Awe­some Aughrim

Féile Shield suc­cess for Gran­ite City camogie play­ers

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

OVER two decades since their last Féile ap­pear­ance, an Aughrim camogie team departed the Gran­ite City last week­end seeking suc­cess with a squad of 20 play­ers and two un­able to travel left cheer­ing them on be­hind.

The very ex­cited group of camogie play­ers departed Aughrim on Fri­day morn­ing for Clon­akilty who were host­ing them, and it was straight into the action with games against Ban­don (Cork) and St Kevin’s (Louth).

Aughrim de­feated Ban­don by 7-6 to 1-0 with Aoife Camp­bell and Ciara O’Brien dom­i­nat­ing and play­ing great passes into the for­wards where Ciara Con­nolly fin­ished with 2-3.

The sec­ond match against St Kevin’s of Louth proved al­to­gether trick­ier with the sides tied at 2-1 apiece at the break but the Co. Wick­low team emerged vic­to­ri­ous on a score of 3-1 to 2-2 with the de­fend­ers per­form­ing hero­ically.

On to Satur­day then where Aughrim faced their host club, Clon­akilty. This was a make or break game and Aughrim got off to a great start and went in leading by 2-1 to 0-1.

The home side started brightly and were within a point with three min­utes re­main­ing but a goal from Aoife Camp­bell and a point from Ciara Con­nolly saw Aughrim through by 3-3 to 2-1.

Due to Féile rules, Aughrim were placed in the Shield side of the com­pe­ti­tion so it was on to Bal­lyvour­ney for the next ad­ven­ture.

Emma’s Keenan started to grab the at­ten­tion dur­ing the next game, against Castle­blayney on Satur­day af­ter­noon, where a late 1-1 from the at­tacker helped Aughrim through to the semi-fi­nal against Mul­lagh­bawn of Ar­magh at noon on Sun­day.

A 4-7 to 0-1 vic­tory sealed Aughrim’s place in the fi­nal with hail­stones and wind descend­ing on the party as they made their way to the venue for the all-im­por­tant de­cider.

That fi­nal was against Ty­rone’s Eden­dork and Aughrim got off to a su­perb start with their high skill level to the fore and al­low­ing them to get on top of a rugged Ty­rone out­fit. Aughrim took a 1-3 to 1-0 lead into the break.

A dis­al­lowed goal in the sec­ond half started the tide turn­ing against Aughrim but goal­keeper Bea clancy produced a won­der save to swing the game back in Aughrim’s favour and the Co. Wick­low side tri­umphed by 1-5 to 1-1 on a marvel­lous day for the Gran­ite City.

Tears and hugs were the call of the day and the joy on the Aughrim girls’ faces said it all.

Joint cap­tain Aoife Camp­bell and Ciara O’Brien re­ceived the Shield tro­phy and medals as cam­eras flashed and an op­por­tunis­tic ice-cream van driver pulled in to catch the de­lighted group on the hop and make a few bob for him­self as the cel­e­bra­tions un­folded.

The bus jour­ney home was a very happy one with a pit stop in Dun­gar­van at McDon­alds go­ing down a treat.

As the tri­umphant party were mak­ing their way home­ward, their club col­leagues and fel­low vil­lagers were putting the home­com­ing plan into action and the girls landed into Aughrim at 8.15pm where a won­der­ful crowd had turned out with the Michael Dwyer Pipe Band ready for the girls to pa­rade up the street.

The young camogie play­ers were amazed and thrilled to see so many sup­port­ers on the street where kind words were spo­ken by the Aughrim Camogie Club Chair­man and the Wick­low County Chair­man.

Aughrim panel: Bea Clancy, Chloe Dore, Ciara O’Byrne, Leah O’Hare, Chloe Sheehy, Holly Byrne, Re­becca McCarthy, Aoife Camp­bell, Ciara O’Brien, Wil­low Jor­dan, Ciara Con­nolly, Emma Keenan, Holly Wil­son, Ni­amh Whe­lan, Aimee Clancy, Sophie McCarthy, Sarah Downes, Tara Carroll, Han­nah Alexander, Maja Ma­jew­ska. Un­able to at­tend in Cork were Iona McKenna and Zoe O’Connor.

Man­age­ment team: Annette Keenan, Rory Con­nolly, Rachel Camp­bell and Noeleen Whe­lan.

A huge thanks is of­fered by the girls and man­age­ment to their host fam­i­lies and their par­ents and sup­port­ers.

The Aughrim camogie team and men­tors ahead of their mo­men­tus trip to Féile na nGael 2019.

Camogie and ice-cream - the per­fect com­bi­na­tion!

Aughrim man­agers Annette Keenan, Rachel Camp­bell, Rory Con­nolly and Noeleen Whe­lan.

Aughrim cap­tains Aoife Camp­bell and Ciara O’Brien (left).

Aoife and Ciara lift the shield.

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