Crokes’ gathering proves huge success

by Gazette Reporter

Kilmaley from Co Clare became the 40th winners of the Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland senior camogie sevens at Glenalbyn last weekend when they defeated St Ibar’s from Co Wexford.

On their road to the final, Kilmaley convincingly defeated Tipperary’s Moycarkey Borris in the quarter-final, 8-11 to 4-3, before moving to take Dublin’s St Vincent’s out of the competition in the semi-final.

St Ibar’s, meanwhile, defeated Liatroim Fontenoy’s from Co Down in their quarter-final with a score of 5-6 to 1-10. Their semi-final opponents were Clare’s Newmarket-on-Fergus, who they overcame 6-9 to 3-9.

The final was a very close game and it came down to the last puck, with a late goal from Kilmaley’s Clare star Claire McMahon deciding the outcome.

All-Ireland winner with Wexford Kate Kelly had a great day of camogie and was nominated as player of the match in all of her group games by the referees, and was crowned the worthy winner of the player of the tournament award.

On a beautiful sunny morning, teams from 53 clubs travelled from 21 counties to play in the 40th edition of the national sevens tournament which was sponsored for the third year by Daintree Paper of Camden Street.

The cup competition was heavily populated by county players including Dublin’s Eva Marie Elliott, Ali Maguire, Aine Fanning, Eimear McCarthy and Aisling Maher playing for St Vincent’s. They were unfortunate to be beaten by Kilmaley in their semi-final.

The last Dublin winners of the sevens were St Vincent’s in 1995, who were known as Marino at that time, while Good Counsel and Lucan were the other Dublin clubs who competed in the cup competition.

The shield final was contested by Scariff Ogonelloe from Clare and Four Roads from Roscommon. The Clare side ran out winners with a score of 4-4 to 1-10.

Other Dublin clubs competing in the shield were Skerries Harps, Portobello, St Kevin’s, Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes themselves.

There were plenty of players from the Dublin junior camogie team who recently won the All-Ireland junior final taking part, including captain Elaine Gallery from Portobello.

The plate competition is for sides from junior competitions and the group stages of this were played in the grounds of neighbouring club, Naomh Olaf. Ballygalget from Down beat St Cillian’s from Offaly on a score of 3-4 to 0-3 in the final.

The Puc Fada competition was won by Catherine McGourty from Ballycran in Down and the Wall Ball was won by Lisa Bolger from St Martin’s in Wexford.

Eileen Hogan, an All-Ireland winner back in the 1950s and founding member and honorary president of Kilmacud Crokes camogie was on hand to present the Proinsias O’Croinin Cup to Kilmaley.

Her family donated the cup 40 years ago in the name of her father and said: “I am delighted to see the competition still going on in such strength after 40 years.

“It is an occasion for meeting old friends from around the country every year and a great showcase of camogie from some of the top players in clubs around the four provinces.”

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