rd at 6.45pm. If you would like to get involved with the club please leave give Joe Sherlock a call on 086 804 8330.
A special EGM will be held on Monday November 28th to discuss the Proposed Astro Turf proposal that is currently being worked on by members of the group.
This will be preceded on Monday 21st by an information session where the members of the Astro group will bring members through the proposal in advance discussing the project itself, Timelines, Finance measures etc.
Note from ladies club
2022 AGM – Thursday 24th November in the GAA Hall at 8pm
If you are interested in an Officer’s role/Coach/Mentor position or continuing with your current role in the club for the 2023 season - please forward your name & contact details to Maria Noonan 087 6657153.
Under 16 ladies
U16 ladies will play in bishopstown v bishopstown on November 26t at 12.3opm.. Best of luck to johnny McCarthy and all the team.
Finally as we head in to the winter please reach out to any of the club members if we can be of any support.