Under-15 squads in blitz action
Kilkenny was a very busy place for Wexford camogie teams on Saturday.
Our Senior team was very unlucky to lose the All-Ireland Senior championship semi-final to Galway with an extra late, late pointed '45. The loudest cheerleaders in Nowlan Park, with their constant chant of 'Wexford, Wexford, Wexford', were the 30 members of the Purple and Gold teams from the Under-15 development squads.
They had departed Wexford at 7.30 a.m. to participate in the All-Ireland Under-15 blitz which was played at two different venues. The Purple team went to Clara, while the Gold team travelled on to the new grounds of James Stephens.
The Purple team had a terrific struggle against Cork in their first game before facing a very strong Kilkenny Black team, who were the eventual overall winners of the 'A' competition.
Clare provided the opposition in the third and final game which Wexford won.
Four girls bravely played in this game, in spite of carrying injuries received against Cork and Kilkenny, as there were no substitutes to call on.
The Purple team which was managed by Ger Redmond and Stephenie Curtis was: Tara Murphy, Mackenzie O'Leary, Katherine Conroy, Emma Sweeney, Rita Doyle, Nora Higgins, Imogen Fanning, Orla Fortune, Emma Sinnott, Aisling Halligan, Hannah Kehoe, Sinéad Reck, Saoirse Kenny, Kate Devereux and Aideen Murphy.
Meanwhile, over in James Stephens G.A.A. complex, the Gold team played four back-to-back games in quick succession. Kilkenny Amber, Down, Meath and Dublin Azure Blue provided the opposition.
Again there were no substitutes, so every girl played the entire four games. They too acquitted themselves with pride and there were 15 very tired girls at the end.
When they were re-united with their friends in Nowlan Park, they cheered on their Senior colleagues with gusto.
The Gold team, managed by Denis Lambert and Geraldine Curtis, was: Lauren Sinnott, Molly Power, Shannon Burns, Sarah O'Dowd, Chloe Mythen, Orla Byrne, Kate Miller, Jess Howlin, Grace O'Halloran, Jamie Egan, Kayleigh Furlong, Rachel Power, Aoife Fielding, Mikaela Lanigan and Cora Doyle.
Thanks to all the girls for their dedication, hard work and good fun and a special thank you to the parents who drove the girls to training every Saturday and supported them at the various blitzes.
They have been great ambassadors for Wexford camogie and we are very proud of them.