Posted March 2, 2015
Juvenile Camogie Round up: In a packed weekend for our juvenile camogie girls, the u8s, u9s, u10s, u11s, u12s, u13s and u16s all exploded back in to action.
Our u11s provide our feature photograph this week.
U11: A surprise snowstorm brought Sunday’s U11 camogie blitz to an early close but not before Naomh Mearnog had put the skids under the opposition with a stormer of a display.
Eimear Crean Lynch was ice-cool in goal and great performances from Naomi McCullagh and Orlaith Kiernan had Na Fianna completely frozen out.
After a blizzard of great scores from Keya Crosbie, Rebecca Keegan and Nicole Keenan, the referee was forced to call a halt. It was off home then for well deserved hot chocolate and a heat by the fire.
Special thanks to all the dads for helping with the pitches.
Pictured : Under 11 players Lisa Hughes and Nicole Keenan make the most of the weather by building a new club mascot !
U8: Yesterday, Sunday, saw the return of our U8 camogie team to action in Castleknock. On a cold and wet day they overcame a good Castleknock squad winning all four matches. Great debuts by Marian Lenihan, Laura Heary and Ellen Morgan complimented the returning stars from last year. Looking forward to building on this great start to the season.
U9: This team recovered quickly from their Pizza night on Thursday last (watch out for a separate news update on their “Pizza and Jersies” night!) to hit the ground running in Fingallians yesterday morning. This team played together for the first time yesterday morning, under new management. Sean Whelan Junior, Ronan Sheehy and David Tuite have stepped up, and provided a management master class in a cold Fingallians yesterday morning. The girls fielded two teams and played Fingallians and Westmanstown, who, incidentally, were fielding a team for the first time ever; great to see the Camogie world spreading its wings even further!
Our girls were just a pleasure to watch. They ripped up the gears at a rate of knots, knocking the goals in for fun in their first match against Fingallians, and keeping with those high standards in further matches against Westmanstown and Fingallians second selection. Check out the picture above of smiling team and mentors after the final whistle!
U10: Our u10s, having returned from their Gormanstown indoor camogie gigs, blazed back in to Go Games action on Saturday afternoon. Craobh Chiarán and St Maurs were our visitors. We fielded 3 teams and the girls hard work over the last couple of months was justly rewarded. Boy (or Girl!) did they hurl out of their skins! The hooking and blocking work put in by Caitriona Power (what a thrill it is for the girls to be coached by a Dublin legend) paid ample dividends. Our timing was perfect, down to the final whistle which sounded minutes before a heavy hail shower. A special thanks to our 3 home referees, Aisling Kiernan, Conor Holland, and Cian O’Daly. All of the teams benefitted enormously from the positive and supportive refereeing. Picture shows our girls thundering in to the ball against Craobh Chiarán.
U12: The season kicked-off for the U12 camogie girls on Saturday, hosting a blitz in Pairc Mearnóg. All decked out in new jersies two Naomh Mearnóg teams took to the field against Fingallions and Skerries Harps. It was end to end stuff in both matches with the Mearnóg girls fighting for every ball and showing great skill in moving the ball quickly on both the ground and in the air. One Mearnóg team beat Fingallions 3-4 to 1-0 and then beat Skerries 3-4 to 1-4. The second Mearnóg team were narrowly beaten by Skerries Harps 3-3 to 2-1 and beat Fingallions 3-4 to 1-0. This lively bunch of girls always give 150% and Saturday was no exception with the girls flying around the pitch like terriers. Special word of thanks to our senior players Caoimhe O Callaghan, Orla Fahy, Aileen Cox and Eimear Walters who coach the girls on Mondays. Check out the picture above for winning smiles!
U16: Naomh Mearnóg 5- 11 Raheny 2- 3. First league outing of the year helped shift the cobwebs as some of the girls have not had game time since last November. However the regular training paid off and was shown in the teamwork throughout the game. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half the score at half time was 1-3 apiece. However at half time a few switches were made to allow for the conditions and the machine then really kicked into gear. Hard work by all the girls where everyone played their part. No tackle shirked and no ball uncontested. A great start to the playing year!