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DR
20/5/2016 11:43:27 AM
A good article to read about the rise of camogie in Carlow. http://kclrfanzone.com/carlow-senior-camogie-team-addicted-progress/

Take a read over it as there is a lot that can be compared between Carlow and Antrim camogie.

Underage teams are the key in both club and county. They are the future and how they are trained and taught is how they will be at adult level. The basic skills are so so important that they are taught them until its all second nature to them.

One thing i would encourage all underage coaches and clubs is to get wall balls. Buy a bag of wall balls and give the girls a ball each to keep. Encourage them to use their own time at home to just batter the ball off the wall of the house, the shed etc. ball to hand - ball to feet. It will sharpen up their short stick game, work both sides and improve their hand to eye co-ordination.

Siobhan
18/5/2016 2:49:33 PM
"Just wanted to thank DR and DA for your comments on the Guestbook - clearly you both have a passion for and understanding of Camogie development in Antrim. We are currently developing a 3 Year Strategic Plan and would love you both to come onboard with that and help inform and develop the plan - if you are interested in helping develop Camogie please contact me on M:07751340656 or email: development.camogie.antrim@hotmail.com. Clare Dowdall Ulster Development Officer is coordinating the Strategic Plan so if you would prefer to contact her directly that would be great, her email is: Clare.Dowdall@camogie.ie. Thanks - Siobhan - Antrim Camogie Development Officer"

DR
16/5/2016 2:31:08 PM
DA there are a lot of good coaches within our county working at all levels but they do need more help to progress them on.

A lot of coaches probably would admit themselves that they need more coaching so to speak. I know myself personally i watch other teams all the time and their approach to a game and how they set up, speak to a team, the pre-match warm up etc. and take notes if i feel that something can gained from it for myself and players.

Paudie Butler ran a few good sessions over this past year or so that i attended, it was about 'coaching the coaches' and it was real eye opener as to how to talk to a young player, how they should approach training, how I as a coach should approach a session.

Those are things we should be encouraging our coaches to be attending to help them improve.

However coaches is not the problem, its the players and our lack of them progressing in the game. The fact that we have no minor league structure and that young girls next step from U16 is into a senior rank is madness. They shouldn't be progressing straight into a senior team 17. We wouldn't expect our hurlers or footballers to do that so why do we allow the girls to do so. So many of the young girls walk away from the game at 16 and we never get them back again. That has to stop.

Antrims main aim should be the development of the youth, progressing the game in clubs that are struggling and getting the game back up and flourishing in Belfast. The fact that is only 4 Belfast clubs at U16 level is alarming.
Thank you DR and there is a lot of sense in what you say and the County Board would be only too aware of these shortcomings within our county setup.I would urge you once again to give voice to you concerns and the solutions you have through the medium of your club representatives at the monthly board meetings.

DA
12/5/2016 1:39:36 PM
When Antrim camogie is crying out for coaches it's sad to see that Down are availing of the services of two Antrim coaches. Ryan O'Neill is taking the Down Seniors and Declan Napier the minors. Napier even won the All Ireland B title with an average Down side. Have Antrim ever won this title? Surely every effort should be made to ensure that good coaches from Antrim remain in Antrim!

DR
10/5/2016 11:37:53 AM
Thank you for your view DR. but surely the `county` as you put it  is the sum total of all it''s clubs representatives and not some mystical body that sits in judgement at monthly board meetings?

Not a problem, i would rather my views are taken as constructive criticism rather than anything else. I do know the work that is done at the meetings and that its being done by people for the love of the game, it is appreciated. However they do need more help and maybe an injection of youth with new inovative ideas on progressing the game on a whole. Easier said than done I know.

Is there anything happening in Antrim camogie that can''t be discussed, voted on and changed by club representatives at the monthly meeting or annual convention?  I agree with  much of what you say but think it divisive of  you  to describe the rest of the county as "playing catch up" to Loughgiel. Put- downs like that only cause resentment when what we need is good will and co-operation.

In terms of ''catch up'' i mean on and off the pitch. Loughgiel have been at the forefront of camogie for the past few years. Their senior and youth set up produces good teams each season with coaches in place from the word go. Its something to be admired and respected as they are clearly doing something right each year when they are lifting trophies all the time. And no im not from Loughgiel.

Here are some questions we all need to consider -Are some clubs telling players" Your club comes first? Forget about county?"

No, i know from my experience i would never have, and have never heard anyone tell a player not to represent theIr county. It should be the ultimate honour for a player to represent themselves at the highest level in the game alongside players who are at the top of the game as well.

How do other counties with no more clubs than Antrim manage to field successful teams at various levels every year?

Thats where the problem starts. We have so many good clubs but its clear that were not doing enough. Camogie development needs to start at the youth and with the coaches. Having someone in place to take a team isnt enough, they need to be well informed themselves and know what they are doing. Im have to be honest here, in many cases there are people taking teams that no one wanted to take and they are doing it out being a good club person. With all the best intentions that wont work long term.

Why do we seem to have a different management team every year for the seniors?

Thats something i cant answer, rather the people themselves will be the only ones to tell us why they left the job. Their feed back should be taken, analysed and whatever faults exist then they should be address. The positives built on. But if im going to be critical i honestly couldn''t tell you who the previous few managers are and ive been involved with camogie at adult level for 3 years now.

Dont get me wrong, i love my county and supported them at all 3 codes my entire life but I hate to see it in the state that it is at the moment in camogie. Its clear that were in need of a revamp in the code from top to bottom.

Coaching needs to be improved, development squads need expanding on, the games need more publicity as well. Local media doesn''t even cover our results anymore!! Social media needs more done - see our counties hurling and football social media man Chris for the work he does and how he liaises with clubs on a reg basis.

County panels need more support, Senior county management need to liaises with clubs more and speak to the players constantly.

It wont get sorted over night but the wheels need to be put in motion or we will stay like this constantly talking about it.
Thank you very much DR for taking the time to give us your perspective on Antrim Camogie.I hope lots of people read your answers to the questions I posed to you and perhaps we can all redouble our efforts to put Antrim camogie in a better place.

In Loughgiel on Saturday
7/5/2016 4:26:31 PM
Just back after watching two excellent reasons for seeing hope in Antrim camogie.
The Feile final was a very good competitive standard between two teams that have not featured at this level - Dunloy won because they were very sharp up front, but Glenravel have taken massive steps to get to this level and are not too far off the mark!
That was followed by the minor semi-final with Down. Antrim have a super team, totally dominated this game (shot plenty of wides) and won easily. During the match, I heard that as many as half a dozen players, normally starters, couldn't play because of injuries etc. Sean Paul and his management team have managed to keep not only a good team training together, but also a good panel. 20 players were used today.
There is hope for Antrim camogie. If we sort out the senior set-up, we will have some excellent players feeding into it over the next couple of years. The future is Saffron

DR
6/5/2016 11:20:59 AM
Camogie fan define what you mean by ''sort them out''. I take that comment to be ridiculous and utterly laughable.

The majority of our girls that play adult camogie are either working, at university or at school. They have commitments to their studies at this time of the year along with the commitment of training with their club sides. Many of them cant afford the time to play for a county team in some instances. (we actually have a bit of common sense with the shut down for exams)

Also the current state of our county set up leaves a lot to be desired. There is absolutely no contact with the clubs to liaise with them and their training arrangements, theres no organisation with regards to the best players being picked to represent the county. Putting out a message to clubs to just send their best players is probably the most laughable thing ive heard. Is that the best way to pick a county team? Hardly.

Many clubs are working extremely hard to build camogie into something the girls can be proud of. Loughgiel have been the standard bearers for the past number of years and rightly deserve to be where they are. The rest are all playing catch up. But clubs like Cargin & Bridini Oga have come on massive strides in terms of their camogie development and their support of it. Dunloy has also put massive work in this season after allowing it to fall behind for a lot of years.

I know exactly how much work goes into to a camogie team having spent this past number of years coaching and trying to drive it on in a club. The desire to play for our county is zero and thats not the clubs faults. The hard questions need to be answered at the county not the clubs.
Thank you for your view DR. but surely the `county` as you put it  is the sum total of all it's clubs representatives and not some mystical body that sits in judgement at monthly board meetings? Is there anything happening in Antrim camogie that can't be discussed, voted on and changed by club representatives at the monthly meeting or annual convention?  I agree with  much of what you say but think it divisive of  you  to describe the rest of the county as "playing catch up" to Loughgiel. Put- downs like that only cause resentment when what we need is good will and co-operation.  Here are some questions we all need to consider -Are some clubs telling players" Your club comes first? Forget about county?" How do other counties with no more clubs than Antrim manage to field successful teams at various levels every year? Why do we seem to have a different management team every year for the seniors? Mutual respect and communication at board and executive level is the only way to bring Antrim forward. Bring your gripes to the monthly meeting rather than the guestbook .

Camogie fan
2/5/2016 1:32:10 PM
Why do some of our senior club players not want to play for their county? I think we should get to the bottom of the root causes and try to sort them out, then maybe we won''''t have a situation were one club provides our county team. I believe this is the 2nd time in the last few years this has happened?

Minor Management
22/4/2016 10:57:00 PM
Everyone
Get to Newbridge (behind Elk) tomorrow 2pm - Antrim v Derry in All-Ireland Minor final.
Your county and your club players need your support.
Bí ann agus ardóidh Laoise Sciath na hÉireann

Camog
29/3/2016 11:47:33 AM
Any word on championship dates for seniors?
I think they were sent to the clubs recently. Check with your secretary.

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