The inaugural Munster U18 Summer 7’s camogie tournament was held in Mallow GAA Club last Sunday July 22nd with 12 competing clubs, across three divisions, having secured their county Summer 7s vying for provincial honours. Burgess Duharra of Tipperary, Eire Og of Cork and Millstreet, Cork collected titles after a pulsating day’s action at the excellent Mallow GAA CLub
Burgess/Duharra were convincing winners of the A Division, with clear victories over Killeagh of Cork, Kileedy of Limerick and Sixmilebridge of Clare.
The group games resulted in a Clare v Tipp final between Burgess/Duharra and Sixmilebridge. The Premier outfit ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 8 – 4 to 0-4.
Tipperary senior star Caoimhe Maher was in top form throughout and picked up the player of the tournament award. She was ably assisted by Aisling Cremin and teammates as Duharra gave a masterclass in 7’s play displaying extremely high levels of skill and athleticism. Sixmilebridge never gave up and Sinead Tuohy was a constant scoring threat as she, Slaine Carey and her teammates battled bravely to the end.
The B Division was an extremely well contested competition, with little separating all the sides. Eire Og of Cork and Thurles Sarsfields of Tipperary topped Groups 1 and 2 to go straight into the semi finals, while the remaining 4 teams did battle in the quarter finals. Milford of Cork had a hard earned 1 point victory over Croagh- Kilfinny, while Eire Og of Ennis had 4 points to spare over Kiltormer of Galway.
This set up 2 cracking semi-finals. Eire Og of Ennis got the better of their Cork counterparts on a score-line of 5-2 to 3-1, while Milford edged out Thurles Sarsfields by 4 points.
The final was the fifth game of the day for both sides, but Eire Og and Milford served up a classic, particularly in the second half which had everything – goal-mouth drama, superb defending and excellent score-taking.
At half time Milford seemed to be in control, leading 4 points to 1 with Nicole O’Connor and Louise O’Flynn in flying form.
However Eire Og made use of the strong breeze in the second half and showed fantastic determination as defender Alana O’Brien ran the length of the field to get on to a pass from Claire McMahon and smash a fantastic goal to turn a 2 point deficit into a 1 point lead. This seemed to inspire her team-mates as Eire Og held out for a 3-2 to 1-6 victory with Milford pressing hard for that winning score in the latter stages. Player of the Tournament Grainne Nolan was unmarkable all day, with Rae Wall also outstanding in defence.
The C Division was a straight final between Millstreet of Cork and Eire Og Annacarthy of Tipperary. Annacarthy will rue the fact that they were slow to get into their stride, only finding their rhythm as time ran out and Millstreet claimed the title on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-2. The Annacarthy girls tried their best, with Niamh Loughman working particularly hard. The highlight of this final was the outstanding display by player of the game Kate O’Keeffe.
The support of sponsors Willow Boutique, Ennis, A Sportsmans Dream, Nenagh and Sheehans Hotels was sincerely appreciated. Thanks to Liz Foley of Mallow GAA Sports Complex, Esther O’Leary, the referees and all the clubs who participated. Thanks also to the Camogie Clubs that hosted the qualifying tournaments.
For further information please contact:
Munster Camogie Development Officer
Mobile: 087 6415485
Pictured: Munster Summer 7s Division A Champions Burgess/Duharra