Last weekend the U14 camogie team took part in the Dublin Feile. After a very exciting Saturday comprising four matches, we made it through to the Division 3 final on Sunday morning in O’Toole Park, Crumlin. Saturday began at the host’s venue, Thomas Davis. We played Thomas Davis, Crumlin and Naomh Barrog in the group stage and after some fine performances winning all three games without conceding a point we faced St. Vincents in the semi final. Our girls put in a stunning performance to win by 5-9 to 0-1. Our defence had been our most outstanding feature throughout the Feile with Naoise Irwin, Aisling Hayden, Laura Joye, Sadbh NicUilegoid, Grace McLoughlin and Isobel Cullen playing out of their skins to prevent our opponents from scoring.
We gathered in O’Toole Park on Sunday morning with tremendous support from families and club mentors. A large crowd were there to support each of the five divisional finals. We finally got ready to go up against Erins Isle in the final and it turned out to be a most nerve wracking and exciting game. After a goal from our leading goalscorer, Emma Johnson, we added a few more points from the excellent Amy Burke. At 1-3 to 0-1 we thought we were on our way to winning but a late goal from Erins Isle followed by a forty-five and suddenly with just two minutes to go there was only a point between us. Erins Isle had us on the rack but despite their excellent rally our stout defence once again served us well and we managed to hold out for the win. The girls (and mentors!) were overjoyed at the final whistle. At the prize giving Michelle Carey received the ‘player of the match’ award but I’m sure Michelle will admit that it was a team effort with everyone playing their part even those who did not get to play in the match. With a squad of twenty two including some U15 and U13 eligible players we really pulled together in the Feile and all the preparation for the tournament paid dividends for us in the end. We celebrated in the clubhouse afterwards and had supporting words from our Chairman, Peadar O’Shea on our success and what it means to the Club to have a win like this. I really hope our success in the Feile can lead us on to bigger and better things in the coming years. Hopefully all the girls will feel the benefits of this success and will stick to playing with us so that in a few years we will have strong, experienced adult players who know how to win! All the girls deserve a mention:
Freya Nathan, Aisling Hayden, Naoise Irwin, Laura Joye, Isobel Cullen, Sadbh NicUileagoid, Grace McLoughlin, Michelle Carey, Amy Burke, Aimee Burke, Niamh Carey, Siobhra Andrews, Laura White, Emma Johnson, Isobel Colleran, Emma Cuddihy, Francis Cleary, Megan Broe, Lilly Tracey, Aoife McEnaney, Sarah Meagher, Saoirse Mai Andrews and Derbhla Nolan.
Most importantly this success would not have been achieved without the input of a large number of people. As a team we are only as strong as the support from the volunteer work put in by everyone. So a big thank you to (forgive me if I miss anyone!):
Frank McEnaney and Tom MacUileagoid for sterling work on the training paddock and putting in the hours each week helping the girls to develop their skills and give their all on match days.
Kevin Carey, Sue McDonagh, Sinead Bennett for the strength and fitness training earlier in the year, definitely improved the girls fitness!
Chris Andrews for the photography at the Feile.
Sue McDonagh for being stand in medic.
Philip Browne and Dermot Quinn for the tips on preparation for Feile.
Gus from St. Peregrines, for facilitating us with a match the week before Feile. It really helped us get ready for the tournament.
Kevin Carey and Niall Joye for doing umpire all day Saturday.
The Feile fund raising committee, Jimmy Fearon, Paula Colleran , Sue McDonagh, Máire Uí Chianáin.
John Meagher, Peter O’Shea, Dermot Quinn and Denise Lannigan for helping out with making players available all year.
Whoever organised extra food at clubhouse (Sue for the pizzas!)
Sponsorship for the Feile jerseys???(They were an extra set from last year’s Féile)
Janice Burke for the tireless work on training rota.
Last but most definitely not least, all the parents who support us throughout the year. I hope you got as much satisfaction from the win as we did!
Now its back to the League and than the Championship! Lets hope we can go on to win these as well this year!
Thanks to all.
See some photos from the action below!