Monday evening marked another special day for Clough-Ballacolla Camogie Club as they fielded their first ever minor team.
The club was only formed in 2016 and will field in the Laois junior championship once again later this year.
The minors travelled to Clonad to play their first game against Clonad Raheen Gaels/Banrion Gaels.
It was a beautiful summer evening for a camogie match and Clough-Ballacolla triumphed by 3-4 to 1-3.
A very exciting game from start to finish, Clough-Ballacolla took charge from the throw in – scoring three goals within the first 15 minutes.
CRG/BRG came back fighting in the second quarter, attempting many a goal but could only score one successfully.
Rachel Whelan played a stormer in goals – saving and clearing numerous attacks while there were solid defensive displays from Rebecca Pearson, Clodagh Duggan and Caoimhe Kirwan.
Jade Carroll and Caoimhe Cassin dominated midfield, while Maeve Hennessey (1-1), Emma Fitzpatrick (1-0), Katie Henneberry (1-1) and Amy Whelan (0-1) were on the attack in the forwards.
PRO Tara Delaney said: “Well done to each and every girl we are very proud of you.
“You all played brilliant. A lot of these girls are playing juniors this year also, keep up the great work.
“Thanks to mentors Mark Kirwan, Georgie Boyhan, Gordan Pearson, John Fitzpatrick and Sandra Fitzpatrick for all their hard work.
“The girls wore their new fabulous set of jerseys kindly sponsored by Brian and Annemarie Kirwan of BK Fuels in Ballacolla.
“Huge thank you to BK Fuels. Your support is very much appreciated.”
PANEL: Rachel Whelan, Tirna Bergin, Maeve Hennessey, Niamh Ryan, Muireann Byrne, Brid Brennan, Emma Fitzpatrick, Vicky Hartford Amy Whelan, Ella Clear, Sophie Ann Hawkes, Caoimhe Cassin, Rebecca Pearson, Ella Brennan, Caoimhe Kirwan, Ella McIlroy, Katie Henneberry, Siobhan McEvoy, Aoife Boyhan, Clodagh Duggan, Jade Carroll.
Meanwhile, the club also spent a day kayaking also with Michael G Phelan of Woodenbridge Paddlers recently.
The Woodenbridge Paddlers Association was recently been granted planning permission by Laois County Council to develop the Erkina Blueway.
This will connect the towns of Rathdowney and Durrow over a 14km stretch and is a waterway usable for small boats and canoes with associated walking and cycling trails.
Check out some great pictures from the minor match and the kayaking below: