Westmeath junior camogie team are through to the National League Final after a very successful campaign. Next Sunday, they will make the long journey north to take on Tyrone in their Omagh base.
Having lost narrowly to the same opposition earlier in the league, the side has been preparing diligently for this very important fixture. There is every confidence within the squad that the previous result can be overturned. All involved are wished every success.
Aisling Conaty, Lough Lene Gaels. Part of very successful Lough Lene Gaels underage squads, Aisling started playing at Under 8. She won a senior championship in 2001 with LLG and also represented her school and college on the Camógie field. Aisling also succeeded in horse riding, competing both nationally and internationally.
Andrea Martin, Cullion. Andrea has been successful with Cullion from Under 14 to Senior level. She has represented the county in winning Division 4 League previously. She has also proven her skills on the football field with her club St. Loman's.
Aoife Higgins, Lough Lene Gaels. Aoife's first experience of the game was playing hurling from six years of age with Castlepollard and won a county title with the club. At under 14 she started to play camógie with Lough Lene Gaels where she was on a successful team winning county championship and Féile and represented Westmeath from under 14 through age levels to Senior. She holds two intermediate county medals and represented her school. She has proven to be proficient at tennis, soccer and football.
Denise Egan, St. Munnas. Denise represented Westmeath through underage levels. In her club she trains underage teams. She holds three county senior championship medals.
Denise McGrath, Delvin. Playing for Delvin from a very young age, Denise has won county titles through underage, has represented Westmeath for number of years, and was on the team for the League win in 2007. Denise represented her Secondary School in a senior title win and was on the Inter-provincial College team who won the All-Ireland title in 2008. In the past two campaigns she was on the league and Ashbourne Cup final teams for her college. Denise is also an All-Ireland winner in soccer and show-jumping.
Eileen Murphy, Cullion. In Kinvara, Co. Galway Eileen commenced her camógie career and she won many titles in Galway at underage and intermediate levels and a provincial Connacht title in intermediate. With Cullion she won a junior title and has represented Westmeath and holds a Purcell cup medal also.
Fiona Leavy, Raharney. Fiona has represented Westmeath and her club Raharney to success, and has been a member of their senior team for the three-in-row senior championship titles. Fiona also plays her football with The Downs and has represented Westmeath.
Fiona Keating, Cullion. Playing for the county for a year, Fiona has been playing camógie with her club through underage levels and has represented the county from under 14, and has been captain at county underage. Fiona plays football with St. Loman's where she has tasted success through underage levels also.
Jemma Egan, Lough Lene Gaels. Like Aoife Higgins, Jemma commenced playing hurling in Castlepollard. She joined Castlepollard Camogie club and when the club no longer participated in competition, she joined Lough Lene Gaels and was successful with the club from under 16 through to Senior and she holds a county senior title with the Gaels. In college she captained their Camogie team and received player of the year in her final year in college. Jemma has represented Westmeath, Leinster and has played in the International Shinty Squad.
Joanne Walsh, Lough Lene Gaels. Since starting playing camógie at age 10, Joanne has won honours with Lough Lene Gaels from under 12 to minor and after three years of success at Senior B, she was on the team which won the senior championship in 2001 and in fact scored the goal which separated the teams. Joanne was on the Westmeath team which won the All Ireland League Division 4 final in 2007. With her college she won the All Ireland League Final and they were also Purcell Shield champions. Joanne captained the Ballycomoyle Ladies Football team who won the Junior county championship in 2009.
Laura Hannon, Castletown-Geoghegan. When the Castletown-Geoghegan club was established six years ago, Laura commenced playing camógie. She won a junior county medal in my second year of playing camogie. Laura has also proven herself on the football field and has underage football county titles, junior, intermediate titles with Kilbeggan Shamrocks. She also assists by coaching underage teams.
Linda Williams, Delvin. Linda won many underage medals, and Féile na Gael titles with Delvin since starting to play camógie aged six. She was named club player of the year 2006. She plays camógie in her college also.
Lisa Burke, Raharney. Lisa has been a member of the Raharney team at senior level over the past few years since they achieved three in a row last year. She also holds honours in Ladies football and has represented Westmeath in both disciplines.
Liz Shaw, Raharney. As a member of the Raharney team Liz has three Senior Camogie Championships, two Leinster League titles and many other underage, junior and senior B county titles. With Westmeath she won a National League Medal. Liz is a dual football/camógie player and holds football county titles also. Liz also gives of her time to train underage teams in her club.
Lorraine Leavy, St. Munnas. Lorraine is a past captain of the county team and has achieved Senior honours with St, Munna's and was a member of the panel which won five-in-a-row up to 2006.
Louise O'Connor, Brownstown. Louise has been playing camógie from under 12 level and has represented Westmeath since she was under 14. Winning county titles through the underage levels, Louise was on the Brownstown team that won the Junior title in 2008.
Maria Smyth, Brownstown. Maria commenced her camógie with Delvin and won many county championships through underage levels and was part of the club team that represented Westmeath for Feile for three years in a row. Maria won the skills competition in the county also and has represented the county team from under 14 to date. She was a member of the Brownstown team which won the junior championship in 2008. Maria plays football with Rochfordbridge.
Muireann Scally, Crookedwood. Muireann has been playing camógie with Crookedwood since she was at under 10. She has won many medals through underage level and was a member of the county panel last year at the league final. Her club were runners up in the junior championship 2008 and she represented her school at senior and junior level. Muireann is a dual player and plays her football with St. Loman's.
Niamh Lynch, Lough Lene Gaels. Originally from Celbridge. Co. Kildare, Niamh first played camógie for her club Lough Lene Gaels in 2002. She was a member of the team which won county titles through underage levels and represented Westmeath.
Orla Doolin, Lough Lene Gaels. A dual player Orla has experienced success with Lough Lene Gaels Camogie club and as a dual player she has been successful with Ballycomoyle Ladies football.
Pamela Greville, Raharney. A member of the Westmeath Division 4 National League winners 2006, Pamela has been successful also with her club. She captained Raharney to Senior championship success and Leinster League successes also. She was selected to play for Ireland in the Shinty international 2006,2007 & 2009 which Ireland won last year. She also played for Leinster in the Gael Linn competition. Pamela has honours in football at intermediate level.
Sandra Greville, Raharney. Sandra plays in goals or can also be valuable at full back. One of two sisters on the panel, and a member of the three-in-a-row Raharney senior team, Sandra represented Ireland in Shinty Internationals for four years. Sandra holds county, colleges, interprovincial and international honours.
Sarah Jackson, Castletown-Geoghegan. Like her clubmate Laura Hannon, Sarah has played camogie with Castletown-Geoghegan since the club was established. Sarah has represented Westmeath at underage level through her camógie career.
Sarah King, Delvin. Playing camógie since aged 8 years, Sarah has been successful with Delvin at underage levels to Senior. Playing with her secondary school she won a Leinster title and has represented her college in three All-Ireland Camógie finals.
Sinéad Lynch, Lough Lene Gaels. Sister of Niamh, Sinead joined Lough Lene Gaels when she moved from Celbridge. She was a member of the team which won county titles through all underage levels, two intermediate championships and has represented Westmeath through her playing career.
The Under 14 county team fought a hard battle, but failed to overcome Offaly in Ringtown on Sunday. Their next game will be against Meath at home.
The weather impacted on the Intermediate championship games last weekend as grounds around the county were water logged.
One game had been played prior to going to print and Raharney were successful in a competitive game against St. Munnas.