The annual Eileen Carmody U14 Inter-County Camogie Blitz took place on Saturday in Killedy and Ballyagran. Limerick fielded two teams.
The Limerick Green team played in Killeedy and won their first game against Tipperary by 3-5 to 2-3. They also won their second game against Clare by 0-7 to 1-1. The semi-final against Galway was a draw 1-3 to 1-3 at the end of allotted time but unfortunately after extra time Galway won 2-4 to 1-4. Galway went on to contest the A Final with Cork with the Leesiders running out winners.
The Limerick White team played in Ballyagran and won their first game against Clare, result by 2-0 to 1-2. They lost out to Cork by 1-2 to 0-1 in their next match but rallied to beat Clare in the semi-final by 4-2 to 0-2. In the final Cork were again to prove their nemesis winning by 1-3 to 0-0. Indeed it was to prove a good day for Cork as they completed a clean sweep of all four competitions on the day.
Limerick Camogie would like to thank Killeedy and Ballyagran for the use of their pitches and facilities which were in excellent condition. In both venues games ran like clockwork really well organised with refreshments available in the clubhouse all day. Thanks to Olive Sheehan who was the co-ordinator on a super job and to Ger McNamara, Fiona Godfrey and Liz Cahill for all their help and to the parents of the players for providing all the refreshments and the fine support for the teams.
Killeedy 1-11 Newcastle West 3-9
Bruff 1-2 Ahane 6-26
Granagh Ballingarry w/o Murroe Boher
Crecora 2-8 Na Piarsaigh 0-5
Tournafulla 2-0 Newcastle West 4-7
Croagh Kilfinny 0-12 Ballybrown 0-11
Junior A League
Patrickswell 1-10 Galbally 0-7
Kilmallock 2-5 Monaleen 1-15
Junior B League
Granagh Ballingarry 2-7 Knockaderry 0-8
Templeglantine 8-14 Treaty Gaels 3-2
Limerick lost to an in form Cork side in Páirc Uí Rinn by 3-15 to 0-12 in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Div 1 semi-final. A squad depleted by injury battled hard and were in contention for much of the game but Cork's greater experience told and they ran out comfortable winners.
Limerick opened the scoring thanks to a Rebecca Delee point but Julia White levelled quickly for Cork and Orla Cronin put them ahead before Niamh McCarthy bundled Limerick keeper Claire Keating over and hand-passed to the net after 10 minutes.
Limerick responded well with an excellent Mairéad Fitzgerald point from a very tight angle. Orla Curtin and Rebecca Delee also raised white flags for Limerick but Cork kept the scoreboard ticking over maintaining their lead through Katriona Mackey, Amy O’Connor and Gemma O’Connor. Rebecca Delee brought her tally to three with an outstanding solo score after a powerful run from midfield just before the break to keep Limerick just about in touch 1-8 to 0-6 at the break.
Limerick again opened the scoring in the second half through a Niamh Mulcahy free but once Katriona Mackey’s attempt for a point from a free dropped into the net Limerick were in truth left with a mountain to climb.
Limerick battled hard for the remainder of the game but with a strong lead to defend Cork were always going to be hard to break down. They kept Limerick scoreless from play in the second half but with four further frees converted by Niamh Mulcahy Limerick remained just six points adrift by the quarter hour mark. However it was Cork who pushed on and an unanswered 1-3 in the final period gave them a 3-15 to 0-12 lead at the final whistle.
Cork were deserving winners on the day as Limerick struggled to cope with their short passing running game. But Limerick will have learnt a lot from this League campaign and have given needed experience to emerging players to give John Tuohy increased options going into Munster and All-Ireland campaign.
Niamh Mulcahy 0-5 (5 Frees), Rebecca Delee 0-3, Orla Curtin 0-2, Mairéad Fitzgerald 0-1, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1
Katriona Mackey 1-8, Niamh McCarthy 2-0, Gemma O'Connor 0-3, Julia White 0-2, Orla Cronin 0-1, Amy O'Connor 0-1
Claire Keating (Cappamore), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Marian Quaid (Bruff), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Mairéad Ryan (Clooney-Quin), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Laura Stack (Milford), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Orla Curtin (Ahane), Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane – Capt.)
Subs: Clíona Lane (Adare) for Laura Stack, Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran) for Mairéad Fitzgerald, Lisa Leonard (Cappamore) for Caoimhe Lyons
Limerick lost out to Galway in their final game of the group stages of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League but having already qualified to the last four from Group 2 so there was little at stake in the final match apart from pride and it was the home side who prevailed. Limerick go on to face Cork in the semi-final next Sunday while Galway will face All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in the other. Manager John Tuohy fielded a much changed side as he looked to his options going into the later stages. Galway opened a lead early in the game and in truth never looked like being pegged back by a Limerick side over-reliant on Niamh Mulcahy for scores.
Galway took a five-point lead into the break and had extended that to nine two minutes into the second half after a goal from Linda Loughnane. Limerick were to close the gap with Dearbhla Egan and Rebecca Delee joining Niamh Mulcahy on the scoreboard but with Niamh Kilkenny impressive for the Tribeswomen they were left with a mountain to climb and Galway ran out deserving winners.
Limerick will have learnt a lot from this campaign and will be looking to cause an upset and go one step further than they have in the last two years and get to a first ever League Division 1 final.
Cork will prove to be tough opposition in the semi-final as the Rebels are unbeaten in the group stages but Limerick will take confidence from their two wins over the Leesiders in this competition last year.
Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-7, Dearbhla Egan 0-1, Rebecca Delee 0-1 Galway Scorers: Ailish O'Reilly 0-7, Niamh Kilkenny 0-3, Linda Loughnane 1-0, Finola Keeley 0-1, Noreen Coen 0-1, Aoife Donohue 0-1
Sunday 19th March
in Clonlara, Co. Clare
Referee: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)
Limerick secured their third successive Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 semi-final place with a hard fought 1-13 to 1-12 win over Clare in Clonlara on Sunday. In a closely fought game Limerick never led by more than three points and in the end were hanging on to prevail by the narrowest margin.
Clare opened the scoring from a Chloe Morey free but this was cancelled out by one from Limerick captain Niamh Mulcahy. Limerick had the best of the early possession and points from Rebecca Delee and Laura Stack opened an early lead for Limerick which was then pegged back by Chloe Morey again from placed ball.
On the quarter hour mark a dynamic passing move from Clare involving the excellent Niamh O'Dea, who was a threat throughout, found Regan Conway in space in front of goal. She found the back of the net with a strong strike giving Limerick keeper Claire Keating no chance to give Clare a two point lead.
Limerick responded well and two points from Mairead Fitzgerald in the next five minutes wiped out Clare's lead. Limerick took the lead on 23 minutes when Caoimhe Costelloe, who was impressive in the middle of the field, put a long range shot straight over the bar.
Limerick were on top in this period and two frees converted by Niamh Mulcahy stretched the lead to three, however a late point from Roisin McMahon for Clare cut Limerick's lead at the break to two points. Limerick 0-8(8) Clare 1-3(6)
After the break Limerick opened the scoring when Niamh Mulcahy pointed from a free. However it was Clare who started brighter after the break and two frees from Chloe Morey and two points from play from the dynamic Niamh O'Dea put Clare back in front.
Limerick levelled when Niamh Mulcahy pointed from a penalty awarded after Laura Stack was pulled down in the area. It was tit for tat for the next period as neither side were able to pull away. Mairead Fitzgerald added a third point to her tally for the day and, following a point from Andrea O'Keefe for Clare, Niamh Mulcahy levelled again for Limerick to leave the score 0-12 to 1-9.
It looked like Limerick had scored the decisive goal when Rebecca Delee burst through the Clare defence and, though losing her feet, she stretched to kick the ball into the back of the net.
Clare were reduced to 14 players shortly after when Roisin McMahon was sent off for a second yellow card but, as seems to often happen, this galvanised the Clare players and Chloe Morey scored three points in the final five minutes to one for Limerick to narrow their lead to a solitary point.
Clare had two chances to level the game in the final stages but Chloe Morey, who had been accurate to that point from placed balls, put both wide of the posts. Limerick held on to secure their place in the semi-finals by 1-13 to 1-12.
Limerick were ultimately left to rue some wasted chances in front of goal and some indiscipline in conceeding unneccessary frees. John Tuohy and management will, however, take heart from the increasing number of players stepping up to share the scoring duties with Niamh Mulcahy, including Mairead Fitzgerald with 0-3 and Rebecca Delee 1-1. Also there were impressive performances from some of the younger players notably Marian Quaid at corner back and minor Laura Stack at corner forward.
A tougher challenge awaits as they face Galway in a top of the table clash in the final round on 1st April. This will determine their semi-final opponents as will the games on the other side of the draw as, though Cork and Kilkenny are in poll position to qualify, Wexford and Tipperary still have a chance of progressing.
Niamh Mulcahy 0-7 (7 frees), Rebecca Delee 1-1, Mairead Fitzgerald 0-3, Laura Stack 0-1, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1
Chloe Morey 0-8 (6 frees), Regan Conway 1-0, Niamh O'Dea 0-2, Roisin McMahon 0-1, Andrea O'Keeffe 0-1
Limerick Team: Claire Keating (Cappamore), Marian Quaid (Bruff), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Mairead Ryan (Clooney Quin), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Niamh Mulcahy - capt. (Ahane), Laura Stack (Milford), Sarah Collins (Crecora), Mairead Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry)
Subs: Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen) for Sarah Collins, Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran) for Laura Stack, Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh) for Niamh Richardson, Dearbhla Egan (Crecora) for Mairead Fitzgerald
Saturday 18th February
Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale
Referee - Fintan McNamara (Clare)
Limerick got off to a winning start in their opening Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 tie against newly promoted Meath in Rathkeale on Saturday. Limerick ran out deserving 0-18 to 0-7 winners but a lively Meath side asked questions of their more experienced opponents and were made to rue some inaccuracy in front of goal.
Meath’s Jane Dolan almost opened the Royal’s account in the first minute when she struck quickly from a free while the Limerick defence were organising themselves drawing a fine save from Claire Keating.
Limerick began to dominate and had opened a five-point lead before Meath opened their account around the mid-point of the half. Corner forwards Caoimhe Lyons and Orla Curtin caused Meath no end of trouble and had each contributed 2 points by the break as Limerick went in comfortably on top 0-10 to 0-3.
Limerick who had looked uneasy in some of the early exchanges were more settled after the break and though Meath closed the gap slightly Limerick never looked like losing. Indeed, they could have widened the gap had they converted one of their goal chances the closest being when captain Niamh Mulcahy found herself one on one with keeper then striking high and hitting the crossbar.
Limerick’s defence were impressive with the returning Sarah Carey and Mairéad Ryan adding to a strong defensive set-up. Sarah Carey was impressive throughout and alongside Karen O’Leary was one of Limerick’s best performers. Another positive was that four of the starting forwards and both midfielders got on the scoreboard showing an increased scoring threat to go alongside the ever-excellent Niamh Mulcahy. As the half progressed the management introduced some changes as they explored their options as there is increasing competition for places within the squad.
A solid win for the opening round but with tougher challenges ahead John Tuohy and his team will have plenty to work on ahead of the visit of Offaly on 12th March.
Scorers: Limerick: Niamh Mulcahy 0-10 (8f), Caoimhe Lyons 0-3, Orla Curtin 0-2, Sinéad McNamara, Rebecca Delee, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1 each
Meath: Aoife Minogue 0-3, Jane Dolan 0-2 (1f), Amy Gaffney, Sinéad Hackett 0-1 each
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Mairéad Ryan (Clooney Quin), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West),
Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Niamh Mulcahy - capt. (Ahane), Orla Curtin (Ahane), Sarah Collins (Crecora), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen)
Subs: 40mins Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher) for Karen O'Leary
41 mins Clíona Lane (Adare) for Aisling Scanlon
58 mins Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran) for Sarah Collins
59 mins Marian Quaid (Bruff) for Muireann Creamer
59 mins Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry) for Orla Curtin
Sunday 19th February
Piltown, Co. Kilkenny
Limerick Minors fell short in their first outing in the 2017 away to Kilkenny. The Noresiders prevailed by 3-12 to 1-13 in a tightly contested physical encounter in Piltown.
Playing with a strong wind Kilkenny had the best of the opening half and opened a early lead with two goals in the first half. The first one was scored by Ruth Kent after 10 mins and the second scored by Eimear Farrell after 26 mins. Though Limerick will be disappointed with the defensive errors that lead to the scores.
But Limerick pulled themselves back into the game on 29 minutes when Anna-Rose Kennedy got on the end of a nice passing move. This left the score at the break Kilkenny 2-8 Limerick 1-3
Limerick took the game to Kilkenny from the start of the second half and an increased work-rate was discernable. Laura Stack forced the Kilkenny keeper to make a great save after 5 minutes.
Limerick were the better team in the second half and scored some excellent points from play and their pressure lead to frees which were converted by Dearbhla Egan. But unfortunately, they had left themselves too much to do and Kilkenny ran out winners by 3-12 to 1-13.
Limerick will take a lot away from what was a tricky opener and will regroup for the visit of Clare, who defeated Galway in their opening match, on next Saturday 25th of February.
Dearbhla Egan 0-9 (8 frees), Anna-Rose Kennedy 1-0, Laura Stack 0-2, Aoife Curtin 0-1, Áine Reynolds 0-1
Leah O'Carroll (Patrickswell), Orla Ryan (Crecora), Caoimhe O'Brien (Bruff), Áine Tangney (Croagh Kilfinny), Edel Cunningham (Murroe Boher), Sophie O'Callaghan (Adare), Katie Hayes (Cappamore), Ciara Barry (Patrickswell), Dearbhla Egan -capt.
(Crecora), Róisín Ambrose (Newcastle West), Laura Stack (Milford), Lisa Leonard (Cappamore), Aoife Curtin (Ballyagran), Áine Reynolds (Ahane), Anna-Rose Kennedy (Galbally)
Katie Heelan (Murroe Boher) for Lisa Leonard
Nóirín Lenihan (Croagh Kilfinny) for Ciara Barry
Lucy Breen (Crecora) for Aoife Curtin
League Fixtures confirmed
The draw for the 2017 League competitions sees 25 teams representing 21 clubs compete in what is the largest number of teams that have ever contested adult competitions in Limerick.
The first round takes place on 5th March working up to the finals across all four grades on 5th/6th May.
Group 1: Killeedy, Cappamore, Newcastle West, Ballyagran
Group 2: Ahane, Granagh Ballingarry, Murroe Boher, Bruff
Group 1: Newcastle West, Crecora, Na Piarsaigh, Tournafulla
Group 2: Ballybrown, Adare, Killeedy, Croagh Kilfinny
Galbally, Kilmallock, Monaleen, Patrickswell
Ahane, Treaty Gaels, Granagh Ballingarry, Templeglantine, Knockaderry
We are approaching the latter stages of the Limerick Camogie Championship with the final rounds of the Senior and Junior grades and the Intermediate semi-finals completed last weekend.
In the Senior Championship Newcastle West recorded an impressive 3-8 to 0-7 win over champions Granagh Ballingarry. Killeedy and Ahane both also won against bottom clubs Cluain Dearg and Ballyagran who will now meet each other in a relegation decider.
The semi-finals take place next Saturday at 4pm and will see Killeedy face Granagh Ballingarry and Newcastle West play Ahane.
In the Intermediate semi-finals Cappamore overcame Bruff and 2015 runners-up Crecora saw off the champions Murroe Boher to set up a final meeting also on Sunday 25th. The same day will see the relegation decider between Na Piarsaigh and Ballybrown.
In the Junior Championship Shannonside and Newcastle West topped their respective groups unbeaten to go straight to the semi-finals where their opponents will come from quarter-finalists; Galbally who host Patrickswell on Sunday and Tournafulla who play Killeedy.
The Junior Plate semi-final will see Templeglantine play Knockaderry with the winners meeting Granagh Ballingarry in the final.
Senior Championship Round 5
Newcastle West 3-8 Granagh Ballingarry 0-7
Killeedy 5-9 Ballyagran 1-8
Ahane 5-22 Cluain Dearg 2-8
Intermediate Championship Semi-Finals
Cappamore 4-9 Bruff 0-3
Crecora 4-7 Murroe Boher 1-3
Junior Championship Round 5
** Group 1 **
Newcastle West 3-9 Killeedy 0-4
Galbally 6-5 Granagh Ballingarry 1-1
** Group 2 **
Shannonside 7-8 Templeglantine 5-3
Limerick kept on track for qualification for the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland champiosnhip with an emphatic 1-13 to 0-9 win over Clare in Ennis on Saturday. Niamh Mulcahy was again the star scoring 1-10 to bring her total from three championship games to an impressive 2-37.
It was Niamh Mulcahy who opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a trademark free. Limerick were dominant throughout the opening half and made full advantage of the breeze to open a 0-8 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes with Sinead McNamara and Caoimhe Costelloe joining Niamh Mulcahy in the scoring. Niamh Mulcahy added a goal and a point to open what proved to be an unassailable lead before the break and though Clare came back with a late brace of points Limerick lead at the interval by 1-10 to 0-4.
Though Clare did rally somewhat after the break the second half was a tame affair. Clare were able to restrict Limerick to three points one for Sinead McNamara and two for Niamh Mulcahy but their challenge never really materialsied as Limerick’s defense held firm restricting the bannerwomen to 5 points which was never going to be enough to close the gap. Clare did have a penalty with 5 minutes to go but the shot was well saved on the line by Claire Keating.
The defeat has effectively knocked Clare out of contention in Group 1 and and it looks like the three knock-out stage places are between Cork, Wexford, Limerick and Offaly. With Cork travelling to Wexford and Limerick entertaining Offaly, in Kilmallock, in the penultimate round next Saturday, a lot is to play for in these games.
Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 1-10, Sinead McNamara 0-2, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1
Clare Scorers: O. Duggan 0-1, M. Caulfield 0-1, A.Keane 0-3, A.O’Loughlin 0-1, L.Foley 0-1, R.McMahon 0-1 and D.Murphy 0-1.
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore); Siobhan Enright (Granagh/Ballingarry), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Niamh Richardson (Murroe/Boher), Fiona Hickey (Granagh/Ballingarry), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West); Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Mary O’Callaghan (Bruff); Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane) (1-10), Caoimhe Costelloe (Shinrone) (0-01); Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh) (0-02), Cliona Lane (Adare) and Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran).
Subs: Niamh Ryan (Bruff) for Deborah Murphy, Rebecca Noonan (Granagh/Ballingarry) for Cliona Lane and Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane) for Mary O’Callaghan.
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