Wicklow do well in camogie blitz
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).