Tara Camogie Clubs annual tournament was held in TCG, Greenford on Saturday 14th April. Overshadowed by the untimely passing of Cathal Forde a few days beforehand Tara made a tribute to Cathal gathering all the teams together for a minute silence before the tournament began.
With 6 groups in the Senior competition and 5 in the Junior competition there was some fine camogie on display. Travelling teams included Borrisoleigh and St Cronans, Roscrea both from Tipperary and Ballindereen from Galway, all entering in the Senior grade. The competition and standard was very high with the hosting team Tara leading the way, coming out on top in all group games. Some fine performances including Moire Dooley who was running a riot in midfield for Borrisoleigh. Helen Fahy, sister of Colette and Emer Fahy who play for Tara, was driving Ballinderreen forward while in defense the 19 year old Siobhan Coen was outstanding taking some fine scores from her own defense. St Cronans, a very young outfit, ranging in age from 17 up to 22, are a team to watch in Tipperary in the future. Tara were strong all over the field and looked like they would finally retain the Senior title that has evaded them since the maiden tournament in 2006. However it was not to be yet again. Tara who had come out top in the group stages, were faced with Ballindereen in the final. Ballindereen, Intermediate champions from 2011 were an outfit not to be taken lightly. Ballindereen came out of the blocks quicker in the first half and left Tara with a lot to do after the break. Tara stood up to the task with Denise Gilligan pulling off some fine saves in goals. With Gilligan in goal, up front the free taking duties were down to Bid Grennan who sent one into the bottom left corner to leave just 2 points between the teams. However Tara looked tired at this stage and it was indeed Ballindereen who had more in the tank and finished strongly tagging on another goal.
In the plate final Borrisoleigh overcame St Cronans in a very hard fought battle where the lead changed hands many times through out the game. A last minute goal secured the win for Corrisoleigh in an enthralling game. The final score was Borrisoleigh 6-4 St Cronans 4-8
In the Junior competition it was Green Isle who were the strongest, winning all their group games. Michelle McClafferty was strong and ever present for Green Isle's throughout the day. Tara were placed second in the group and captain on the day Joni Traynor lead by example showing some fine displays. So it was Tara in the Junior final against Green Isle and in this final, unlike the senior, Tara were underdogs. However that only seems to spur on the girls in blue and white, in a very tightly fought game where scores were few and far between the final score was 0-1 a piece and so extra time insued. Green Isle were just too strong in the extra time and ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 1-3 to 0-1. Croydon faced Michael Cusacks in the Junior plate final with Croydon taking the silverwear.
Retreating to the clubhouse after a tough and very cold day the awards ceremony began took place. Junior player of the tournament went to Tara's Joni Traynor who was outstanding throughout the day. Senior player went to Moire Dooley from Borrisoleigh who clocked up plenty of miles through the day and was well deserved of the prize.
Tara CC wish to thank Tir Chonaill Gaels, especially Tom Mohan, Steve McLoughlin, Maurice Carr and Stevie Keane for their assistance in setting up the grounds, pitches, nets etc each year.
Thanks to our Sponsors, Getjar, J Coffey Construction, The Galway Association of London and Tir Chonaill Park for continuing to sponsor the trophies for our 7s. Also to MMI (Dublin), The Claddagh Ring and The Crown Moran for your assitance.
D E Photos were busy taking photos throughout the day and these are available to buy at: http://www.dephoto.biz/Default.aspx
The first aid was taken care by special guests Majella Cleary and Susy Smith - thanks girls.
To the Referees and especially to Beano who each year turns up and gets on with it, sometimes without a tea-break. Also to Sean Howlin, Elaine Dunphy, Shane Murphy, Alan Murphy, Conor Conneelly - thanks for your time.
Thanks to the great bunch of Tara girls that helped plan, prepare, set up and assisted throughout the day.
Ballinderreen Camogie Club is situated in South Galway. The club was founded in 1968 by Paddy Connell (R.I.P). There was a brief interlude in 1987 and the club was restarted again in 1992. Ballinderreen has teams competing from under 8’s up to Junior level. The Junior B team won the county and the Connaught championship in 2010, after successive county final defeats in 2008 and 2009. In 2011 the team was narrowly defeated in the closely contested Junior A final.
Star players include Siobhan Coen, All-Ireland Intermediate and Minor medal holder, Lisa McTigue, an all-star by our accounts, Mary ‘four goal’ Maloney, Siobhan Linnane Morgan, captain fantastic and Aoife Lane, former Minor county player. Finbarr Meehan and Francis Killoran are the current manager and trainer. Former Galway greats from Ballinderreen include Noel Lane, holder of three Senior All-Ireland medals and Joe McDonagh, former GAA president and holder of a Senior All-Ireland medal.
Two former Ballinderreen’s Junior players have been playing with Tara Camogie Club since 2008 - sisters Colette and Emer Fahy. Colette has been trying to persuade the club to make the trip for several years now. The travelling group finally made the decision to attend this tournament over a few drinks in Raftery’s Rest in Kilcolgan on St. Stephen’s night - a fast paced 7 a side tournament seemed like a great idea at the time! The main plan is to get a group of ageing camogie players home in one piece…….We also hope to visit some local public houses as we will not be able for anything else!
Was founded in 1991 by Patsy Carroll whom is now assistant secretary. The club at present has 86 players registered from the ages of 5 years old to 23 years of age, playing grades from U10, U12s, U14s, U16s, U18 and Junior B grade. The Junior B team is an extremely young team ranging in ages from 15 years to 23 years old. St Cronans have a number of underage county players and the county players that will be travelling to the tournament are U18 county player Megan Ryan who was part of last years U16 county team and won both the Munster and All Ireland Camogie Final and Caoimhe Tierney is an Intermediate County player. Aoife Moloney was part of the Munster schools team this year and she celebrates her 18th birthday the day the team travel to London on Friday 13th April. Happy Birthday Aoife!
Borrisoleigh of Co Tipperary bring a group of 20 to London on their first trip out of the country to play camogie. The club was established in 2007 and in that relatively short time they reached the Junior B Championship County Final in 2011, although were narrowly beaten by 2 points.
The club also has juveniles under 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 and many of their players have represented their county over the past few years - Sarah Kinnane, Aisling Kiely, Cloda Scanlan, Grace O’Mahony, Joanne Cowan all at underage; Lousie Fahy & Nora O’Brien Junior Munster final winners with Julie Kelly winning Player of the Match Munster Final 2011. Noirín Stapleton played intermediate, whilst Nicole Walsh represented throughout underage, senior 2012 and All Ireland Minor Champion in 2011. Deirdre Delaney played senior and Moira Dooley played for Limerick. The team is Carmel O’Brien, Michelle Ryan (Captain), Sarah Cowan, Moire Dooley, Niamh Mc Grath, Nora O’Brien, Maire Ryan, Louise Fahy, Noirín Stapleton and Cloda Scanlon Management: Siobhan Stapleton & Julie Delaney Additional players travelling Aisling Kiely, Grace Prior, Joanne Cowan, Clíodhna Bourke.