St Brendan’s crowned champions

St Brendan’s Birr 7–9

St Brendan’s Birr 7–9

St Brendan’s Birr 7–9

St Mary’s, New Ross 4-10

St Brendan’s had a convincing path to the final with victories over Castlecomer CS, Ballyhale VS, Presentation Kilkenny and Loretto Wexford.

New Ross were first to score with a pointed free from Aine Power however Birr’s nerves were quickly put to one side when half forward Mairead Jennings opened the scoring with two well executed points. These scores came off the back of some great support play by centre foward Cailin Fitzgearld and Gillian Irwin.

St Brendan’s kept battling hard for their next score and it wasn’t until fifteen minutes later that Carrig girl Rachael Brennan pointed after a solo run. Next it was two of Rachael’s trade mark unstoppable goals which put distance between the teams. Corner forward Aideen Freeman sent over a fine point. Aideen was one of only four first year students represented on the starting team.

Ciara Ryan and Sarah Lyons battled hard in midfield and sent through some fine passes to the inside forward line however it was Aideen Freeman again who got on the end of one of these balls and buried St Brendan’s third goal. At this stage St. Brendan’s looked to be unstoppable. New Ross responded at the end of the half with a period of excellent skilful play. Fiona McCormack and Tiegan Hegarty were to the fore in the St Brendan’s defence. However New Ross broke through and popped over some wonderful point’s courtesy of Aine Gannon and Mairead Moran. Next it was Pamela Fitzharris who stunned the St Brendan’s team and supporters with two well taken goals, New Ross were back in the game and on the up at the half time whistle.

The opening minutes in the second half saw New Ross rewarded for their immense pressure since the restart with another well-deserved Pamela Fitzharris goal. This seemed to kick start the St Brendan’s backs into action as full back Fiona Guinan started winning the battle once again, against the New Ross full forward Breda Cummins. Fiona cleared some excellent balls up field so too did Deirdre Cashen. Carrig duo Laura Hogan and Aisling Brennan started too dominated in the half back line and defended excellently along with player of the match Fiona McCormack. It was easy to see how they are considered the best half back line in Leinster.

Fifteen minutes into the half the St Brendan’s forward line also began to get back on top with some delightful scores. Carrig’s Rachael Brennan, Kinnitty’s Ciara Corrigan and Clareen’s Mairead Jennings slotted home three more goals for the Offaly side as St Brendan’s now dominated in almost every area on the field. New Ross kept battling and sent over impressive points from both play and placed balls. Seven minutes from the end Rachael Dolan was introduced, she acquitted herself very well and was unlucky not to get her name on the score sheet. It was fitting that captain Mairead Jennings slotted over St Brendan’s last point of the game.

St Brendans U-14 camogie team has a busy week as they also travelled to Kilcormac to play Sacread Heart Tullamore in the County Offaly U-14 schools camogie final, while the Sacred Heart put up a brave display it was St Brendan’s who were convincing winners in the end.

Thanks to teachers and trainers Ms Sabrina Carroll and Ms Sile Keogh and TY Helpers Muire Kennedy and Michelle Mann for their efforts throughout the year.

ST BRENDAN’S: Niamh Collins (Carrig), Tiegan Hegarty (Birr), Fiona Guinan (Birr), Deirdre Cashen (Birr), Aisling Brennan (Carrig), Laura Hogan (Carrig), Fiona McCormack (Coolderry), Sarah Lyons (Birr), Ciara Ryan (Birr), Maired Jennings Capt. (Seir Keiran), Cailin Fitzgearld (Carrig), Gillian Irwin (Birr), Ciara Corrigan (Kinnitty), Rachael, Brennan (Carrig), Aideen Freeman (Carrig) Subs:Siobhan Kinsella (Drumcullen), Aoife Carroll (Shinrone), Katie Harding (Carrig), MaryKate Breslin (Seir Keiran), Nicole Monaghan (Coolderry), Rachael Dolan (Carrig), Shauna Stringer (Shinrone), Clodagh Love (Shinrone), Dearhail Ryan (Seir Keiran), Niamh Lyons (Coolderry), Philipa Ryan (Birr), Leanne Maher (Carrig), Stephanie Maher (Carrig), Ciara Hoctor (Carrig). Sorcha Dempsey (Kinnitty), Ciara Maloney (Birr), Amy Lyons (Coolderry), Aoife Plunkett (Carrig), Emily O’Brien (Carrig), Caoimhe Dooley (Coolderry), Emma O’Neill (Shinrone), Audrey McAuliffe (Birr), Niamh Gath (Drumcullen), Rachael Dermody (Drumcullen), Niamh Heffernan (Birr), Aoife Behan (Carrig), Aislinn Fox (Carrig).