Sunday morning saw Emeralds from Urlingford pay a visit to the club to play two U-13 camogie challenge matches on their way to support the Cats in the camogie All Irelands.

Both matches were really competitive. We were missing a few stalwarts through injury and other commitments, but we were supplemented by Lucy Regan from the u-12s and a number of u-11s, all of whom acquitted themselves with distinction.

The “A” match opened proceedings, and was refereed by Hannah Leddy, who was making her refereeing debut in Cherryfield, and controlled proceedings with the assurance of a seasoned campaigner. The match was nip and tuck all through with little to separate the sides at the end.

The “B” match followed on the smaller camogie pitch. The grass was a shade long but both teams adapted to the conditions and produced a stirring display of end to end camogie laced with skill and commitment. Although our girls came up a couple of points short, the combination play of our 11s, 12s and 13s was a joy to behold.

We then adjourned to the club house, where parents had laid out a spread fit for a king, and both sets of players, mentors and supporters got to know one another better.

The Emeralds presented the Club to mark the visit, and already plans are being hatched for our girls to visit Urlingford in the not too distant future.