Posted May 12, 2015
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Juvenile Camogie Round Up. Another Packed weekend…..now, read on!….
U8s: Our U8 camogie team resumed their winning run remaining unbeaten so far for 2015 with a fine victory over a valiant Castleknock side winning three matches and drawing the fourth. After a slight delay and some last minute phone calls to get some parents out of bed due to confusion over whether the pitches were playable on Sunday morning the girls quickly got down to some brilliant play and strong clashing. A brilliant debut by Isabelle Sprague was complimented by a determined performance from Aine Myers in particular, helped seal the points for the home side. Lilly Kelly as usual bagged a brace of goals as the teams grow from strength to strength with every match. Already looking forward to our next battle. Catch the picture of our girls above with their winning grins!
U9s: Our u9 girls travelled to Westmanstown on Sunday morning. The girls tore in to action in their Go Games fixtures against Fingallians and Westmanstown. Our little competitors, including a number of debutants, took on an experienced Fingallians outfit (yes, even at 9 years of age, you can be a veteran player! These Fins girls have been playing for quite a bit) and matched them stride for stride. Westmanstown proved great hosts and again we fared well in our matches against them, combining silky skills and pure fighting spirit! Well done girls.
U11s: Our girls took on Vincents at home on Sunday morning. Cheered on by a noisy fan club (including you (Niamh) Browner! In case anyone hasn’t spotted the odd one out in our photo above!) we were neck and neck with Vinnies in both matches. Great displays by Amy Gleeson, and Grainne Downes. Elouise Irwin and Alannah Keenan ran the length and breadth of pitch 4. Kate McCarthy lofted the puck outs the length of a meadow. All around, an energy packed display by each and every one of our girls.
U13s: Our u13s hit the highways and the byways on Sunday morning. Some took the long road (M5), some took the short route (Eastlink) but we all made it to Cuala for an early morning fixture. We went to two goals down while we were stretching the jet lag out of our limbs! Half time scoreline read 2-1 to 0-1 in Cuala’s favour. Time for Plan B! The girls might have had to skip the breakfast to make the dawn (well it felt like dawn!) match, but they didn’t skip a beat in a thrilling second half. Lily Yu cracked in two peaches of goals, Rebecca Wall finished off a lovely move for a third. Sophie Brennan sent a dead ball soaring up, up, and over the bar. Aoibheann Crean-Lynch clipped over two points on the run. Grainne Skelton picked off a couple of points from the top drawer, Rebecca Gaynor fizzed around the half forward line. The girls at the back stood firm. Emily O’Shea and Dearbhla Loughran met every attack. And the Bould Ould warrior, Ciara Mullin picked and pulled on every sliothar within reach, while Ruth Lenihan gave an astonishing display of midfield energy and class! Leah Ford has to be the classiest of the class in goalkeeping Land. What a performance by the girls. 4 points to spare at the end. The girls are our featured photo this week!
Fógra: We all want to extend our sympathies to our u13 coach, Greg Skelton and our u13 stalwart, Grainne Skelton on the death, at the weekend of her granddad. It takes a special heart to line out for the club, the day after their loss. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.
U15s:Naomh Mearnog 4-15 Skerries Harps 1-6
On Sunday 10th, the Naomh Mearnóg team took on Skerries Harps in the u15 league at Pairc Mearnóg. Since we had lost the corresponding away fixture earlier in the year, there was a real determination to make amends and secure the two points.
Playing against a strong breeze in the first half, the Mearnog girls were quickly off the mark with well taken points from Ciara Holland and Claire McGowan respectively. However, Skerries were not going to go down easily and picked off some well taken points of their own to leave the scores tied at two points apiece early in the game. The turning point of the first half arrived when Ciara Holland fired to the net followed quickly by a well taken goal by Ellen Daly to leave Mearnog’s with a comfortable lead of eight points at half time.
Playing with the aid of the breeze in the second half, our girls really opened up. Wave after wave of Mearnog attacks left Skerries reeling and well taken scores from Leah McElroy, Maria Kelly and our two dynamic midfielders (Claire and Ciara) meant that the end result was beyond doubt midway through the second half. There were some lovely end to end passing moves, most culminating in scores. One of the most pleasing aspects of the result was the meanness of our defence who only conceded a consolation goal right at the death. Nisha Crosbie was rock solid in goal and was well protected by all of the defence for whom Hannah Collins, Ella Griffin and Megan O’Connor gave stand out performances.
The result leaves us in second place in the table heading into our final game before the summer break against Cuala next Sunday.