Hurl Smart Week 2014

Over the past week Carrigaline Camogie club have been very busy with our Hurl Smart week. This is a national initiative to celebrate and promote Camogie. We started a day early with the Lá na gClub for GAA, Camogie and Ladies Football clubs on Sunday, which was a massive success. The day began with a special Mass and blessing of the hurleys, followed by a procession of our Underage players who were piped out to the pitch for their Go-Games. Their was plenty of fun for all the family with céilí dancing, bucking broncho, bungee run, gladiator jousting, sumo wrestling, inflatable obstacle courses all going on in the car park. After our mixed hurling/camogie match, all players who participated on the day were presented with medals by Cork Hurler Rob O Shea.

Lá na gClub

On Monday we had an agility challenge, target shooting challenge and sideline challenge for our Senior and U18 players. Mairéad was the winner of the agility challenge, Ellen was the only one who managed to get her sliotar through the tyre in the target shooting, while Trish, Toni, Tara, Mairead, Gráinne, Hayley and Ellen all got the ball over the bar in the sideline challenge.

On Tuesday we had an obstacle course and relay races for our U8 and U9 teams, where all of the girls showed off their agility and co-ordination as well as their camogie skills. As you can see they had great fun.
Our U12, U13 and U14 girls took part in a Skills Competition. They demonstrated ground striking off both sides, free-taking, ball control and jab-lifting, soloing and striking skills.  Well done to all of the girls who participated, especially to Aisling Gaffney who won the U12 section with a score of 27 and showed off superb ground striking ability, Kate O Connell whose free taking ability helped her to a score of 39 which was the highest of the U13's, and Jodie Horgan who did well in all skills and won the U14 category with a score of 37. The level of skill on display was fantastic, and it was great to see so many girls out on such a grey evening!!
Many thanks to our Cork players who gave up their evening to help with both events!

Our 4th Class biltz on Wednesday, was a great success with over 120 girls attending from St. John's N.S, Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin, St. Mary's N.S. and Carrigaline Educate Together N.S. The players were joined on the day bu Cork hurling legend Joe Deane as well as current Cork stars Damien Cahalane and Colm O Neill. Many thanks to our schools' coach Brendan, the 4th class teachers and our U14 players who helped on the day. Thanks also to Howard Crowdy, who was on hand as usual to capture these photos!

On Thursday, we hosted local teams Ballygarvan and Ballinhassig for a blitz with our U6 and U7 teams. With each match we play, these girls are showing great improvement and are really putting the skills they are learning in training into practice. 

On Friday, our newly promoted Senior B Team took on Ballygarvan in the League final. Unfortunately the girls lost out on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-9, but it was great to reach the final so soon in our first year competing at this grade. Many thanks to all who came out and supported.

On Saturday, as well as our usual Street Leagues training session, we launched our Hurl with Me programme for parents who have never played hurling/camogie to learn the basic skills. This week they learned how to strike the ball on the ground and practiced the skill with their daughters. Over the next 5 weeks they will learn and practice Dribbling, Roll Lift / Jab Lift, Face Catch, Ground Clash, Strike from the Hand.  Many thanks to Ross Corbett from Camogie Association for facilitating the session!