Senior Camogie team retain A Championship status
After the magnificent achievement of winning the Senior B Camogie Championship in 2015, BSJ entered the Senior A Championship for the first time in the club’s history.
Round robin games against Na Fianna, Erins Isle and Naomh Mearnog saw BSJ finishing 3rd of 4 in Group 1, just missing out on a semi-final place after a disappointing loss to Mearnog.
All focus then turned to Sunday 25th Sep in Marlay when BSJ took on Naomh Brid in a vital encounter – the winner would qualify for the Senior A Shield final, the loser would go into a relegation playoff.
Sunday morning was bright and breezy and it was brilliant to see the Junior Camogie team win well against Finians (see below) as the Seniors prepared for battle against the experienced N Brid team – including a number of Dublin inter-county players.
The ball was thrown in and N Brid immediately scored a point – a nervy start! Thankfully BSJ went straight down the pitch and got a free – Breda levelled it after 2 minutes. Grace and Amy tacked on a point each but N Brid pulled a point back…15 minutes gone – only a point in it.
N Brid where thundering into everything but BSJ didn’t take a backward step – BSJ players were getting on top in all areas of the field and after another Grace point, Amber found the back of the net and we were 6 up. N Brid scored another point but 2 more frees from Breda and another BSJ point saw BSJ lead 1-8 to 0-3 at half time – just reward for incredible workrate and skill.
N Brid were fired up after the break but BSJ took the initiative and fired over a point before a second goal was scored. The heavens opened but it didn’t make any different to the BSJ players – Karen and the full backs (Aisling, Fiona and Louise) were resolute, the half backs (Naoise, Breda and Siobhan) continually got on the ball and cleared their lines. The tireless midfield of Niamh and Roisin pushed on, all the forwards (Louise, Aoife, Jane, Amy, Grace, and Amber) either scored or set up scores and with incredible support from Sadhbh, Eleanor, Sophie, Siobhra (injured) and Maria (working), this truly was a complete team performance.
N Brid ran in a late goal and point but BSJ won 2-11 to 1-4 – “We’re here to stay!”.
Junior Camogie team through to Championship final
There was much at stake when the senior 7 girls took to the field on Sunday morning last against St Finians in Marlay Park. The prize for the winner was a top table finish and a guaranteed spot in the county final. The losing team would face a semi-final play-off which both teams were hoping to avoid.
The Ballinteer girls showed quickly why they’ve gone unbeaten in the championship so far. Early scores settled them and they looked in control as they played with the wind in the first half. Scores began to tally up and the girls went in at half time 3-5 to 1-1 to the good.
St Finians began to pull back in the second half and took their scores well. However the Ballinteer girls held strong and began to pull away with goals in quick succession. The game drew to a close with Ballinteer 5-7 to 2-3 to the good.
A championship final awaits where BSJ be hoping to go one better than their 2nd place league finish earlier this year.
An incredible day for BSJ Camogie – a Senior A Shield final on Sunday 9th Oct and Junior Championship final on Sunday 30th Oct to look forward to, with many of the underage Camogie teams competing at the latter stages of their Championships.