Camogie u8/10’s match versus Erins Own 12th of April 2014
What an afternoon in White’s Cross GAA pitch today with our u8 & U10 camogie girls taking on Erins Own in their first match this season. These set of girls only set out last year to played camogie and learn all the skills to play the game and to catch up with kids who have been playing since they are 4 or 5 years of age. Last year these set of girls only played 3 games due to the set up of the club with registering and organizing insurance for the players. You can say those matches were down hearten as the opponents had experience on their side. Training also this year was interrupted with the weather not helping girls move on. We started out this afternoon just hoping the girls would get a hit of the ball and some experience but by god did the green and white colours shine through our girls today. All you could say was they did the club, coaches, parents and more importantly themselves very proud..
Our under 8 team consisting of Isabel Kelleher, Isabel Hyde, Sarah Keohane, Abbie Garde, Maggie O Shea, Kate Manley and Grainne Sneddon. there coach was Catherine O Shea.
This team showed no fear at all and got stuck in from the start taking on Erins Own head on. Our Youngest player Maggie O Shea took the role of goalie and she showed her worth by her great saves on the day, Abbie Garde and Kate Manley helped her out with some great blocking on the back line. Isabel Kelleher and Isabel Hyde kept the ball moving at all times in midfield not giving their opponents any chance to get the ball. Our forward line Grainne Sneddon and Sarah Keohane made great use of the ball by scoring most of the time.. Our girls were well pleased with themselves coming of the pitch after winning their first match out. We won’t report on the scoreline but no doubt if you ask one of the players they will gladly tell you.
Our under 10 girls consisting of Lilly O Riordan, Chloe Gaffney, Jessie Murphy, Teagan Collins, Rebecca Kelleher, Ellie Murphy, Courtney McCormack, Penny Cronin, Cliodhna Millard, Jill Casey, Bobbie O Connell and Olivia McCarthy. These 12 girls were outstanding on the day. They got stuck in at the start. our first half goalie Teagan Collins made some great saves causing a few problems for our opponents, she was supported very well with her defenders Lillie O Riordan, Chloe Gaffney and Rebecca Kelleher. Lillie’s long pucks in the air proved a great assets to get the ball out of the danger zone and Rebecca and Chloe never once ran away from the ball blocking at all cost even using their bodies once in awhile. Our midfield trio again worked very well together with penny Cronin,Jill Casey and Jessie Murphy. Jessie’s hard pull on the ball gave our forwards some great chances along with penny’s strength and capability in all parts of the field proved a great pair up with Jill really fitting in between the two snatching what balls came her way. Our forward line of Olivia McCarthy, Cliodhna Millard and Courtney McCormack made great use of the ball they received. Even though they didn’t score often there team wok was brilliant and no fear attitude having them fighting for every ball. Bobbie O Connell and Ellie Murphy could be found in any part of the field doing anything from blocking and pulling hard on the ball to get it where it was meant to go.
Our girls never say die attitude was outstanding all the way through the match with a goal at the end for their reward. Even though the scoreline was 4-2 to Erins own we couldn’t say White’s Cross girls were the losers. They set out at the start of the match to get stuck in and they never stop till the final whistle was blown. Our girls to us their coaches and their parents were the winners for showing great improvement and determination from last year. There is a great team in the making with these set of girls and great days out to be had in future.
It was a great afternoon up in White’s Cross and great credit must be given to Erins Own gaa for traveling up to us and giving our girls a great game. They also have some fine players on the way up, no doubt it wont be our last time meeting .