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Camogie girls snap, crackle and pop!

Camogie girls snap, crackle and pop!

Camogie girls snap, crackle and pop!

Camogie girls snap, crackle and pop!

Camogie girls snap, crackle and pop!

Posted March 16, 2015

Juvenile Camogie Round up.

Camogie girls snap, crackle and pop! A bumper weekend!

U8: Our U8 camogie team played host to Lucan Sarsfields & Fingallians on Sunday morning in Páirc Mearnóg. This was their second outing of the year wearing their brand new kit kindly sponsored by Jo Burger. With 18 players making up two Naomh Mearnóg sides, they went head to head with Lucan, and were victorious in 3 out of 4 battles. Feedback from Lucan was highly complimentary of the pitch set up, and the blitz organisation! Take a bow, Misters Leahy and MagFhloinn! The girls are pictured above, cold but delighted after their sterling performances! Roll on our next blitz in two weeks when our girls come up against Erins Isle and Commercials.

U9: Our u9s travelled to Raheny yesterday morning, and blew away all our early morning cobwebs within minutes of taking the pitch. Fielding two teams and lining out before the nation had even thought about their rice crispies, the girls snapped, crackled and popped goals from all angles. The parents and fans were served up an early morning treat of first time pulling which was a pleasure to watch. Check out the picture of our girls relaxing at the end of their Sunday morning breakfast whirl!

U10s: Our u10s hit the road to Lucan on Saturday afternoon, to play the local girls. 3 pitches, and 9 mini matches later, the girls had run the eyes of the spectators ragged with displays of speed and skill which were astonishing! The standard of play which these girls display is just a joy to behold. So many highlights and what a group these girls are. To see one of our lot escorting an injured team mate to the sideline (nothing serious, thank goodness!) for treatment says it all about the camaraderie between these little warriors! Pure class! Catch the picture above of our well satisfied girls!

U11s: Sunday’s mid- morning match brought our u11 girls to Raheny for Go Games blitz action against Raheny and Vincents. The pitches, with no damage incurred by out twinkle toed u8s earlier in the morning, were graced by our older girls for the “brunch time session”. We fielded two teams of nine, and each team played Raheny and Vincents selections. Tight pitches and tight games, with our girls sharing the overall spoils. The girls are pictured above after their matches.

U12s:   On Saturday, our u12s were in action against Lucan Sarsfield in Páirc Mearnóg. Both clubs fielded two 10 aside teams. In the first of the games game the Mearnóg girls were out of the traps quickly but were unlucky to trail by a goal at the half time break. What a mighty second half we had! The Mearnóg girls scored a goal mid-way in the second half and the teams stayed neck and neck until Lucan snatched victory with a point scored from a 45 in the last minute. There were impressive performances from Amy Gleeson, Sarah Tighe and Sarah Myers.

The second game was even stevens throughout the first half. Niamh Costello made her debut in goal. Coached from the goal-line by Donal Power, Niamh looked put in a display of goal-keeping that would have drawn gasps of admiration from another Kilkenny legend Noel Skehan. Level at half time! Carla Brogan was moved from full-back to half-back and Orlaith McGarry switched from mid-field to half-forward and scored 3 goals in 5 minutes. Bang, bang, bang!  Game, set and match! This was a true team performance with each of 10 players playing out of their skin. The final score was Naomh Mearnóg 4-0,  Lucan 1-2.

We wish a speedy recovery to Sarah Kennedy who has an injured knee and best of luck to Sarah Tighe who is getting her tonsils out next weekend. A quiet Sarah Tighe! There’s a first!

U13s: Our under 13s travelled to Finians, and gave it socks in a rollercoaster encounter. Behind at half time, in stepped Sophie Brennan, our own heart and souls, and, boy, did she lift the troops! The ladies tore in to the second half, and our young troops played their hearts out.

U15s: On Sunday morning, the girls made the long trip to Meadowvale to take on a strong Cuala side in their third outing of the league. Having lost the first two games, this was a must win match for the Mearnóg girls. We were first out of the traps with Ciara Holland netting from a tight angle after good approach work from Claire McGowan ,who added a point herself to leave the girls four points up in the early stages of the game. However an impressive Cuala outfit soon drew level leaving the half-time score at 1-1 apiece.

Cuala had the better of the early second-half exchanges and, thanks to a couple of good goals, built up a five point lead as the game entered the last 15 minutes. However, the Mearnóg team really dug deep and with Ciara Holland and Claire McGowan taking control at midfield and Megan O’Connor and Hannah Collins getting to grips with the Cuala half forward line, they chipped away at the lead. An excellent goal from Tara Daly and some well taken points meant that, with only a few minutes left on the clock, the Cuala lead was down to one point. With time almost up, we were awarded a free about 30 metres out. Up stepped Ciara Holland who drove a low hard shot to the net giving the Mearnóg girls a well -earned victory on a final scoreline of 3-6 to 4-1.

Focal scoir: Don’t forget our Camogie table Quiz this Friday evening at 8 pm. Tickets from any of the team mentors, or at the door. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great nights fun!

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