Cork Senior B Camogie Champions
1999

 













Back Row L to R:: Mary O'Leary, Joanne Hayes, Sinead O'Regan, Jennifer Murphy, Mairead O'Donoghue, Aine O'Regan, Rachel Maloney, Mary Murphy, Rosemarie Moloney
Front Row L to R:
Sara Hayes, Carol Hannon(C), Cora Murphy, Therese Moloney,  Noelle Collins. Samantha Quinn
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Sunday 17th October 1999
Cork County Senior B Camogie Final
@Newestown

Courcey Rovers 4-8 V 1-4 Kilbrittain

The date Sunday 17th October 1999 will allways be remembered as the day Courceys headed into the top flight of the Camogie World in Cork, with an impressive win over neighbours and arch rivals Kilbrittain in the Senior B Final.
Played before a huge attendance in ideal conditions and on a perfect pitch, we finished with 13 points to spare over our great rivals from the Southwest. This game was no place for the fainthearted as two very determined sides gave their all in an effort to attain Senior A status but, while the game hung in the balance until the interval, the issue was never in doubt as Courceys aided by the strong wind, held Kilbrittain scoreless in the second half while also chalking up an impressive 3-5.
There were mighty celebrations when the County Senior B Cup was presented to the captain Carol Hannon. This was a great team effort and all can be proud of the work put in by this team and mentors over the last few years, to bring themselves from Junior B to Senior A in a short few years.

The Champions Lineout

Joanne Hayes, 

Jennifer Murphy, Carol Hannon(C), Sinead O’Regan, 

Mary Murphy, Sara Hayes, Mairead O’Donoghue, 

Cora Murphy, Therese Moloney,

Rosemarie Moloney, Samantha Quinn, Mary O’Leary (1-0), 

Aine O’Regan, Rachel Moloney ( 1-8), Noelle Collins. 

Subs Used:: Maura O’Regan, Marion O’Donovan, Claire Murphy (2-0).

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County Semi-Final v Valley Rovers
Tue 17th August 1999@Riverstick


Courcey's 2-13 V 2-5 Valley Rovers
Courcey's Camogie Team qualified for the Cork Senior B Camogie Championship Final with a great win over near neighbours and archrival's Valley Rovers.
There was little between the sides in the opening ten minutes, but a goal from a long-range free midway through the half gave us a 1-7 to 0-3 lead. For the remainder of the half with our County Senior and Junior players, Sarah and Rachel in top form we had a half-time lead of 2-10 to 0-3.
After the break Valleys moved Elaine Burke to midfield and she brought the Valleys back into the game. They began to eat into our lead scoring 2-3 to bring them within striking distance of us. But we picked ourselves up and finished the half the stronger to set ourselves up with a meeting with our other neigh Killbrittain in the County Final.

::The Full Panel of Players::
Carol Hannon(C), Joanne Hayes, Jennifer Murphy, Sinead O'Regan, Mary Murphy, Sara Hayes, Mairead O'Donoghue, Cora Murphy, Therese Moloney, Rosemarie Moloney, Samantha Quinn, Mary O'Leary, Aine O'Regan, Rachel Moloney , Noelle Collins, Maura O'Regan, Deirdre O'Donoghue, Marion O'Donovan, Claire Murphy, Jillian Twomey, Elaine Hayes.

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THE ROAD TO THE SENIOR A

We're the girls from Courcey Rovers, We've had a mighty year,
Winning 2 16's, Senior B and the PanCeltic from Tralee.
It all started in the winter days, when Raymond kept us on the ball,
The weather was dull and wet, we did much skipping in the hall

The U16's had yet to play, the two finals of '98
So off to Necestown we went to see if we could win this late.
The match was rough Cloughduv were tough, but Courceys never faltered
And when the final whistle went Courceys were mighty victorious.

Then off we went to sweet Tralee, In the heart of County Kerry
To play Pan Celtic Senior B in conditions which were not merry.
The teams had come from far and wide, And the rain it was a pouring
T'would take two days to decide the fate of the Pan Celtic Senior Trophy

Two tough matches saw us through to the semi final stages
And when that was won we then in turn met the Barrs in the final wager
Austin Stack Park was cold and wet on the April Sunday morning
Despite the odds we fought the fight and were the winners of the Pan Celtic Fest
T'was grand to win and we were pleased to bring home this beautiful title
But t'was sweeter still when they declared that Aine was the player of the final

Our next encounter was under 16 but the outcome was never in doubt
T'was the final of the county league, which we once again won out.
At underage we had many great days, from 10 to U16
And Teddy's 14's made it through to the semi final of the County league

But then it was time for the Senior B and Carrigaline was the spot
We met Aghbullogue who put up a fight but Courceys had the better plot
And so to the semi final stage when Valleys were the foe
But once again our girls came through, they won both high and low

Now the long hard wait began, to win the cup we were thirsty,
No one knew when the game would be which us a little crusty.
At long last the day it dawned it was now the month of October,
Preparations were done, the race was run it was time to face the decider

Kilbrittain were the other half of what was to be a mighty encounter,
Neighbours they were and favorites too, but we knew that they might flounder
Mow the match was on and the wind was high and in Kilbrittain's favour
It was hard to know which way it would go would Kilbrittain or Courceys take over?
Raymond had his hands on his head and JJ was looking worried
But when Mary O'Leary found the net the match was completely altered.

The roar from the crowd lifted the team and our fans they were many
From far and near they had come to Support the Courcey Camogie family
At half time things were still in the Balance but Courceys would now have the wind
And the marvellous play of all on the field they soon left Kilbrittain behind.

The second half was now under way and Courceys were going grand
Disaster struck as Noelle went down but Anne had help on hand
Clare Murphy now came into the fray and when the chance came round
She put the ball in the back of the net while the keeper looked astounded

Hillary now was very tense As this match she knew we could win
John was pacing up and down well done well done he said
Kilbrittain now were in disarray as Courceys forged full length
Free taker Rachel never failed And Sarah was a tower of strength

Joanne was fearless in goal, Jennifer and carol were mighty,
Mairead and Cora gave it their all, and Sinead and Mary kept Kilbrittain at bay
Rosemary and Therese were all over the place and Samantha was running like a hair
Aine and Maire were going a great pace and Marion did her fair share

The subs on the bench were urging them on, Noreen and Cathy did cheer,
Gillian and Clare were almost ecstatic and our Ann Marie showed no fear
Pat and Trina we know were sorely missed but we knew they were rooting for us
And Elaine was also very sad that she could not be with us.

Now the match was nearly done and Hilary was weak at the knee
my God she said we've won, we've won, we've won the Senior B
Before the presentation there was yet another surprise,
And Rachel was presented with the player of the final.

And now says Sheila Golden, this cup I will present
To the captain of Courcey Rovers, Carol from Barrells Cross
It was a very proud moment for all the girls we knew
but lets not forget the trainer, selectors and helpers too.
In Ballinspittle and Ballinadee once more, the crowds were out to greet the County Champions,
Welcome back, well done, well done, roared the Courcey Camogie Champions.

 

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