ANOTHER chapter has been added to Kilkenny’s global camogie success story.
While Rachel Hogan (Tullaroan), Loretta Murphy (Barrow Rangers) and Keira Kinahan (Ballyhale Shamrocks) have starred for New South Wales in recent times, Angela Kenneally (Mullinavat), Bridget Grennan (Tullogher) and Helen Murphy (Glenmore) all played their part in helping Tara London reach the All-Ireland junior club final before losing out to Inagh of Clare.
Also making a name for themselves down under are four girls from South Kilkenny.
Windgap trio Fiona Kenny, Catherine Fleming and Leza Cahill and Ailish Kenneally from Carrickshock, all participated in the Western Australasian Championships. It was Fiona Kenny, representing Queensland, who emerged victorious as her side beat Western Australia in the final. Kenneally and Cahill were involved with Western Australia, while Fleming was part of the New South Wales team.
Kenneally and Cahill are playing their camogie with the Western Swans in Western Australia. The club, which is based in Perth, was founded in the last year.
Camogie Western Australia competed in their first tournament in the Padraig Pearses annual seven a-side competition in February.
In an excellent final Western Australia lost out to a Central Coast side who had Keira Kinahan and Loretta Murphy in their ranks.
The Western Australia ladies returned to Perth as they continued to develop the club, renaming themselves Western Swans. The Swans players competed against each other in exhibition games such as the Anzac Challenge Cup and the Hurling Western Australia Championship final.
In October, the Australasian state championships were held in Brisbane. It was the first time the sport was played at the Australian state games. Teams from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia all participated.
Western Australia beat New South Wales 1-6 to 1-5, meaning that Queensland would await their presence in the final.
Queensland won the final against Western Australia 2-14 to 2-4, but the scoreline doesn’t do justice to Western Australia’s heroic attempts.
In another Kilkenny, the Western Australia team was managed by Glenmore’s Ger Mullally.
Fiona Kenny was rewarded for her outstanding displays at the tournament with an All-Star.
The Western Swans continue to train twice-weekly. They hope to compete in the Padraig Pearses seven a-side competition in February and, next year, will proudly host the Australasian State Games.