Fins’ young camogie side claim title

by Stephen Findlater

FINGALLIANS’ fledgling camogie section won their first championship title last weekend when their U-14s secured a 4-3 to 1-1 win over St Anne’s in the D final, continuing the big strides they have made since forming the section in 2012.

They eked out a 3-1 to 1-1 lead at the break and defended excellently in the second half while tacking on another 1-2 in the second period with Lauren McCormack to the fore.

It continued the great strides being taken at Lawless Park as Yvonne Campbell, one of the mentors and founders of the camogie section.

“My own daughter was playing hurling with the boys but she could not play with them any more after U-12s,” she told GazetteSport.

“We were looking at where she could play camogie and wondering if we had to bring her to another club because she loved the hurling. But another girl in the club whose husband coached my daughter with the U-12 boys and his wife approached the club about setting up camogie.”

That was back in 2012 and the side has developed to have 20 girls regularly lining out at this level with just three of them having picked up a hurley two years ago having played with the boys.

Nonetheless, progress has been swift.

“The first year we got to the shield final and then we won the shield in 2013 which was a great achievement for us, given we were only 12 months in,” Campbell said.

“We are trying to set up an U-12 side, and a few of them are eligible at that age but are playing U-14 because we don’t currently have a side at their age group.

“But we are trying to get more girls and the schools involved. We have U-10s, U-9s, U-8s and U-7s playing and when some of them get to U-14, they are going to be phenomenal.”

Progression is clear as the U-14s reached the semi-final of the Feile back in the spring only to fall to St Anne’s, the same team they overcame last weeknd. With those improvements, Campbell says they are hopeful of pushing on further.

“We are hoping to move up a division now. It’s getting stronger and stronger. We had Mick Kennedy who coaches in the club and also coaches the Fingal hurlers along. He was a great help while we had a couple of sessions with Dublin camogie while [county star] Roisin Collins attended the match on Sunday.

“We have had great support from those sort of people. It’s a brilliant achievement and hopefully we will keep going.”

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