Ulster u 14 Camogie Feile Report

May 10th, 2010 | Camogie

The under 14 camogs travelled to Granemore, Armagh on Saturday,1st May to take part in the under 14 Camogie feile.
 The Rossa’s first match was against Keady. The girls started well, but despite fighting hard, lost out to an exceedingly strong Keady side.
They fared better against Na Magha, the only other Derry team in their division, and won convincingly with some excellent scores by the forwards and centre half forward line.
As this game was being played, Keady and Granemore, were engaged in a very tight Armagh grudge match on the other pitch, from which Granemore emerged victorious. Needless to say this was causing worries for the Rossa girls, having been previously beaten by Keady, Was our next match to be a  one sided affair?
We broke for lunch and afterwards lined out against Granemore, sustained by ham sandwiches, buns and tea, it was a different bunch of girls who gave the Granemore lasses somewhat of a shock as the Rossas rattled their net with a fantastic goal near the end of the first half!
 There were some stunning performances in this match in particular, Lauren Kearns sparkled at full back, pulling off some fantastic catches and clearing her lines time and time again, so much so, that Granemore moved one of their star players back to mark her. Shauneen McGuckin, was outstanding in goals and made up in bravery and skill what she lacked in height! Aislinn McGuckin was relentless also and caused the Granemore forwards plenty of trouble. Lauren Stewart played a blinder, always getting in the way of the rampaging Granemore forward line. Niamh McGarry, Caroline Collins and Siobhan Comer also played relentlessly,never giving up, despite taking some nasty injuries. 
Eimear Cassidy and Ella McCann were both outstanding as was Niamh Kerr and Clare Shields.
Emer Bradley was exceptional in midfield and helped out in backs and forwards were needed. Eadaoin Smylie played exceptionally well and caused Granemore considerable worry at times as she pressed down the field and was a constant support to those around her. Ciara Monaghan also had a fine performance and was relentless down the wing, showing Granemore a cleanset of heels time and time again. Caoimhe Purvis and Niamh McGuckin came on fresh in the second half and also caused plenty of hassle for the Granemore girls.
All in all, despite the fact that we lost to a very strong Granemore side, the performance in this match was one to be exceedingly proud of and the experience of playing such tough teams will stand the girls in good stead for their 2010 league campaign which starts in the next few weeks.
Thanks to Geraldine McGuckin Lamont, Naomi Lamont, Bronagh McGuckin and Catherine Kane for their help and support on the day – Bring on the league!