With tremendous wins last week against Loch Mór (at home on Monday evening, 3.06 to 1.03) and against St Enda’s (away on Friday evening, 7.00 to 4.02), the amalgamated Gort na Móna and St Joseph’s Glenavy camogie squad now have only two matches remaining to be played in the U16C league, with the team currently sitting at the top of the league on 20 points, having won all 10 of their games so far this season.
The squad comprises 20 girls – twelve from Gort and eight from Glenavy – and is managed by Danielle Hughes, assisted by Gráinne O’Hare (Gort na Móna), and Colm Donnelly, assisted by Abi Murphy-Donnelly (Glenavy). The amalgamation was approved by the Antrim County Board at their AGM on Sunday 26th November 2017, following discussion and agreement between the two clubs, the girls, and their parents. For a group who hadn’t trained – let alone played – together as a team until five months ago their success to date has been impressive and huge credit for forging such a unified squad must go to the team’s coach James O’Brien (Gort na Móna), who has skilfully blended the two groups of girls into a single formidable unit, with a fine mix of experience and youth, led on the pitch by joint-captains Lauren McFarlane (Gort na Móna) and Rachael McAreavey (Glenavy).
Gort-Glenavy’s final two matches of the league campaign will be in July against All Saints Ballymena (away) and Lámh Dhearg (home).