Mike O’Halloran looks at the Kerry Camogie team who begin their league campaign with a home game in Tralee this weekend…
Kerry Camogie begin their journey in Division 3 of The Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League with a game against Tyrone on Sunday February 19th at 2pm in John Mitchel’s Club Grounds.
The management team and officers are working very hard to prepare the team and more importantly they are attempting to develop the game of Camogie in the county, beginning with trying to raise the profile of the game.
Over 200 people came to see one of their games in Abbeydorney last season, which is quite respectable in one sense, given that the Kerry senior hurlers core support is about five or six hundred supporters.
At the press night in Causeway on Friday night last, I was very impressed with the serious intent expressed by the officers to get more coverage for Camogie in all media platforms.
I believe that with the proper promotion, the game of camogie will prosper in Kerry. Just look at the huge strides Ladies Football has made.
Prior to the senior press night, Patrice Diggins was putting her under fourteens through their paces in the all-weather facility in Causeway.
The girls were training in arctic conditions prior to the Youth Club disco that was to follow. If the dedication of the youngsters is anything to go by, the future is bright for Camogie.
Patrice of course went on to win an Asbourne Cup medal with UL on Sunday as co-captain of the team, this after being named player of the tournament last season.
Sara Murphy was also part of that team. She, along with Aoife Brennan the Kerry captain, are sure to drive this present crop of seniors to the top.
Stephen Goggin, the manager of Kerry Camogie, is well impressed with the commitment of the panel and has great confidence that by season’s end they will be promoted to Division 2.
Coach Gary O’Brien was in total agreement and is delighted with the ease of his job given the intensity the girls put into each training session.
The management and officers of Kerry are hoping that hurling followers will support the Camogie team, they promise that if you come to see Kerry Camogie play you will be impressed and hopefully hooked.
1 Andrea Hanly
2 Mairead Fitzgerald
3 Michelle O’Carroll
4 Alanna Maunsell
5 Elaine Ryall
6 Michelle Cosstello
7 Megan Weir
8 Olivia Dineen
9 Sara Murphy
10 Alannah Whelan
11 Rachel McCarthy
12 Treise Moran
13 Julianne O’Keeffe
14 Orla Young
15 Nessa McGarty
16 Jackie Horgan
17 Norette Casey
18 Clodagh Walsh
19 Aoife Behan
20 Eilish Harrington
21 Anne Marie Leen
22 Niamh Leen
23 Aine O’Connor
24 Liz Houlihan
25 Edel Slattery
26 Patrice Diggin