Gort Community School create history!
Gort Community School 4-7 Claregalway College 1-4
Gort Community School created history on Wednesday by winning the Connacht minor “A” Camogie title (for 1st & 2nd years) for the 1st time ever.
They squared up to their opponents Claregalway College on a beautiful sunny day in Loughrea. It was the Claregalway girls who got off to the better start with a pointed free from Niamh Heffernan on five minutes. This was answered by a Caoimhe Cahill point from Gort soon after. Additional points from Rachel Burke and Katie Hunt but Gort in the ascendency. This was to prove temporary as a pointed free followed by an excellent goal from distance from Niamh Heffernan put Claregalway 1-2 to 0-3 up at the interval.
Within 5 minutes of the resumption it was a level game again. This was thanks to Rachel Burke & Katie Hunt doubling their point’s tallies. Then Claregalway edged one in front. However midway through the second half the game was to turn decisively. The Ardrahan duo of Elaine Dolphin & Caoimhe Cahill rattled the Claregalway net. From the resulting puck out the increasing influential wing forward Aine Keane made a fantastic catch & won a free. She pointed it to put the south Galway school in front by six points. Two additional goals by Rachel Burke put the result beyond doubt. Despite another pointed free for Claregalway, it was left to substitute Caoimhe Lynskey to apply the coup de grace to the Gort CS victory with a fine point from long distance.
When referee Michael Treacy blew the final whistle, the girls in black & white were able to bask in the glory of their historic success. Joint captains Ellie Edge O’Neill & Katie Hunt lifted the cup for Gort Community School.
Gort CS made history on Wednesday by winning the 1st year Connacht colleges 7 a side “A” Title for the first time ever. The competition was played in bright but breezy conditions in Mullagh. Their 1st outing was a 2 goal defeat to Pres, Athenry. However a strong first half performance against Portumna CS saw them score 5 goals. Despite a late rally from the east Galway girls Gort held on for victory. They then secured an easy win against St. Brigid’s, Loughrea. Andrea Mullins was the top scorer in this game. The final group game with Mercy, Ballinasloe was a close encounter. It was score for score the whole game before a last minute goal won it for the convent girls. But Gort had done enough to qualify for the final on score difference. The final was a rematch with Pres, Athenry. Amy Caulfield hit the net early for Gort. Leanne O’Toole also raised a green flag at the end of the first half. But Athenry got their own scores and were leading at the break. A fine goal from Denise Diviney put the south Galway girls back in front by 2 points at the start of the second half. Pres then reduced the arrears to a minimum with a point. Their attack pressed hard, but thanks to great defending from Aoife Donoghue & Sarah Downey and some fine saves from keeper Claire Bailey, Gort maintained their 1 point advantage until the final whistle. Gort CS also entered a team in the B competition & played 2 games. They lost to a strong Athenry VS school team in their first game. In the other fixture with New Inn VS the score was 1-1 apiece. Kate Dolan scored a goal & Chloe Caswell got their point. The final act of the afternoon was left to Denise Diviney, who lifted the Ui Bhiataigh cup for the triumphant Gort CS team.
Back row: Shane Connors (trainer), niamh moloney, edel Killeen, sarah downey, kate dolan, aoife donoghue, caroline carey, orlaith gardiner, andrea mullins, Claire taffe, laura Dooley, chloe caswell. Front row: Christina Gillespie, aoife ford, amy Caulfield, denise diviney (captain), leanne o’toole, Claire bailey, Claire o’donnell, aoibheann Cunningham Minor Camogie Tournament (21/4/2010) 32 first and second year girls participated in an 8 a side camogie tournament played in glorious sunshine on the astro pitch beside the school. It consisted of 4 games: 2 semi finals, a 3rd place play off and a final. The first semi final was a very high scoring affair. Sara Skehill’s team just got the better of Niamh Gardiner’s team on a score of 13-3 to 11-1. The 2nd semi final saw both defences dominate much more. An Andrea Mullins point helped Tracey O’Reilly’s team to victory over Claire Caufield’ s team on a score of 2-1 to 2-0. The 3rd place play off was possibly the most exciting game of the day. Some good scores by Aoife Donoghue helped her team into a sizeable lead. However Katie Broderick & Claire Taffe scored a brace of goals late on to help their captain Niamh Gardiner to 3rd place in the competition on a score line of 8-3 to 6-6. The final was a more 1 sided affair. County stars Sara Skehill & Denise Diviney along with their team mates powered to victory on a score line of 12-2 to 3-3. The winning captain & vice captains Sara Skehill & Denise Diviney received the Neil Giblin Perpetual Trophy presented to the school by Gort Lions Club. It was the first year of this minor competition in the school & hopefully it will grow from strength to strength over the next few years! Shane Connors
|Semi Final 1||Team A 13-3||Team B 11-1|
|Semi Final 2||Team C 2-0||Team D 2-1|
|3rd place play off||Team B 8-3||Team C 6-6|
|Final||Team A 12-2||Team B 3-3|
|Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|Captains||Sara Skehill||Niamh Gardiner||Claire Caufield||Tracey O’Reilly|
|Vice Captains||Denise Diviney||Amy Caufield||Sarah Downey||Andrea Mullins|
|Player 3||Linda Kelly||Katie Broderick||Sinead Burke||Kara Higgins|
|Player 4||Mary Flaherty||Caroline Carey||Aoife Donoghue||Emma Flaherty|
|Player 5||Aoife Ford||Claire Bailey||Leanne O’Toole||Orlaith Gardiner|
|Player 6||Laura Dooley||Claire Taffe||Kate Dolan||Lauren Jamie|
|Player 7||Claire O’Donnell||Chloe Caswell||Niamh Maloney||Kim Dafy|
|Player 8||Aideen Counahane||Aoife Quinn||Aoibheann Cunningham||Emer Noonan|
On September 28th in Mullagh, Gort CS won the B division of the Connacht Colleges 7 a side blitz competition. They beat Mercy College Woodford & Pres Athenry on their way to the title. This qualified them to play in the All Ireland Colleges competition held in Dublin on Saturday October 10th. After losing to strong teams from Presentation Kilkenny & St. Flannens, their last encounter against St. Patrick’s of Dungiven was a very close game. Amy Caufield found the net in each half. Gort were denied victory by a last minute goal on a score line of 2-2 to 2-0. The girls acquitted themselves well against much older and more experienced teams from other provinces. The experience will stand to them well in the upcoming Junior & Minor Connacht championships.
Back Row: Claire Taffe, Denise Diviney, Tracy O’Reilly, Sarah Skehill (Captain), Aideen Cunihane, Katie Broderick, Andrea Mullins Front Row: Sinead Burke, Amy Caufield, Aoife Donohue, Niamh Gardiner Missing From Photo: Emma Flaherty & Claire Caufield
Camogie The school has four Camogie teams from First year to Senior level competing. Our teams are competing at A level in the Connaught championship. There is a high level of participatition from all girls of all ages in the school. We have been successful in recent years having built up Camogie in association with the hard work that’s been done in Gort Community School and in the local underage clubs. The school won the first year 7 a side Connaught and s won Connaught titles at junior level and the school will compete in their first Connaught senior title on the 14th of January. All support will be welcome.