St Brigid’s family roots at core of famous Feile win

by Gazette Reporter

Naomh Brid were crowned the Dublin camogie Feile champions last Sunday at St Anne’s as they won a memorable Feile Division One final over St OIiver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh.

The two clubs battled through their respective Saturday groups and semi-finals to set up an enticing local derby with big support from both clubs in situ.

Ella Curtin got the first point early on followed by a goal from Sophie McCarthy for the perfect start but Plunkett’s were not likely to sit back.

And, just before half time, Lauren Caffrey scored a point for Plunkett’s after a great save by Jane O’Reilly, reducing the gap at the break to 1-1 to 0-1.

In the second half, Abby Littleton scored a goal followed by points from Curtin and captain Tara Coffey. Niamh Donlon scored a great point for Plunkett’s but it was not to be their day.

Despite the defeat, the spirit of the competition was in full effect when both sides embraced each other and friendships still strong and intact with many players going to the same local schools.

It was an especially proud moment for the Curtin family with Ella being named the final’s player of the match, lining out in a team which featured both her grandmother Nancy Dunning and mother Elaine Curtin as mentors.

Both clubs will now advance to the regional Feile this summer as a result of their performances.

In Division 4, Skerries Harps were the champions in a 2-1 to 1-2 win over St Jude’s. Jude may be the patron saint of desperate situations but that was far from the case for Tymon Park’s finest and they battled hard against an in-form Skerries outfit.

The large crowd present were treated to an excellent display of skillful attacking and dogged defending from both sides throughout the encounter. But it was the second goal from Skerries, that eventually separated the teams at the final whistle with Leah Beggs later being named as player of the match.

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