Junior A Club Championship Final

2022 C2 Security Junior A County Final

St Colmans 2-07 Liam Mellows 0-12
Date: 9 Oct, 4pm
Venue: Duggan Park (Note: venue change)
Ref: Alan Dwyer

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Junior A County Final – Match report

by Sarah Gaughran, Galway Camogie PRO

St Colmans were crowed C2 security Junior A Champions on Sunday evening in Duggan Park Ballinasloe. While the conditions were not favourable for either side both sides played out a thriller. opened the scoring with points from player of the match, Rachel Burke and Rachel Linnane in the opening 3 minutes. Roisin Hughes reponded two points, one from a free, and Sinead Minihan also added a point to Liam Mellows tally to leave it 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of Mellows in the opening 6 minutes. Chelsea Nolan and Hughes exchanged frees before Ciara Helebert hit the back of the net for St Colmans on the 12th minute to give them the lead they would never relinquish. Nolan added two more frees and Burke added a point while Hughes, Ciara Dolan and Minihan all contributed to Liam Mellows tally to leave it St Colmans 1-6 Liam Mellows 0-7 at half time.

In what was a low scoring half from both sides, Hughes added two more points for Mellows on the restart to bring the sides level again but a goal from substitute Caragh Loughrey insured that St Colmans restored a three-point lead. Hughes responded with points on the 41st and 50th minutes to leave one point in it but substitute Chloe Cahill replied for St Colmans on the 53rd minute to leave two between the sides heading into the final few minutes. Hughes added her 5th free of the half for Liam Mellows but it was too little too late as St Colmans ran out victors on a score line of St Colmans 2-7 Liam Mellows 0-12.




Liam Mellows Camogie Club was founded in 2005 and fielded their first team at competitive level in 2006. Since their foundation, the club has gone from strength to strength and today have a huge number of girls playing from u6 up to adult. Liam Mellows has been very successful at juvenile level winning county championships at various age groups. They have also competed successfully in the city league. At Adult level, the club has won the Junior County league in 2017 and were finalists in the Junior A County Championship in 2021. Liam Mellows Camogie had numerous girls representing the club at county level down through the years. In 2022 we had players on the U14, U15, U16, Minor and Intermediate Galway teams. Their club grounds located in Ballyloughane, Galway city, is one of the finest facilities west of the Shannon. It includes a new full-size, state-of-the-art playing pitch built in 2021.

Joint captains: Michelle Hourigan, Sinead Folan

Back row (L-R): Lauren O’Reilly, Niamh MacSweeney, Aoife McPeake, Aoife Elwood, Chloe Folan, Ciara Grealish, Roisin Hughes, Aoibhe Coyne, Ria McPhilibin, Ciara Dolan, Léana NicDhonncha, Ellen Burke, Kate O’Grady, Emma McSweeney, Christina Walsh, Jennifer Burke, Abbie Fox Carr, Sinead Folan (JC).
Front row (L-R): Saoirse Benson, Sophie Keville, Chloe Walker, Ciara Hughes, Niamh McPeake, Eva McLoughlin, Ciara Morrissey, Michelle Hourigan (JC), Clare Finucane, Aoife Finnerty, Ciara O’Sullivan, Amy Hale.
Missing from photo: Laoise McDonnell, Ava Keleghan, Jemma Lees, Eimear Coyne, Sinead Minihan.

Management Team:
Manager: Johnny Burke
Coach: Mickey Grealish
Selectors: Gayle Kealy, Adam Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Brian O’Donovan
Physio: Galway Bay Physio


Camogie has been around in South Galway for many years. Gort Camogie Club and Ardrahan Camogie came together in the 90s to form St Colmans Camogie club. This saw the club win the All Ireland U14 Division 1 Feile final in 1993. Ardrahan formed their own club in 1997 and St Colmans have existed in one form or another since. St Colmans incorporates the parishes of Gort, Kilbeacanty, Beagh and Tubber. In 2011 St Colmans won the All-Ireland Division 4 Feile and in 2013 they won the Junior B Championship. The girls won a Minor B with Kinvara in 2018. With numbers dwindling and with the help of the County Board, St Colmans players were given permission to play with Kinvara in the Intermediate and Junior Championships of 2019-2021. They reached three Intermediate finals in a row, eventually winning the title in 2021. They girls also won the Junior B 12 a-side in 2019. Behind the scenes a lot of great work has been done to build up the Juvenile club by committee members and coaches and with numbers increasing St Colmans entered adult Camogie on their own again at Junior A level this year. The club continues to grow and now has over 300 playing members. They now enter two teams in all juvenile competitions. In 2021, the U14 team became their first team to win an A title, while their U15s won the A1 Championship and the Division 2 Feile title. This year their U14 team has won the A1 Championship, while their U15 team play the A final next week.

Joint Captains: Ann Clancy, Rachel Linnane

Back row (L-R): Hannah Shillitoe, Sarah O’Donnell, Chloe Cahill, Emily Stanford, Alisha Nelly, Beibhinn Veale, Caragh Loughrey, Laura Walsh, Cara McAllen, Chelsea Nolan, Aisling Rock, Anna Clancy, Katie Nelly, Lisa O’Grady, Brenda Killilea.
Front row (L-R): Aoibheann Lynch, Leah Keane, Ciara Helebert, Katelyn Kelly, Aine Crehan, Eve Reynolds, Ellen Egan, Rachel Linnane, Ailbhe Marron, Rachel Staunton, Emer Gantly, Nicole Grealish.

Management Team:
Manager: Eamonn Veale
Selector/Coach: Aoife O’Donoghue, Kieran Diviney

Sinead Folan (C), Liam Mellows
Rachel Linnane (C), St Colmans

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