The Under-11 Camogie girls’ teams took advantage of a free weekend to go on an away day to Kilkenny. 41 girls rose early on Sunday morning and boarded the bus to Kilkenny.

After some on-board entertainment, we arrived in Danesfort for matches against Kilkenny’s future stars. After some great competitive matches with fantastic skills on display from both sides, we moved onto the local parish hall where mountains of sandwiches, buns and biscuits awaited. After some post-match analysis with our generous hosts, we counted up our girls and boarded the bus to Nowlan Park to watch the Dublin Senior Hurling team take on Cork in the League Semi-Final.

The wonderful day continued as we sat in the baking sun watching the Dubs race into a commanding lead with a strong Ballyboden presence to the fore. We even had skills on show by the mentors as Seamus caught a sliotar sent high over the back netting. Unfortunately the Dubs were pegged back at the end but still the girls had watched an exciting match and enjoyed the experience.

But it wasn’t finished yet – A trip to McDonalds was next on the agenda and some much needed food for players and adults alike. Then the bus brought us back to Pairc Uí Mhurchu where a lot of the girls got the hurls out to knock around on the main pitch until finally being dragged off home by their parents.

A great day was had by all, made possible by our hosts in Danesfort, with special thanks to the parents and mentors who made the trip.  Praise also goes to all the Under-11 girls who continue to impress us with their dedication and enthusiasm. Last but not least, special mention goes to Shona Kenny who although injured, made the journey to support her team mates from the side line, and to Ella McNair who played brilliantly on the day but picked up an injury late on. We all wish her a speedy recovery.