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Limerick secure Munster Final place with win over Tipperary

posted 9 May 2017, 01:17 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 10 May 2017, 10:05 ]

Limerick 1-14 (1-5)  Tipperary 0-14 (0-7) 
Munster Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final 

Sunday 7th May in The Ragg Camogie Grounds at 2.30pm 



Limerick recorded an impressive 1-14 to 0-14 win over Tipperary in the Munster Senior Camogie semi-final played at the Camogie Grounds in the Ragg on Sunday. In an exciting high quality game it was ultimately Dearbhla Egan's first half goal that was to be the difference between the sides. The win sets up a return clash with Cork who were decisive winners of the other semi-final beating Clare by 0-22 to 0-7.

The game was played in bright sunny conditions and it was Tipperary who had the best of the opening exchanges and had opened a four point lead inside six minutes, from Jenny Grace and three including two frees from Nicole Walsh,  as Limerick seemed to take time to settle. But Limerick's dynamic full-forward line were causing problems and a low ball into Caoimhe Lyons saw her pass to Rebecca Delee in the centre who in turn found Dearbhla Egan in the left corner and the Crecora star hand-passed to the back of the net for Limerick's opening score on 11 minutes. 

Niamh Mulcahy levelled soon after from a 45 won after her initial effort from long range came off the posts and nearly found the net only to be scrambled away by the Tipp defence. Tipperary restored their lead through an Orla O'Dwyer point but Rebecca Delee responded from wide on the right to level again. O'Dwyer again nudged Tipp ahead and this time it was Caoimhe Costelloe who levelled from a penalty conceded after Rebecca Delee was fouled in the box.

As half time approached Niamh Mulcahy put Limerick ahead for the first time in the game from a free. Nicole Walsh responded in kind for Tipperary only for Caoimhe Costelloe to restore Limerick's narrow lead at the break with a fine long range effort. Clíona Lane came in at the break for Mairéad Ryan who had picked up an injury in the final moments of the first half. 

Limerick started the second half brightly and extended their lead to five in the first five minutes with points from Caoimhe Costelloe and Caoimhe Lyons and two frees from Niamh Mulcahy. Tipperary closed the gap as the half wore on but with Niamh Mulcahy keeping the scoreboard ticking over from placed balls and substitute Clíona Lane adding one from play the gap remained at four points with five minutes of normal play remaining. 
Laura O'Neill pulled off a sharp save from Orla O'Dwyer as Tipperary went looking for a goal. The Limerick backs were under tremendous pressure as they game came to a close but as they had throughout the game they withstood the assault with every one of the six clearing ball at crucial points in the game. Tipperary got a late point to close the gap to three but in a strong battling performance Limerick held out for a deserved 1-14 to 0-14 win. 

The final will be a rematch of last year's Munster decider and the sixth meeting between the sides in John Tuohy's two seasons in charge. With the tally of those games standing at three wins for Cork and two for Limerick, this team will be looking to redress that balance and secure Limerick's first ever Munster title. 
 
Limerick Scorers: 
Niamh Mulcahy 0-8 (8f), Dearbhla Egan 1-0, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-3, Rebecca Delee 0-1, Caoimhe Lyons 0-1, Clíona Lane 0-1 

Tipperary Scorers: 
Nicole Walsh 0-7 (6f), Orla O'Dwyer 0-2, Ereena Fryday 0-1, Cáit Devane 0-1, Jenny Grace 0-1, Róisín Howard 0-1, Grace O'Brien 0-1 

Limerick Team: 
Laura O'Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Mairéad Ryan (Clooney Quin), Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry), Judith Mulcahy (Granagh Ballingarry), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Niamh Mulcahy - captain (Ahane), Orla Curtin (Ahane), Dearbhla Egan (Crecora), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen) 
Subs: 
Clíona Lane (Adare) for Mairéad Ryan – HT, Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy) for Orla Curtin – 45mins, Lisa Leonard (Cappamore) for Dearbhla Egan – 60 mins, Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry) for Caoimhe Lyons – 63 mins 

Ahane Lift Senior League Title

posted 4 May 2017, 13:07 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 4 May 2017, 13:07 ]

LIMERICK CAMOGIE NOTES 2/5/17

Ahane 1-16 Newcastle West 1-3
Senior League Final

Sun 30th April in Rathkeale



Ahane won their first Senior title in over 40 years with an impressive 1-16 to 1-3 win over Newcastle West on Sunday. The game got off to a dramatic start when  Newcastle West broke straight from the throw-in and found the back of the net within the first seconds of the game. But Ahane didn't panic and gradually closed the gap and opened a lead of their own. Indeed they were to keep Newcastle West scoreless until late in the second half. This was achieved by a combination of the expected scoring threat of the Ahane forwards lead by Niamh Mulcahy and a top quality display of hooking and blocking by every player which broke down Newcastle's attacks at source.

A goal just before the break sent Ahane in 1-12 to 1-0 ahead. Playing into a stiff breeze in the second half played havoc with Ahane's accuracy but they still managed to contain the Newcastle threat and lead 1-14 to 1-0 at the midway point in the half. A late flurry saw Newcastle West add to their opening score but Ahane ran out as impressive winners by 1-16 to 1-3. Captain Judith Mulcahy accepted the trophy on behalf of the team.




Crecora 2-12 Newcastle West 0-4
Intermediate League Final

Sun 30th April in Ballyagran



Crecora achieved Senior status at the third time of asking with an impressive 2-12 to 0-4 win over Newcastle West in Ballyagran on Sunday. The game was tightly contested throughout and it was only in the final quarter that Crecora pulled away to open a substantial margin at the final whistle. The opening half was a low scoring affair with Crecora narrowly edging it 0-5 to 0-2 at the break. The game remained in the balance and Crecora led 0-10 to 0-4 with five minutes to go, but an unanswered 2-2 in the closing minutes gave Crecora a comprehensive victory.


Limerick 1-8 Kerry 3-10
Munster Junior Quarter-Final

Mon 1st May in Causeway

Limerick's Junior team went out of the Munster Junior championship to an experienced Kerry side in Causeway on Monday evening. This young panel were competitive for much of the game and led 1-5 to 0-7 at half-time thanks to a Siobhán Tangney goal. However a scoring flurry just after the break opened a big lead for Kerry. Despite a strong fightback by Limerick the margin was too  great and a late goal from Kerry was to give the Kingdom a larger margin than the tie waranted.


Munster U14 Inter-County Blitz

The Munster U14 inter-county blitz was held in Clare this year and took place on bank holiday Monday in St. Flannan’s College and Eire Og Ennis. Limerick again fielded two teams for this blitz.

The Limerick Green team played Clare in the first game losing to their hosts but picked up momentum in the next three games to beat Tipperary, Galway and Cork all by a narrow margin of one point, winning the Cork match with the last puck of the ball. Limerick went on to contest the A Munster Final which they lost by one point against the host team Clare.

The Limerick White team played Galway and Clare in their first two games of the day winning both and playing Cork in their third game losing this game . Limerick went on to contest the B final against Cork, but it was not to be Limerick’s day losing out to the Leesiders . Overall it was a great day for both teams reaching their respective finals. Well done to all involved, thanks to the hosts on the day and all the parents that travelled to support.

RESULTS:

Munster Junior Quarter-Final
Limerick 1-8 Kerry 3-10

Senior League Final
Ahane 1-16 Newcastle West 1-3

Senior B League Final
Cappamore 2-13 Ballyagran 1-14

Senior League Relegation Play-off
Bruff 2-11 Murroe Boher 1-3

Intermediate League Final
Crecora 2-12 Newcastle West 0-4

U16 B Cup Final
Ballybrown/Patrickswell 2-4 v Blackrock Effin 1-2

U16 B Plate Final
Monaleen 5-7 Mungret St Pauls 4-6

Monaleen U14 Féile winners

FIXTURES:

Fri 5th May
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U16 A Cup Final
Doon V Newcastle West
Crecora at 7pm

U16 A Plate Final
Killeedy v Murroe Boher
Ballysteen at 7pm

Sun 7th May
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Limerick v Tipperary
Munster Senior Camogie Semi-Final
2.30pm in The Ragg

Limerick Camogie Notes 18/4/17

posted 19 Apr 2017, 10:08 by Kevin Holmes

Eileen Carmody U14 Blitz:

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.

RESULTS:

Senior League 
Killeedy 1-11 Newcastle West 3-9
Bruff 1-2 Ahane 6-26
Granagh Ballingarry w/o Murroe Boher 

Intermediate League 
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

Cork too strong in semi-final clash

posted 19 Apr 2017, 09:53 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 0-12 (0-6)  Cork 3-15 (1-8) 

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues 
Division 1 Semi-Final 
Sunday 9th April in Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork 

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. 
 
Limerick Scorers: 
Niamh Mulcahy 0-5 (5 Frees), Rebecca Delee 0-3, Orla Curtin 0-2, Mairéad Fitzgerald 0-1, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1 
 
Cork Scorers: 
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 
 
Limerick: 
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 lose out in final group game

posted 19 Apr 2017, 09:51 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 0-9 (0-4) Galway 1-13 (0-9)

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1
Saturday 1st April in Ballinasloe

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

Narrow win secures semi-final slot for Limerick

posted 23 Mar 2017, 11:31 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 1-13(0-8)  Clare 1-12(1-3)

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues
Division 1, Group 2, Round 4

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.

Scorers: 
Limerick:
Niamh Mulcahy 0-7 (7 frees), Rebecca Delee 1-1, Mairead Fitzgerald 0-3, Laura Stack 0-1, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1
Clare:
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


Limerick Camogie Notes 20/02/17

posted 21 Feb 2017, 09:42 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 21 Feb 2017, 09:42 ]

Limerick 0-18 (0-10) Meath 0-7 (0-3)

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 Round 1


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


Limerick 1-13 Kilkenny 3-12

Minor A Championship


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.

Limerick scorers

Dearbhla Egan 0-9 (8 frees), Anna-Rose Kennedy 1-0, Laura Stack 0-2, Aoife Curtin 0-1, Áine Reynolds 0-1

Limerick:

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)

Subs:

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.

Senior

Group 1: Killeedy, Cappamore, Newcastle West, Ballyagran

Group 2: Ahane, Granagh Ballingarry, Murroe Boher, Bruff

Intermediate

Group 1: Newcastle West, Crecora, Na Piarsaigh, Tournafulla

Group 2: Ballybrown, Adare, Killeedy, Croagh Kilfinny

Junior A

Galbally, Kilmallock, Monaleen, Patrickswell

Junior B

Ahane, Treaty Gaels, Granagh Ballingarry, Templeglantine, Knockaderry

Championship Update

posted 19 Sep 2016, 09:25 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 20 Sep 2016, 03:32 ]

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
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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
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Cappamore 4-9 Bruff 0-3
Crecora 4-7 Murroe Boher 1-3

Junior Championship Round 5
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** Group 1 **
Newcastle West 3-9 Killeedy 0-4
Galbally 6-5 Granagh Ballingarry 1-1
** Group 2 **
Shannonside 7-8 Templeglantine 5-3

Match Reports 19/7

posted 19 Sep 2016, 09:21 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 19 Sep 2016, 09:26 ]

Limerick 1-9 (1-5) Cork 3-17 (0-11) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 
Saturday 16th July 
2.30pm in Cork Institute of Technology 

Limerick's 2016 campaign came to a disappointing end with a 3-17 to 1-9 defeat away to Cork in the final round of the group stages. The result means Cork secure the semi-final slot from Group 1 joining group 2 winners Galway while Wexford and Offaly progress to meet Kilkenny and Tipperary in the quarter-finals. 
Limerick went into the game knowing they had a mountain to climb to secure qualification. But a pair of wins over Cork in the league and a narrow loss in the Munster final meant they would have confidence in their ability to get the required result. 

Limerick got the dream start in the second minute when Caoimhe Lyons shot was blocked down by the Cork defence only to be gathered by Chloe O'Brien who found the back of the net from a very tight angle. But Cork responded strongly and had levelled the score by the ten minute mark. In truth the Cork forwards were causing Limerick all sorts of problems and it was only some excellent defending that contained the scoreline. The battle between Niamh Richardson and Katrina Mackey was particularly notable. 

Cork captain Aishling Thompson popped up with a couple of notable scores to extend their lead. Niamh Mulcahy kept Limerick in touch from placed ball but in a repeat of last week was kept scoreless from play with two Cork defenders shadowing her movements. Karen O'Leary who has been tireless in the Limerick midfield all season also popped up with a deserved score. 

Limerick would have been happy with the halftime scoreline and were only two points behind Cork twelve minutes into the second half thanks to scores from Mulcahy and Caoimhe Costelloe when Amy O'Connor struck for Corks' first goal. Cork then moved into top gear as four unanswered points were followed by a second goal from Amy O'Connor and finally with ten minutes to go an Orla Cotter free dropped under the bar to give Cork an unassailable 15 point lead. 

Niamh Mulcahy added two points from placed balls and Eimear O'Sullivan pointed for Cork to see them run out deserving winners by 3-17 to 1-9. It was a disappointing end to the season for Limerick but when the dust has settled many positives can be taken from a year that saw them reach the semi-final of the league, lose a Munster final by one score and have a very competitive if ultimately disappointing championship campaign. And this was achieved while missing senior players and continuing to integrate the talent that is coming through the underage structures. Continued belief and hard work at all levels will no doubt bring the success that this talented panel deserve. 

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-7 (7 frees), Chloe O'Brien 1-0, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1, Karen O'Leary 0-1 
Cork Scorers: Amy O'Connor 2-2, Katrina Mcakey 0-4, Aishling Thompson 0-4, Orla Cotter 1-3 (1-1 frees),  Breige Corkery 0-2, Hannah Looney 0-1, Eimear O'Sullivan 0-1 
 
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore); Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey (Granagh/Ballingarry), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Siobhan Enright (Granagh Ballingarry), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran).  
 
Subs: Niamh Ryan (Bruff) for Siobhán Enright, Clíona Lane (Adare) for Chloe O'Brien, Marian Quaid (Bruff) for Marguerita McCarthy, Noreen Barry (Killeedy) for Sinéad McNamara, Mary O'Callaghan (Bruff) for Caoimhe Lyons 
 
 

Limerick 3-10(3-3)  Armagh  4-16(2-7) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship 
Sunday 17th July 
2.30pm in Kilmallock 

Limerick’s Premier Junior side came out second best in a high scoring encounter with Armagh in Kilmallock on Sunday. A strong second half performance saw the Orchard County prevail by 4-16 to 3-10. The result all but rules Ger Hickey’s side out of the semi-final qualification stakes with two games to go. 

Limerick started well responding to an opening Armagh score with two points from Dearbhla Egan followed by a well taken goal from Lisa Leonard to go four points clear inside the opening ten minutes. But Armagh went on a scoring spree of their own scoring 1-4 to regain the lead. Dearbhla Egan got Limerick’s second goal to level the scores and followed up with a well taken point from play to put Limerick ahead. 

Armagh again responded two points followed by their second goal just before the break put them four ahead again. But Dearbhla Egan found the net again just before the half-time whistle to send Limerick in at the break just one point behind. 

After the break Limerick were playing into a stiff breeze and though points from Dearbhla Egan, Leah Riordan, Lisa Leonard and substitute Lizzy O’Dwyer kept Limerick in touch, Armagh’s greater attacking options saw them extend their lead through out the half. Starting with a goal immediately after the break and finishing with a fourth goal with two minutes to go Armagh’s win saw them go unbeaten to the top of the table. 

Limerick’s young side can take a lot of positives from the game as they posted a strong score of 3-10 and can build on the performance going into their final games against Westmeath and Kerry. 
  
Limerick SCORERS  
Dearbhla Egan  2-4 (0-1 free), Lisa Leonard 1-1, Leah Riordan 0-4 (0-4 frees),  Lizzy O'Dwyer 0-1 
Armagh  SCORERS 
Ciara Donnelly 0-6 (0-2 frees), Rachel Merry 0-5, Leanne Donnelly 1-2,  Ciara Hill 1-1, Colette McSorley 1-0, Andrea McAlinden 1-0, Cealla Casey 0-1, Bernie Murray 0-1 
  
Limerick Team: 
Laura O’Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Sarah Crotty (Ahane), Caitríona Neville (Croagh Kilfinny), Aoife Coughlan (Crecora), Shannyn Sheehan (Templeglantine), Tara Fitzgibbon (Ballyagran), Gráinne Regan (Murroe Boher), Úna O’Connor (Crecora), Sinéad Madden (Mungret St Pauls), Lisa Leonard (Cappamore), Laura Stack (Milford), Leah Riordan (Ballyagran), Anna Kennedy (Crecora), Dearbhla Egan (Crecora), Róisín O’Mara (Ahane) 
SUBS: 
Siobhán Tangney (Croagh Kilfinny) for Sarah Crotty   
Sarah Finn (Bruff) for Shannyn Sheehan 
Lizzy O'Dwyer (Cappamore) for Róisín O'Mara   

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posted 19 Sep 2016, 09:15 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 19 Sep 2016, 09:17 ]

Limerick 1-10 (0-5) Offaly 1-16 (0-9) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 
Saturday 9th July 
2.30pm in John Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock 

Limerick fell short against Offaly in Kilmallock on Saturday, losing out by 1-16 to 1-10 to an Offaly side that were just that bit sharper in taking their scores on the day. Limerick opened the scoring with a well taken point from Caoimhe Costelloe but that was to be the only time they lead in the match as Offaly repsonded with three points in 10 minutes to open an early lead. 

Limerick responded well and had levelled by the quarter hour mark with Nimah Ryan pointing from play and Niamh Mulcahy converting two frees. Niamh who was carrying a slight injury into the game was kept scoreless from play in the game with Offaly double marking her for much of the game. Offaly finished the half stronger and scored five points to a single point from Chloe O'Brien to go in at the break four points ahead. 

With the advantage of the breeze in the second half Limerick began to get back on the scoresheet with Niamh Ryan, Caoimhe Costelloe and Sinéad McNamara all contributing to the scoring. The turning point of the game came on the 18th minute when Limerick won a penalty after Caoimhe Costelloe was fouled in the area. This gave Niamh Mulcahy an opportunity to bring Limerick level but her shot was saved by Eleanor Clendennen in the Offaly goal. Offaly repsonded with a point from Tina Hannon to extend their lead to four. 
That became seven with five minutes to go when Tina Hannon rounded the Limerick keeper to score the games first goal. This seemed to deflate Limerick and Offaly added two points in the immediate aftermath to put an unsurmountable nine points between the sides. 

Limerick kept pressing and got a goal back when substitute Caoimhe Lyon's shot was saved and another substitute Rebecca Noonan was on hand to strike for the back of the net. But it was too late and Offaly finished deserving winners by 1-16 to 1-10. 

Limerick still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, however they will not only need to beat Cork next week but also for either Wexford or Offaly to slip up in their final game and then scoring difference would come into play. 

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-5 (5 frees), Rebecca Noonan 1-0, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-2, Sinead McNamara 0-1, Niamh Ryan 0-1, Chloe O'Brien 0-1 
Offaly Scorers: Michael Morkan 0-8 (7 frees), Tina Hannon 1-3, 0-4 Arlen Watkins 0-4, Siobhan Flannery 0-1 (1 free) 
  
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore); Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey (Granagh/Ballingarry), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Siobhan Enright (Granagh Ballingarry), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane) (1-10), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare) (0-01); Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh) (0-02), Niamh Ryan (Bruff), Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran).  
 
Subs: Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry) for Chloe O'Brien, Clíona Lane (Adare) for Sinéad McNamara, Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen) for Niamh Ryan 
 

Limerick 0-5 (0-4) Roscommon 1-10 (1-6) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship 
Sunday 10th July 
2.30pm in Athleague, Co. Roscommon 

Limerick's Premier Junior team had an unsuccessful outing to Roscommon as they fell short by 1-10 to 0-5 points against a strong home side. Roscommon are the front runners in this competition and currently sit on top of the table. Limerick have however been on the road for the first three matches and with one win out of three going into their three home games qualifications for the semi-finals is very much within the grasp of this young side. 

Limerick Scorers: U.O'Connor 0-01, R.O'Mara 0-01, S.Tangney 0-01, D.Egan 0-02 
Roscommon Scorers: A.McGeeney 0-03, K.Hopkins 0-03, R.Fitzmaurice 0-01, N.Farrell 1-03 

Limerick Team: Laura O'Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Sarah Crotty (Ahane), Caitriona Neville (Croagh Kilfinny), Sinead Madden (Mungret St Pauls), Shannyn Sheehan (Templeglantine), Lisa Barrett (Crecora), Aoife Coughlan (Crecora), Michelle Barrett (Crecora), Laura Stack (Milford), Lisa Leonard (Cappamore), Una O'Connor (Crecora), Roisin O'Mara (Ahane), Lizzy O'Dwyer (Cappamore), Dearbhla Egan (Crecora), Grainne Regan (Murroe Boher) 

Limerick win in Dublin U14 Blitz 

After a bad weekend for Limerick teams the one highlight was the victory of our U14 B team in the Dublin Blitz as they came away with the C Shield. The U14 A team also performed well and narrowly missed out on a place in the A Cup semi-finals. 

Limerick U14 Development Squad:  
Louise Butler, Maryann Canty, Annie Giltenane (Adare), Cliodhna Twomey, Caoimhe Hackett (Ahane), Megan O'Brien (Ballyagran), Cliodhna Hall, Aoife ) O'Connor (Ballybrown), Clodagh Doherty, Natalie Doherty, Roisin O'Riordan (Blackrock Effin), Mollie McKeogh (Bruff), Emily Hayes (Cappamore), Teresa Dore (Charleville), Ashling Walsh, Emily Condon, Megan Ryan, Isabelle Lyons, Ciara Mulqueen, Aishling Mangan (Crecora), Tara Lenihan, Emma Dalton (Croagh Kilfinny), Fiona Bradshaw (Doon), Katie O'Donoghue, Emma English, Caitlin Kennedy (Galbally), Ciara  English, Molly Cagney (Granagh Ballingarry), Holly Hennessy, Shauna Cunningham, Valerie Shanahan (Killeedy), Lucy Chawke (Kilmallock), Sarah Condon (Knockaderry), Ella Hession, Aoife Nelligan, Lucy Darcy (Monaleen), Niamh Browne, Sarah Fitzgibbon, Ailbhe Larkin, Fiona Meehan, Aoife Morrissey (Mungret St. Paul's), Laurie Quaid, Aoibhe Butler, Jayne Ryan (Murroe Boher), Enya Harrington (Na Piarsaigh), Iris Kennelly, Roisin Mann (Newcastle West), Stephanie Woulfe, Sarah O'Brien (Templeglantine) 

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