Laois GAA Coaching Corner

Kellogs GAA Cul Camps

Kellogs GAA Cul Camps

Our annual Kellogs GAA Cul Camp programme was once again a huge success in 2012 with a huge number (1443) of children attending 29 camps throughout the county. Our camps offer very good value for money at only €55 and are a great week’s entertainment and coaching for Primary School children. Forms and Flyers for this year’s camps have been delivered to the schools of Laois in the last few weeks. The schedule is listed below and places can be booked by logging onto and following the links for Cul Camps. Our County players will be coaching and visiting at the camps and all campers receive the Cul Camp kit which contains the Jersey, Socks, Togs and a Gear Bag.

Contacts are as follows: Football - Donie Brennan (085-7258912), James Kelly (085-7744397); Hurling/Camogie - Ciaran Muldowney (086-8293008), Andrew Kavanagh (087-1257517); Combined Camps - Ciaran Muldowney (086-8293008)

Camp Dates

July 1 to July 5

Football - Emo, Ballylinan; Hurling - Rathdowney-Errill, Abbeyleix; Combined - Portlaoise.

July 8 to July 12

Football - O’Dempsey’s, Park-Ratheniska, Ballyroan; Hurling - Colt/Shanahoe; Combined - Clonaslee.

July 15 to July 19

Football - St Joseph’s, Portarlington, Mountmellick; Hurling - Clonad, Rosenallis.

July 22 to July 26

Football - Graiguecullen, Kilcavan, Stradbally; Hurling - The Harps, Camross.

July 29 to August 2

Football - The Heath, Killeshin; Hurling - Ballyfin, Mountrath, Clough-Ballacolla.

August 19 to August 23

Football - The Rock, Arles-Killeen; Hurling - Naomh Eamann, Borris-Kilcotton; Combined - Portlaoise.

Setanta Hurling Development Program

The Setanta programme which runs right through the Summer started a few weeks ago. The 10/11 age group have their fourth session next Saturday under the stewardship of Andrew Kavanagh and the 12/13 age group had their third session last Saturday.

The emphasis on this session was tackling with attackers trying to break the tackle and defenders adopting proper tackling technique. A number of drills and games were set up to help the players practice this. Setanta gives our young players extra coaching and allows them to mingle with players from other clubs. This will help to break down club barriers from an early age.

Over the summer our county players will take the Setanta groups through very enjoyable and hard working sessions. All sessions are game based with all skill practice being put into a game at the earliest opportunity.

The programme continues right through the Summer with a mixture of coaching, blitzes, matches and a three-day camp. A county panel will be formed shortly at U13 and they will play games against other counties beginning with Westmeath.

If you would like more information on our Setanta programme, please contact us at 087-1257517 (Andrew Kavanagh) or 086-8293008 (Ciaran Muldowney).

Spreading The Word

In recent months and years, we have brought hurling to the areas of Laois that would have been traditionally seen as football areas.

St Paul’s in the Emo-Courtwood area along with St Joseph’s were the first to start and more recently hurling has been brought to the Primary Schools of Portarlington, Graiguecullen and Stradbally. This year’s U-14 County Panel contains players from these areas.

Great credit and thanks is due to the teachers and club mentors of the clubs and schools in these areas for the never-ending work they do to promote the greatest sport in the world. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have hurling played in every club right across the county. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Development Squads

Laois U14s competed very well at the Leinster Blitz in Castlecomer on Saturday led by mentors Martin Deegan, Andy Bergin and Ciaran Muldowney.

In the first game they played Kilkenny and lost out on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-6. A feature of the game was the great high catching of the Laois players. Long range points from Oisin Bennet (Camross), Ciaran Comerford (St Josephs) and Diarmuid Whelan (Abbeyleix) also were notable. Only a brilliant double save by the Kilkenny goalie right at the end prevented Laois from getting a draw from this game. The second game saw Laois’s best performance as they comprehensively beat Wexford on a scoreline of 3-12 to 1-4. Laois were on top throughout and again picked off some wonderful scores with James Keyes (Colt), Seamus Fitzpatrick (The Harps), Pearse Kelly (Rosenallis) and Brandon McGinley (Rathdowney-Errill) among the chief scorers. The backs were completely on top also led by Daniel Comerford (St Joseph’s) and Podge Delaney (The Harps).

In the third game Laois lost out narrowly to Dublin on a scorline of 1-11 to 1-9 having led by six points at half time before resting some of the stronger panel members. Scores here from Conor Madden (Rathdowney-Errill) and Dyland Hand (Graiguecullen) helped Laois into a big half time lead. This was a very promising day’s outing from Laois.

The panel was: Diarmuid Whelan, Sean Doyle, Alan Kelly (Abbeyleix), Dylan Fitzgerald, Dean Carey (Borris Kilcotton), Oisin Bennett (Camross), Diarmuid Conway, Chris Rafter (Clough-Ballacolla), Dylan Hand (Graiguecullen), Dylan Russell (Mountrath), Seamie McEvoy, Sean Baker, Blaise Reid, Nathan Dunne, Liam Crowley (Na Fianna), Aidan Nealon (Portlaoise), Brandon McGinley, Conor Madden (Rathdowney-Errill), Pearse Kelly, Donagh Callally (Rosenallis), James Keyes, Nathan Dunne, John Mulhall (St Fintan’s Gaels), Daniel Comerford, Ciaran Comerford (St Joseph’s), Padraig Delaney, Ronan Quinn, Killian O’Shea, Seamus Fitzpatrick, Evan Deegan (The Harps)