Posted May 28, 2015
Our camogie girls made the most of the good weather last weekend. Great displays of summertime camogie by our u9s, 10s, 12s, 13s and 14s.
U9s: Our U9s hosted Raheny on Sunday morning. With lots of our crew on Holy Communion duties for the weekend, we fielded one team in Páirc Mearnóg, and made the most of a glorious Sunday morning. The girls hurled brilliantly and rattled the nets continually! Well done girls! The girls are pictured above, models of pure contentment after a great morning’s work.
U10’s: Our U10s played host to Lucan Sarsfields on Saturday afternoon. Down numbers due to Communions, we fielded several u9s who impressed us all hugely. Three Mearnóg teams, on three adjoining pitches, ensured an all action Saturday afternoon. Lucan brought over 30 girls, and we matched the numbers and hit the heights with tremendous all around displays. Our girls sizzled sliothars across the turf in the afternoon sun. Rising to the challenge of strong Lucan teams, our girls pulled, picked, and pumped in the goals and points to their hearts content. Another great afternoon for our girls. Pure class! Catch the Riverdance poses for our photo above!
On Saturday the U12 camogie team travelled to Russell Park for matches against Naomh Brid. In blistering sunshine Naomh Mearnóg fielded two teams.
The Blue Team got into action straight away and within 15 minutes were dominant in all positions and lead by 4 goals at half-time. Despite the heat, the girls continued to push ahead in the second half and finished the game with a convincing win of 6-2 to 1-1. A true team performance.
For the Red team it was a game of two halves. The girls were feeling the heat in the first half and only lead by a point at the break. The news that the Blue Team were powering ahead on the other pitch and the ‘carrot’ of an ice-cream from Darren at half-time did the trick and the Red Team flew into action in the second half. Within 10minutes the Red Team had powered into a 2 goal lead and kept up the momentum until the final whistle with a final score-line of 5-4 to 1-1.
Darren duly provided ice-cream for all players and we all headed north on the M50 very happy.
U13s: Our U13 girls continued their strong recent performances, away to Castleknock on Sunday morning. We pinged over two early points and held a lead until mid way through the first half. A very strong Casteknock crew roared back in to the game and went to the break with a four point lead. We tried and tried to peg back the lead. A couple of great saves by the Castleknock goal keeper. A number of late frees which we dropped in to try the get the late saving goal. Goal mouth scrambles, but no late goal for our girls, to save the day! But a great and valiant performance, by a tightly knit gang of girls.
U14s: Our U14s finished off their pre summer campaign with a great performance last week. Special report by our pitchside correspondents below!
Naomh Mearnóg 3-9 Cuala 4-3
On Sunday week last the Naomh Mearnog u15 Camogie team took on Cuala at Pairc Mearnóg in a league encounter. Currently lying in second place in the league table, a win was vital to maintain the Mearnóg challenge going into the summer break.
There was a strong breeze blowing down pitch 6 and our girls were facing into it in the first half. We got off to the worst possible start with the concession of two quick goals but Ciara Holland tagged a couple of points to keep the scoreboard ticking over. However another goal and a couple of points from Cuala left the score at 3-3 to four points to Cuala at halftime leaving our girls with a mountain to climb going into the second half.
No better girls to climb mountains, despite the concession of yet another goal, our girls quickly got their scoring boots on and really started to dominate the game. Tara Daly and Maria Kelly started to make inroads up front and with Ciara Holland driving on from centrefield, the team started to eat into the Cuala lead. With ten minutes remaining, the sides were level and the game was in the balance.
With our defence now having got on top of the Cuala attack, our midfield and forwards picked off three superb points to leave the final score at 3-9 to 4-3 in favour of the home team.
This result leaves us in second place going into the summer break with lots to play for in the Autumn