Camogie Notes 08/04/13

*On a very frosty Good Friday morning, Longstone’s U-14 camogs travelled to Atticall for the first round of this year’s league.  Atticall opened the scoring with a point, but hot on their heels Longstone mid fielder Taylor Poland evened the score with a point, followed swiftly by an exceptional goal from team-mate  Oreanna McGoey.  Braving the elements, both teams played a game of tit for tat throughout the entire match with impressive defending from Katie Smith, Colleen Rafferty and Breanna Magorrian.  Goalie on the day was captain Aisling Trimble, who encouraged her team throughout with some brilliant saves, but special mention goes to our two little forwards Aine Trimble and Orla Smith who were fearless throughout , ready for every ball that came at them and really made their mark on the team.  Both teams were well matched and a final score of 2-3 to 2-3 proved this.  Well done to both teams. Then last Wednesday the second round of the U-14 league saw Longstone at home to Darragh Cross.  In fighting form and not willing to let their guard down, Longstone played with fire against this young side and proved to be the stronger team on the day ending with a comfortable and well-deserved win. Longstone captain Breanna Magorrian kept the team’s spirits up throughout the game.  Well done to both teams. Last Saturday saw the first U-12 camogie blitz of the season.  This young Longstone side which was made up of Tiena and Shannon McCartan, Linden Haughian, Grainne Cunningham, Tara Rooney, Morgan Smyth, Orla Smith, Aine Trimble, Holly Trainor, Saoirse Rogan and new recruits Eva Poland and Sophie Maginn, all played their hearts out during some very difficult games.  The girls proved to all sides that they may be small but possessed much spirit.  They played brilliantly against teams from Darragh Cross/Ben Dearg, Aghaderg, Newry and Castlewellan in a very fair and well run blitz.  Player of the day for Longstone had to go to Linden Haughian who really made her presence felt during each match, and even when injured played  on.    Well done to the girls and thanks to Ballycran for a great day’s games and refreshments.  Many thanks to Patricia Rooney for her help on the day.