After the traditional meet up and photo shoot at the club the girls were eager to get the féile kicked off. We departed for Thomastown at 9 am. Before proceedings began the girls took part in the pre-tournament piped parade. Amhran na bhfiann was sung and the girls were ready for the off.
We were pitted against our host Cuala in the opening game of a very tough group. The girls hit the front early on and were never headed and won the game 3-3 v 1-5.
Our second game was against Round Towers of Lusk. In a very tight affair again we prevailed on a score line of 1-2 v 0-1.
Game three of the group was against Ballyboughal. The winner of the game would be the winner of the group. Ballyboughal raced into an early 5 point advantage, but Boden responded with two quick goals and were leading when Ballyboughal goaled right on half time. HT score 2-1 v 1-5.
The second half ebbed and flowed in a real humdinger of a game. Boden lead by two points going into the last minute of play when we conceded a goal from a penalty. However the girls lifted it one more time to win the kick out and score a match clinching goal with the last kick of the game. Final Score 3-7 v 3-5.
The semi-final was at 3pm against Beann Eadair. After a change to out alternate jerseys Boden started well and lead by 3-3 v 1-1 at half time. The second half was a different matter and the lead narrowed as the game ticked on. Beann Eadair laid siege to the Boden goal. With time almost up Boden lifted the siege and scored a late goal. Final Score 4-3 v 2-4.
The Final took place in St. Peregrine and we faced a tough Erin’s Isle team. Boden started really well and lead by 1-2 v 0-0 at half time. However Erin Isle scored straight from the throw in and the game slipped away from us. Eventually falling on a score line of 1-2 v 3-1.
The girls played their hearts out and the mentors couldn’t ask any more of them. They played with passion and their parents and club should be very proud of them.
Squad:- Emer Worthington, Alex Boylan, Ella Browne, Lauren Callan, Ciara Duffy, Marina Fitzsimmons, Yvonne Gargan, Alana Grady, Lucy Horan, Sorcha Kennedy, Ellie McAree, Dearbhla McCarthy, Elena McDonagh, Emily Moynihan, Alannah Norris, Megan O’Brien, Aoife Quigley, Ciara Sweeney, Sophie Weldon, Sarah Gleeson, Emma Jane Weir, Megan Dignam.