Wick­low do well in camogie blitz

Bray People - - Sport -

THE WICK­LOW County Camogie squad trav­elled to Ard­boe in east Ty­rone at the week­end to take part in the All-Ire­land spe­cial cham­pi­onship for what in camogie cir­cles are know as the “de­vel­op­ing coun­ties”.

Ex­pected in Ard­boe were Mon­aghan, Ca­van, Done­gal, Ty­rone and Wick­low al­though Done­gal failed to ma­te­ri­alise. When the league sec­tion of this group­ing was played in the spring, Wick­low fin­ished joint sec­ond in the round robin sec­tion and lost out on a place in the fi­nal af­ter a 40 me­tre free shoot-out. This time the aim as set out by trainer, Liz O’Donoghue, was to reach the fi­nal di­rectly.

Ty­rone, en­joy­ing a mag­i­cal sea­son, had also taken the Ul­ster Cham­pi­onship in mid sum­mer and were Wick­low’s first op­po­nents on Satur­day. Wick­low blazed into them, know­ing it was im­por­tant to make an im­pres­sion in this game. Al­though Wick­low were ahead at half-time, Ty­rone upped the ante in the sec­ond-half and took the points. Next up was Mon­aghan, who had beaten Ca­van in their first game. Wick­low opened this time with a well-taken goal from Pamela Ma­her. A fine per­for­mance pro­duced a 1-4 to 0-5 victory. Go­ing into round three Wick­low knew that a win v. Ca­van was vi­tal to en­sure an ap­pear­ance in their first All-Ire­land fi­nal at any level. They gave it ev­ery­thing and were duly re­warded - victory by 0-8 to 0-5 and its was time to face Ty­rone again.

A panel of 25 had played hard through­out the day and were un­for­tu­nate to come up against a Ty­rone team who, hav­ing been alerted to the dan­ger posed by Wick­low ear­lier in the day, took no chances.

As real cham­pi­ons do, they found a few more gears and with a top class dis­play took the ti­tle and the Maire Ui Chin­neide Cup.

Panel: Stacey Byrne (Knockananna), Kel­lie Byrne (Knockananna), Rosanna Keogh (Kil­te­gan), Ni­amh Don­nelly (Kil­coole), Frances Kearns (Kil­coole), Deirdre Byrne (Knockananna), Sinead Whyte (Donard/Glen), Laura Ho­gan (Knockananna), Pamela Ma­her (Glenealy), Karen Wal­she (Donard/Glen), Claire Byrne (Knockananna), Sinéad O’Keefe (Knockananna), Eve Whyte (Donard/Glen), Sinéad Fisher (Kil­te­gan), Lin­sey Quin­lan (Donard/Glen), An­drea Kealy (Donard/Glen), Roisin Mul­ford (Kil­coole), Jes­sica Mor­ris­sey (Kil­coole), Jes­sica Lifely (An­nacurra), Nicky Keddy (Kil­coole), Lynsey Wal­she (Donard/Glen), Amanda But­ler (Donard/Glen), Sinéad Kelly (Kil­te­gan).

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