Our Under-10s had the time of their lives Saturday,
when they played a big part in the programme of events at the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior camogie championship semi-final between Wexford and Cork in Semple Stadium, Thurles. It was a special experience for the girls as they assembled in front of the tunnel at the old stand and formed a guard of honour for the Senior teams as they emerged along with Cloughbawn and two Cork clubs, Sliabh Rua and Tracton.
While most people in the crowd were looking forward to a break at half-time, the referee’s whistle was the signal for our girls to spring into action as they lined up to play Sliabh Rua in a short mini-game. It was a special experience to play on this lush sward – widely regarded as the best hurling surface in the country – at such an early age. And all of the skills learned in Hollymount since early in the year were put to very good use as our ground striking, hooking and blocking were excellent in the course of a scoreless draw!
Our girls who did us proud and were a credit to the club and their families were: Niamh Hearne, Saoirse Banville, Rebecca Fanning, Clara O’Leary, Muireann Lanigan, Keeva Campbell, Danielle O’Leary, Lucy Roche, Grace Harding-Kenny, Nicole Gillen, Anna Dempsey and Emma Flynn. We also must say a big ‘thank you’ to their three mentors – Austin Hearne, Stanley O’Leary and Sheila Roche – who accompanied them, and to Emma Hearne who looked after all of the arrangements to make sure the girls had the best-possible day.
We hope this experience will be a big boost to them as they play their mini-league final on Saturday next, August 30th, against opponents to be confirmed, with the time and venue not known as yet. This will be the final official action of the year, and it would be great to end on a high note after so much progress has been made. The girls played two challenge matches during the week, travelling to face Oylegate-Glenbrien on Monday and hosting a very strong St. Mary’s (Rosslare) side two nights later. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter later in the week for confirmation of the mini-league final details.
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