CAMOGIE in Kilbree GAA Club is thriving.
Their junior camogie team enjoyed a very successful 2019 season, winning the championship and reaching the league final.
Club PRO Marie Dorgan is thrilled with their continued progress.
“It was a huge achievement to reach the county league final. The girls unfortunately lost out by a single point to Rockbán after extra-time.
“Both sides met again in the county championship final, but Kilbree were the much stronger side on this occasion. The junior team were only founded in 2018. It is an incredible achievement for a small club.”
Following the establishment of their junior team in January 2018, the club received a great response from players within the locality.
“It was great to see girls coming back to the club to play camogie with their home parish. Some players had not played for a number of years. The junior team is a very talented one. It is well balanced with some of the more experienced girls leading the way for the younger ones.
“They are very fortunate to have a great coaching team. Aidan O’Shea, Sean O’Brien and Pauric Reilly have brought these girls to the next level.”
Kilbree will now compete in the 15-a-side Junior C county championship this season.
“I am confident that they will do well. There is a strong group of girls at U16 level who are now eligible to play at junior level. The U16 girls have competed well at the highest grade in the county over the past two seasons and they will be well equipped to compliment this already strong junior team.”
Kilbree also fielded a minor team for the first time in their history last year, and captured a double.
“This team was a very young minor side, nine of the players were still playing in the U15 grade. The older girls on the team led by example and shouldered much of the responsibility on match day.
“This team defeated Castlemartyr to win the minor county championship. They defeated Clonakilty last November in the minor county camogie championship. This was a truly incredible achievement for this team in their first year of existence. They are a very talented group.
“Last year Kilbree had six girls on the U14/U15 All-Ireland winning Cork teams. Kilbree has had girls in the past few years on both the Carbery and Cork squads.
“These players are used to success. They have also been on the Sacred Heart Secondary School teams that won a Munster and All-Ireland Junior title in 2019.
“The minor team will play a higher grade this year. I am confident that they will do well. They have been playing at higher grades at underage level for a number of years.”
The progressive GAA Club recently held a dinner dance to celebrate their achievements from the 2019 playing season. Cork camogie goalkeeper Aoife Murray presented the players with their medals.
“The victory night was a great night of celebration. Aoife Murray presented the medals and awards on the night. Aoife is a true role model and inspiration for our players.
“She spoke about the importance of hard work and dedication, which is most important for all players. She is a great ambassador.”
Camogie within the Kilbree club is flourishing at present. The club boasts very strong numbers, very good facilities, good coaches and a hard working committee keen to drive them on.
“We are delighted to have started a junior and minor team. Their success has inspired and encouraged many of the younger girls in the club to take up the sport and develop their skills. We have good numbers playing at underage level and hopefully this will continue to grow in the foreseeable future.
“Given the depth of talent which currently exists at underage level, the future certainly looks very bright for our club.”
Kilbree GAA Club is part of a very vibrant community in Rossmore. The volunteer ethos is strong.
“We are very fortunate to have so many people involved within the club. None of the success would be possible without a dedicated team of club officers and coaches who do an incredible amount of work.”
Camogie in West Cork continues to flourish on an annual basis. Various club teams within the division are enjoying great success, while a plethora of players are representing the inter-county team at numerous grades.
“Camogie in the Carbery region is thriving with both schools and clubs competing at the highest level. This is testament to the hard work being done at grassroots level in every club.”