My Club and I: Roisin Kilmartin (St Brigid’s Camogie club)

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WhatsApp WhatsApp Home GAA Camogie My Club and I: Roisin Kilmartin (St Brigid’s Camogie club) GAACamogieSport Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results My Club and I: Roisin Kilmartin (St Brigid’s Camogie club) TAGSSt Brigid’s Camogie Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter St Brigid’s camogie club are one step away from winning the division three Leinster league.They take on Castleknock in the National Sports Campus-Abbotstown-Blanchardstown Aiden on Pitch 2 3G on Sunday, March 31 at 12pm.Ahead of St Brigid’s battle for a Leinster league title, we contacted one member of the club who has played an intrinsic role on and off the camogie field for the purple and gold for many years. Pinterest GAA Here Roisin chats about her camogie experiences and her club, St Brigid’s.What’s your earliest camogie memory?I’d say my earliest camogie memory is probably playing in the back garden with my Grandad. I also remember the 2004 County Final in Ballacolla which St. Brigid’s won. I was 10 at the time and I can still see the celebrations when the final whistle was blown.Can you tell us a bit about the club?St. Brigid’s Camogie club was founded on the February 1, 1999. This year we are celebrating its 20th anniversary and its great to see the club going from strength to strength. We have teams from u6 right up to senior level with all teams competing well and winning various cups and shields at their own levels.Can you remember the first time you went to compete with the club?I don’t think I can remember the first time I actually played for St. Brigids, but I do remember having U10 and U12 blitzes over in Clonad. I was probably the height I am now back then so I remember always getting some sort of a job or man-marking task in the matches. I do remember my first championship match at U14 level in Rathdowney. I was probably 12 at the time and we were playing Camross, like always we were taking it as serious as if it was a senior county final. I was wing-back and the first ball that came to me I got it into my hand and somehow ended up hitting it back towards my own goal. Needless to say I got a few roars from the sideline and never made that mistake againWhat is your favourite memory while being involved?Being involved with St Brigid’s camogie is brilliant. The club is more like a family to us all rather than just a club. Over the years great friendships have formed and I suppose we would be known to have a bit of craic on and off the pitch but these friendships between the young and old in the club is probably the best thing. Personally one of my favourite memories would be being involved with the minor team from two years ago with Pat Delaney and Ownie Coss. We were playing Camross in the final and we led the whole way through the match but the nerves on the sideline never went away. When the final whistle went I never saw scenes like it, grown men were crying, everyone was screaming and it was just so obvious that this was a long time coming. We had been in so many finals in previous years and always seemed to come up short. I’d say I had Pat Delaney on the phone to me every day for a week after that match reminiscing every puck of the ball.Did you enjoy much success in the underage grade?We represented Laois in the U14 Féile in Borris in Carlow in 2007. The Féile was in Carlow and Kilkenny that year so it was great for us as we were able to have loads of support from home. We got to the semi finals of our division but we were beaten by an Antrim team I think. We also won the county final that year too over in Durrow beating Camross.Who did you look up to in the club when you were younger?The Cuddy sisters were always ones that I looked up to in St. Brigids. The went to school in Killadooley where I went to as well so I would have always known them. I was lucky enough to have hurled with Karen, Emma and Sarah when I got to senior level. Eimear Delaney (sorry Willie she will always be a Delaney to us!) is another player who I always looked up to when I was younger. She gave 110 percent in training and matches and this is something that I really admire. I always saw her as a leader on and off the pitch and if Eimear asked you to do something or move somewhere in a match you wouldn’t have her asking twice!What young player in the club would you say is one to watch out for?Eimear Hassett from Errill is a fabulous little camogie player. She is still U14 at the moment but played up U16 last year as well. She plays her school hurling with Our Lady’s in Templemore and she is really creating a name for herself following in the footsteps of another great Errill Camogie and player, Aisling O’Dea.There are also a few U16 girls from last year that are really coming into their own. Tiegan Bowe, Emily McCane, Aoife Carroll, Niamh Bracken, Gemma Hoare to name but a few, are all really ones to look out for in the next few years.If you could do anything to improve the club, what would it be?Like any camogie club getting pitches for trainings and matches can prove really difficult. Thankfully the local clubs are really generous and we have a great relationship with them as they always allow us to use all their facilities. Between Rathdowney/Errill and Borris-in-Ossary/Kilcotton we are lucky to have a number of pitches to train on and play matches which we are so grateful for. But if I could, I would love for St. Brigids to have their own grounds where all age groups could train and play matches. SEE ALSO – My Club and I: Clare Conlon (Sarsfields) GAA Twitter Roisin Kilmartin has been synonymous with St Brigid’s camogie club since its inception and has extremely fond memories of her time playing for St Brigid’s.These include being involved in managing a winning minor county final team – where she can still recall grown men crying and Pat Delaney ringing religiously about every puck of the ball for a week after it! 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img

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