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Opening Game is a great success for Hazelwood Camogie!


Hazelwood College ………………………………………………………………4-7

St Mary’s, Mallow ………………………………………………………………..3-2

Monday was the opening game our Senior camogie players had versus St Marys Secondary School, Mallow in the Intermediate A Munster League. The teams were very evenly matched throughout the opening ten minutes.  St Marys opened the scoring but Hazelwood responded quickly.  Katie Dillane scored her first goal of the game net with a shot that left the Mallow keeper with no hope of blocking.  Niamh O Brien was superb in defence throughout the entire game but in particular the first half when Hazelwood were struggling. Sarah Moloney did well in goal and there was nothing she could have done to prevent any of the scores gotten by St Marys.  Scores were exchanged throughout the game from each side. Hazelwood dominated play in the last five minutes of the half and were unlucky not the score more.  Hazelwood trailed by two points facing into the second half. 

It was a completely different team that faced into the second half. Within the opening minute Niamh Cagney found the back of the net and was in hard luck to have the goal disallowed for “”Square ball””.  However this only spurred the team on.  The six defensive members of the Hazelwood College team were majestic in the second half and kept St Marys scoreless for the entire 30 minutes.  Aideen O Flynn was definitely in “”thou shall not score”” form chasing and blocking every ball that entered the back lines.  Emma Browne played like a true Captain in the second half, leading the team by example, first to every ball and allowing no St Marys player to get any shot in on goal.  Joanne Murray was in complete command in the full back position bursting out every opportunity granted to clear her lines.  Tara Hurley, one of the hardest working members on the team covered every blade of grass in the field and was unlucky on a number of occasions not the get her name on the score sheet.  Our wing forwards were like two thorns in the side of Mallow’s half backs running at the defensive and setting up many attacks. Aisling O Brien hassled the centre back throughout the entire game and did not allow any easy clearance from the Mallow backs.  The full forward line of Niamh Cagney, Becky Ryan and Katie Dillane were in super form scoring 4-3 between them.  Mßiread Geary when moved to the forwards provided 2 points and set up numerous attacks.  This was a hard physical game and no score was easily achieved.  Hazelwood had a number of wides and were unlucky not to score more. All members of the panel played exceptional Camogie in the second half but the player of the match was without a doubt Katie O Sullivan.  Katie played in numerous position throughout the game and showed great vision and determination in each of them. 

It was great to get the Camogie 09/10 year off to a winning start! Well done to all involved. Clonakilty are the next opponents we face in the Intermediate A league. The girls face Cashel in the Senior Championship on 4th November.  Well done to all involved!

Panel: Sarah Moloney (Newtown), Annette Lordan (Milford), Mßiread Geary (0-2) (Milford) Emma Browne (Milford), Katie O Sullivan(Feenagh/kilmeedy), Niamh O Brien (Milford), Joanne Murray (Kileedy), Tara Hurley (Feengh/kilmeedy), Aideen O Flynn (Milford), Kallie Hodgson (Milford), Aisling O Brien (Knockaderry), Mßire Flanagan (0-1) (Milford), Katie Dillane (2-0) (Milford), Becky Ryan (1-3) (Newtown), Niamh Cagney (1-1) (Ballagran), Sarah O Sullivan (Feenagh/kilmeedy), Grainne Sheehy (Milford), Elaine Noonan (Ballagran) Breda Larkin (Kileedy), Ciara Fitzgibbon (Milford).  



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