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Colaiste Phobal determined to win Junior title for first time

Thursday, 8 March 2018

THE young girls from Colaiste Phobal in Roscrea are just 60 minutes away from being crowned All Ireland Junior camogie 'D' champions and are preparing well for the big showdown with Athenry's Clarin College.
The game is fixed for Saturday next (March 10) but at time of going to print, a venue or time hadn't been decided.
Roscrea skimmed through their semi-final beating St Mary's from Clady by the narrowest of margins and they have Ciara Sammon to thank for getting them over the line with a late goal. "The semi-final was a wake up call for us all, management and players alike. It reminded us....it reminded me, that there is no certainty in this life. If you want something badly enough, you go get it. You fight, you give everything of yourself and you leave nothing behind you. The one thing about these girls is that they have never thrown in the towel. They simply don't give up until the final whistle blows. We will certainly need this fighting spirit going into this all Ireland final," commented their manager Margaret O'Gorman.
She went on "We won our place to compete in this All-Ireland Final through sheer hard work and resilience, determination and a fighting spirit. My ladies never gave up and that was the key to our success. Admittedly, we did not play half as well as what we can do. We had an amount of possession in the first half and failed to capitalise on this. We also hit a lot of wides in the second half and squandered chances. That being said, St Mary's of Derry were a very physical team and did not make things easy for us."
Colaiste Phobal need to win this year because from the panel of 28, six are over age for next year. "The youngest player on the starting 15 is Orlagh Phelan (Naomh Brid). Orlagh is a 1st year student and is only 13 years old. She's a class act and is a name to watch in the future. There are four other first year girls on the panel, three from St. Cronan's Kelsey Wing, Kellie Seacy and Khya Lynch and the fourth girl Kayleigh Bevans is from the Shinrone club. All of these girls have a very bright future playing camogie for school, club and county," said their manager.
Mixed fortunes would best describe the Roscrea College when it comes to camogie. While they have never won an All-Ireland junior final in this grade before, they did however compete in the Junior C All-Ireland final in 2012 but were beaten by Kinvara.
The following year, that same junior camogie team were coming of age and went on to compete in the Senior 'C' Munster camogie championship. "We successfully beat Carrick-on-Suir in the Munster final by three points. We then entered the All Ireland campaign and fought our way to the All Ireland Final where we emerged All Ireland Senior C' Champions by a one point margin in a titanic battle with Banagher College," she said.
Clarin College had a three point victory over a strong Heywood CS in their semi final so it's expected that there will be little or nothing between the sides when they meet on Saturday.
"They are a very strong and balanced team who have two of their players on the Athenry Intermediate Club team, playing in the All Ireland Final on March 18 in Croke Park. A number of their players are also part of the Galway U-16B team," she said.
"They are athletic and play a very clever ball down the centre line. So we know what we are up against. We are under no illusion as to what is coming our way. Athenry are firm favourites in this All Ireland campaign. But they haven't come across Colaiste Phobal Roscrea yet. One thing is for certain, we will take this game to them, we will give as good as we get and I'm expecting a very close and hard fought battle," said a very determined Colaiste Phobal manager. And one can see where the players are getting their determination from.
Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre Junior Camogie Panel: Emily Doughan (Shinrone), Alice Maher (Moneygall), Jane Cleary (Shinrone), Aisling Ryan (Naomh Brid), Leah Ryan (Shinrone), Eilish Gleeson (Shinrone), Kayleigh O'Meara (Moneygall), Sharon Shanahan (Shinrone), Kate Hogan (St Cronan's), Reanne Conlon (St Cronan's), Orlagh Phelan (Naomh Brid), Caoimhe Flannery (St Cronan's), Andrea Scully (Camross), Fiona Scully - Captain (Camross), Ciara Sammon - Vice Captain (Shinrone), Jessica Lally (Camross), Tiffany O'Riordan (St Cronan's), Niamh Geraghty (St Cronan's), Ellie Quinlan (Camross), Nicole Brooks (St Cronan's), Alanna Cleary (Shinrone), Rebecca Murphy (St Cronan's), Fionnuala Mulvey (Naomh Brid), Kellie Seacy (St Cronan's), Khya Lynch (St Cronan's), Kayleigh Bevans (Shinrone), Kelsey Wing (St Cronan's), Teresa Maher (St Cronan's).
The team management is Margaret O'Gorman, Ian Wilmott, Una Teehan, Mary Shanahan, Sara Earley, Tomas Slattery.

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