Wick­low play­ers in action for Ire­land

GAELIC GAMES SHINTY-HURL­ING IN­TER­NA­TION­ALS

Bray People - - Sport - Peter KEOGH

WICK­LOW WERE well rep­re­sented at the Hurl­ing/Shinty in­ter­na­tion­als, held this year in Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.

Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham was re­ceiv­ing his fifth cap for Ire­land, which is a record for a Wick­low player and may also be a na­tional record.

He played a great game at cor­ner-back and late in the day when Ire­land were putting in a rally in a bid to save the day the Kil­te­gan ‘flyer’ was even up tak­ing shots at goal.

Also on the panel was new­comer Stephen Kelly from Eire Og Grey­stones. ‘Ch­ester’ was orig­i­nally se­lected at No. 12 but in a late reshuf­fle he lost out on that spot to Seán Og O’Halpin. How­ever, he did come in dur­ing the sec­ond-half and did quite well.

Ire­land lost the game by a sin­gle point – 1-10 to 1-9 even af­ter hav­ing more of the play. The main rea­son was that while Ire­land got just the nor­mal one point for send­ing over a free, line ball or ‘65 the Scot­land team got two points. They of course play all ground strik­ing and take their free shots in the same way.

Ire­land led for most of the first-half but three fouls by the backs late on were pun­ished with six points to put the vis­i­tors ahead by 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

In re­cent years the Ire­land team has been se­lected from Tier 2 or 3 coun­ties but this time three play­ers from the All-Ire­land cham­pi­ons Kilkenny, Tommy Walsh, Ed­die Bren­nan and Derek Lyng along with Cork’s Sean Og O’Halpi- en were added.

In all there were ten coun­ties rep­re­sented on the Se­nior team – Wick­low, Down, Meath, Sligo, Car­low, Ar­magh, Leitrim, West­meath, Kilkenny and Cork.

The Ire­land U-21 team won their match by 1-10 to 1-0. This match was played in Dur­row in Laois and Wick­low again had two play­ers on the panel. Ronal Keddy of Kil­coole was handed the No. 6 jer­sey and had a very good match on a dom­i­nant Ire­land team. Eoin Ma­son of Bray Em­mets was se­lected at No. 10 but did not start. How­ever, he came on for the sec­ond-half, made his pres­ence felt and scored one very good point

That team was drawn from 14 coun­ties and was cap­tained by John Rogers of Car­low – the Christy Ring Cup win­ners

The

coun­ties

that made up that panel were Wick­low, Down, Laois, Derry, Meath, West­meath, Mon­aghan, Mayo, Antrim, Ca­van, Kil­dare, Sligo, Car­low and Cork.

If Ire­land were un­lucky to lose the Se­nior match then it was noth­ing to the heart -break suf­fered by our camogie girls. They re­ally played their hearts out, led for most of the way and were still two points clear at the end of the hour. Then two min­utes into added time Scot­land got a goal to win by 2-3 to 2-2.

The three Wick­low girls on the team from start to fin­ish all played well. They were Leanne Lif­fley from An­nacurra; Pamela Ma­her from Glenealy and Sinéad Byrne from Knockananna.

This team was drawn from only five coun­ties – Wick­low, Mon­aghan, Ty­rone, Ca­van, and Mayo,

To put the ic­ing on the cake from a Wick­low point of view two of the four teams that played in the mini-matches dur­ing the day at Nowlan Park were from the Gar­den County – An­nacurra and Knockananna.

An­nacurra team: Kayle Thomp­son; Sarah O’Neill; Sarah Lif­fley, Emily O’Reilly, Jamie O’Neill, Ellen Green, Marie O’Lough­lin, Lola Cassedy, Eva Mur­ray and Ann Marie Doyle.

Knockananna: Katie Faye, Anna Hed­der­man, Katie Gor­man, Rachel Byrne, Aine O’Ke­effe, Lorna Mal­lick, Ciara Byrne; Ciara Stokes, Lau­vren Doyle; Emear Rose Kealy, Sarah Tal­lon, Ma Mur­phy, Yvonne Gil­bert.

The other two teams play­ing in the min­i­matches were Laois and Car­low selections.

Wick­low mem­bers of the Ire­land camogie-shinty team (from left): Sinead Byrne, Pamela Ma­her, Leanne Lifely.

Stephen Kelly and Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham.

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