THE FEELGOOD factor Kilkenny is experiencing on the schools camogie front could be increased this weekend as Castlecomer Community School go hunting for national honours.
The girls from the North Kilkenny school will take on Our Lady’s of Templemore, Tipperary in a battle to clinch the junior B All-Ireland title in Urlingford on Saturday (throw-in is 2.45pm).
This will be the school’s second time in an All-Ireland final in over 30 years. They last contested a national decider in 2011, when they beat St Pius X of Magherafelt to win the Roinn C senior title on a 4-2 to 2-5 scoreline.
Current captain Edel Coonan and centre-back Katie Nolan featured on that team.
Castlecomer’s toughest contest so far was their Leinster semi-final win over a highly-fancied Colaiste Bhride. Played in terrible weather conditions in Enniscorthy, the Castlecomer girls battled hard and came out on top with a two-point win mainly thanks to a well-taken goal by Sarah Molloy.
Winning that game set up a clash against Loreto Wexford in the Leinster final. The Kilkenny girls made short work of the task in Bunclody. They earned a convincing 3-8 to 1-1 win.
The All-Ireland semi-finals saw Castlecomer make the long journey North to take on St Patrick’s of Keady. The Armagh girls were well organised, but two points from play by Danielle Morrissey and a brace of Kate Nolan frees gave Castlecomer a 0-4 to 0-2 interval lead.
The Kilkenny girls fared better in the second half, securing their lead with a well-taken goal from Aoilean Hennessy. Further points followed before sub Aine Murphy but the game beyond Keady with a well-taken goal for a 2-6 to 0-4 win.
In the final Castlecomer will play the highly-rated Our Lady’s from Templemore in Tipperary.
Good in Munster
Our Lady’s, convincing winners of the Munster championship and their All-Ireland semi-final, have been building their camogie profile in the last couple of years. With a number of players from the Drom-Inch club they will be favourites to claim All-Ireland gold.
Standing in their way will be a Castlecomer team who will look for big performances from centre-back Katie Nolan, captain Edel Coonan, full-back Eilis Regan, sisters Cora and Sorcha Delaney and the Morrissey sisters, Amy and Danielle.
The players, who hail from the St Martin’s, Cloneen, Conahy, Castlecomer and Ballyragget areas, are part of a hard-working team who will give their all as they bid to land more All-Ireland silverware.
Castlecomer CS panel - Sarah Brannigan, Cora Delaney, Eilis Regan, Orla O’Neill, Trish Buggy, Katie Nolan, Amy Nolan, Edel Coonan, Sorcha Delaney, Traci Farrell, Aoilean Hennessy, Niamh Butler, Danielle Morrissey, Lorraine Kennedy, Sarah Molloy, Amy Morrissey, Aine Murphy, Caitlin Brennan, Caitriona Lawlor, Anna Boland, Katelyn Leahy, Marian Morrissey, Shauna Dowling, Frances Farrell, Ciara Cody.