On 11th June, the Aquinas Year 8 Camogie team made history winning their first Ulster title.  They defeated St Mary’s Limavady most convincingly 13.4 to 4.0.  Emerging as victors from their group the Aquinas Camogs had built up momentum. St Columban’s Kilkeel, Victoria Belfast and St Benedict’s Randalstown were no match for them.  The final took place in Glen (Derry) with perfect weather conditions allowing great Camogie to unfold.

Anna O’Keefe like any effective captain led her team through her own determined play. Grainne Sweeney in full forward was out first every time collecting passes from Anna and naturally went straight for the goals.  She was supported keenly by Katie Burns and Caiti McConnell who defended from the front. Mia Murtagh and Genna McStay worked tirelessly in midfield feeding the ball to the forwards, whilst the defenders (Fiona Jordan, Mia McGuiness and Orla Lynch under the guide of Eva O’Hare harried the Limavady girls, allowing them little space.  Loughshore club mates Julia and Georgia were noticeably strong on the ground whilst the O’Brien twins linked well with their team mates.  Mia Hughes was injured on final day but played a valuable role in getting the girls to the final.

It is important to note that the majority of this team are beginners, commencing the sport only towards the end of January this year. To this end I am so proud of the girls not because of the title or the impressive scoreline (although both amazing) but because of the determination and commitment they have shown since January.  Camogie is a skilful game and a challenge to pick up at a late stage but these girls prove  that it is never too late to pick up a new sport if your mindset is right. Well done girls! The girls continue to train until the end of June and then again from September onwards in preparation for the U14 Ulster and Co Down competitions next year.  Good luck girls!

E Niblock