On the back of their League title success, the Junior A team recorded their second successive championship win by beating Burgess-Duharra 1-12 to 0-4 in Cloughjordan on Sunday evening. The scoreline does not do justice to the tough challenge that Burgess presented, as very little separated the sides throughout. Indeed it was Burgess that opened the scoring, before Kilruane pressed ahead with points from Fiona Ryan and Claire Kennedy. Full forward and captain Marcey Keogh used her strength well in the forward line and was rewarded with a fine goal. Fiona Ryan added a further point to put Kilruane 5 points ahead. However, Burgess pointed twice in succession to reduce this lead to 3. A long ball in from Claire Kennedy was excellently caught by Marcey Keogh, who turned and pointed. Claire Kennedy added to this with a fine point after a great run down the left wing. Goalkeeper Sarah Coonan started the next move when she collected and delivered an accurate ball to wing back Lisa Cahill, who in turn launched it to full forward Marcey Keogh, who broke the ball nicely for Marie Ryan to point. Burgess pointed a free before Marie Ryan finished with first half scoring with her second point, to leave the half-time score at 1-7 to 0-4.
Scores were harder to come by in the second half, and it was Claire Kennedy who first hit the target for a point. Tricia Hogan added to this with a point after a fine run. Goalkeeper Sarah Coonan was called on to make 2 clearances, while at the other end Fiona Ryan forced a 45, which Marie Ryan put over. Marcey Keogh added another before being substituted, before Fiona Ryan added the final score of the day, to leave the final score 1-12 to 0-4. Team: Sarah Coonan, Niamh Gibson, Joyce Tooher, Orla Murphy, Lisa Cahill, Katie Kennedy, Mary Walsh, Shauna Tooher, Aine Kennedy, Marie Ryan, Fiona Ryan, Claire Kennedy, Tricia Hogan, Marcey Keogh and Carmel O'Brien. Subs: Ciara Gibson, Noreen Maher, Jennifer Hodgins, Laura Downey, Kelly Hodgins, Eibhlin Enright, Maria Hogan, Katie Quinlisk, Shauna Heffernan, Clodagh Hodgins, Kelly Flaherty and Helen Hogan. In the next round they face Newport in Cloughjordan this Sunday 2nd September.
The first round of the u18 championship is fixed for Tuesday 4th September against Thurles in Cloughjordan. The other teams in the group are Toomevara, Burgess and Drom.
In their most impressive display this season, the u16 camogie team had a comprehensive win over Clonoulty on Thursday evening, which now sees them through to a mouth-watering County Final clash with highly fancied Nenagh Eire Og. Having already been beaten by Clonoulty earlier this year, the Kilruane management team of Frances Cleary, Fiona Ryan, Paul Callan, Liam O'Kelly and Pat Shanahan made sure their charges were in top form and well-drilled for this important match.
Kilruane looked sharp from the off and got off to a flying start and had 3-1 on the board before Clonoulty registered a score, the early goals coming from Lianne O'Kelly and Maria Hogan along with 1-1 from Roisin Cahill. After Clonolty's first score, wily corner forward Ciara Grace was quick to respond with a well-taken goal to bring the momentum briefly back to Kilruane, before Clonoulty added a further 1-1. Full forward Maria Hogan slotted one over for Kilruane, before Clonoulty repsonded with another, which turned out to be Clonoulty's last score from play for the duration of the game. Maria Hogan goaled for Kilruane again after great work from Roisin Cahill up the right wing. Clonoulty added a point to the scoreboard, courtesy of a free, before Roisin Cahill handpassed one over for Kilruane. Maria Hogan, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Clonoulty defence, bagged her last goal of the half. At the other end goalkeeper Shauna Maher pulled off a double save to deny Clonoulty, who had to settle for a point from the resultant 45. At half-time the scoreboard read 6-3 to 1-5 in Kilruane's favour.
The second half was a tighter affair, with both sides battling gamely. Goalkeeper Shauna Maher was again called into action for a fine save, which went out for a 45. However, the Clonoulty effort dropped short to deny them the first score of the second half. At the other end, Ciara Grace was unlucky to see her effort go narrowly wide. Another Kilruane effort went across the goalmouth and wide. A switch in goalkeepers for Clonoulty may be what spurred into Kilruane into action again. Roision Cahill slotted over a well-taken free to open the second half scoring after 12 minutes of close play. Maria Hogan however put the result beyond doubt when she goaled twice in succuession. Management began to bring on subs after this. County u14 player Chelsea Cooney was the first into action when she replaced Helen Hogan at corner back. Clonoulty did not give up however and were through for a certain goal were it not for great defensive play from Georgianna Finn. A quick free from Clonoulty caught most of the Kilruane defence off-guard, however substitue Chelsea Cooney was quick to respond with a fine clearance. Leanne Tooher was the next sub introduced, she came in at midfield to replace Shauna Heffernan, and in her first play dropped back nicely into defence to effect a great clearance. Lianne O'Kelly pointed for Kilruane after a great cross from Maria Hogan. 5-goal hero Maria Hogan, who is also an important member of the junior panel, was taken off and replaced by Sorcha Heenan. The next substitution saw Rachel Armitage introduced to the forwards in place of Clodagh Hodgins, before Maura Maher replaced Eibhlin Enright in the full back line. Lianne O'Kelly got the final point after a fine pass and intelligent play from Ciara Grace.
All in all this was a fine performance from this improving Kilruane team. Goalkeeper Shauna Maher was called into action on several occassions and was only beaten once. In front of her she had great security from 6 hard-working backs, who conceeded no score in the second half. The midfield partnership of Niamh Costello and Shauna Heffernan continued to impress, while upfront an 8-7 scoreline is impressive by any standards, with 4 of the 6 forwards getting on the scoreboard.
The final takes place next Thursday 30th August in The Ragg camogie pitch at 7pm. It is hoped that a big crowd from the parish will come along to support these girls on this important occassion.
The U12 panel played a practice match against Carrig-Riverstown in Cloughjordan on Saturday morning last.This was a great game of skill and determination by both sets of players. Thanks to Carrig for the game. Players: Orla Molloy, Meadhbh Heenan, Tara Lillis (K), Tara Lillis (B), Ella Kennedy, Bonny Conroy, Amy Quinlisk, Eleanor Percy, Sophie O'Neill-Reidy, Michaela Lillis, Mickela McGrath, Amy Hill, Aoife Coffey, Molly O'Brien, Tara O'Brien, Cliodhna Nevin. Text will be sent out to all players re training session for this week.
On this Saturday 1st September the Kilruane club will host an u12 camogie blitz in Cloughjordan, with clubs from neighbouring counties invited to take part. Any help with catering or donations of refreshments would be most appreciated.
Congratulations to Laura Shinners, who won the All-Ireland u12 girls ball throw Community Games final at the weekend.