2018 U14 Camogie Feile Weekend Report

posted 4 May 2018, 00:28 by Skerries Harps
It was an early start on Saturday morning, when the Skerries Harps U14 Camogie Feile team met at the Harps clubhouse, to begin their Feile weekend. Who would have thought, that they would be the Division 4 Feile Camogie champions over 30 hours later.

Since there is insufficient numbers to have an U14 Camogie team, the Feile team comprised of 12 girls playing on the U15 and 8 girls playing on the U13 teams.

On a warm Saturday, the girls travelled to Commercials Hurling and Camogie Club, who were brilliant hosts. After the parade and national anthem, they went straight into their first match at 10am against Naomh Peregrines. Kila Butler captained the team. It was a very nervous and tight first half, with no score on the board for both teams. Skerries girls played the second half a much more composed team, and won the game 1-3 to 0-0, including some great scores from Hannah McGinnis and Ellen Gilmore.

The next match started about 1.30pm against Naomh Jude’s. Since, it was a group of three, both teams knew before the match started, that they were through to a semi-final. Leah Beggs lead out the team. Skerries Harps girls stepped up again in their confidence, ability and play. With Cara Gilbride, Grace El Shamy and Rebecca Fischer doing a fantastic job in defence, very little got past them. Then when Megan Frazer and Niamh Finn hit home a few well taken goals, Skerries Harps won the match 5-3 to 1-0.

All the girls were getting better and better as the day went on, and when it came to 3.30pm to play their semi-final, I don’t think that any team was going to stand in their way. Alex Ward and Hannah O’Sullivan dominated the centre, and got plenty of sliotars in to the forwards. The forwards were on form and with some fantastic scores from Keela Fehily, Tilly Frazer, Brianna Bunker and Mia Rice. The Skerries girls beat Naomh Padraig 9-6 to 0-1, to win the semi-final. The Feile final the following day, was the girls reward.

That evening, the mother of two girls on the team, Suzanne Frazer, took the team for a swim at the Captains, to revitalise their bodies.

Sunday arrived, another glorious day, especially for a Camogie Feile final, at Peregrines. Skerries Harps girls were up against Naomh Jude’s again. Skerries had joint captains for this match, which were Hannah O’Sullivan and Aisling O’Reilly, both having their birthday that day. Skerries played with the breeze in the first half. A great start by all the Skerries players, they were winning their battles throughout the pitch. With Kila Butler and Ciara Gallagher playing some fantastic camogie in front of Jude’s goal, Skerries were leading 2-1 to 0-1 at half time. Second half was very different, Jude’s used the breeze, and scuffled hard. With all the pressure now on the backs, the Skerries goal keeper, Emma McGowan had to make some critical saves. Aimee Murphy, Robyn Brereton and Aisling O’Reilly were outstanding in defence. However, with all the pressure on the Skerries girls, Judes got a goal and then a point. Skerries Harps lead was reduced to just 2 points, for the last 5 minutes. The girls fought hard and their resilience shone through, and were delighted to hear the final whistle, winning the 2018 Division 4 Camogie Feile final 2-1 to 1-2. There were fantastic celebrations all round.

Leah Beggs after playing a brilliant game of camogie, got player of the match. Skerries two joint captains made their speeches, after accepting the winning plaque. It was then time for the winning team to party.

They entered Skerries and drove through the town, in a convoy of blue hanging everywhere, horns blasting, to the sound of ‘We are the champions’. Back to the clubhouse for the party, and where the girls received their winning gold medals, from the Juvenile Chairman, Martin Kenny.

The mentors, Noel, Ian and Eileen, would like to thank everyone involved. The U15 & U13 camogie mentors for their assistance, the 2018 Feile fundraising committee and all the parents for supporting this, KMR catering, Peter Farmer and Michelle Moore for all their correspondences, Maura Beggs for the photography, our water girl Robyn Buckley, parents, family and fellow Skerries Harps supporters who attended Commercials and Peregrines, and for their support messages.

To our 2018 Camogie Feile champions, for their attitude and commitment to a fantastic sport.   Every one of the 20 girls played their part over a long weekend, to ensure that they came home a winning team. They were absolutely brilliant Skerries Harps ambassadors, on and off the pitch.    Well done girls, you were all superb and keep playing camogie.