PEIL NA GCAILINIU-16:our u-16 girls showed a healthy hunger for goals (in many situations in underage girls games the goal option can be as realizable as the minor) in their home game against Rathnew in the league.Not only did they score six in their 6-8 to 3-3 victory but they also struck the upstands 4 times, 3 times in the 1sthalf and once in the 2nd.
That this was the teams 1stcompetitive outing in 2018 was apparent to quite a degree in both their individual and combination play.On the other hand the positive aspects of the teams performance would indicate that they should be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
With quite a number of girls in the squad sitting the Junior Cert in the Summer, academic considerations for some of them are likely to take precedence over those of the football so fielding the best team with consistency may prove problematic.
The u-12s take on Baltinglass ins Na Clocha Liatha on Saturday at 5p.m. and the u-14s travel to Rathnew on Tuesday.
SENIORThe playing of the game is ultimately more important than the outcome so the reporting of a teams endeavours when it loses is as important as of those when it wins.Last Tuesday our senior ladies lost their game in the league 5-9 to 5-5 to Bray Emmets after putting up a hugely encouraging performance.
The game was end to end throughoutwith some fine scores from both sides. Player of the match for Eire Og wasmidfielderAoife McTeague who received a lot of close attention from Bray but still managed to score 2 points. Rachel Purcell put in another great performance with 3 goals and 1 point. Ellie O’Neill and Megan Healy scored a goal each.Eire Ogwere 4 points ahead at the breakbutBraytook command on the resumptionand were 4 points ahead at the final whistle.Newcomers Andrea Hanlon and Iseult Brosnan made great contributions while Katie O’Reilly pulled off 2 point-blank saves in goal.
Team: Katie O’Reilly, Wendala Zegers, Ciara Patrick, Ciara Doyle, Megan Healy, Aoife McTague, Claudia Randels, Katie Lawless, Rachel Purcell, Kerryann Hamilton, Ellie O’Neill, Ellen Prendergast, Frances Dallaghan, Catherine Clear, Lisa Murphy, Erin Wyley, Polly Demery, Orla Minogue, Andrea Hanlon, Iseult Brosnan and Shauna Dill
Comhgairdeachas to former Eire Og players Lorna Fusciardi, Laurie Ahern and Meadhbh Deeney who were members of the Cill Mantain panel which defeated Antrim in Div.4 of the National League in Monaghan on Sunday.As a result of this victory which was the teams 8thon the trot, the Wicklow team will meet Louth in the final on Bank Holiday Monday in Parnell Park.Go n-eirlibh a chailini!
CAMOGAIOCHTFor the 1sttime in the clubs history Eire Og fielded a team in the camogie Feile.The blitz was played in Aughrim on Saturday and involved our camogs playing 4 cluichi.While they did not feature in the higher echelons of the league table they and their mentors took great satisfaction from their performance throughout the competition.The attendant beautiful summer-like weather contributed greatly to the occasion being a hugely enjoyable one for both the girls and their parents.
The adult camogs played host to a team from Ballyboden St. Endas under lights on Thursday evening.With the teams focus being more on confidence-gaining experience rather than on victory the players were able to derive great enjoyment and satisfaction from the encounter.
BUACHAILLI-PEILThe u-11 management has succeeded in assembling 3 squads for participating in the league and this involves their playing two teams at home and one away in each round.The philosophy of the mentors is that of maximizing game time for the players.Last Wednesday one team travelled to Rathnew while the other two took on teams from Bray and Kiltegan. The operation involved a squad of 42 players, 26 of whom are again eligible in 2019.
The format of the competition takes a bit of getting used to for the younger players; the games are played on larger pitches than at u-10 and the scoring values are reversed i.e. 3 points are awarded for scores over the bar and one for those entering the net.The games are therefore attack-focussed and the resultant rapid build-up and changes in scores make themquite exciting.