St Ibars senior camogie team welcomed Alan Aherne and Stella Sinnott as the new management team for 2010. With their vast experience, and past successes, hopes are high that this year can be a more successful year than recent ones. St Ibars now take on Rathnure in the senior semi-finals.
The first championship game saw St Ibars take on Oulart-The Ballagh. Haven only started the seasons training, Oulart ran out winners but not without a great effort from the local team. Haven given Oulart the lead in the first half, St Ibars came back level with only fifteen minutes left in the game. However Oulart then pulled away with St Ibars showing the need for greater fitness and skill levels. The final score was Oulart-The Ballagh 4-16 St Ibars 3-9.
Training stepped up a gear and the league campaign took off with some great competitive games. The second round of the senior championship saw St Ibars take on St Martin’s in Hollymount. This was another competitive game with St Ibars demonstrating their skill and hunger for victory. A great display was given by all. The backs were tight and determined, and the forwards showed that they are capable of putting the scores on the board. The game displayed all the best of team spirit and the local girls were duly rewarded with a victory on a score line of St Ibars 1-15 St Martin’s 1-7.
The third round of the senior championship saw the sporting rivalry between Rathnure and St Ibars renewed on Tuesday 27th July. Playing in Rathnure is always a challenge and the St Ibars girls rose to the occasion. Haven drawn with Rathnure in the league campaign, the game was sure to produce some memorable moments, and it did. The two teams were very evenly matched with both sides keen for victory. St Ibars produced an outstanding performance only to be outscored at the very end by two points. The final score was Rathnure 1-14 St Ibars 2-9.
Haven been defeated by Rathnure, St Ibars entered the quarter finals where the opposition was Ferns St Aidans. This match was played in Ferns on Saturday 31st July. Without the influential Kate Kelly, St Ibars rose to the task of booking themselves a semi-final place. The final score was St Ibars 1-13 Ferns St Aidans 1-8.
St Ibars will take on Rathnure in the senior camogie semi-final on Monday 30th August at 6.45pm (venue to be decided). This fixture will surely serve up a great match as the two teams battle it out for a much coveted place in this year’s senior camogie final.