Monaleen GAA Club Notes, weekending August 13th
LOTTO: The latest Lotto draw took place on Thursday Aug 4th with the jackpot standing at €4,500. The numbers drawn were 2, 12, 14 and 33. €50 Lucky Dip winners were J. O’Connor (Glenside), J. Belton (Oakfield), T. Malone (Miltown Manor) and J.Delaney (c/o Leo’s)
TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MATCHES:
County U19 Premier Football Championship Semi Final – Galbally v Monaleen
Sunday 14th August 2022 @ 5.00pm in Doon
There are 2 tickets categories for Adults €5 & OAP/Student €5 (Valid ID to be shown at venue). Children U16 are free.
No tickets will be sold at venue
Lyons of Limerick County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 3 – Monaleen v Newcastlewest
Friday 12th August 2022 @ 6.45pm in Mick Neville Park
There are 2 tickets categories for Adults €10 & OAP/Student €6 (Valid ID to be shown at venue). Children U16 are free.
MONALEEN SENIOR FIXTURES:
Sun 14th Aug County u19 Football Championship Semi Final Galbally v Monaleen @Doon 17:00
Fri 12th Aug Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Newcastlewest v Monaleen @Mick Neville Park 18:45
Tue 16th Aug County u19 Hurling Championship Semi-Final Monaleen v Mungret @Caherdavin 18:45
MONALEEN SENIOR RESULTS:
Premier Intermediate Hurling Monaleen 1:18 Glenroe 2:20
MONALEEN BORD NA NOG RESULTS:
U17 Hurling Championship Monaleen 3:18 Na Piarsaigh 0:16
MONALEEN BORD NA NOG FIXTURES:
Wed 10th Aug u17 Football Division 1 Mungret v Monaleen @Mungret 19:00
Thurs 11th Aug u13 Football Division 1 Mungret v Monaleen @Mungret 19:00
Thurs 11th Aug u13 Football Division 3A Monaleen v St. Senans @Monaleen 18:30
Mon 15th Aug u15 Hurling Division 1 Kilmallock v Monaleen @Kilmallock 19:00
Minor A Final 2022
Monaleen are Minor A camogie Champions for 2022 and for the first time in the clubs history. Having previously won U13, U14 and U16 A titles and a National A Feile shield title over the past 6 years, this one was the one that the club yearned for as they continue to build and grow in dominance and hopefully will be a force to reckon with in Limerick camogie over the next few years.
Having beaten Killeedy in their first round match, the Monaleen girls lost out a few days later to Newcastlewest by 1 point in the group stages. An away semi final against their neighbours Ahane ( friends but on pitch rivals)saw a great victory for Monaleen in a very tough, physical contest.
This set up the final against Newcastlewest who had a convincing win against Blackrock/Effin in the other semi final.
Given the time of year, players have been sparse at times and Monaleen had to call up U15 and U16 girls to help out during the short campaign and very encouragingly they fitted in seamlessly to give the city side a squad of great talent and a mixture of youth and experience.
Played in the beautiful hot sunshine out in Mungret, the girls got off to a great start when their main sharpshooter and captain Amy Burke got the opening point from play. A couple of wides followed by the girls in red before Ellie Madden extended the lead with a point from a free.
Newcastlewest soon showed why they are one of the strongest clubs in Limerick as they responded with 2 points from play to level up the match.
A few more wides from both sides as the game became very physical and plenty of end to end action to keep the supporters on their feet.
A sweet point by Ellie Madden was followed by a 45 and a free from Newcastlewest and the girls from the west finished the half with a point from play to go into the break 2 points up on a scoreline of
Monaleen made a double substitution and a few positional changes before the second half got underway . Newcastlewest were the quickest out of the blocks as they notched up 2 quick successive points from play to give them a 4 point lead. Monaleen weren’t fazed by this and responded brilliantly with a point from Amy Burke which she followed with a superb goal after great work from county U16 stars Ciara Buckley and Ellie Madden.
The sides were now level but Newcastlewest weren’t going to lie down and another 2 points from play pushed them ahead once more. Monaleen hit back with a well taken free from U15 star Grace Hegarty to leave just a point between the 2 sides. The heat and the physicality of the teams was having a huge effect at this stage. Fiona O Halloran as first aid was having one busy afternoon but thankfully nothing too serious.
Then Monaleen got a much needed goal after good work from substitutes Sarah Burke and Faye Coffey ended with Ellie Madden hitting the back of the net and suddenly Monaleen were 2 points up with 9 minutes to go. Less than 2 minutes later Newcastlewest had taken the lead again after they too found the net. County Minor Laura Southern levelled up proceedings for Monaleen with a good point with 6 minutes left on the clock.
The next 5 minutes were full of action from both sides. The 2 defences were outstanding all day as they stopped any threat going forward . With 29 mins now into the half, Newcastlewest were awarded a free and it looked like it was not to be Monaleens day . However things don’t always go to plan in finals and the free went wide . The resultant puck out from Monaleens goalkeeper Eve McCarthy found its way to corner forward Sarah Burke who rounded her marker before slotting over the ball and scoring the winning point. 3 minutes later and the game was over, Monaleen were Minor county A Champions.
There was plenty of Monaleen stars out there in this Minor championship , not only in the final but throughout the championship. The rock solid defence lead by Emily O Halloran, Aisling O Driscoll and Abi Houlihan were aided brilliantly by their younger teammates Claire Moloney, Kim Ivory and Saoirse Fallon but special mention for 14 year old Carrie McCormack who definitely is a star for the future. The versatility of county U16 players Grace Field and Bella Collins was a huge asset as both girls played forwards and then slotted back to tighten up the defence when it mattered. The work horse attitude of Saoirse Fitzgerald and Ciara Buckley in midfield was tremendous especially given some of the very hot days the girls had to play in. The experienced Amy Burke led the way in the forwards as did Ellie Madden with her excellent free taking and point scoring. Laura Southern was as dangerous as always and caused plenty of havoc out there. Substitutes Grace Hegarty , Sarah Burke , Faye Coffey and Eimear O Driscoll made huge impacts as did all the panel as most had played some part in this championship .
There was plenty of elation after the final whistle. There were tears of joys, there was laughter, there was plenty of hugs, there was sheer delight. As Amy Burke lifted the cup on behalf of the 30 players and their coaches, parents and the many volunteers there was immense pride and happiness. One week after winning the intermediate league title, this was perhaps Monaleens biggest success to date. The future is very exciting.
Monaleen team and panel
Eve McCarthy, Kim Ivory Abi Houlihan, Claire Moloney, Carrie McCormack, Emily O Halloran, Aisling O Driscoll, Saoirse Fallon, Ciara Buckley, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Grace Field, Amy Burke (capt)( 1-2), Laura Southern (0-1), Bella Collins, Ellie Madden( 1-2, 0-1f)
Sarah Burke (0-1)
Grace Hegarty (0-1f)
Eimear O Driscoll
Ella O Halloran
Aoife O Brien
Emma O Leary
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