Ballyboden St Enda’s were celebrating last week when they claimed this year’s senior 1 camogie championship title, their fourth in a row, when they defeated St Vincent’s at Trinity Gaels’ grounds.
In a tense match, Ballyboden held sway after having powered to an eight-point advantage at half time, 2-5 to 0-3, with goals from Anne Griffin and Denice McGrath.
Over the course of a well-contested second half, St Vincent’s, who had held sway in the league campaign while Ballyboden finished third, dragged themselves back into the match, and battled to within three points of their rivals before the last 10 minutes.
However, Ballyboden’s players kept their shape and concentration to ensure that they would not give up the senior championship title.
Captain Sile Nic Coitir accepted the cup from board chair Pat Martin, before making a fine speech on the team’s behalf.
Speaking to Gazette Sport after the match, manager Richard Sweetnam said he was delighted with the result after a long season.
“It was great to win it. We weren’t really thinking of four in a row going into the match, but it’s nice to have the title under our belts. The team are well deserving of it.
“We secured our victory well. It was a hard game on Sunday, there were two sides going hell for leather. There were some fantastic things in the match, including our workrate and scores, and there was great effort from all the players, and, thankfully, we came out on the right side of the result at the end of the day.
“Vincent’s would be rated one of the top clubs in the county in camogie over the years, even when they were called Marino, and when you get a win over Vincent’s, you have earned it, and you know you are doing well.”
Sweetnam and his team do not have time to reflect on their championship win, as they are set to face the Wexford county champions in the Leinster semi-final in two weeks time – one of either Oulart the Ballagh and St Ibar’s. But the manager expects that his team have a shout going into the match based on their current form.
“We have played Oulart the last three years in the Leinster final and, unfortunately, lost those matches.
“We are trying every year, doing our best and coming closer every time. I think we will give it a right rattle this year. The team this year have the same spirit and the same drive, and they are gelling together really well. They are getting better with every game they play, which is what we want.”