WIT VS UL
On the 15th of November Ul’s division 1 & 2 team travelled to Waterford to take on WIT. The division 1 match was the first to take place and after 60 minutes of end to end action both teams couldn’t be separated and shared the spoils on a final score of WIT 1-13 UL 2-10. WIT looked to be claiming all the points when late scores from Ursula Jacob and Aine Fahey put them 3 points clear of the visitors. However UL showed their worth with a well taken goal in the final minute to level the sides. Best for UL on the day were Mary Ryan, Aine Lyng and Sinead McCauliff while for WIT Ursula Jacob, Therese Shortt and Collette Dormer gave note-worthy performances. In the second game UL’s division 2 team proved to be far stronger and emerged winners on a score line of 2-13 to 2-2. With Fiona Lafferty and Lisa Phelan working well together in mid-field UL went into an early lead and never looked back.
NUI Maynooth 4-11
Carlow IT 0-2
NUI Maynooth had a mixed bag of results in their two recent league games. On the 14th of November they played host to Carlow IT and with Maureen Finnerty, Orla Ryan, Aoife Maguire, Claire Donnelly and Norin Kirwan all in fine form they helped Maynooth to a 4-11 to a 2 point win. Next on the cards for the Kildare college was a trip to Drumcondra to take on St. Patrick’s College. Once again NUI Maynooths’ best players were Maureen Finnerty, Claire Donnelly and Norin Kirwan. However on this occasion 3 goals by the opposition proved crucial and St. Pat’s sealed victory winning 3-7 to Maynooth’s 12 points after a hard fought game of camogie.
In WIT’s final group game of the division 1 league they came up against a very formidable opposition in Athlone IT. Two early goals from WIT’s Emer O’Leary gave the Waterford outfit a great start and they led at the break. However in the second half it was Athlone who dominated and only for some fine defensive play from the WIT full backline AIT could have easily found themselves in the lead. In the end a goal and a point in quick succession from Michelle Quilty put the result beyond doubt and WIT won 5-7 to 1-7. AIT’s best players were Sarah Noone, Linda Gohery and Mairead Dunne.
Dundalk IT 0-4
St Marys 3-16
In the division 2 league Dundalk IT and St Marys met on November 21st braving weather only ducks crave in. The match ended up as a one sided affair despite Dundalk IT going point for point with the opposition for the first 20 minutes of the game with Emily Mangan and Niamh Reid in scoring form. However St. Marys then got two quick goals and went on to dominate proceedings. Katie McAuley s inter-county experience showed, and she brought the game to Dundalk IT scoring 5 unanswered points to finish the first half. St Marys aided by the wind in the second half showed no let up in their attack and ran out convincing winners. However Dundalk IT did not give up and battled to the end. The full back line were under a constant barrage in the second half but played very well with Marie Greenan, showing why she was selected to play Shinty for Ireland the last two years. For DKIT the Power sisters worked tirelessly in the middle of the field, but found it a daunting task to stop the formidable force of Katie McAuley and Aisling McCall. Dundalk It can take plenty of heart in the fact that this is their first time fielding a camogie team in over a decade and most of the girls are very young.
IT Tralee 8-7
Anyone who witnessed this Division 2 clash were treated to a feast of goals with Tralee coming out on top. Tralee made the journey to Limerick on November 15th determined to record a victory. Goals win games and at half time IT Tralee were ahead 4-4 to LIT’s 2-3. Elaine Hough was in great form for Tralee bagging herself a hat trick along with 2 points. Others to score for Tralee included Geraldine Norton, Danielle Sheedy, Noreen Barry, Melissa O’Kelly and Orlaith Murphy.
UCD (2) 2-7
On November 28th DIT took on UCD in UCD in the division 2 league. DIT proved too strong for UCD’s second team and deserved their 11-point victory.
Garda College 1-6
UUJ and the Garda College met in the Garda Sports and Social Grounds Westmanstown in the division 1 league. In the first half both teams were very even. The game was very physical and quite scrappy mostly due to the conditions. The Garda College played with the wind at their backs in first half and at the break UUJ trailed the Garda 1-3 to 4 points. The second half was similar to the first, both defences were on top and UUJ consistently absorbed any Gardai attack. No one player was out standing but everyone worked very hard and both teams will feel there is room for great improvement. The two goals in the second half by UUJ’s Alisha Wilkinson and Shauna Murphy were the key to their side’s success.