MONALEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
CAMOGIE: On Sunday in Knocklong Monaleen Minor team retained the Minor A Shield with a 3-11 to 0-8 victory over Blackrock Effin. Monaleen started well with Emma Donohoe dominating in the half back line and Clodagh Power proving too strong for the Blackrock Effin full back. 1-1 in the first few minutes for Monaleen created a gap that Blackrock Effin could not close throughout the game. Midway through the second half with Monaleen 4 points ahead the gap opened up with Ella Hession getting 4 quick points from play. The final score reflected a dominant performance from this talented group of 25 players. Caitlin Bonfil was presented with the trophy by county chairperson Liz Hennessy and the celebrations began. A number of these girls were also on our successful Junior 12-a-side and U16s teams so have won 4 county titles in 2019 which is a fantastic achievement. Minor Panel; Abby McCarty; Saorise Lane; Caitlin Bonfil (Capt); Aoife D’Arcy; Juliette Pinson; Sarah Sheehan; Emma Donohoe; Niamh Moloney; Emily O Halloran; Aoife Nelligan; Laura Hession; Mia O Halloran; Amy Kavanagh; Charley Drury; Aoife Sheehan; Aisling O Driscoll; Saoirse Fitzpatrick; Eimar Morgan; Lucy D’Arcy; Aoife Doyle; Ella Hession; Amy Burke; Clodagh Power; Roisin D’Arcy; Emily O Brien; Grace Malone; Grace Clohessy.
AGM: The Monaleen GAA club AGM will take place on Monday, December 2 at 8pm. Motions and nominations should be emailed to the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org before 9pm on November 25.
JUVENILE AGM: Monaleen GAA Club’s juvenile AGM will be taking place in the clubhouse on Wednesday November 27 at 9.15pm.
U21 FOOTBALL: Well done to the Monaleen U-21 footballers who defeated Ballysteen 3-10 to 0-4 in the County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 2 Round 3 fixture on Saturday last. The team is due to play Galbally in Doon on Tuesday night, November 19 at 8pm before taking on Newcastle West in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale this Saturday, 2pm. Best of luck to the players and management team. All support appreciated.
LOTTO RESULTS: The latest Lotto draw took place on November 14, with the jackpot standing at €18,400. The numbers drawn were 5, 11, 20 and 22. Winners of the €50 lucky dips were D. Buckley, @Hurlers; E. Treacy, Peafield Rd; P. Enright, Monaleen Park; B. Donohue, Salmon Weir. Tickets can be purchased on a weekly basis from local shops and pubs and the draw is held every Thursday night in the club at 10pm.
Monaleen U10 Girls football squad which took part in the Ahane Blitz at LIT
Monaleen U8 Girls football squad which took part in the Ahane Blitz at LIT
U8 & U10 FOOTBALL: Well done to the U8 and U10 girls football teams and coaches who took part in the Ahane Blitz in LIT. Monaleen fielded two teams for each age group.
The Groody Gaels ladies minor team played Ballylanders at St Patrick’s on Saturday evening last
MINOR TEAM: The Groody Gaels ladies minor team played Ballylanders under lights at St Patricks pitch on Saturday evening last (16th November) in the second round of the county minor championship. Groody Gaels came out on top in a very entertaining encounter, winning the game on a final score-line of 5-7 to 3-4. Ballylanders started the game the better of the two sides with an early goal and a point to take a four-point lead in the first 10 minutes. Groody Gaels gradually worked their way back into the game and began to dominate possession. Following a period of sustained pressure on the Ballylanders goal, midfielder Aoife Nelligan expertly converted following a strong run through the centre of the defence to register her teams’ first point of the night. Soon after, two points from talented full forward Ciara Hodges (one from play and one from a free) further narrowed the gap on the scoreline to leave just one point between the teams at half time (Groody Gaels 0-3, Ballylanders 1-1).
The second half started well for Groody Gaels when wing forward Saoirse Fitzgerald brilliantly shot to the corner of the Ballylanders net following an excellent team move. Soon after, midfielder Rachel O’Dell capped off a superb display with her first point of the match to push Groody Gaels into a 3-point lead 10 minutes into the second half.
Groody Gaels continued to dominate possession and huge credit goes to goal keeper Laura Donaghy for her super kickouts and to defenders Claire Kiely, Amy Kavanagh, Nessa Kelly, Aoife Neville and Jemma Duhig and forwards Lauren O’Shaughnessy, Ella Doyle and Grainne Cronin who brilliantly dispossessed their opponents time and again to provide the attacking platform for the team. Next on the scoreboard for Groody was centre back Jemma Duhig who scored a goal and a point in quick succession to continue her great form in front of goal this season.
Midfieder Rachel O’Dell scored her second point of the game with an excellent long-range effort before Ciara Hodges brilliantly won possession in the full forward line and shot straight to the roof of the net to bring her tally for the match to 1-2. Saoirse Fitzgerald scored her second goal of the night to finish off a superb passing move before centre forward Emily O’Halloran who had played brilliantly all game got on the scoreboard with an expertly taken goal as the game entered the last 5 minutes. Following a purple patch for Ballylanders, Saoirse Fitzgerald completed the scoring for Groody Gaels with an excellent point from play to seal the win for her team. Congratulations to all the girls on a brilliant display against a strong Ballylanders side. That makes it two wins from two for the team in this years’ minor championship. Next up for this talented bunch of footballers is a home championship semi-final against Knockainey on this Sunday, November 24 at 2pm.
Groody Gaels Team: Laura Donaghy, Claire Kiely, Amy Kavanagh, Nessa Kelly, Jemma Duhig, Aoife Neville, Claire Flavin, Rachel O’Dell (Captain), Aoife Nelligan, Claire Flavin, Emily O’Halloran, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Ciara Hodges, Lauren O’Shaughnessey, Ella Doyle, Grainne Cronin.
PHOTOGRAPH : The Monaleen minor camogie squad and backroom team members celebrate their Minor A Shield final success