More history for Wanderers with first ever camogie session

by Stephen Findlater

Wanderers’ historic 2020 added another date to remember with Saturday, October 17 marking the club’s first ever camogie training session for the club which was established in 1910.

The Ballyboden-based club has enjoyed success in the last number of years with the men’s football team ended their 52-year wait for championship success last month with a junior 2 title. It followed up on the women’s adult side who won back-to-back junior titles in 2018 and 2019.

The history makers last week were the Under-8 girls and their coaches who took part in a training session led by Kevin Broderick from Dublin Camogie. He put the girls and coaches through their paces, teaching the basic skills and providing tips to coaches and parents in Frank Kelly Park.

Overseen by club development officer Dave Farrelly, the session involved the group’s coaches Karen White, Liam Mangan, Bill Desmond, Rob Heavey and Darren Snell who have been coaching the girls in football over the past months.

Farrelly said of the latest code to be played at the club: “In what was an extremely busy morning for the club, with the atmosphere buzzing up in Frank Kelly Park for all juvenile teams and our nursery who were also training, the girls had a brilliant time at the start of their new learning journey.

“Kevin ran a fantastic session for the girls and the coaches and marked a brilliant start of our club taking on camogie.”

Coach Karen White added: “I am so proud of the club and the girls for embracing this adventure into camogie so brilliantly. The girls had a ball this morning and the coaches are so pleased of their attitude and efforts.

“It’s a special day for the club which has only been fielding at girls’ football juvenile level for four years so it is a huge step for the GAA club. We can absolutely say that we are the newest camogie club in Dublin…. and probably in Ireland, for a short while at least.”

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