ALL roads lead to Naas this Saturday at 2pm for the All-ireland Minor 'C' final against Down.
The big day is drawing closer and with all the ground work done, its now just a matter of killing time before Saturday's throw-in.
The final training session is tonight [Wednesday] and as with any team preparing for an All Ireland Final this puck around will have nervous tension, excitement, handing out of gear and and any last minute adjustments to be made.
For two of the players, Sara Murphy and Saidbhe Horgan this is their final year at Minor level, and will want everything to go well to achieve that elusive medal.
The average age of this team is just 15, and with players like Aine O'connor, Alanna Maunsell, Patrice Diggin, Jessica Fitzell, Annmaire Leen and Aoife Fitzgerald will bring Feile na ngael All Ireland final experiences with them to this one. Spare a thought for corner back Kerri O'shea, who picked up an ankle injury in a club match, and will not be lining out on Saturday.
Not much is known about this Down team, except like all our northern opponents, they will be tough, physical, and have cruised through the opening rounds of this series.
They too will fancy their chances against an unknown team like Kerry, so on behalf of the county board, the very best of luck Saturday girls, the county is behind you, and the history books are waiting.
UNDER 14 FEILE NA NGAEL Cillard 1-2 Causeway 0-0
ROUND 2 of this competition took place last Sunday in Kilmoyley.
A gale was blowing and Cillard having won the first tie, won the toss and elected to play with the wind. For 18 minutes both teams hassled and harried in search of the opening score and it came in the shape of a 45 from Cillards Neasa Mcgarty.
The left hander, whose roots are in Newtownshandrum in North Cork, followed this up with a pointed free and while, Causeway had some chances with Clarie Murphy, Megan Casey Lawlor and Ciara Leane working hard, Cillard scored a goal just before half-time. The half-time score was 1-2 to 0-0.
Causeway had the wind in the second half and a lot of possession. The opening score for Causeway came from a well worked ball from Rachel O'hara who crossed to the square to the waiting Sinead Leen to sent it to the net.
Cillard's Angel Hussey, Clodagh Walsh and Neasa Mcgarty working well together saw the ball head for the Causeway goals on a number of occasions, but some great defensive work by Megan Casey Lawlor and Emma Lawlor saw it pucked back out as quick.
With the clock running down, Causeway had chances from frees and from play to even this competition up, but it wasn't to be and Cillard held out for a win and were crowned county champions for 2012.
They will now represent Kerry at the National Feile Finals in Dublin in July and are wished the best of luck in this prestigious Under 14 competition. Blitz AN Under 14 inter-county blitz will take place in Clare on Bank Holiday Monday. All players will be notified by text, of travel time. As always keep up to date on Kerrycamogie.com, the Radio Kerry slot every Saturday at 4.20pm and this corner.
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