Under-15 blitz success
The glorious sunshine beamed down on the sunny south-east on Saturday morning as ten teams from seven counties descended on the Piercestown G.A.A. complex in south Wexford.
They were participating in the inter-county Under-15 camogie blitz, organised by the Wexford camogie development committee. The three pitches in St. Martin's G.A.A. grounds were excellently presented, the grass had been recently mowed, the lines were freshly marked and the flags were in position, so all was ready for a great day of camogie.
Two competitions were run simultaneously, with teams from Dublin 'A', Kilkenny 'A', Carlow and Wexford Purple playing on pitch one in the 'A' competition, while Dublin 'B', Kilkenny 'B', Meath, Laois, Kildare and Wexford Gold occupied pitches two and three in the 'B' competition.
Almost three hundred young girls played a total of 22 games of camogie and the fact that there wasn't a hitch throughout is a great credit to the hard work and dedication of the organising committee.
The games were played in a spirit of participation and inclusion, with all girls getting the opportunity to play, and every team was afforded 80 to 90 minutes of playing time, regardless of their skill levels. It is a great occasion for these girls as they represent their counties with pride.
They are all winners here regardless of whether they bring home a trophy or not.
Kilkenny 'A' faced Dublin 'A' in the final of the Cup competition, while Dublin 'B' and Laois contested the Shield final.
Both finals were closely-contested affairs and great credit is due to them all for the high standard of camogie played after a long day.
Kilkenny took the honours in the Cup final and Dublin 'B' won the Shield. Laois deserve a special mention for their contribution and they were very unlucky, as there was very little between them and Dublin 'B' in the end.
Wexford camogie is eternally grateful to Joe O'Brien of Joe O'Brien Tours, Wexford, who sponsored both trophies and also presented them to the winning teams.
Wexford camogie are very thankful to St. Martin's G.A.A. and camogie club for the use of their excellent facilities and to Liz Cullen and Deirdre Colfer.
A very attractive programme was produced, a copy of which was presented to each individual player. To the six referees who officiated we also say thank you.
The Wexford Under-15 development mentors, Ger Redmond, Denis Lambert , Stephenie Curtis and Geraldine Curtis, are full of praise for the effort and commitment of their squad and they will compete in their final blitz on Sunday in Kilkenny.
The panel was: Kate Devereux, Aideen Murphy (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown), Aoife Fielding, Mikaela Lanigan, Chloe Mythen (St. Ibar's/Shelmalier), Aisling Halligan, Cora Doyle, Emma Sweeney, Andrea Carley, Kayleigh Furlong (Glynn-Barntown), Lauren Sinnott, Sarah O'Dowd, Katie Roche (Oulart-The Ballagh), Rita Doyle, Grace O'Halloran, Catherine Conroy (Craanford-Monaseed), Hannah Kehoe, Tegan Frost, Sinéad Reck, Shannon Burns (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Rachel Power, Jamie Egan, Katie Roche (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy), Mackenzie O'Leary, Tara Murphy, Nora Higgins (Rathnure), Orla Byrne (Kilrush), Ciara Murphy (Cloughbawn), Molly Power (St. James'), Emma Sinnott, Jess Howlin (St. Mary's, Rosslare), Orla Fortune, Imogen Fanning (Kilmore), Saoirse Kenny, Kate Millar, Niamh Cousins, Aine Doyle (Naomh Eanna), Clodagh O'Leary (Duffry Rovers).