Posted November 25, 2014
Camogie round-up. Return of the Minors. The Empire Strikes Back!
Minors: Camogie Minor championship: Naomh Mearnóg V Naomh Jude
This was Naomh Mearnóg first entry into Minor championship in some years. And what a return it was! The girls were eagerly looking forward to what was for many a reunion of the under 16 team of two years ago. The team therefore included a healthy mix of both the current under 15 team and the girls who have since graduated into the adult ranks. The performance on the day proves the depth of the ongoing work at juvenile level over the last number of years.
Not knowing what to expect from Judes, the girls took off at a helter skelter pace right from the throw in. While Judes took the lead with a well taken point, the Mearnóg girls soon struck back with a goal within the first 10 minutes. While Aoife O’Connor and Lauren Delaney won most of the battles in the middle of the field, the Judes attack continually threatened along the left flank with penetrating solo runs. However, the Mearnóg back line of Aisling Kiernan, Dearbhla Murphy, Rachel King and Niamh Murphy soon had the measure of their opponents and made the Judes forwards work hard to create any chances in front of Emma Ford’s goal.
With good supply of ball going in to the forwards and all players noticeably working hard to support each other, shots from Ellen Kenny, Aoibhe Dillon and Alanna Egan soon crashed their way to the back of the Judes net. The half time score was an encouraging: 4-03 to 0-2 for the home side. The Jude’s keeper had pulled off many fine saves in the half and certainly kept down the Mearnóg goal tally.
The second half took off at the same hectic pace and the Mearnóg girls pressurised Judes in all areas of the field. Emma Ford’s puck outs fed the attack time and time again. The full back line of Laura Walsh and Caitriona Dillon stopped any attacks that did make it to threaten goal while the half back line held off any runs from the Judes forwards. The mid field of Aoife O’Connor and Lauren Delaney worked well together and read the game so that the forward line of Sarah Boyle, Ellen Kenny, Orla McKiernan, Alanna Egan, Ailbhe Twomey and Aoibhe Dillon got a chance to show their worth and notch up many impressive scores. In all this was an excellent team performance. The final score Naomh Mearnóg 12-16, Naomh Jude 1-05.
Full credit to the team spirit shown by all throughout the game and credit to Caitriona Power, Laura Twomey and Damien Ford for the time spent coaching the girls in the weeks beforehand.
Team: Emma Ford, Laura Walshe, Caitriona Dillon, Niamh Murphy, Rachel King, Aisling Kiernan, Dearbhla Murphy, Lauren Delaney, Aoife O’Connor, Sarah Boyle, Ellen Kenny, Ailbhe Twomey, Orla McKiernan, Alanna Egan, Aoibhe Dillon.
U11s: Party time and 15 a side bliss!
What a weekend for the U11 camogie girls!
On Friday night, the girls and parents gathered in the Club Bar for an end of season get together. Parents arrived with truckloads of cakes, sweets and biscuits, the tea and coffee flowed and Pizza’s arrived from Dominoes. The girls were thrilled when Catriona Power, the decorated Dublin and Naomh Mearnóg player took time out to meet the girls and present medals. Paddy Gorey who coaches the girls in the schools also arrived to say ‘well done’ on a great season.
On Sunday morning the girls played a 15 aside game on the all-weather pitch against Na Fianna. This is the first time the girls have played 15 a side on a full size pitch which generated a lot of excitement for all involved. It was a very competitive match with little between the teams. This match had everything, blocking, hooking, chasing down players and impressive striking in the air and the ground. The Naomh Mearnóg girls came out on top with a score-line of 2goals and 1 point to 1 point and went home very happy, albeit tired from a late night on Friday and plenty of running on Sunday.
Training continues on Mondays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11am.
U12s: Our u12s played out a hard fought battle with Oliver Plunketts on Sunday morning. The girls battled valiantly all through. Scores were hard to come by especially in the first half. Our goalie Leah Ford turned in a virtuoso performance. At one stage she batted and prodded out four successive shots, a one woman pinball machine! Sophie Brennan was a rock at full back all through, and Aoife McLoughney excelled at mid field. Having fallen behind by the half time sos, we thundered in to the game in the second half, and ran up the scores in the final minutes, but not quite enough to snatch a win. Well done girls, a great display of heart!
Focal scoir: U15s: A belated note on last Sunday weeks performance by our 15 girls in their Championship Shield Final against Kilmacud Crokes. This performance must rank as one of the greatest comebacks of all time in which every girl battled bravely to the end. Kilmacud dominated the first half and the early part of the second. Emma Ford upheld the family goalkeeping tradition, stopping shots to beat the band. Aoibhe Dillon at full back repelled the purple and gold girls on so many occasions in the first half. Kilmacud went to the break with a healthy lead and stretched the lead to 9 points inearly in the second half. On a gluey pitch, the odds were heavily against a comeback by our girls. Glad to say, we bucked those odds, and the Mearnóg girls came back strongly in the last twenty minutes. The tide was nearly turned in the final minutes with goals from Sophie Brennan and Aoibhe Dillon but unfortunately time ran out for the home side. Crokes teamwork on the day was the difference between these two sides who are always evenly matched. A sterling performance by Emma Ford, while Orlaith Freaney, Ciara Holland, Aoibhe Dillon and Sophie Brennan (substitute) were others to shine on the day.
Final score was 3-5 to 3-3.