In 2011 Knockananna were unable to field a camogie team which makes the achievement of winning the Wicklow Senior camogie final last Saturday in Dunlavin against a fully fired up Glenealy all the more special.
These two teams met last week in Annacurra and had to settle for a draw after a great battle that left all who had attended the game in Annacurra singing both team's praises in the days that followed.
In the replay in Dunlavin on Saturday these two great teams served up another tough hard hame of camogie before Knockananna eventually got their hands on the cup to the delight of a huge following of young and old.
Scores were vey hard to get in this game such was the intensity of the play from start to finish. Laura Hogan was the first off the mark for Knockananna and it wasnt long until she had the ball in the Glenealy net.
Down at the other end of the field Vicky O'Gara got the first point of the game for Glenealy and soon afterwards Pamela Maher scored their goal.
It was pretty much score for score for the rest of the half although Glenealy missed a couple of chances before half time when first they hit the upright and then on the stroke of half time Laura Manley was wide with a free. Knockananna led 1-04 to 1-02 at the break.
In the second half Knockananna got a lot of players behind the ball and Glenealy were unable to break down their defence. They did try hard and brought two brilliant saves out of the Knockananna goalkeeper Stacey Byrne.
Lucy Mulhall made a great run up the field and was unlucky when her kicked effort went wide. Throughout the remainder of the game Laura Manley and Kellie Byrne kept the scoreboard ticking with some fine scores from frees.
In the end Knockananna held on to win on a score line of Knockananna 1-10, Glenealy 1-7. Glenealy had star player in Vicky O'Gara, Pamela Maher, Orla Redmond and particulary Laura Manley. For Knockananna Laura Hogan, Sinead Byrne, Claire Byrne, Kellie Byrne and goalkeeper Stacey Byrne were outstanding.
After the match the Senior A cup was presented by Dora Burke to the Knockananna captain Kellie Byrne and there were emotional celebrations on the field.
In her well-spoken and passionately delivered speech Kellie Byrne said that there was one woman who made it possible for there to be camogie in Knockananna.
"I'd like to say a special word of thanks to one woman and that's Mary Byrne. Without her there would be no camogie in Knockananna," said Kellie who is Mary's daughter, one of two to take to the field with Stacey playing in goals.
Delighted captain Kellie also paid a special tribute to the Glenealy side who Knockananna have shared several ding-dong battles with this year already.
She also sang the praises of her own team mates and said that Knockananna deserved the title this year because the effort they had put in to the campaign had been "rediculous".
"There's another person I want to thank and that is a man all the way from Arklow and that's Pat Bracken," added Kellie.
Apparently Pat had promised the Knockananna panel that he would shed tears if the team were successful however on the day it was only a broad smile of satisfaction and pride that crossed the features of the Knockananna coach.
The team and supporters retired to Knockananna later that evening and reports have been received that the celebrations are ongoing.
Finally the Dawn Lacey Memorial Cup final was played in Arklow on Saturday between Glenealy and Knockananna U-13s. This game went to extra time before Glenealy won out by two points. Congratulations to all concerned.