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Meath/North Kildare Novice Colleges Senior League Shield Finals

The Meath/ North Kildare Novice Colleges Senior League Shield Finals took place in lovely conditions at Meath GAA Centre of Excellence, Dunganny. After completing 3 rounds in their groups, Coláiste De Lacy Ashbourne, St. Peter’s College Dunboyne and Athboy Community School ended up in a 3-way play-off for the Shield title. In the initial two very keenly contested games, St. Peter’s and Athboy just got the better of a young and promising Coláiste De Lacy side.

Coláiste De Lacy, Ashbourne

 The last game therefore between St. Peter’s and Athboy ended up as the Shield Final and it was game that was very much contested in that full-spirited way worthy of such a final. St. Peter’s, having played with the breeze, held a single-point lead at half-time, leaving the second-half on a knife edge. However, St. Peter’s showed great resolve in the second half, and despite Athboy getting an excellent goal, drove-on to win by 4 points, long overdue camogie silverware for this proud school.

Athboy Community School

Athboy also were very game runners-up in an excellent display of camogie. The Cup and Plate finals will be played later this week as cross-county ties, with Boyne Community School Trim facing Coláiste Chiaráin Confey in the plate, and St. Mary’s Edenderry and Ratoath College fighting it out for the Cup.

St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne

Meath Foundation Camogie Course at Kilmessan GAA

­Tutors Lizzy Broderick, Áine Fanning and Donal Ryan led an excellent Foundation level coaching course last Saturday, 21st October which was held at the excellent Ardclough GAA club, Co. Kildare (thank you to Kilmessan GAA).

The 18 participants on the day, from 7 different clubs (Na Fianna, Kildalkey, Kilmessan, Dunderry, Blackhall Gaels, Kilskyre and Navan O’Mahony’s) found the course very beneficial and will put the learning into practice with their younger and starting players at their clubs.

Classroom lesson at Meath Foundation course at Kilmessan GAA

 Louth Secondary Schools Blitz’s get underway!

Tuesday 24th of October saw the first of two secondary school camogie blitzes take place in County Louth. With the population of Louth continuing to grow it was brilliant to be able to get the first blitz off to a brilliant start.

6 schools from across Louth participated on the day with 84 girls from 1st-4th year getting to play 3 games in their group and then a final game based on their placings. For a number of these girls, it was their very first time playing camogie and their enthusiasm on the day was clear to see. This was the perfect opportunity to try the sport with many wondering after if they could join their clubs.

The schools who attended were: St.Vincents  Secondary, Ballymakenny College, Scoil Ui Mhuiri Dunleer, Our Lady’s College Greenhills, St.Louis’s Secondary and St.Olivers CC. This blitz was ran by Sabrina Larkin -Leinster Participation and Growth Officer and Paul O’Donovan -Player Welfare Officer in collaboration with Louth County Camogie Board.

Huge thanks to the referees, Lorraine and Orla, on the day, both of whom work tirelessly within the county. Special thanks also to St.Fechins Camogie and GAA club for the use of their brilliant grounds. St.Fechins Camogie club is a new club in Louth doing great work at underage level and continues to grow. Final thanks to the schools, especially the teachers who travelled with the teams and lastly to the student themselves who enjoyed the day and brought great fun to the games.

The next blitz takes place on Monday 13th November in collaboration with Louth GAA and Stephen Kettle (Louth Coaching and Games) in Louth Centre of Excellence, Darver. We look forward to another great day of games.

Ballymakenna College, Drogheda

Our Lady's College, Greenhills

Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer

St. Louis, Dundalk

St. Olivers, Drogheda

St. Vincents, Drogheda 

Coach Education & Development

The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) have uploaded useful tips for new coaches to help with their coaching style and techniques. These short but simple tips are useful for first-time coaches who may not have experience coaching children before.

Click the link below to view and download these beneficial tips.

11 Tips for The First-Time Coach

Upcoming Foundation Courses

The following venues will hold Foundation Coaching courses and Level 1 courses over the coming weeks. The details are:

Foundation Courses:

Causeway Kerry, Stuart Reid.                                                       Date: 4-Nov-17

Black & Whites Gaa Club, Milltown, Co.Kilkenny.                    Date: 4-Nov-17

St Enda’s Gaa Belfast, Co Antrim.                                               Date: 4-Nov-17


Upcoming Level 1 Courses:

Kilcormac GAA Grounds, Tullamore, Offaly.                                  Date: 3rd, 4th, 11th, Nov 2017

Cratloe, Clare.                                                                                    Date: 10th, 11th, 18th, Nov 2017


GAA National Games Development Conference 2018

The GAA National Games Development conference 2018 will take place on Friday/Saturday, January 12th /13th 2018.

Once again, The Camogie association will have speaker with details to be announced soon. Tickets will be on sale early November. 

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