NEMO Rangers are now fielding camogie teams across all the age groups, stretching from U8 level up to the junior grade.
Their junior camogie team recently played their first competitive adult game in over 40 years following the successful launch of their underage teams in recent years. These underage players have progressed through the ranks and they were complemented by members of their junior ladies football team for a historic occasion.
The Nemo Rangers junior camogie team started their championship campaign with a game against Brian Dillons, which they narrowly lost on Friday, August 14.
Club chairman Padraig Treacy is delighted with their continued progress.
“That was a big occasion for the club. A lot of great coaching work has gone into these players all the way up. Martin Kearney in particular has done great work with the various teams. These junior players have been there since our first U12 team was launched in 2014.”
There has always been a good tradition of camogie within Nemo Rangers. They were an established junior team going back over four decades ago before the numbers gradually decreased. The success of the ladies football club acted as a catalyst for the camogie teams to start fielding once again.
“The players got a real thirst for playing camogie as they were playing indoor hurling with the underage teams. That was the starting point for getting camogie up and running again. Playing camogie in the summer camps was also a big help. We as a club were happy to facilitate their wishes to play camogie.”
Competing in this year’s junior camogie club championships represents a great feat for the club.
“The board wanted to know our long term plans for camogie and we initially pinpointed 2021 as a target date for entering an adult team in the championship.
"We are 12 months ahead of schedule. There is a great vibrancy within the club. We operate as a one-club model and have been doing so for many years.
"We discovered that it was better off with all sections of the club operating under the one umbrella. The club operates successfully on that model. When the camogie teams were re-established they just fell into the structure that was already in place. It means everybody has fair access.”
Nemo Rangers have enjoyed a very strong start to their championship season across all the respective teams in all the various grades.
“The club is in a good place. We have very good facilities and coaches. The structures are right. There is great work going on behind the scenes. Onwards and upwards.”