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Two Mungret camogie teams at U10 and U12 level made the trip to Newtownshandrum last Saturday 14 June for a blitz. The Under 10s gave a great account of themselves in their matches. First up, against the hosts, they battled hard only to be edged out at the end of a good performance. We next took on Milford and finished up drawing 2-2 each after a great game. You could see the girls building up a head of steam, and won their last match against Effin very well indeed. The team that travelled were; Dervala Smith, Amy Connolly, Eva Kiely, Aela Gleeson, Ella Page, Ellie Mulqueen, Sarah Butler, Leah Nolan, Erin O’Connell, Grace O’Keefe, Amy Connolly, Zoe Page, Emma Fitzgerald, Ciara O’Keefe, Aoife Long.
The under 12s were travelling without many players who were committed to a county blitz, and were always going to be up against it playing very strong teams in Newtown and Milford. Although we lost both matches the girls battled on to the very end, and were improving right to the final whistle. Dervala Smith came across from the under 10s and deserves great credit for a completely fearless performance alongside her older companions and opponents. Casey O’Brien was injured early on but would not hear of taking a break. She went into goals, never having played there before, but might not be let out again, such was the quality of her performance. Niamh Herbert was our first goalie, from where she made one stunning save to deny an inrushing Newtown forward a certain goal. Erica Long gave an exhibition of getting out ahead of her marker and caused lots of problems up front against Milford. Brona Byrne recovered from the after-effects of a courageous block-down and cleared some great ball, while Aoife Ryan also showed great fortitude to play on through the tears after shipping a nasty blow. Ciara Flahive and Tara Nealon gave great displays around the middle against far bigger opponents, while Jenny Lynch looked like a player whose touch got better with every play, particularly in terms of getting ball into hand. The highlight of the trip, however, was provided by Sophie O’Brien, who took a ball out to the wing, turned on a sixpence and dropped it straight over the bar for a score she’ll be telling the grandchildren about.
Thanks to all the players who travelled and the parents who took the time to travel and support. This was a great day out for these teams which will really stand to them as the develop further. Above all, thanks to Newtownshandrum for the invitation to travel and for providing such a friendly and hospitable welcome.
The under 12s are pictured below doing the Mungret “haka”.