Div3 Camogie Feile, hosted by OP/ER

posted 1 May 2014, 03:16 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 1 May 2014, 03:23 ]

The joint leaders of Div 3 in the u14 league, met early on Saturday morning 26/4 at the ballast pit for their journey to the Navan road to partake with another 7 clubs in the div3 Dublin Camogie Feile. All were raring to go, and full of confidence from our league performances ytd. We put the call out for a gazebo, so we could set up base by Pitch1 were we were to play all 3 group games. Wally McMahon (member of the famous minor football team from 25 yrs ago, sorry wally) came up trumps, and pitched the family Tent for us. This was a godsend on a wet and blustery day, as it enabled us protect the multitude of goodies/food that the ladies u14 camogie committee organised, spearheaded by Emer Corcoran, Linda O’Mahony & Paula Hanratty.

The 1st match was against the hosts, who actually compete at u15. It was a very tight game, with the nerves definitely showing, more so on the mentors and supporters faces. It ended 0-2 to 0-1 for OP/ER. Not a disaster, as they had beaten us in 2013, and all we now needed was to win the next 2 games to progress to the semi-finals.

With 50 minutes to the next game, we got sustenance into the girls, a light warm up, and took to the field against NH Peregrines. They had some skill full players, and it was a ding dong battle, with a draw being the end result 3-0 to peregrines 1-6.

Management were a bit at odds as to we’re we now lay, but as score difference wasn’t the arbiter, if we won our last game v’s Bray Emmet's we would meet NH Peregrine again in a playoff for the semi-final, if they lost to OP/ER. CONFUSED? So were we!

Anyhow, all guns blazing, and with plenty of protein & carbs inside them, we sprinted to a 3-0 to 0-0 lead at halftime of the final group game. All was good in the camp.

2nd half started, the rain bellowed down, with a strong wind into our faces. Their talented centre half back sent 2 long range rockets into the back of the net, and with 5 minutes to go, the big skerries support were starting to get nervous. Jason Herbert confirmed that NH peregrines were being beaten by OP/ER, so if we could hold out for the final 4 minutes, we were into a playoff.

Unfortunately, and as much as the girls tried, the driving wind, and long day couldn’t stop peregrines scoring the equaliser with 2 minutes to go. The Harps girls tried in vain in those last few moments to get the winner, but it wasn’t to be our day.

We now need to lift ourselves up, as we have a cup final league game against Ballyboden St. Endas to decide winners/runners up Saturday week.

It was an amazing experience for the girls and supporters, as OP/ER put on a royal show. Many thanks must go to them, in hosting 8 clubs! And making the day so memorable. Their famous son, Alan Brogan, was there to watch his relative play.

Thank you to the many supporters; the Hanrattys, the O’Mahony’s, the McMahon’s, the Ensors, the Corcorans, the Herberts, the O’Connor Flanagans, the Murphys, the McNicholas’s, the Buckley’s, the Beggs & Leneghans. Not to mention Peter Farmer and Denis Murphy.

Team - Aisling Leneghan*, Roisin O’Connor Flanagan*, Caoimhe Fichtner*,  Emer O’Mahony,  Kate O’Kelly, Chloe McNicholas, Orla Corcoran, Laura Dooley, Honor Gielty, Amy Hanratty, Lynn Murphy, Lara Sheridan, Polly Mae Dempsey, Abbie Beggs, Chloe Renaud, Alix Buckley, Shona McMahon, Naoise Ensor, , Hannah Coleman & Claudia Herbert

Mentors – Stephen Dooley, Joe Corcoran, Tara Fithcner and Tara Magee