It was an early start for the U-13 camogie players, mentors and supporters as we gathered on Firhouse Road on Sunday morning for the lengthy trip to Skerries Harps. The fact that it was a glorious spring morning made the journey fly by.

We played on a pitch called the Ballast Pit which is a spectacular amphitheatre with sides so high that only the tope of the goalposts could be seen from the road.

Boden lined out with the assistance of three U-12 players due to a few of our girls being unavailable and they acquitted themselves very well against bigger, stronger opposition.

In a match in which we were always in front on the scoreboard, the Boden ladies hung on for a 1 point victory in our first ever competitive camogie match on a scoreline of 3-0 to 1-5. Fair play to Skerries Harps who provided such stiff opposition in an excellent game which was enjoyed by everyone present.

Well done to the Ballyboden girls for showing skill, determination and great effort. Thanks again to Eoin Read and his three U-12 girls, Sadie, Clodagh and Caoimhe for helping out on the day. Thanks to Jean Gargan for her superb organisation skills and to Diarmuid and Ger for the help on the sideline. Thanks to the many parents and supporters who made the long trip to North County Dublin.

Finally, thanks to the referee who was excellent at explaining to the girls why he made his decisions and to the Skerries mentors for the warm welcome and kind words afterwards.

A good start to what will hopefully be long camogie careers in the blue and white jerseys for this great bunch of girls.