Draw against Ballyboden finishes off a great year for under 14's 2012-11-28 16:30:00

Draw against Ballyboden finishes off a great year for under 14 Division 1 Camogie Girls

After a closely fought game against Ballyboden (they always are against Ballyboden), St Brigids finished off an excellent year with a 1-6 to 2-3 draw and ended second in the Division 1 league after a very, very competitive year. Victory isnt all about finishing first and it was a year of near misses for this group of girls. 

A late goal from Lucan in the Dublin Division 1 Feile semi-final saw them narrowly lose out on a final spot. An epic final group game against Ballyboden saw them just miss out on the All-Ireland Div 1 Feile semi-final. A very strong championship group campaign and a gritty win against Ballyboden in the semi-final saw them through to the Div 1 championship final only to be beaten at the final hurdle for the second year running by a strong Lucan Sarsfields team.

All of the girls made great progress this year. There was a marked improvement in their skill levels, support play and decision making when under pressure and they were extremely competitive in every single match they played. There is also a great spirit and camaraderie in the group and they dug deep and fought for every single ball when their backs were against the wall in key matches.
The team could not have made so much progress this year without the active participation of many of the under 13 team who were an integral part of the under 14 setup. 

Indeed, the strength of the entire team is evident in the fact that no fewer than 11 of the girls represented St Brigids on Dublin county development squads this year. The coaching/mentoring staff of Brendan Skehan, Bernard Tully, Stephanie O Reilly, John Bolger, Mark Griffin and Lar Wade who joined the set up this year are committed to developing all aspects of the girls game whilst ensuring that they remain together as a unit and continue to enjoy competing at the highest level possible.

Special thanks to Margaret Griffin who stepped back this year to focus on the younger girls' Development. Margaret brought this group of girls from a very young age to where they are now, a group of talented young ladies brimming with the confidence to succeed.  Thanks also to all the parents who were so actively involved in Feile and in supporting the team throughout the entire year.

We?re all looking forward already to 2013.

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