Gorey collect Leinster title
Senior 'B' camogie success
Gorey Community School became the Leinster Schools Senior 'B' camogie champions for 2015 on Saturday when they defeated Banagher College at the Johnstown Fenians grounds in Kilkenny.
Gorey CS 3-10 Banagher College 1-4
They were not helped by the fact that six of the team had to play an important football match the previous day.
Banagher, who had a physical advantage, started well and were two points up after just seven minutes. Gorey started to settle and a well-taken goal helped to calm the nerves.
They began to play an open, stylish brand of camogie and they were imposing themselves in every position. At half-time they held a comfortable lead (2-6 to 1-2).
The second-half continued as the first had ended. It was one-way traffic with the Gorey girls constantly attacking the Banagher rearguard.
The Banagher goalkeeper made some brilliant saves and there were other missed chances also, when a pass to a better-placed colleague might have been the wiser option, or a pass was given when a shot would have been on.
However, this was a terrific team effort, in which everyone played their part and they ran out worthy winners by 3-10 to 1-4. They were led by an outstanding captain in Caithríona O'Brien at midfield.
Doireann Kavanagh at centre-back also played very well. Ellen Roche at centre-forward was outstanding, as was Hayley Murphy at full-forward.
On their campaign to becoming champions, Gorey accounted for Coláiste Bríde (Enniscorthy), Borris Vocational School and F.C.J. Bunclody. In the semi-final, Tullamore were conquered on a 1-10 to 1-1 scoreline.
Their mentors, Mary Leacy, Muireann McCarthy and Fionán Casey, were delighted with their charges and will no doubt have them well prepared for their All-Ireland semi-final which will be played on St. Valentine's Day, February 14, against an opposition and at a venue that are not yet known.