The White’s Cross Camogie team made their debut on the field at White’s Cross on Friday evening 13th September 2013. The pitch was buzzing with activity on the evening with a great show of supporters coming out to see history being made. This was the first White’s Cross camogie team and this was the first time a camogie game was played at White’s Cross pitch. The huge efforts of Marion Delaney and Catherine Monaghan over the past year in setting up and training this team are to be commended. The Juvenile Committee Chairman Mike O’ Flynn is also to be thanked for his great support in this initiative.
Watergrasshill Camogie team were invited to play against White’s Cross at White’s Cross pitch. 26 girls togged out in the green and white to represent White’s Cross. The girls did a great job and showed their skills and determination against an experienced Watergrasshill side. A great evening was had by all who attended and the night was finished off with teas and coffee and cakes for all. Thanks to all who donated these!
There were 3 teams fielded on the night namely the Green team, the White team and the Gold team. The following are reports on the games that were played.
The Green team
Panel: Lilly O Riordan, Ellie Murphy, Penny Cronin, Courtney McCormack, Clionadh Millard, Jill Casey, Rebecca Kelleher, Jessie Murphy, Teagan Collins, Chloe Gaffney, Abigail Collins,
The U 10 team team who have been training for the last few months came up against a strong and experienced Watergrasshill team. This did not dampen their determination. It took them a little time to get into the game with some great saves from Jessie Murphy in Goal. The defenders in the first half had a hard job as Watergrasshill were attacking well. Jill Casey, Courtney McCormack and Teagan Collins never gave up and fought for every ball. Rebecca Kelleher carried the ball down the line excellently every time she got the chance. The combination of Penny Cronin and Lilly O Riordan were outstanding in the forward line attacking at every opportunity. In the second half the girls were more aware of what was ahead of them and went out fighting. Ellie Murphy won some great ball in the midfield and Clionadh Millard was well able to sneak in past her player and take the ball. The Girls got a great lift when Lilly O Riordan score a goal. In this second half the back line was being attacked but Penny Cronin fought back by saving some great balls and her pucks in the air were superb. Jill Casey, Abigail Collins and Chloe Gaffney had the hard job of defending the back line but never gave up and got stuck in at every chance and marked their players very well. All the girls worked hard moving around the pitch fighting for every ball and hitting hard down the line when they could . Great credit must go to Jill, Rebecca and Chloe who only started camogie training the previous week and held their own in the match. It was a great first match, well done to all the players and a special thanks goes to Amy Turpin who referred the game on the night.
The White Team
Panel: Faye O Riordan, Abbey Monahan, Grainne Sneddon, Isobel Collins, Sarah Hayes, Kate Manley, Grace Kelleher
This team consisted of the Under 8 girl’s and they played very well against Watergrasshill. Yhere was great excitement running up to the game. Faye O’ Riordan and Isobel Collins played great in midfield getting the ball down regularly to the forwards. The forwards were not afraid to get stuck into the game and win the ball. Abbey Monahan and Kate Maney defended the back line brilliantly and hit the ball many times down the pitch. Grainne Sneddon, Sarah Hayes and Grace Kelleher were outstanding threatening the goal line regularly. All girls showed great heart and skill towards the strong Watergrasshill side. The team is to be commended as are their opponents Watergrasshill. A special thanks goes Jack O Driscoll who referred this game on the night.
The Gold Team
Panel: Jennifer Kelleher, Sarah Keohane, Abbey Pyne, Abbey Garde, Isobel Hyde, Sophie Mc Cabe & Isobel Kelleher..
The gold team played a great game of camogie showing off the new skills they have acquired over the past 3 months training. Sarah Keohane was outstanding in the back line clearing the ball well. Abbey Pyne and Abbey Garde really worked well together in the midfield passing the ball to each other and moving it forward. Up in the forward line Jennifer Kelleher and Isobel Hyde proved to be a great pairing , every chance they got they hit the ball straight for goal. The opponents Watergrasshill were a strong and experience team. Their girls were outstanding but were held up at times from scoring by our Sarah Keohane and Isobel Kelleher and WX’s goalie Sophie McCabe. All Whites Cross girls played extremely well in their first encounter and should be very proud of themselves. A special thanks to Michelle Whooley who refereed the game on the night.
Photos can be found here