It was a busy week on the camogie front. Adult championship’s began on Tuesday and the A’s began their quest for a 6th successive title with a comfortable win over St Brigids. The B’s began their campaign with a win over Crumlin on Thursday evening. The C’s don’t begin until the 27th.
On Saturday Boden hosted the National U14 Division 1 inter-county blitz, with 9 county sides in action. Thankfully the rain on Friday night relented in the early hours, and conditions were ideal. Many people gave up their time to help out during the day, and everything ran like clockwork. Cork took the spoils on the pitch, well done to James Murray & Joan Feehan for their splendid organisation on the day.
On Sunday morning we hosted 5 juvenile teams from Birr and Monaleen who were en-route to Croke Park for the Camogie All-Ireland finals. Once again we were fortunate with the weather, and our visitors were very appreciative of the hospitality in the Club afterwards.
Many congratulations to Senior manager Richie Sweetnam and wife Triona on the recent birth of baby Donal.
Ballyboden St Endas A 5-15 St Brigids 1-4
The first round of the Senior Camogie Championship got under way last Tuesday with Ballyboden hosting St. Brigids in Pairc Ui Mhurchu.
Both sides started well and really cancelled each other out. Tackles were tough and hard so the scores were difficult to come by.
Eventually Ballyboden began to get on top and covert their possession into scores. Points came from a number of sources including Emer Lucey, Jill Horan and Anne Griffin. As the 1st half wore on Ballyboden broke down the Brigids defence more often and got in for two goals scored by Orla Smith and Martha O Donoghue.
Again the second half began like the first both sides trying but really cancelling each other out. A goal midway through the 2nd half kick-started another scoring spree for Ballyboden and with that they went on to win the game.
A nice start to the championship but plenty of work to be done over the next few weeks to be able to challenge for honours this year.
At time of going to press the date of the next fixture is unknown.
Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Joanne O’ Sullivan, Susan Kennedy, Elaine Hickey, Hannah Hyland, Mairead Luttrell, Jane Edwards, Jill Horan, Sarah Nagle, Martha O’ Donoghue, Emer Lucey, Laura Nagle, Fiona Corcoran, Orla Smith, Ann Griffin, Ciara Ruddy, Zenouska Murphy
Ballyboden St Endas B 1-9 Crumlin 0-8
The B’s got off to a winning start in the Division 3 Championship on Thursday evening. The League campaign proved difficult, with many alterations in the team from week to week.
The first half was a dominant performance possession wise, but we had difficulty in turning the possession into scores. A terrific goal from Claire Kirwan was the highlight, and at half-time Boden led by 1-5 to 0-1. In the third quarter Crumlin began to get on top, and some soft frees got them within a goal. A fine save by Cora Ryan proved important and Boden deservedly won by 4 points.
Some tougher challenges lie ahead but we expect a good improvement in the coming weeks.
Next up is a trip to Na Fianna, possible this coming Thursday but not confirmed yet.
Team: Cora Ryan, Roisin Walsh, Jane Nolan, Sarah Lambert, Rebeka Kamvar, Grace Walsh, Grainne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Aoife Tobin, Aoife O’ Neill, Aisling O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Ciara O’ Neill, Fiona Masterson, Danielle White, Leanne Barrett, Aoife O’ Brien, Iseult Kelleher, Eimear Butler, Orla Tevlin