RACHAEL ON FIRE
Rice fires home five goals as Bray Emmets run amok
A devastating display of attacking camogie from Bray’s Rachel Rice proved far too much for Annacurra to handle in this Intermediate camogie final in Dunbur Park on Saturday afternoon last.
Finishing with five goals – most at the game gave her six but the Bray full-forward generously conceded that Amy Butler had got the last touch on a goalmouth scramble – Rice was simply awesome in this game, shrugging off whatever way the Annacurra defence tried to combat her superb hurling talent. Whether it was from the front or from behind, they just couldn’t cope with the attacker who might have finished with 10 goals had she taken all her chances.
It wasn’t just the Rachel Rice show, however. Behind her she had a team who were fully prepared and excellently tuned for this final and they gave Annacurra a torrid time of it over the course of the hour.
Credit to last year’s Junior champions, they can most certainly hold their heads high after this game.
Fair enough, it didn’t happen for them on the day and they will have to be critical about their overall play, but it is no easy thing to come up from one grade and then make the leap up yet another level the very next year.
They are most certainly a team for the future given the talent at their disposal.
It looked bright enough for the Annacurra side after four minutes when Jade Shannon finished the back of Sarah Davis’ net with a ripper of a goal.
But Rachel Rice arrived on the scene in the very next move when her free found its way to the back of Kali Thompson’s goal and so the scene was set.
Devastatingly, Annacurra wouldn’t score for 42 minutes, and when they did eventually raise a white flag from Sarah Barnes the score read a mind bogglingly 6-7 to 1-1.
Rice grabbed her second moments after her first and then blazed one wide as the strong full-forward gave the unfortunate Eimear Gregory a frightful time despite the Annacurra full-back’s best attempts.
Rice had her hat-trick by the 13th minute despite a really brave block from Emily Rose Byrne in the moments leading up to the fourth major of the game.
Niamh McCormack decided that Rachel Rice wasn’t going to have all the glory when she pointed but Rachel got back in the swing of things on 24 with her fourth foal after a ball from Claire Benville.
Leah Carroll made it 4-2 to 1-0 before Niamh McCormack added another and then the unclear goal arrived that most believed Rice had fired home but the full-forward revealed it was in fact the hurl of Amy Butler who finished the job.
As dominant as Rice was up front it was the hard work and hunger of her colleagues out the field who made it all possible for the full-forward.
Bray Emmets had huge games from Emma Davis, Roisin Murphy, Orlagh O’Kane and Claire Benville to name just a few.
It was 5-3 to 1-0 at the break and Bray picked off where they left off on the restart with points from Amy Butler, Leah Carroll and Niamh McCormack against the wind while Annacurra just couldn’t make any inroads into the lead even with the breeze at their backs.
An Amy Butler point was followed by Rice’s fifth goal after 16 minutes of the second half and two minutes later Sarah Barnes got Annacurra’s first point of the game with 18 on the clock.
Niamh McCormack added another point before Ciara Slattery completed the rout with a fine goal tapped home after good work from Orlagh O’Kane and Rachel Rice.
A devastatingly strong showing from Bray Emmets. Annacurra will heal and come back even stronger next season. Bray will hope to make a mark at Senior. It’ll take a serious full-back to hold Rachel Rice, regardless of the level.
Scorers – Bray Emmets: Rachel Rice 5-0, Amy Butler 1-2, Niamh McCormack 0-4, Leah Carroll 0-2, Ciara Slattery 1-0.
Annacurra: Jade Shannon 1-0, Sarah Barnes 0-1, Emily Rose Byrne 0-1.
BRAY EMMETS: Sarah Davis; Emma Davis, Roisin Murphy, Saibh Eglington; Jane Butler, Orlagh O’Kane, Saoirse Canavan; Emma Doyle, Niamh McCormack; Claire Benville, Amy Butler, Shauna Ryan; Sarah Lambert, Rachel Rice, Nicole Ryan. Subs: Alice O’Shoerty, Siofra Ni Mhidigh, Elanor Carroll Hayes, Leah Carroll, Eve Murphy, Una Smierciak, Vicki Crimmins, Sinead Quigley, Aoife Connaughton, Ciara slattery, Erika Bellamy, Carla Lennon, Caoimhe Byrne.
ANNACURRA: Kali Thompson; Aisling Quigley, Eimear Gregory, Nadine Fitzgerald; Cara Robinson, Grace O’Sullivan, Jamie O’Neill; Niamh Shannon, Emily Rose Byrne; Aisling Shannon, Leah Geraghty, Emma Doyle; Alison Moules, Sarah Barnes, Jade Shannon. Subs: Halle Barne4s, Natalie Bracken, Megan Byrne, Orla Doyle, Vanessa Kenny, Kally Bracken.
REFEREE: Ciaran Gough (Éire Óg)
The Bray Emmets team and supporters after the stunning victory over Annacurra in the Wicklow Intermediate camogie final in Dunbur Park.
Bray Emmets captain Orlagh O’Kane lifts the Wicklow Camogie Intermediate cup into the air in Dunbur Park last Saturday.
Wicklow County Camogie Chairman Ivor Lehane presents Orlagh O’Kane with the cup.