Posted September 22, 2014
We had a really busy weekend, 5 of our juvenile camogie teams were in action with some great performances!
Nursery: Our Saturday morning Nursery session continued with huge numbers. A special thanks to our new adult helpers and to the TY girls.
U8s: Our u8S scored very impressive victories over Na Fianna at home on Sunday morning. Our new recruits were simply brilliant. The “veterans” kept up their hugely impressive recent form as well! The overall scores at the end resulting in a good win for our girls against very strong opposition. We’re out next on the 5th October. See the photo below of our girls celebrating their great wins! By the way if any of you missed seeing your joint manager John Leahy in the dunk tank at the family fun day on Saturday, he’s promised to repeat it with buckets of water at Tuesday’s training session!
U11s: The U11 camogie girls fielded two teams against Cuala in Pairc Mearnóg on Sunday morning, a red and blue team. The red team had a sluggish first half and were ahead by 1-1 to 1 at half time. In the second half having run off the junk food consumed during the family fun day, the girls powered ahead and the game finished Naomh Mearnóg 4-3 to 1 goal for Cuala. Superb performances from Orlaith McGarry, Sarah Kennedy and Rebecca Gaynor.
The Blue team had a super game and completely dominated Cuala throughout. Abbie Byrne who has been working hard during training excelled during the match and Ciara Whyte who definitely had her weetabix ran all over the pitch and scored a fabulous goal. Ailbhe was unlucky when she vollied a ball on the forty yard line which went inches wide. The final score was Naomh Mearnóg 5 goals to no score.
U12s: Naomh Barróg visited us on Saturday afternoon and we scored a very impressive win against them. We pulled away with a very strong second half run. Well done girls! Great to see Sophie suffering no ill effects from her time in the dunk tank on Saturday afternoon.
U14s: U14 Championship final Group game.
Raheny 5-8: Naomh Mearnog 5-10
On Saturday last, the Naomh Mearnog girls travelled to the home of the reigning Feile champions in what was a must win final game in their section of the championship.; win and a place in the semi finals was theirs.
The first half was dominated by Naomh Mearnog with Ciara Holland providing the bulk of the scoring. However the highlight of the half was a superb goal from Laragh Featonby demonstrating great skill to double on the ball in the air from a cross field ball from Leah McElroy.
Some well taken dead balls from Ciara kept the scoreboard ticking over and the Naomh Mearnog defence, well marshalled by team captain Amy Kavanagh, restricted the Raheny attack to long range scores. The half ended with the scoreline at 2-6 to 1-4 in favour of Mearnogs.
The second half was a much tighter affair. The teams traded scores early in the half and halfway through the period the match was finely balanced with Mearnogs holding a three point lead (3-7 to 3-4)
Ella Griffin produced a goal to push NM into a greater lead but Raheny fought back with a couple of goals and points of their own which saw them take the lead for the first time in the game as it entered the dying minutes. However, the Mearnog girls refused to be beaten and Maria Kelly drilled in a low shot which beat the Raheny keeper to secure a famous victory. The result means that Naomh Mearnog have qualified for the Div 2 championship semi final for the first time where they will meet St Brigids.
U15s: Our u15’s a great win on Sunday morning against Kilmacud Crokes 5-7 to 3-4. The girls led from start to finish but nonetheless had to endure a tough fightback by Crokes throughout the second half. There was a very high standard throughout as would be expected from both these teams and typical of championship fare in Division 1. While the goals came from Ciara Holland, Lauren Delaney and supersub Aoife Dalton this was truly a team performance in which every girl played their part. Good support for both teams added to the atmosphere and brought out the best in all the players. Next championship game is away to Faughs next Sunday and the team is hoping for another great performance.