Scoil Pol Finish Strong To Claim Munster Honours
By Joel Slattery
Scoil Pol, Kilfinane 2-8 Presentation, Mitchelstown 1-4
SCOIL Pol won the Munster Camogie under-16.5 ‘B’ North title after a strong second half display saw them overcome Presentation, Mitchelstown in an entertaining final in Kilfinane.
Trailing 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval, Scoil Pol showed great passion and determination in the second period to ensure that they left with the Sr Patricia Cup.
Great displays from Aoife Cronin and Katie O’Connor in attack were vital for the south Limerick school in this victory.
Also crucial for the winners was the solid display of their full back line, which consisted of Brooke O’Dea, Rachel Condon and Clodagh O’Brien.
However, they were almost outdone by a Presentation side who had some stars of their own.
Centre back Aine Keating, Shona Lang and Sally McCarthy in particular did everything in their power to ensure that the supporters who had travelled in support of the north Cork school would leave the happier. McCarthy was the scorer-in-chief for Mitchelstown with her goal coming from a free.
While it wasn’t her best strike of the afternoon, it had enough power to end up in the back of the net for the score which separated the sides at the half time whistle.
However, Scoil Pol, backboned with players from Blackrock-Effin and Galbally scored 1-5 in the second half in a strong display to see them over the line.
Katie O’Connor got their first goal with a super strike to give the Limerick side the lead for the first time.
The second goal came with under 15 minutes to play as Aoife Cronin – the lone Kilmallock player in the line-up – got the crucial score for the side with Noreen O’Riordan, Sarah Collins and Sr Patricia on their management team.
Despite their best efforts, Presentation couldn’t get the goal they needed to get back into the game.
While they were struggling to score at one end, the free-taking of Denise Mullins kept the board ticking for the Kilfinane school who ran out seven point victors.
After the game, match referee Mike Meade presented the cup to Scoil Pol captain, Brooke O’Dea
SCORERS: Scoil Pol, Kilfinane: Aoife Cronin, Katie O’Connor 1-2 each; Denise Mullins 0-4 (0-2 45s, 0-1 free, 0-1 pen).
Presentation, Mitchelstown: Sally McCarthy 1-4 (0-2 frees)
SCOIL POL: Roisin O’Riordan; Brooke O’Dea, Rachel Condon, Clodagh O’Brien; Leah O’Sullivan, Denise Mullins, Eibhlis Lee; Claire O’Dwyer, Rachel Walsh; Aoife Cronin, Ellie Quilty, Roisin Tan; Katie O’Connor, Sineal Halpin, Sinead Walsh.
PRESENTATION, MITCHELSTOWN: Chloe Barry; Aniva Corbett, Maura O’Doherty, Aoife Hanrahan; Shauna Cremin, Aine Keating, Shauna Maher; Lauren O’Brien, Sarah Kent; Shona Lang, Sally McCarthy, Marie Buckley; Seana Hurley, Anna Murphy, Siobhan Moran.
REFEREE: Mike Meade (Ballylanders)
Picture of Scoil Pol Munster Camogie Intermediate finalists that were unfortunately beaten by Causeway Comprehensive School last Saturday. Played in Kilmoyley, the Kilfinane ladies fought to the end and showed tremendous spirit and pride in the school jersey.
The majority of this panel are out again this Saturday in the Munster Junior Final when Mitchelstown are the opposition. The game throws in at 1pm and your support would be greatly appreciated
Well done to the amazing Scoil Pól U16 1/2 girls camogie who are going from strength to strength. On March 16th 2016 the team travelled to St Mary's secondary school Mallow to compete in the annual 10 aside blitz in our division. The girls as usual being eager to perform and hungry for success started off playing in the pool stages against Waterpark College, Coláiste an Chraoibhín, and Presentation Clonmel. Knowing we needed to win each of the pool games it was vital that we rotate all the girls on the panel as much as possible and avoid their legs getting tired. The girls really rose to each challenge that was put to them and were strong enough to see off all the challenges including a very determined and physical team from Regina Mundi in Cork in the final. Clodagh O Brien graciously accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates. A well deserved piece of silverware to finish off their year. We are so proud of you for your commitment, dedication and your resilience and your refusal to give up. Comhghairdeas libh.
We would also like to congratulate Kristy Carroll who captained the Limerick U18 Camogie team to All Ireland glory and our Senior Camogie Team made a very successful start to the season with a comprehensive victory over Castletroy College. Well done to the Under 16 camogie girls on their recent performances!
On Wednesday November 16th we travelled to Eire Óg's pitch in Ennis where we played against Coláiste Ennis in the North Munster semi-final. The standard of play was very high. Although the Scoil Pól backs were under immense pressure from the moment the ball was thrown in, they just were not able to fend off the fierce attack from Coláiste Mhuire's forwards. The girls battled hard from start to finish but unfortunately were defeated by a very strong team from Ennis.
On Tuesday 22nd November the Under 16 ½ girls travelled to Mallow GAA complex to compete in the Munster Colleges blitz. Ten teams took part including Dingle, Gaelcholáiste Luimní, North presentation (Cork) and Coláiste Chiaráin Croom. The girls looked very smart in their new jerseys which were worn with pride and they did a great job in representing and promoting Scoil Pól.
The Scoil Pól girls defeated AG Coláiste, Coláiste Chiaráin and Corbally in the group stage which saw them advance to the semi final of the competition where they played Gaelcholáiste Luimní. This was a very tough game and the determination of Ellen Casey and her team mates proved too much for the city school. Then Pallaskenry awaited in the final. Having played four games at this point both teams were feeling tired but none were willing to give up. Great performances by Katie Hennessy in mid-field and Noelle Carroll full forward put Pallaskenry under pressure from the off however when the final whistle blew, Pallaskenry were fortunate enough to lift the cup with a win by a mere 2 points. Congratulations to the girls on a very fine display and best of luck in the upcoming games.
Congratulations also to the Senior Girls who have defeated Castletroy in the 1st round and North Presentation in the 2nd round to advance to the Munster semi-final of the Hayes Tournament. Although North pres were a very physical side they never looked like winning with our strong defence of Ellen, Maria, Aisling, Jess and Ashley Carroll (captain). The mid-field trio of Shannon, Sinéad and Jennifer worked tirelessly throughout. In wet and windy conditions without a doubt the forwards Niamh, Lisa, Eimear, Clíona,Tara and Kristy were outstanding. Well done also to an injured Katie who played in goals for the game v North pres. We might have found a new position for Katie after her performance!!!