Posted March 9, 2016
……..And here’s to a Musical Mother’s Day!
The first weekend of March saw competitive action for four of our juvenile camogie teams and our girls brought home some notable hides from their early spring hunting.
U10s: Our u10 girls were not exactly dormant for the Winter break. They had hit the training field in January and worked beaverishly at their skills in preparation for the new season which began for them on Saturday afternoon last. Signs by, they hit the turf (or, more accurately, the astro turf!) running on Saturday afternoon last in Páirc Mearnóg. The all -weather outing suited them to a tee. Direct hurling, with all eyes on goal, yielded dozens of Mearnóg goals in their Go Games fixture with Erins Isle. It is truly wonderful to take an hour on the sideline watching these girls. They know no fear, and play with abandon and some style! Aided by a smattering of u9s (and thank you girls for guesting on Saturday last!) they romped through their fixtures. The splash of March brightness was added to by the new mentors bibs. Not your conventional “bainisteoir” bibs, but a Sean Whelan special for our mentors, in the form of Hi Vis jackets. Rumour has it that the mentors will complete the outfit with hard hats for the next home game.
U11s: Our U11s (pictured above in relaxed mode after their games) hosted Raheny and Erins isle for their Go Games Cluster blitz on Sunday last. We fielded two very strong teams in our 11 a side matches, with the added attraction of a mini sevens pitch. It was great to see the familiar faces from Raheny bouncing in the gate. Isles were a pleasure to host too, playing a lovely brand of camogie. But our girls reaped the benefits of 6 weeks of Gormanstown indoor camogie. Their first touch was crisp. Sliothar in hand , sliothar on floor….same result. An modh díreach! Direct, first time hurling is the Sunday special for these girls! Carvery hurling every time, with large helpings of goals and spectacular points for gravy.
Fógra: Lest we forget, congratulations to these u11 girls, pictured above with their well earned medals and certificates presented last week at the conclusion of the Gormanstown 6 week indoor camogie tournament.
U12s: Our U12 girls had their first fixture of the year at home to Oliver Plunketts on Saturday afternoon last. We fielded two teams and each played out lively encounters against their Oliver Plunketts rivals. We met well drilled outfits, but weeks of preparation by our girls told its own story and the girls stayed the course against crack Plunketts outfits. The u12 stalwarts shone and the guesting u11s played a starring role. Check out the post match photo above. All of the girls are delighted with the added assistance of the senior camogie girls at some of the training sessions and a special thank you to Killian Foran who has made a major contribution at training sessions over the last year.
U13s: Oh Happy Days! Sing it out folks. Our U13s made their Division 1 debut on Sunday morning last. It’s hard to believe that it’s 5 years since this crew graduated from Nursery. It’s that long ago, girls, that it’s even called the “Academy” by some in this day and age. See, girls, it’s not just your mentors who are pushing on!
Boy, have these girls hit high standards since then. Erins Isle came to Portmarnock on Sunday morning for the first round of Division 1 league fixtures. But, in the (less than) immortal words of Bono and BB King, our girls “did what they did before Isles came to town”. A Winter’s worth of practising came home to roost. They hooked, they blocked, they harried, they hassled. Sliothars broke from rucks, and our girls pounced, sliothar in hand, delivering first time balls to hyper forwards. The scores took time to come on the full size pitch. Two hard earned points were followed by a goal for the home team before the half time whistle. At the break, we lead by 1-2 to 0-0. Lauren McCullagh, in goals, stood firm to early second half pressure from Isles. Then our girls “hit the diff”, and there was no coming back for the Finglas girls. Powerful displays by Orlaith McGarry, Orlaith Kiernan, and Ailbhe Crean-Lynch. 2 more sublime goals and 3 peachy points for Mearnóg completed the scoring. Music to the ears of the watching band of mams (and dads) on Mother’s Day!