U16 Camogie Team Blitz Whitehall to Claim Championship Glory 2012-11-06 17:26:00

Standing: Ellen Maher, Hannah Connelly, Megan Delaney, Alex Griffin, Orna O Doherty, Arianne Delaney, Niamh Mc Carthy, Sophia Martin, Roisin O Doherty, Catherine Hegarty

Kneeling: Niamh O Neill, Celine O Brien, Niamh Mc Kenna, Katie Nyhan, Rachel Boyle, Sophie Lyons, Niamh Skehan, Ciara Griffin

U16s Camogie Championship Final

Saturdays win against Whitehall in Trinity Gales was the result of many months of preparation. The U16s have for the past four years had difficulty getting points from Whitehall. It was only this year that girls beat them away in the league for the first time since 2009, even in that game Ciara Hayes came away with a broken finger. Unfortunately for Whitehall, Brigids had a very difficult task to reach the championship final which gave them more match time and championship experience.

The semi final fixture was away to Faughs Celtic who were league and championship contenders. The first encounter was a fierce battle and with four minutes to go the game was abandoned after Brigids half back Sophia Martin clashed with an attacking Faughs midfielder and sustained a whiplash injury. Brigids were seven points ahead but such is the competitiveness of this group that the game had to be replayed. After a cautionary trip to Tallaght Hospital, Sophia was discharged and underwent treatment at home. In the replay without Sophias presence the girls had to dig deep to clinch a win, it was all square at half time but in the end the Brigids girls won by eight points.

Saturdays Championship against Whitehall was a must win for the team as they have their sights set on winning both the league and the championship. It was a fantastic display of team play from the off. Playing into a stiff blustery wind and with a low winter sun in their eyes the Brigids girls took command of the game from the throw in. Scores from Alex Griffin, Niamh O Neill and Sophie Lyons notched up a first half score of 3-3. Whitehalls Eilise O Grady and Hannah Brunton worked hard to penetrate the formidable Brigids defence to score 1-4 for their first half tally. In the second half with the wind and sun at their backs Niamh Mc Kenna started an onslaught that Celine O Brien, Alex Griffin, Sophie Lyons, Rachel Boyle, Katie Nyhan and Niamh O Neill joined in on.

The Brigids defence let nothing by, Niamh Mc Carthy, Arianne Delaney and Catherine Hegarty halted any advance by Whitehall. Niamh Skehan kept a clean sheet in the second half and pulled off a superb save to stop any lift in Whitehall comeback hopes. Ciara Griffin and her U14 companion Megan Delaney worked like a fiddle and bow and decimated the opposing players. Sophia Martin played a magnificent half forward role feeding plenty of clever ball into space. Super subs Orna O Doherty, Grace Bennett, Roisin O Doherty and Hannah Connelly came out to ensure that the winning score of 10-11 to 1-4 made sure that the double was most certainly on.

Mentors Eugene O Neill, Pat Martin, Eleanor Mc Kenna and Barry Lyons put a big emphasis on team play, fitness and hurling skill, the essential elements in building a championship and leagues winning side. Without the support of the parents the girls could not achieve the success they enjoy. The mentors really appreciated and would like to thank the parents, siblings, relatives and club members who gave their support at Saturdays final.  

St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15