Last Thursday evening, March 31st, the Senior B Camogie team made the trip to Ringsend to take on Clann Na Gael in the Cup. With only  one previous game this year, this was really the beginning of the season for the B’s, with the League commencing this Thursday.

The team shows a lot of changes from the team which won the Championship 6 months ago, with a couple of new transfers into the Club, along with 5 girls from last year’s U16A team and also 3 girls who have returned after a ‘sabbatical’!

From the throw in the Boden girls were on top in most areas of the pitch. During the course of the opening 20 minutes or so some great scores were picked off by a variety of players, with the full forward line of Eimear Butler, Áine O’ Brien & Ciara Barnes always dangerous. The half forward line of Rachel Whyte(back after a 3 year break!), Darina Ryan & Claire Kirwan won an enormous amount of ball and when not scoring themselves,  gave great ball to the inside line. Darina was also accurate from placed balls.

Orla Tevlin & Jane Nolan were on top in midfield, and the backs were always comfortable. We established at 12 point lead before a stoppage in play for an injury to Clann na Gael player. On the resumption we were caught napping and 2 soft goals meant that at half time there were only a couple of scores between the teams.

Danielle Aylmer made her return (another form a 3 year break) and was solid throughout, alongside Amy Holmes who was rock solid at full back. Clann Na Gael came on strong throughout the second half with a good breeze at their backs. They popped over some fine points, but the afore mentioned Danielle & Amy, along with Sarah Lambert and Roisin Walsh defended well and our goalkeepers Ciara’s O’ Neill & Scallan were well protected.

As the game wore on the gap was reduced to a couple of points. Eadaoin Walsh won some great ball in the half forward line, and in the half back line  Rebeka Kamvar & Eve O’ Donoghue were strong when needed and turned over some good ball.

A good win and with a few more players to return to the panel, we look forward to the trip to St Finbarrs for our first League game.

Team: Ciara O’ Neill, Sarah Lambert, Amy Holmer, Roisin Walsh, Eve O’ Donoghue, Rebeka Kamvar, Ciara Scallan, Orla Tevlin, Jane Nolan, Claire Kirwan, Darina Ryan, Rachel Whyte, Ciara Barnes, Áine O’ Brien, Eimear Butler, Danielle Aylmer, Eadaoin Walsh