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Peregrine's seal double

THE Blakestown Road is buzzing. A worthy double for St Peregrine's.

And there was nothing lucky about the fab feats of the Under-13s.

Commitment and courage book-ended a memorable run which saw the Pers lift camogie and ladies football titles.

They secured the Division 3 camogie crown before Christmas. They won some tight tussles along the way.

"Now we are looking forward to Division 2. It's going to be a big test," notes manager Catherine Murphy.

"But the girls know that and they realise that ultimately the higher standard will benefit them individually and as a team."

Fast forward the tape to this month and you had Peregrine's also chasing gold in the U13 Football Division 2 grade.

Their last game of the season was against O'Dwyer's. It was due to be at home but the Peregrine's pitch was unplayable.

So a big Clonsilla contingent headed for Balbriggan to see the drama unfold. And what drama it was.


For a start, Peregrine's only had 14 players. And they needed to win because St Brigid's only trailed them by a point.

O'Dwyer's played some good football. Peregrine's had to work for every crumb. They defended with gusto.

Crucial goals came from Lauren Beggs and Lisa Sweeney as Peregrine's won, 2-5 to 0-5. Sweeney also had two goals disallowed because of square balls.

Lisa also twisted her ankle. It looked like she might have to come off, leaving the Saints with just 13 players.

But Lisa battled on, and her bravery summed up the spirit of a marvellous group of girls.

"Their success is inspirational," adds Catherine. "And they achieved it with a very small squad.

"Winning the two trophies is such a credit to their dedication and spirit.

"They work so hard for each other and that's the key to it all.

"It's wonderful to be now in Division 1 of the football. And we hope we can keep on doing as well.

"We know it's not going to be easy. We could do with a few more players and we'd welcome new girls down at the club."