Camógaíocht/Camogie

The Tir na nÓg Camogie club began life back in 1994 and has been running ever since. Not many clubs can boast they were founded by an all time camogie great, being the famous Mariead McAtamney-Magill. She was flanked by two other great camogie veterans in their own right, Geraldine Wilson and Anne McMullan. These 3 women took it upon themselves to get the Tir na nÓg Camogie club off the ground and what a desicion they made.

Since its foundation, the Tir na nÓg Camogie club  has seen a remarkable amount of talented players coming through their ranks, proven by the amount of silverwear that has been won! Down through the years the  Tir na nÓg Camogie club can boast various players who represented not only their county but their province. Although at times things were difficult and players were hard to come by, the Tir na nÓg  Camogie club however has been resilent and has stood the test of time.  

Since its inception, the Tir na nÓg club took the camogie world by storm.  After a few years of settling in, the Tir na nÓg club won the Junior Camogie Championship, beating a very experienced St Johns team.  In addition to this that same year they won the U-18 Camogie Championship. The following year, after winning the Junior Camogie Championship, they moved up to Intermediate level and to everyones suprise they claimed the Intermediate Championship title along with regaining their U-18 Camogie title.

Things were pretty quiet for a few years with the girls competing in the top division and so a Junior camogie team was formed. This Junior team is currently an integral and vital part of our club. It allows our younger players to take part in competitive games before moving up to Senior level. Hard work is currently being put in behind the scenes for our underage players.  If anyone out there has anyone from the age of 6 upwards, who would like to experience camogie first hand, we currently have great underages coaches, keen to bring on new players.  The coaches are here to encourage the young girls to be the best they can be. We presently have a great committe deligently working on our behalf, so that the club can be everything that it can be.

In 2010 our senior camogie team won the Intermediate Championship and Division 2 league titles. What a tremendous year this was.  During their league campaign they won most of their games. In August 2010, in the semi final of the Antrim Championship, the girls played Armoy and were worthy winners without a doubt. They met a very fancied Ahoghill team in the final but the blues came out on top after a very hard fought match.

In the first round of the Ulster Championship, the Tir na nÓg club met a very strong Armagh side. The Whitehill girls were never in any doubt and after seeing off the Armagh Champions went on to beat Ballyholland in the semi final. Tir na nÓg were now, for the first time in their history, competing in an Ulster Camogie Final, which everyone at the club were delighted with. In Lurgan they took to the pitch backed by very strong Randalstown  support that day, as the whole stand was a sea of blue and white. After a nail biting game and a very hard finish the Tir na nÓg camogs won the title and were crowned Ulster Champions for 2010.  This is the first time in the club's history that the Ulster Camogie title  was won and we hope it will be the first of many to come.

Tir na nÓg had Sarah McNicholl and Michaela Convery on the Antirm Senior Camogie team, who won the Junior All-Ireland, Michaela also claimed a Soaring Star award for her efforts, something which is truely deserved. The year 2013 is exciting for the girls and we hope to build on the success from previous year's.

On a final note, if anyone out there has an interest in camogie, has a daughter who would like to start or who, themselves would like to be a part of a great family based club, get in touch, we promise you will never look back.Kiss

 




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