Holycross Ballycahill


Camogie club Holycross Ballycahill


2009 will be looked upon fondly by all involved in Holycross/Ballycahill Camogie club. It was a year of lows and highs, with the highs far outweighing the bad days. The club is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2010 so as we near this milestone year the club is proud to be currents holders of both juvenile and adult county championship titles. Membership has reached an all time high in the club with over 110 registered between players, mentors and helpers.

The ‘babies of the club’ the u10’s enjoyed challenge matches and little tournaments during the season, concluding with a challenge game against neighbours Clonoulty in September, highlighting that the future looks bright for the club, with such great ambassadors even at such a young age. Sincerest thanks to Linda Ryan, Triona Barry and Caroline Foley for all their great work with the young girls.

The u12s enjoyed a super year in which they contested both league and championship final, experiencing success in the latter competition. The team went unbeaten in the ‘C’ championship with the high point coming with a final win over Nenagh in October. They gained promotion to the ‘B’ league and met Nenagh again the final. Despite a spirited effort Nenagh gained the upperhand in this final. All involved are to be commended on such a great season. The u14s were unlucky to not reach the final stages of their competitions and similarly to the younger teams they represented the club and parish with commendable distinction. Heartiest thanks to Eamon Ryan, Rhonda Spillane and Majella Fitzpatirck for their wholehearted efforts with these teams.

The u16s have reached the county semi-final stage in which the opposition will be New Inn. They have defeated Newport, Nenagh, Lorrha and Shannon Rovers in their campaign to date. Best of luck and thanks to Alan Ryan (trainer) and all involved. Many of the u16s are part of the u18 panel and their competition has just commenced with success over Annacarty. They face Clonoulty in their next group stage game. Continued success to all involved.

After being crowned intermediate champions last year the club entered 2009 holding senior status. This automatic promotion brought obvious challenges due to the very high standard of senior club teams in Tipperary. Effort on both Paddy Dwyer and Pat Morrissey’s part was never found wanting and the players duly responded. The girls fought hard through both the league and senior ‘A’ championship campaigns in addition to a successful run in the North Munster League in which the panel remained unbeaten until the final stage in when they suffered a comprehensive loss to Shannon Rovers. Little did anyone think that this low ebb could be risen from, as Maura Fanning accepted the Senior ‘B’ championship title on behalf of the squad on October 10th in the county grounds, after Shannon Rovers had been overcome in the semi-final and Moneygall in the penultimate game. To win a senior title in the clubs first year since 2005 at this grade was a great honour. Thanks to Paddy and Pat and to Mags Fanning, Laura Medley, Sarah Ryan and Maggie Dwyer also.

From an inter-county perspective the club recorded its biggest ever representation. Jenny Dunne, Pamela Morris, Laura McGrath and Zoey Clegg had a very fruitful year with the Tipperary u14 squads experiencing success at a number of blitzes during the year. Sara Gleeson, Kerry-Ann Gleeson, Grainne O’Dowd and Marguerite Kennedy enjoyed their involvement with the u16 ‘B’ development team. Emma Spillane and Laura Dwan represented the club with distinction on the county minor panel with Emma, Ciara Heffernan and Fiona Judge tasting Munster success at Junior level. Congrats girls. Siobhan Ryan captained the county intermediate team and was ably assisted by Noreen Flanagan, Fiona Judge, Sandra Dwyer and Ciara Heffernan Noreen Flanagan. Despite a very strong league campaign the intermediates fell to eventual All-Ireland champions Galway at championship semi-final stage.

Even though the 2009 season is not fully over we can look back with pride on the season. Never in the clubs history has there been so many girls wearing the green and white. To the trainers, helpers, parents, supporters and the players we say a sincere thank you for all you consistent work and effort to date. Such voluntary work has ensured that the club is continuing to thrive. Thanks also to our sponsors Brid Skelly of Glasheens Holycross, Paddy O’Mahoney, Scania Commercials, Ned Callanan Bus Hire, and the Thatch Ballycahill. Thanks also to Mrs. Lanigan for her help with Ballycahill hall. Mile buiochas to our local GAA club too for their support also. We look forward to 2010.