Camogie Feile 2015 great success

posted 12 Apr 2015, 06:02 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 12 Apr 2015, 15:20 ]
From 7.30 Saturday morning help arrived to complete the preparations for the Harps hosting of the Division 2 Feile Na nGael, with the pitches, clubhouse and refreshment tent being readied.

With the sun shining teams from Ballinteer St Johns, Castleknock, Faughs/Celtic, Na Fianna, Roundtowers Clondalkin, Thomas Davis and St Vincents started arriving before 9. 

As the 10.30 start time approached the teams gathered outside the clubhouse in their new gear, and led by a piper paraded around the pitch with club flags and banners adding yet more colour to the occasion.

The for the competition the teams were split into 2 groups of 4.  With Skerries in Group A were Ballinteer, Na Fianna and Thomas Davis.  There would be 3 group matches and then the top 2 from each group would play out the semi finals, the winners would compete in the final on Sunday in O’Toole Park. 

As hosts Skerries were first to play on the main pitch, the opposition Ballinteer St Johns.  Each match in the group stages would last 15mins a half and Ballinteer came out fast quickly knocking in 3 scores.  Ballinteer continued to control the first half and got a couple more scores. When half time arrived the Skerries girls regrouped.  Having got rid on any nerves they went out and raised their game, however they could not claw back Ballinteers lead and when the final whistle sounded the score was 3-3 v 0-1 to Ballinteer. Whilst this game had been going on Na Fianna and Thomas Davis had been playing out a draw on Townparks pitch.

Group B matches followed and during the break the girls and mentors made use of the dressing room and grabbed some fruit and drinks and talked about the next game.

So next up Na Fianna, clearly the nerves were gone as the girls put in a much better display pretty much dominating the game hitting the cross bar and forcing a few good saves from the Na Fianna keeper.  At the end of the match Skerries had won 1-1 v 0-1, and with Ballinteer beating Thomas Davis, were now 2nd in the group and playing as they have been all year. 

The final group game was against Thomas Davis and if Skerries won it would make a semi final.  Right from the start the girls got stuck in to the opposition competed hard for every ball and displaying some great skills.  This display deserved a win and that is what the girls achieved 1-4 v 1-0 and a place in a semi final.  So who would be the opposition?  After all the group matches had been completed Group A was topped jointly by Skerries and Ballinteer, both with 4 points and St Vincents and Faughs/Celtic topped Group B with 5.  After a discussion amongst the head mentors of the 4 teams it was agreed that a toss of coins would decide who played who and on which pitch.  The upshot of this was a semi final between Skerries and St Vincents on the main pitch.

So the girls were asked to go and play their hearts out once again .  And they did exactly that battling for every ball and displaying some more fantastic skills.  Vincents though got the better of the first half and led at half time. At the start of the second half Vincents came out and got a couple more of scores. The response from the Skerries girls was immense winning more 50/50 ball and forcing mistakes from Vincents.  The considerable home support responded to this raising the noise levels and getting right behind the girls. At this stage Skerries were camped in the Vincents half and clawing back the scores.  At the final whistle it wasn’t quite enough with the score Skerries 2-4 v Vincents 4-1.  As they did earlier in the year the girls had outplayed Vincents but come out on the wrong end of the result (although by a much closer score this time) and as the girls and mentors shook hands at the end of the match the Vincents contingent expressed their relief and complimented the girls play.

This friendly and mutual respect was seen throughout the day which from comments from the teams, mentors and supports was a great success.  This is the fist of 4 feiles Harps will host in the next few weeks and was only made possible to the dedication and selflessness of a huge number of people connected to the club not just on the day but in the weeks of preparation. There are too many to name individually but some worthy of particular mention are Gordon Kehoe who headed up the organising committee and with Terry Gormley was there early on Saturday for the day making sure things ran smoothly, the ladies in the refreshment tent Caoimhe, Aisling, Olive and Fiona (amongst others) serving tea coffee and sandwiches to the 200 players and at least that in supporters - over 800 cups were used.  The families of the Skerries girls for providing the sandwiches to feed everyone, no one had an excuse to go hungry.  The other mentors and coaches of the u14 camogie panel, Dave, Jason and Caroline who worked hard with the girls in the lead up to the day and physio Orna who joined us on the day as team physio. 

The support on the day was tremendous so thanks to all of you who came down to cheer the girls on but the biggest thanks has to be to the girls, the stars of the show for a fantastic display of camogie and for being the best they could be. Now girls lets go after the league.