Junior Camogie 2012
It was an eventful year for junior camogie in Gort Community School. During October & November the team played four games in a round robin competition. They won three & drew against St. Brigid’’s, Loughrea. This meant they topped their group & qualified for a Connacht semi final V Presentation Athenry. This game was played on January 12th. The girls recorded a great victory of 6-3 to 0-2 to qualify them for the Connacht “A” Final against Portumna Community School. The girls led for most of the game, only to be caught four minutes into injury with a Portumna goal to tie the scores at 2-4 apiece at the death. In the replay, played in Ardrahan, the girls tried hard but two Portumna goals each side of the break gave the east Galway side a 2-7 to 0-7 win.
The loss still qualified the side for the All-Ireland quarter final & an away trip to meet Munster Champions, St. Mary’s of Charleville. The game was played in wet & windy conditions in Feenagh, Co. Limerick. Our girls defended resolutely, only conceding 1 point from play for the whole hour. However a succession of frees & a goal from a penalty before the break was to prove the difference between the sides. The Cork side winning on a score of 1-6 to 0-3.
It is only the second time in the school’s history that a camogie team, from Gort CS, has reached the All Ireland series in the “A” championship. Whilst the girls were so unlucky not to win a Connacht title, such a strong performance away to the kingpins of Munster has to bode well for the future & the prospects of winning a senior Connacht title over the next couple of years!
Gort CS 5-2 Pres Athenry 3-1
Gort got their junior camogie championship off to a winning start with a good win over a strong Athenry team in Raheen pitch on Friday 14th Oct.
Denise Diviney opened the scoring with a good point early on. Polly Edge O’Neill doubled their advantage on ten minutes with another white flag. Two mins later O’Neill set up Claire Taffe for a goal. The home side pressed but the Gort defence stood strong to keep them out & led by 1-2 to 0-0 at the interval.
Athenry got a goal early in the second half to bring themselves right back into the game. But two Amy Caulfield goals followed by another goal from Claire Taffe left Gort 11 points clear midway through the second half. Athenry rallied with two goals and a point to leave just 4 points in it with two minutes to go. But it was left to Amy Caulfield to complete her hat trick of goals at the death. This ensured victory for the Gort team.
The gort defence was solid throughout. Aoife Ford & Aoife Donoghue in particular playing well. Marie Farrell & Andrea Mullins performed well in midfield. Claire Taffe, Polly Edge O’Neill & of course sharp shooter Amy Caulfield caused huge problems up front.
Gort’s next junior game will be against St.Brigid’s in a couple of weeks.