Young camogie players from city and county converged on St Finbarrs GAA club on Bank Holiday Monday to pit their skills against each other for the honour of representing Cork at the National Camogie Feile Na NGael skills competition.
After an exciting competition Nicole O Brien from Glen Rovers camogie club was crowned Cork FÚile Na nGael skills champions for 2008 and will represent Cork at the All Ireland Feile Na NGael skills competition to be held in conjunction with National Feile Na Gael which will this year take place in Laois / Offaly on the weekend of June 20th.
A member of the Glen Rovers club since she was seven years old Nicole has contributed greatly to camogie teams in the club where she has won under 11, 13 and 16 honours since she took up the game at an early age. A member of her clubs teams from Under 14, to 18 Nicole is a pupil in Glanmire Community college where she plays camogie, she is past pupil of New Inn where she played both camogie and hurling Scith Na Scoil. It’s been a busy season to date for Nicole as she was also selected on the cork college’s team this year.
The daughter of Jim and Trisha O Brien (nee Lynch) Nicole comes from a family very involved in the Glen Rovers club, her cousin Paul O Brien is a current duel senior player with Glen Rovers / St Nicks and is senior football captain of the St Nicks team while her younger brother plays with the clubs under age section.
Nicole’s Cousin Shane O Sullivan from the Na Piarsaigh club was a Cork hurling skills winner in 1996 and represented the county at Feile.
Glen Rovers club under14 mentor Mary Sheehan expressed delight at Nicole’s achievement
“” We are thrilled that Nicole won the title and that she will be representing Cork in the National competition, it’s a first for our club and we are very proud of her, she is totally committed to her training and matches and it’s a great reward for her efforts, we wish her well in the National Feile””
Grainne Sheehy from the Milford club and Rebecca Murphy from Ballygarvan tied for second place with Grainne winning a play off to take the second place spot Rebecca coming in third. Well done to all the participants on giving superb displays all of their clubs can certainly be proud of them.
Nicole O Brien will travel alongside the Cork champions Douglas to represent the county.
By Mary Newman