St Louis end CPC’s reign as Ulster champions

Ulster Colleges Camogie – Corn Uan Uladh semi-final

St Louis Ballymena 1-9 Cross & Passion Ballycastle 1-5 

ST Louis Ballymena ended Cross & Passion’s three year rein as Ulster Colleges Senior Camogie champions at Ahoghill on Friday evening when the battled back from a goal behind ten minutes into the second half to outscore their North Antrim rivals by 1-5 to no score in the final ten minutes to book their place in the final.

The holders held a slender 0-5 to 0-4 half time lead after a hard fought first half, but the Kentullagh girls were back on terms early in the second half. CPC hit back with a brilliant individual goal from Nuala Devlin and it appeared they had taken a grip on the game, but incredibly they would not raise another flag for the remaining twenty minutes, plus almost nine of injury time as the St Louis defence took control. The Ballymena school was soon level when Caoimhe Molloy blasted a twenty metre free low to the CPC net and they went on to add four more without reply to seal the win.

In bitterly cold conditions both teams struggled to put together any flowing passages of play and it was down to the free takers to step up the mark in a hard hitting contest. Riana McBride hit four for CPC while Maura Downey was on the mark for St Louis to keep things tied at 4 apiece and it took a point from Annie Lynn, the only score from play in the half, to give the Ballycastle school a 0-5 to 0-4 lead at the break.

After Caitlin Crawford brought St Louis level early in the second half Nuala Devlin’s goal gave CPC back the lead, and with the scores hard to come by they must have felt they were in a strong position. However they got no time to enjoy their advantage as less than two minutes later Caoimhe Molloy fired her free to the net. The momentum had now swung in St Louis favour and with midfielder Bronagh Laverty and centre forward Emma Louise McAreavey surging forward at every opportunity they challengers got on top. Caoimhe Molloy added two points to give them a cushion before Downey and Crawford added the insurance scores to see their team through to their third final in a row where they will meet the winners of next week’s second semi-final between St Pat’s Maghera and St Mary’s Magherafelt.

Cross and Passion : Nuala Devlin (1-0), Riana McBride (0-4 frees), Annie Lynn (0-1)

St Louis : Caoimhe Molloy (1-2 frees), Maura Downey (0-5, 0-4 frees), Caitlin Crawford (0-2)

Referee: Owen Elliott 

St Louis – Orlagh Convery, Maeve Mulholland, Brigid Delargy, Laura McAleese, Katie Molloy, Eimear McMullan, Sarah McIlhatton, Bronagh Laverty, Aoibhinn McCluskey, Caitlin Crawford, Emma-Louise McAreavey, Caoimhe Molloy, Aimee Traynor, Maura Downey, Kyra Doherty

Subs – Mary McKillen for Aoibhinn McCloskey

CPC – Becky Ellis, Orlagh Laverty, Megan McGarry, Bríd Magill, Fiounnuala Toner, Katie Laverty, Enya McShane, Aine Magill, Ciara Laverty, Nuala Devlin, Caitlin Heggarty, Annie Lynn, Rianna McBride, Cassie McArthur, Clodagh O’Kane.

Subs – Aiobhann Donnelly for Becky Ellis; Faye McIntosh for Clodagh O’Kane; Bronagh Magill for Fionnuala Toner.

Referee – Owen Elliott (All Saints)

Loughgiel Shamrocks Juvenile Awards

Loughgiel Shamrocks held their juvenile presentation awards in the Millennium Centre last weekend where the young teams who have won honours for the club this season received their trophies. Top of the list was the Under 14 hurling and camogie teams who completed the Feile na nGael double in both North Antrim and All County. Hadning out the awards were senior hurling and camogie stars Liam Watson, Eddie McCloskey, Lucia McNaughton and Clare McKillop

Pics by Enda Casey

Loughgiel Under 14 hurlers who received the North Antrim and All County Feile, League and Championship trophies
Loughgiel Under 14 Girls who won the North Antrim and All County Feile trophies
Darragh Patterson received the Feile and league trophies from Eddie McCloskey and Liam Watson
Members of the Under 16 Hurling team at last week’s awards
Members of the Under 16 Camogie team
Clare McKillop presents the Uner 12 Camogie Plaeyr of the Year award to joint winners Mariea Laverty and Caela Dobbin
Loughgiel Under 12 Camogs
Loughgiel Under 12 Hurlers

Lamh Dhearg juvenile awards

Lamhs holds 35th annual juvenile presentation at Devenish Complex

By Kevin Herron

The Devenish ballroom hosted Lámh Dhearg’s 35th annual juvenile presentation on Saturday 16th of November .

Guest speaker for the evening was Paula O’Hagan, captain of Clonduff All-Ireland intermediate winning camogie side. Paula delivered an inspirational address to all gathered for the evening.

Senior footballer and Antrim forward Kevin Quinn was also in attendance to help hand out awards on the evening and senior football captain and Lord Major John Finucane was also able to make a late appearance – having switched on the Christmas tree lights at Belfast City Hall.

Sean McIlhatton updated players and parents on plans for the new second pitch. This week the money raised to date has broken £100,000 .

Guest’s Paula and Kevin handed out individual and team honours on the evening.

Congratulations to all recipients:

Hurling:

U-10 Hurler of the Year – Matthew Murray & Oisin McLaren

U-12 Most improved Hurler – Mark McGinley

U-12 Hurler of the Year – Conor McConville

U-14 Coca-Cola Perpetual Trophy Award – Sean McCarthy

U-14 Most improved Hurler – Corey Camlin

U-14 Hurler of the Year & Féile Skills award – Donal Martin

U-16 Most improved player – Aidan Morrow

U-16 Hurler of the Year – Michael Braniff

Camogie:

U-10 Most improved Camog – Katie Flynn

U-10 Camog of the Year – Aoife Craig

U-12 Most improved Camog – Catriona Doran

U-12 Camog of the Year – Jodie Peoples

U-14 Most improved Camog – Carly Lowe

U-14 Camog of the Year – Ciara Maguire

U-16 Most improved Camog – Roise Cunningham

U-16 Camog of the Year – Isla Annett

Girls football:

U-10 Girls Most Improved Player – Eimear McCambridge

U-10 Girls Player of the Year – Aoife Craig

U-12 Girls Most Improved Player – Aoife Fitzsimons

U-12 Girls Player of the Year – Lauren Smyth

U-14 Girls Most Improved Player – Aimee Owens

U-14 Girls Player of the Year – Isla Annett

U-16 Girls Player of the Year – Raicheal Mulholland & Robyn Murray

Boys football:

U-10 Boys Most Improved Player – Tiernan Lee

U-10 Boys Footballer of the Year – Dylan Fegan

U-12 Boys Most Improved Footballer of the Year – Joseph Cleland

U-12 Boys Footballer of the Year – Ronan Webb

U-14 Boys Most Improved Football of the Year – Conall McGarry

U-14 Boys Footballer of the Year – Declan Young

U-16 Boys Most Improved Footballer of the Year – Matthew O’Boyle

U-16 Boys Footballer of the Year- Niall McGarry

Individual awards:

Diarmuid Frazer Memorial Cup – Dylan Fegan

Youth Culture Award – Aoife Fitzsimons

Charlie Smyth Award for Most Overall Improved Player – Erin Craddock

Sam McGarry Award for Outstanding Commitment and Desire – The Gaisce Volunteers

& mentor Damo McGuigan

Davy McGarry Award for Youth Personality of the Year – Tiernach Fegan

Special thanks to everyone who helped organise the evening and donate prizes for the ballot and thank you the staff at the Devenish Complex

Antrim Gaels pick up a series of awards

Antrim Gaels figured strongly in last weekend’s awards ceremonies with a host of players and officials picking up prestigious accolades.

At the Ulster President’s Awards inner in the Canal Court in Newry there was a double for the Cunning cousins from Dunloy with Conal receiving the Ulster Hurler of the Year award with his cousin Colum receiving his award for refereeing the Joe McDonagh Hurling final between Laois and Westmeath.

Conal Cunning from Dunloy received the Ulster Hurler of the Year award

The Antrim team who won the All Ireland Under 21 Football title back in 1969 received a Special Recognition award for what was Antrim GAA’s greatest ever achievement while Sean McManus of Rossa received a Club Coaching award.

On Saturday afternoon Ulster Camogie held their awards ceremony in the Armagh City Hotel. Noreen Graham of Ahoghill picked up the Bridie McMemamin Shield Player of the Year award for her part in the St Mary’s side’s great Ulster success. Brona McIntyre of Loughgiel received the award for Best County Final Match Programme for her brilliant design and publication. Seamus McAleenan, a regular contributor to the Saffron Gael, was awarded the PRO of the Year trophy while Kathryn Bradley of St John;s Carnlough received the Chairperson’s Award for her great work with the Ulster council.

Well done to each and every one of you!