After the great success last year of the inaugural GCS Super 9s hurling tournament, Gort Community School’s Future Leaders students aimed even higher this year.

Not content to simply replicate last year’s first ever U-15 All-Ireland 9-a-side hurling tournament, this year they also ran a GCS Super 9s camogie tournament on the same scale in association with the TY Future Leaders Programme.

The GCS Super 9s camogie tournament took place on Thursday 4th May and saw 16 of the best U15 schools camogie teams in the country compete against each other to win the inaugural tournament. It was a fantastic success and the Transition Year pupils can be very proud of their achievements.

The occasion was greatly added to by the presence of President of the Camogie Association, Hilda Breslin, who met all the teams on the day with the famous O’Duffy Cup and presented medals and awards at the end.

GCS GAA Club Chairperson Beibhinn Veale with Hilda Breslin, President of the Camogie Association

It was a fantastic tournament with some top class camogie on show throughout the day. In a repeat of both the Senior ‘A’ and Junior ‘A’ All-Ireland Finals, Loreto Kilkenny came face to face with St. Patricks College Maghera in the final of the Camogie Super 9’s. Loreto Kilkenny came out on top and were worthy winners after having put in some brilliant performances throughout the day.

Congratulations to Loreto Kilkenny and well done on winning the 1st ever GCS GAA Camogie Super 9’s Tournament. The trophy was named after the late Anne Cunningham and was presented to the winning Loreto Kilkenny captain Katie Chambers by Matthew Cunningham and Camogie Association President Hilda Breslin.

Congratulations also to Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig who won the shield competition, beating St. Flannans Ennis in the final.

The tournament was sponsored by McKeever Sports, Torpey and AIB Gort. Pictured below is Player of the Tournament Emma Quinn from St. Patricks College Maghera receiving her award from Frances O’Dowd, manager AIB Gort.

Well done to our wonderful Transition Year pupils on their great work in the lead up to the tournament and on the day. It was a huge success and they can be very proud.

Thank you to all the teams who attended and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Our attention now turns to the Hurling Super 9’s on the 16th May.

2023 GCS Super 9s Camogie schools: Gort Community School, Presentation Athenry, St. Brigids Loughrea, Seamount College, St. Flannans Ennis, St. Josephs Tulla, Coláiste Muire Ennis, Laurel Hill Limerick, St. Mary’s Charleville, Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, Ursuline Secondary School Thurles, Loreto Fermoy, Presentation Kilkenny, Loreto Kilkenny, Mountrath CS, St. Patricks Maghera.