The inaugural Mayfield Garda Camogie Blitz was held at the Tank Field yesterday and what a tremendous success it was.
In brilliant sunshine we were treated with some fantastic matches with a high level of skill from twelve teams across the City and County in the U13 age group. It was clear from the outset that all teams and their mentors were intent on winning the tournament. There was a carnival atmosphere all day with a barbeque, ice cream van, tea/coffee, sandwiches, minerals etc to keep everyone cool. The presence of Garda Horses, Patrolcars, Motorbikes and the Garda Dog Unit gave everyone the opportunity to mingle and take some photographs.
There were two groups of six teams participating. On Pitch No.1 were Dillons, St.Finbarrs, Glen Rovers, Ballincollig, Douglas and Na Piarsaigh. Dillons beat The Glen in their opening match but were narrowly beaten by both the Barrs and Douglas which eliminated them from the competition. Despite this Dillons put in a great performance and represented their club with pride.
The team was, Hannah Roche, Abbie O Farrell, Emma Bradfield, Shannon McHale, Alice O Connor, Mary O Sullivan, Kate O Connell, Eve O Connor, Makeila Brow, Katie O Brien, Aoine Garvin, Molly Garvin, Olivia Gibson, Olivia Brennan, Aoife O Callaghan, Sinead O Brien, Sinead Daly, Shauna O Mahony and Anna Myers. Their mentors Liz O Mahony and Orla Ni Shuallabhain deserve a special mention also. From this group the Barrs and Ballincollig qualified to the semi finals.
On Pitch No.2 were Bishopstown, Blarney, Blackrock, Sars, Carrigaline and St. Vincents. From this group Blarney and Carrigaline qualified to the semi finals. The games were so tight that even at this stage, it was hard to predict the winners. In the semi finals Carrigaline went on to beat the Barrs and Blarney defeated Ballincollig. Both Carrigaline and Blarney both deserved to reach the final after now playing four matches each in glorious sunshine but tough conditions for camogie.
In a very competitive final with great commitment from both sides Blarney were victorious and deserved winners. The Player of the Tournament award also went to the Blarney wing back Olivia Murphy who was outstanding in all matches and who is an exceptional talent. There was a tremendous amount of effort went in to making the tournament such a success, and a sincere thank you must go to the following. To Brian Dillons Hurling and Football Club for the use of their facilities and to Donie Lyons for all his work in preparing the Tank Field which looked incredible with bunting and flags. To Mary O Sullivan and the Camogie Committee who couldn't do enough for us including providing sandwiches and cakes. To Mary Connolly, Margaret O Sulivan, Mary, John and Shauna Walsh for running the kitchen all day. To Derek Connolly and Kieran Hanley for their contribution. To Tracey from the Camogie County Board for all her assistance. To the four referees for the day, Ger, Dominic, Cathal and Jimmy who were exhausted. To the Sponsors, The Cotton Ball, Blackpool Shopping Centre and The Commons Inn for their support. To Linda Mellerick who assisted and guided the organising committe in preparation and to adjudicating in the Player of the Tournament award which was a difficult task. To Sergeant John O Connor for his rendition of 'Summertime' over the loud speaker system which caused quite a stir in the neighborhood On behalf of Mayfield Gardai I would like to personally thank everyone who participated in any small way whatsoever which helped to make the day so memorable to everyone especially the girls from all the participating clubs who had great fun.
Congratulations to Blarney on their success and next year the event is scheduled to be held at Glen Rovers.
Photos of the day can be seen on our photos page by clicking here!
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