On Sunday evening the Kilruane Junior camogie team continued their winning streak when they overcame Newport in Cloughjordan. Marie Ryan opened the scoring with a point. Claire Kennedy extended this lead to two and Kilruane looked to be on top. Against the run of play however a Newport ball lobbed the Kilruane defenders and Newport were through to beat Sarah Coonan for their first goal. They followed this up with a point soon after. However, Claire Kennedy got past the Newport defenders to handpass a goal and Kilruane were back in the lead again. They very nearly added another when Marcey Keogh forced a great save from the Newport goalie. Claire Kennedy raised two white flags, before Newport got back in the game with their second goal. They followed up with a point, which was cancelled out by Niamh Williams' pointed free. The half-time score read 1-6 to 2-2, a one point lead for the MacDonaghs. In the 2nd half both sides traded wides, before Sarah Coonan showed her true colours and pulled off an excellent save to deny Newport. 5 minutes in Claire Kennedy opened the scoring. Marcey Keogh got her name on the score sheet with a point after a cross from Marie Ryan. Soon after this Marcey won a free which Marie Ryan converted. Fiona Ryan was next to score, with a move that came from solid full-back Joyce Tooher to Claire Kennedy, who found Fiona Ryan for the point. Claire Kennedy added another and Niamh Williams added a free. Marcey Keogh's final effort was a blasting shot, which was just the wrong side of the post. Marcey picked up a finger injury and was replaced soon after. Newport finally found their feet and pointed a free, before Claire Kennedy pointed again. They pointed another free, before Marie Ryan got the final score of the day with a pointed free. Final score 1-14 to 2-4.
The next fixture is not until Saturday 22nd September, when they will face Drom & Inch in Cloughjordan.
The first round of the u18 championship is fixed for this Tuesday 4th September against Thurles in Cloughjordan. Results available next week. The other teams in the group are Toomevara, Burgess and Drom.
Unfortunately we were beaten by Eire Og Nenagh in the u16B County final at the weekend. The girls gave everything from start to finish and the final scoreline does not reflect the effort that they put in. The opening stages were fairly even. The Kilruane backs were being pressed hard by the Nenagh forwards but were standing their ground nicely. Full back Eibhlin Enright in particular caught the eye as she made clearance after clearance. However, you could sense that the first score was going to be important, and it was Nenagh that eventually goaled. Nenagh built on this good start with two further goals before the break. It did indeed seem a tough task, but the Kilruane girls showed their true MacDonaghs spirit and fighting attitude in the 2nd half, where they battled gamely and held Nenagh to just 3 points. However, luck was not on their side and they had to the give way to the stronger town side. The squad finished the evening with an enjoyable meal at The Fairways Kilruane. It was a marvellous achievement for the team to get to the final and they can be proud of their progress during the year, under the watchful eye of their hard-working trainers. They were gracious in defeat and can be proud of their dignity and behaviour. Many thanks to all from the parish who came along to support the girls on the day. Thanks also to Freddie Williams who recently gave a great training session to the girls.
Unfortanutely the u10 panel were not able to take part in the County blitz at the weekend. Training continues as normal.
Hard luck to Sarah Coonan and the Tipperary Junior camogie team who lost the Munster Final to Cork at the weekend.
Cow dung competition
As a fundraising activity the club are now running a 'cow dung competition'. The standard format is simple. The field is marked into a number grid and the club are selling each square for 2euro. Then a cow is let loose on to the pitch and wherever her 'Droppings' drop that square will win and the 8 squares around it will also receive a prize. Cards are now in circulation and will be given to all club members in the coming days.
For Sunday 16th September Keith Deane has kindly donated his car wash business to fundraise for the club. Please come along on the day to have your car washed and support the club at the same time.
The club will host a Poker Classic in Nenagh Golf Club on Sunday October 21st. Any spot prizes for the night can be given to Chairman Noel Coonan in advance.
Many thanks to The Fairways bar and restaurant for their recent sponsorship for the Junior League final. The club is most grateful for this and other generous sponsorship received on the night.
The club would like to express deepest sympathies to Sarah Sullivan and the Sullivan family on the death of Sarah's grandmother Mrs. Margaret Sullivan, Woodford. Deepest sympathies are also expressed to County Fixtures Secretary Kieran Slattery on the death of his father Pat Slattery.