Ballinteer St John’s Camogie B team for Féile na nGael – Ath Cliath put in a gutsy performance in the Division 6 competition at Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA Club on Saturday, April 28th.
They fell just short of qualifying for Sunday’s final, a couple of points making all the difference over the course of three games.
Unfazed at the prospect of facing hosts Ballyboden in the opener, BSJ took an early lead but were pegged back by half time. Some extra firepower from the St Enda’s bench proved all the difference, and the hosts were flattered by the final scoreline of 7-1 to 2-0.
Heads never dropped from BSJ and, in the second fixture, they took an early lead against Raheny scoring two goals in quick succession. Raheny pegged back a goal and St John’s replied sending the sliotar over the bar after a free. The referee ruled it out, however, on the grounds the free was indirect.
A sucker-punch came in the final minutes as Raheny levelled the score. It finished 2-0 apiece.
The final match saw BSJ again take an early lead. Players were giving their all, and exceptional teamwork and skills proved they were more than a match for a strong Castleknock side. Depending on results elsewhere, the chance of a final berth loomed as the teams went into the final minutes all square.
A harsh free was awarded against BSJ and Castleknock took their chance, winning in the end by a point: 3-3 to 2-7.
Mentors Tom Kiely, Ken Fleming and Ann O’Regan couldn’t have been prouder of the team, whose level of commitment was a credit also to Jim Holland who coached many of the girls from the earliest years in the BSJ nursery.
Team: Moya Quigley (captain), Nessa Hynan, Zara Nelson, Jodi Morrisey, Ailis Holland, Luisagh Guerrine, Elizabeth O’Regan-Murphy, Alix White, Megan Humphreys, Ella Kiely, Maude O’Connell, Sarah Fleming, Alanah Carey, Shauna Holland, Amy O’Reilly, Grace O’Kane, Realta Lattimore, Sophie Fearon, Hazel Grady, Ellie Kearns.