Carnew girls prove too strong in final
The girls from Colaiste Bhride had every reason to celebrate as they brought back the Wicklow Senior Camogie Cup to Carnew after a great victory over St Kevin's in the final at Kiltegan on Tuesday of last week.
Since this championship was first introduced in 1968 there has been many great battles and outstanding finals and at the height of its powers was the nursery from which the adult camogie board in Wicklow drew the material to build some fine teams.
This was not a great final, in fact it was over as a contest well before half time but that should not take from a great display of all that is best about the great game of camogie by the girls from the border town.
The Carnew girls were on top of their game right from the start and never let up at any stage. They had stars in every line on the team from the captain Aoife O'Sullivan in the full back line to top scorer Emily O'Reilly in attack.
O'Reilly tested and tormented the Dunlavin defence from the start and finished up with a personal total of 3-1.
But really there were scud missiles blasting Mary Healy's citadel from all angles. Una Sinnott, playing at midfield, was another of the top stars and scored 2-1; Annacurra sisters Jade and Sarah Lifely sent over seven points between them. Caoimhe Roche scored 1-3, Eimear O'Sullivan, Michaela Smith and Niamh Shannon also got on the score sheet.
There was very little a young St Kevin's team could do in the face of such awesome power. Mary Healy had a busy day in goal and did bring off a number of fine saves but could do nothing about the point blank shots that beat her.
Dearbhile Byrne, a daughter of former great Wicklow and Kildare player Liz Donoghue, was their star player out field and played her heart out. Niamh Sinnott, Katie Doyle, Jade Manley and Sharon O'Keeffe also tried hard but without reward.
Colaiste Bhride mentors Joan Lancaster and Zara Monaghan have clearly put in a lot of hard work into preparing this fine team and must have felt well rewarded on the day. They can be very proud of their girls.
For St Kevin's it is back to the drawing board; their manager/trainer Jenny Lennon may have been disappointed but coming from a hot bed of camogie like Dunlavin, Donard and St Laurence's there is sure to be plenty more talent in the pipeline, be it camogie or ladies football.
Colaiste Bhride captain Aoife O'Sullivan was a very proud girl, receiving the cup in her own club grounds in Kiltegan.
Making the presentation was county President Peter Keogh, also a Kiltegan man.