Athenry Camogie Club – Christmas 2000

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Galway Senior Camogie players, (from left), Noreen Coen, Jessica Gill, Regina Glynn, Athenry Camogie Club – Galway News: 27 Aug 2011

The year 2000 has been a great one for the Athenry Camogie Club. Pride of place must go to the Intermediate Team that was not content to let the lads have all the glory this year. It won the County and Connaught Titles to regain senior status for the club after a ten-year spell at Junior and intermediate level.

Everyone wanted to be Millennium Champions and the winning fever was rife in the ranks as this team took on and confidently laid aside the challenges of Eyrecourt, Davitts and Kinvara in the group games.

The semi-final against Ardrahan was their toughest game and they breathed a sigh of relief on a 4-point margin as the final whistle blew. They were very much the dominant side in the county final against St. Thomas’ winning on a scoreline of Athenry 07-05 to St. Thomas’ 00-02. The girls were on top form again a week later when with a truly superb performance they vanquished the Roscommon team Oran, to take the Connaught Title with a score of Athenry 04-09 Oran 01-01. Captain,

Martina Mc Donagh’s words as she raised the County Cup “This is for you P.J, for the cold, wet evenings you spent with us throughWinter…” the  depict the kind of effort and commitment that nowadays goes into winning a County Title. Congratulations to the girls and to P.J Molloy, Frank O’ Shea, Tom Page and everyone involved.

This team also beat Craughwell, to win the Kevin Jennings Memorial Trophy at the Athenry Festival.

The very enthusiastic u-10 team managed by Gerry Waldron, began the Championship trail on a disappointing note. They were well beaten by Mullagh at a home venue. However, they showed wonderful improvement after this and were unbeaten in their other group matches against Sarsfields, Killimor and Davitts.

After a great win against Ahascragh in the semi-final. They once again fell victim to a very strong Mullagh team in the final. There was some consolation for them when they won the Christy Kelly Memorial Tournament which was played during the Athenry Festival weekend.

The u-12 team showed great promise but was very unlucky not to make it out of their group having been defeated by Davitts and Pearses.

One of the highlights of the year however belongs to Stephanie Gannon. She won a Gold medal at the Community Games Finals for the u-14 Puc Fada. Sincere congratulations to Stephanie and her family. This was a wonderful achievement.

U 13-14: There was no joy for Athenry at this level. Our players are very scarce in this age group and manager Tom Page had to rely on much younger players.

U-16: Though Athenry had a great win in the first round of the Championship against Sarsfield’s this was their only success. They were defeated, then, by Davitts and Clarenbridge and were eliminated after this. Many of this U-16 team acquitted themselves outstandingly on the Intermediate team.

Congratulations to Sarah Donohue and Darrelle Coen who represented Athenry on the County Minor Panel that won the All-Ireland Final.

Congratulations to Regina Glynn and Darrelle Coen who were on the County Senior Panel this year. Congratulations also to Krystal Ruddy, Fiona Page and Patrice Ryan who took part in the County U-14 Blitz.

Sincere thanks to Club Secretary Marion Poniard who did trojan work throughout the year, to Chairman Mixie Donohue and treasurer Breda Kelly, to all managers, trainers, selectors, sponsors and all who helped in any way during the year.

We savour our successes of the past decades and look forward with eagerness to the new Millennium.

By Midge Glynn P.R.O

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About this record

Written by Midge Glynn

Published here 15 May 2023 and originally published Christmas 2000

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