Camross U-14 camogie girls claimed the Laois Féile na nGael title for the third year in a row and now represent the county at this year’s competition which will be held in Dublin in July.
Camross successfully won their group matches on Good Friday defeating Portlaoise, The Harps and Naomh Eamonn to set up a final pairing against O’Moores who had come through from the other group matches.
The final was played in wet and windy conditions in Portlaoise GAA grounds, Rathleage on Easter Monday. Camross with wind advantage in the first half took an early lead which they never relinquished, when corner forward Sarah Ryan goaled after five minutes. Donnagh Mortimer added another goal for Camross soon after before O’Moore’s responded with a point from play. Camross finished the half strong with two points, a free by Lynda Keyes and from play by Sara Cuddy.
O’Moores came out strong the second half scoring a point from the restart. Both sides had missed opportunities as both teams battled hard for scores. O’Moores took full advantage of the wind the second half and added a goal and point to leave a two point margin as full time approached. Camross looked to be tested in the closing minutes as O’Moores battled for a goal but some great defensive skills from the Camross outfit clearing their lines effectively, while Claire Abbott brought of some great saves in goals.
Great scenes of delight for the Camross team and supporters, as the final whistle sounded. After the game Aoife Collier, Camross captain accepted the shield from Gerry Kennedy County Chairman, on behalf of her team-mates and thanked all for the help and efforts.
CAMROSS: Claire Abbott; Lauren Harding Phelan, Roisin Scully, Patricia Lalor; Dervla Breslin, Aoife Collier (Capt), Zoe Cuddy; Michelle Lalor, Aimee Collier; Caoimhe Lowry, Lynda Keyes, Sara Cuddy; Kirsten Keenan, Donnagh Mortimer, Sarah Ryan.