Lucan lose out in Sars war to Cork

by Gazette Reporter

LUCAN Sarsfields mentor Elaine Daly was delighted with her players’ effort as they reached the quarter-final stage of the Under-14 Division 1 camogie Feile, held in Wexford and Kilkenny last weekend.
Their run eventually came to an end to their Sarsfields’ namesakes from Cork by 13 points but it did not detract from a superb showing overall.
“We can’t complain because we were beaten by the better team on the day and the girls put up a great show against them,” Daly told GazetteSport. “The score line doesn’t reflect the work rate the girls put in.”
The team’s first game was against local side St Brigid’s but it was the Kilkenny girls who were the ones left celebrating. Victory over Waterford’s Gailltir in the second match meant a win for Lucan in their final group game would see them reach the next stage. They did just that with an impressive 24-point defeat of home side James Stephens.
“They were absolutely excellent in those two group games and really showed off their skill to the absolute full.
“We could have won our first match, which would have seen us come out top of the table and given us an easier quarter-final,” said Daly.
Sarsfields were Lucan’s opponents in the quarter-final but the Cork side were proving far too strong for everyone over the weekend and progressed with a 3-4 to no score victory.
“We were unfortunate not to get one or two scores but they were an absolutely fabulous team. I suppose we were unlucky in a way that we got the hard side of the draw,” Daly said.
“We were very disappointed but we were up against an extremely good team and at the end of the day that team won 2-13 to 1-2 in the final so they beat that team by more than they had beaten us.”
Despite returning to Dublin without some silverware, Daly believes everyone involved enjoyed a special tournament.
“It was a fabulous weekend for the girls and the families. After the disappointment of being knocked out, they rallied round and had a great weekend.”

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