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Profile Questions with WIT GAA Players.

  1. Name: Ruth Jones

  2. Course: Sport and Recreation Management

  3. Nicknames: Jones, Jonesy

  4. High Point in Sporting Career: Winning Ashbourne 2012

  5. Third Level Honours? Ashbourne Medal

  6. Other Achievements? 4 Leinster, 3 All Irelands with Kilkenny, 5 All Ireland Athletic Medals

  7. Other Sports? Soccer, Athletics

  8. Favourite Player To Watch Growing Up?  Conor Phelan.. My Idol

  9. Favourite Cartoon As A Kid?  The Road Runner

  10. My Earliest Sporting Memory Is?  Going to matches on the train with my dad

  11. Funniest person in the WIT GAA Club is?

  12. When You Were Growing Up What Did You Want To Be? Sports and Rec student

  13. My Most Treasured Possession? My Bed

  14. Biggest Insult? Benn Asked am I from Waterford!

  15. My Signature food dish Is? Fried Eggs, mushrooms and toast

  16. Stranded On An Island, What Are Your 3 Essential Items? A lilo, a friend, food

  17. Stranded On An Island, Who Would You Most Like To Keep You Company?  The “family”

     18. Favourite book? Ahhhmmm……

  1. Name: Denise Gaule

        2. Nicknames: G91, Gaule, Gaulers

        3. High points in Sporting Career: Ashbourne Cup Final 2013

        4. Third Level Honours? 4 Ashbournes, 2 Division 1 leagues, Fresher All Ireland, 2 Ashbourne All-Stars

        5. Other Achievements? Making it through the week after Ashbourne

        6. Other Sports? Recently taken an interest in equestrian

        7. Favourite player to watch growing up? Eddie Brennan

        8. My Earliest Sporting Memory?   Waking up in the cot Christmas morning '93 and seeing a lovely Ramie Dowling

       9. Funniest person in the WIT GAA Club is? Aine 'Alpha Chief' Doran and Shelly Minaj

      10. When you were growing up what did you want to do? Cashier at the local 5 and dime

      11. My most treasured possession? Kitty, my blind cat.

     12. My signature food dish? Chicken withn sweet chili sauce

     13. Stranded on an Island, what are your 3 essential items? Chewing gum, A penknife and some twine

     14. Stranded on an Island, who would you most like to keep you company? Bobbi Hickey

     15. Favourite Book? Principles and Practices of Marketing 2nd Edition

     16. Toughest Opponent? Edwina Keane


Ruth Jones -Kilkenny

A Kilkenny native who had an excellent second year on the panel receiving an All Star for her performances over the Ashbourne cup campaign. Never giving an inch is her moto and she lives by it to her markers misfortune. She is a player that has a big future  ahead of her as she can play in a number of positions with ease.

Shelly Farrell -Kilkenny
Shelly is also a member of the Kilkenny senior camogie Squad. She has pace to burn and can play anywhere from midfield to corner forward. Her vision attacking play puts defences on the back foot every time she gets on the ball. 

Ann-Marie Lennon -Kilkenny
This is a girl that slotted into the Ashbourne set up straight away even though it was her first year. She was a character who always kept everyone in good form! Playing in goal, she gave some great performances on the freshers team to win both the Freshers Southern Cup and the All Ireaknd Fresers camogie shield. 

Emma Comerford -Kilkenny
Another fresher this year who slotted into the team seamlessly. Even though it was her first year on the panel she took over the free taking duties which just shows her character. Emma was WIT’s top scorer in this year’s champion.

Sarah Ann Fitzgerald- Laois
Sarah Ann has been on the Laois Senior Team for the past 4 years and she has shown her strength and versatility by lining out in both attack and defence. She has been a rock at full back for the last two years and is one of the main reasons that the Ashbourne Cup team have conceded very little goals throughout this years championship.

Maggie Hogan- Laois
Maggie is one of those tight defenders that as she reads the game so well giving forwards a hard time. She has made a huge impression since joining the panel last year for both the Div 1 and 2 teams

Denise Gaule- Kilkenny
Denise is another member of the current Kilkenny Senior Camogie team and plays a pivotal role WIT’s game plan. At full forward she has the strength, pace and skill to win games on her own. In recognition of her outstanding performances she was awarded an Ashbourne Cup All Star 2011.

Katie Power- Kilkenny
Katie has been playing on the senior Kilkenny Camogie team for the past few years. For WIT this year she was a lethal scoring forward. She has the ability to bring players into the game around her and in recognition of her outstanding performances she was awarded an Ashbourne Cup All Star 2011.

Trish Jackman- Waterford
Trish is one of the leading members of the Waterford team she has become one of the most versatile players on the team by lining out in the backs and forwards. This year Trish played a staring role at left half back. With her ability, pace, strength and striking of the ball setting up attack after attack and even getting a few scores herself. In recognition of her outstanding performances this year, she was awarded an Ashbourne Cup All Star 2011.

Jean Brady- Offaly
Jean has been a member of the Offaly panel for the last few years. Jean has been a revelation for WIT this year. She mastered her first year as an Ashbourne player with sterling performances at mid field. She has pace work rate and scoring prowess and was a vital part of the Ashbourne success this year. As a result of her outstanding performances, Jean was awarded WIT Fresher Camogie Player of the year 2011.

Lorraine Keena- Offaly
Lorraine has been a member of the successful Offaly panel for the past number of years. Since arriving in WIT, Lorraine has shown her versatility by lining out in the backs, midfield and forwards. She has been a member of the successful Ashbourne Team three in a row team. Lorraine lined out in this year’s final at corner back and showed great discipline and tight marking by not allowing her player get any score.

Katrina Parrock- Wexford
Since Katrina has come to WIT she has been one for the driving forces of the Ashbourne Cup team. Katrina was Fresher camogie player of the tournament in 2010 and Ashbourne player of the tournament in 2010 and 2011.   In recognition of her outstanding performances she was awarded an Ashbourne Cup All Star 2011. Katrina has natural skill levels that can win a game on her own.

Vikki Falconer- Waterford

Vikki was a huge addition to the panel this year as a Fresher. She fitted in straight away into the Ashbourne team with her pace and strength to win the dirty ball a huge advantage. 

Sheila Ryan- Tipperary

Sheila is one of those tight defenders where she reads the game so well and giving forwards a hard time. She has made a huge impression since joining the panel this year for both the Division 1 and 2 teams. Even when she had a bad shoulder injury during the year she was back within a couple of weeks, showing what kind of girl she is.

Noelle Maher- Kilkenny

Noelle is one of those players you don't want to mark as she is a fast player with a great first touch and likes to take on her players. She settled into the squad straight away and became an important player in the panel.

Brid Quinn- Tipperary

This was Brid's first year on the panel. She is one of those players if she gets the ball in her hand she makes things happen. She is a work horse setting up scores over the campaign. She has been outstanding all year no matter who she marked and a girl who has a good word to say about everyone.

Maeve Mansfield- Kilkenny

This is a girl that slotted into the Ashbourne set up straight away even though it was her first year. She is a character who always kept everyone in good form. Playing anywhere in the forwards, she gave some great performances on the freshers team and Division 2 team.

Waterford IT 2-13

University of Limerick 1-9

The second round game in pool A of the Ashbourne 2012 was played yesterday in UL in which the home side and visitors WIT served up a well contested game for the strong cohort of supporters in attendance.  A bright crisp spring day and relatively good underfoot conditions lent itself to a good open fast game with both sides keen to progress in this year’s championship.  After a very lively start both sides exchanged scores from placed balls; Emma Comerford for WIT and Tipp senior Cait Devane for UL.

A ding dong battle then ensued with both defences and mid field parings doing well as the intensity of the game grew. Despite the strong defending of UL captain Susan Vaughan and Maria Walsh at centre back and the hard working Bolger sisters it was WIT who managed to dominate the next quarter with two well taken goals by Marie Dargan and Emma Comerford and from placed balls by Patricia Jackman and Emma Comerford before UL added another point from a free. Just before half time WIT captain Katie Power tacked on two good points from play.

The second half very much belonged to UL who got off to a flying start and with great work by Niamh O Dea, Niamh Richardson, Cait Devane and Cork senior Julia White saw them notching up 1-2 before Patricia Jackman added to her tally for WIT from placed balls and Denise Gaule’s  well worked point from play. Further points were soon exchanged for both sides by their respective top free takers; Cait Devane for UL and Emma Commerford for WIT, each pointing from the penalty spot before bringing the game to a close.

Though disappointed UL who were without their full back Shona Curran, a star from Waterford’s  Junior All Ireland winning side last year will take much heart from their second half display as they head into their second group game against NUIG next week and which should prove to be a very eagerly contested encounter.

WIT now progress to the Cup semi finals and will know that despite some good patches of play that more will be required over the full sixty minutes if they are to secure a place in the final.

UL: S Moynihan, E Frisby, S Vaughan (capt), C Motherway, E Ryan, M Walsh, N O Dea, Lisa Bolger (1-0,free), Linda Bolger, F Keely, R Byrne, C Devane (0-9, 0-8 frees) (, J White, N Richardson, M Scanlon, subs: J Mulcahy for M Scanlon (20 mins) C O Leary for F Keely (24 mins)

WIT: K Keneally, R Jones, SA Fitzgerald, L Keena, P Jackman (0-4,frees), C Dormer, A Carroll, K O’ Donoghue, K Parrock, K Power (0-2), M Quilty, S Farrell, M Dargan (1-0), D Gaule (0-1), E Comerford (1-6, 0-5 frees)

Referee: Mike O Connor

Waterford IT 2-8

University of Limerick 0-4

Therese O’Callaghan

Waterford IT were celebrating yesterday after capturing their fourth successive Ashbourne Cup title. Played on home soil in the splendid Sports Campus grounds, they were made to fight for the silverware. They didn’t get matters their own way against a resilient UL team who battled bravely only to be overtaken by the holders in the final quarter.

The turning point arrived midway through the second half when All Ireland medallist Katrina Parrock found the net. The midfielder had just switched into full forward and made no mistake finding the net from close range. Gaining momentum, Kilkenny attacker Marie Dargan added a second goal three minutes later. From there to the full whistle Waterford IT pulled away adding four unanswered points.

UL made a brave start and held the upper hand with three points on the board before WIT opened their account. To be truthful, the Limerick College should have been further ahead with Maria Walsh and Cait Devane impressing. WIT didn’t record their first score from play until the 23rd minute from Dargan. The sides were tied 0-3 apiece at half-time.

UL continued to mark tight following the resumption and were also grateful to a point-blank save from keeper Sile Moynihan. However, once Parrock rattled the net the home side’s confidence began to soar. Driven on by the powerful play of Patricia Jackman, Collette Dormer and Aisling Carroll in the half back line, Waterford IT were not going to be stopped.

Their forward line (consisting of five Kilkenny county players) began to click. Dargan raised their second green flag on 48 minutes, followed by two massive Jackman frees and a Dargan point with two minutes left to play. Four minutes into added time Comerford signed off with her third pointed free as the cup was set to remain in WIT – a team managed by Wexford senior player Helena Jacob with her sister Ursula acting as selector along with Austin Murphy.

Scorers for WIT: M Dargan 1-2, K Parrock 1-0, E Comerford 0-3 (frees), P Jackman 0-2 (frees), D Gaule 0-1.
Scorers for UL: C Devane 0-3 (frees), M Walsh 0-1.

WIT: K Kenneally (Tipperary); R Jones (Kilkenny), S A Fitzgerald (Laois), L Keena (Offaly); P Jackman (Waterford), C Dormer (Kilkenny), A Carroll (Tipperary); K O’Donoghue (Cork), K Parrock (Wexford); D Gaule (Kilkenny), M Quilty (do), S Farrell (do); M Dargan (do), K Power (do), E Comerford (do).
Subs: L Sinnott (Wexford) for M Quilty (62 mins), M Doyle (Wexford) for E Comerford (64).

UL: S Moynihan (Limerick); C Motherway (Cork), S Curran (Waterford), E Frisby (Kilkenny); E Ryan (Cork), S Vaughan (Clare), N O’Dea (Clare); N Richardson (Limerick), M Walsh (Cork); Lisa Bolger (Wexford), C Devane (Tipperary), R Byrne (Kilkenny); J White (Cork), M Scanlon (Clare), Linda Bolger (Wexford).
Subs: F Keely (Galway) for M Scanlon.

Referee: C Egan (Cork).

Meanwhile, goals from Aoife Bugler, Catriona Regan, Orlaith Durkan and Emma Brennan helped Dublin City University to a 4-7 to 0-4 victory over Queen’s University Belfast in the Purcell Cup final. In the Ashbourne Shield University of Ulster Jordanstown recorded a thrilling 2-13 to 3-9 win over National University of Ireland Galway courtesy of goals from Karen Kielt and Captain Sara Louise Carr.

Cork Institute of Technology were 4-11 to 0-2 winners in the Purcell Shield final against Athlone IT with Denise Luby firing 3-4, while Mary Immaculate College Limerick were grateful to a 10-point haul from Naomi Carroll in their 0-15 to 0-3 win over St Patrick’s College Drumcondra in the Fr Meachair Cup final. St Mary’s Belfast claimed the honours in the Fr Meachair Shield decider 3-6 to 3-4 against IT Tralee.

5 in a row. - WIT Camogie Win Ashbourne cup


Waterford IT retained the Ashbourne Cup on Sunday last in the in the most dramatic of circumstances, needing two periods of extra time (2x10min and 2x5mins) before finally beating the hosts UL by a smallest of margins on a 3-13 to 2-15 scoreline.

After a very tough semi-final win over UCD on Saturday WIT faced a huge encounter on Sunday to try to regain their title over hot favourites UL. Playing wind assisted in the first half UL got off to a dream start with a great goal from Cáit Devane which were soon followed by consecutive points from ULs Linda Bolger . Yet WIT managed to stay in touch thanks to the accuracy of Emma Comerford from placed balls and went in trailing at the interval by just 1-5 to 0-5.

Shelley Farrell had the sides level almost straight after the resumption of play and with the wind at their backs, one suspected that WIT might pull away in the second yet that was not to be the case.

When Katrina Parrock found the net to put them a goal clear, that scenario certainly seemed likely but UL and in particular, Devane had different ideas when finding the WIT net for the second time after a long range free.

UL were now one point ahead with time running out but after some good play from Brid Quinn who found Katrina Parrock who was then was fouled,  the ever cool Emma Comerford kept her nerve from a late free to bring the game to extra time, now with the sides level at 2-9 apiece.

The Kilkenny sharpshooter had to repeat a similar trick after Julia White had put UL ahead to end the extra 20 minutes with the teams inseparable on 2-11 each after good points from WIT’s Jean Brady and Brid Quinn.

That necessitated another period of extra time consisting  of ten minutes in which UL seem to open the gap as they moved drew three points clear of WIT and it looked like they had finally broken the champions’ resistance. Yet with less than three minutes left on the clock WIT found one last defining surge as Shelly Farrell made a great run and hand passed the ball to Denise Gaule who struck one of the goals of the year under huge pressure to draw WIT level. The ball was then pucked out which was won again by Gaule to win a free, and up stepped Trish Jackman to point a 50 yard free to snatch a sensational victory and deny a valiant UL.
The Ashbourne Cup returns home to WIT for a historic 5th time in 5 consecutive years, a return not seen in the modern era and marking WIT’s seventh victory in their relatively short participation in this competition, the first being in 1999 and subsequent win in 2001.