Brian Dillons Camogie Club have two new All Ireland Champions following Cork's win against Waterford in the U16B final in Mallow yesterday Sunday September 1. In a cracking final, Cork beat a very skilllful Waterford side on a scoreline of 4-8 to 2-10. Dillons own Niamh O Leary captained the team at full back and played exceptionally well particularly in the second half. Essie O Connell was a sub on the day but more than played her part during the course of the championship. The victorious team, their mentors and families returned to the Tank field afterwards under Garda Escort. Tradition has it that the team returns to the captains club. The Tank was in great condition with red and white bunting everywhere with plenty of food, tea/coffee, cakes etc for all. As usual the Committee worked hard and a big thank you to all particularly Mary Connolly and Niamh Garvin. Chairperson Mary O Sullivan addressed the large attendance. Mary said ''It's a great honour to invite the All Ireland Champions back to Brian Dillons. To have captain Niamh and Essie on the team is a great honour for Dillons. It was an outstanding team effort today and you wore the Cork jersey with pride.'' Marian McCarthy of the County Board said '' It's a great day for Cork. The atmosphere was great and each player is a credit to their clubs. Having lost to Waterford earlier this year in Dungarvan, there is great credit due to the management team to turn it around''. Mary O Sullivan then introduced each player to great applause. The Cork Team Manager Anthony Nagle said '' Cherish the youth and they will flourish. Thanks to Dillons for hosting the event. The amount of work done by all 29 players was immense. Thanks to the parents for travelling all over the country in difficult times''. Niamh O Leary who is the first Brian Dillons captain of an All Ireland winning team spoke afterwards, '' I'm very proud to be captain and am honoured to bring the cup back to Dillons.They were a great group of girls to work with. They always gave their all and thats what won it for us today''. Niamh's mom Karen said, ''I'm very proud. The way the team jelled together, all supporting each other. There are no superstars, all 29 played their part. It's also a great day for Dillons''. Essie O Connell said '' It's amazing to have an All Ireland Medal, I guess we spread the Dillons spirit''. Essie's dad Mick said, '' It was a great game, very tight. Great passion showed by both sides. Great for Dillons to have two players in the squad''.
Congratulations to Niamh and Essie, you did yourself, your family, and your club proud. You are both a credit to Brian Dillons Camogie Club.
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