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History made as Laois camogie club play first adult championship match

Clough-Ballacolla made history at the weekend as they played their first ever adult camogie championship match.

The club fielded their first Junior team. A panel of over 30 girls were present on Sunday night as they took on The Harps.

In January 2020, the club decided to put word of a new team out to see if there was interest in creating a junior team for the young, talented girls coming through the club.

To date the response, enthusiasm and interest has been phenomenal.

The club has been blown away by the support and commitment of the players, mentors and background committee to get the Junior team to where it is today.

The Junior team were narrowly beaten by four points against The Harps in a highly entertaining and competitive game – 2-12 to 2-8.

It was an emotional evening for captain Denise Quigley and Helen Coonan who are both former Harp players but togged out in the Clough-Ballacolla jerseys.

Denise and Helen played many games for The Harps years ago, creating many happy memories and long-lasting friendships before the Clough-Ballacolla club was ever created but they were proud & happy to tog out in their home colours.

PRO Tara Delaney said: “The evening was a poignant moment for the club, one that wont be forgotten.

“We are so proud of our panel – well done to everyone involved.

“It’s amazing. Huge thank you to CMD Construction Ballacolla for sponsoring the Jerseys. Clough/ Ballacolla Juniors have made their mark this evening and are here to stay.”

PANEL: Rebecca Pearson, Vicky Hartford, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Paula Delaney, Ella Clear, Kate Brennan, Caoimhe Cassin, Sophie Ann Hawkes, Edel Parkinson, Niamh Doheny, Eileen Hanlon, Niamh Delaney, Annemarie Kirwan, Ruth O Connor, Oonagh Maher, Helen Coonan, Stephaine Hayes, Mary Kirwan, Denise Bergin, Jade Carroll, Amy Whelan, Tara Delaney, Katie Henneberry, Orla Franks, Trish Moore, Mary Kavanagh, Fiona Dunne, Paige Hyland, Ellen Hennessey

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.