The Laois Camogie team made a fine start to their campaign on Sunday with an 18 point rout of Roscommon in Mountmellick. Roscommon were first to score with a point from a free scored by Kelley Hopkins but almost immediately Laois responded with a point from full forward Niamh Dollard who is back on the team after taking a year out. Louise Mahony pointed two frees before she scored a point from play and Olga Parkinson added two more points for Laois to put them ahead by five points after 16 minutes of play. Sile Burke scored a point from 40 yards to increase the home sides lead.
On the 25 minutes Twice Soaring Star recipient Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald scored a point from a 45 and Louise Mahony scored the final score before the break to leave Laois 0-9 to 0-1 ahead.
The second half began with a bit of a resurgence from the Rossies and Susan Spillane scored a point in the second minute. However that was as good as it got for the visitors as Laois wing forward Olga Parkinson got on the end of a loose ball a made no mistake in rattling the Roscommon net.
Three minutes later Laois keeper Laura Dunne and her backs saved a penalty attempt and it was becoming quite clear tha
Laois were in total control again. Louise Mahony added another point to Laois’ tally from a free and Sarah Anne Fitzgerald added another from play to leave the score at 1-10 to 0-2 in favour of Laois.
Full forward Niamh Dollard then scored a lovely goal to stretch the home advantage even further. Niamh Coyle pulled a score back with a point for Roscommon on the 47th minute but that was quickly cancelled out by Louise Mahony
In the closing minutes Laois added a third goal through Yvonne O’Neill but this was answered by a scrambled goal from Roscommon’s full forward Annette McGeeney.
Every member of the Laois squad played to a high standard especially Sarah Anne Fitzgerald, Captain Catriona Downey and Claire Walsh in the backs, Eimear Delaney at mid-field and Olga Parkinson, Niamh Dollard and Louise Mahony in the forwards.
Laois Team; Laura Dunne, Karen Cuddy, Mairead Burke, Catriona Downey (capt), Casey Conroy, Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald (0-3), Claire Walsh, Sinead Lanham, Eimear Delaney, Olga Parkinson (1-2), Sile Burke (0-1), Louise Mahony (0-6), Rosemary Bermingham, Niamh Dollard (1-1) and Joyce Dunne. Subs; Aslinn Dunphy for Casey Conroy, Yvonne O’Neill(1-0) for Rosemary Bermingham, Ashlinn Burke for Sinead Lanham, Niamh Gleeson for Sile Burke, Rebecca Treacy for Karen Cuddy, Emma Phelan and Lorna Campion.