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Garda Blitz.

posted 7 Jun 2015, 06:16 by Tom Myers   [ updated 8 Jun 2015, 09:25 ]
Brian Dillons hosted yet another very successful Garda Camogie U13 Blitz at the Tank on Saturday June 6th. 
There was a real carnival athmosphere with plenty of attractions. There was a barbecue, ice cream van, tea and coffee and plenty of cakes and sandwiches. Garda Horses Oscar and Fiachra were the main attraction and there were squad cars and Garda motorbikes which gave the girls plenty of opportunities to take some memorable photos. The Tank was in immaculate condition and a sinceer thanks to Donie Lyons for all his hard work in the build up. The God's were with us also, we had a strong cool wind but it remained dry all day. 
There were twelve teams competing to win the cup. Dillons were in a group with Ballicollig, Bishopstown and Blackrock. Ballincollig and Blackrock proved too strong for us but we got a great draw against Bishopstown coming from behind for a deserved point. The highlight of this game was the goal scored by Olivia Gibson. It was a rocket of a shot from 30 metres out, definetly the goal of the tournament. 
The teams that progressed to the semis were Sars v Ballincollig and Ballinora v Blackrock. Sars and Ballinora won their respective semis and without a doubt the two best teams reached the final. Prior to the final both teams paraded around the Tank and stood to attention for the National Anthem. 
The final was a thriller from start to finish. Sars were fancied but Ballinora had showed in their group that they were determined to win it. They had only 14 players all day and had no subs. Ballinora were two points up in the last minute when Sars were awarded a controversial penalty. Remarkably it hit the post and was scrambled clear. Sars had numerous chances to win it but Ballinora's defence was superb and held on to win 0-7 to 0-5. It was a tremendous match which was fitting for a superb blitz. Superintendent Mick Comyns when presenting the cup to the winning captain said it all when he said '' the winner today was camogie ''. Linda Mellerick had the difficult task of picking the Player of the Tournament which she said was extremely difficult. There were five players in the running right up to the last minute of the final. In the end the award went to Ballinora's Rose Murphy who's skill, attitude and determination was exceptional. 
This was the third Garda Blitz and it is going from strength to strength  with more clubs expressing a keen interest in taking part. In the last three years there have been three different winners, Blarney, the Barrs and now Ballinora and it is great to see some great young talent coming through. 
Thanks to our four referees who worked hard all day, Ger,Billy, Dominic and Ian. A special thanks also to Tracey from the Camogie Board for all her support. 
Garda John O Driscoll and all the Community Gardai in Mayfield deserved a lot of credit for all the work they put in and not forgetting Eve and Anna who were deputies for the day. Sergeant John O Connor was his unique self as M.C and gave us some laughs. Our sponsors John Hartnett of Blackpool Shopping Centre was as usual very supportive.   However, the biggest thanks must go the Brian Dillons Camogie Committee under Chairperson Mary O Sullivan. They worked hard all day in the engine room making sure everyone was fed and watered and they did it with a smile. Several people from different clubs passed on their appreciation to me personally for the wonderful reception their individual clubs received at Brian Dillons and thats nice to hear. So, Margaret O Sullivan, Mary Connolly, Veronica Deane, Karen O Leary, Dave Keane and Mary and John Walsh, take a bow.
Can I on my own behalf and on behalf of An Garda Siochana thank everyone for all the help and support we received in making this Garda Blitz was it is, a really great tournament.