After all the excitement of the brilliant G.A.A. World Games, it is now back to local action in both codes
Opening with the Senior Camogie Championship, when we take on six times county champions and reigning All Britain champions Tara , in the second round at Greenford , after receiving a bye in the first round, this will be a real tough opener. Fr Murphy’s are building a team after a few lean years and have enjoyed some success already in 2016, winning the Tara 7’s plate , as well as the Mixed League, also reaching the Intermediate final, loosing to Croydon, so the girls are hopeful of putting up a good challenge in The All Britain Senior Championship.
Our Footballers reopen the Senior league campaign, in Goodmayes against the home side Thomas Mc Curtains in what promises to be another tough challenge, after a very bright start to the season the football girls have suffered from a few long term injuries and a few girls moving away, but the aim is to consolidate the teams position and lay down the foundations for a solid start to 2017.
In brilliant sunshine in Dulwich Fr. Murphy’s Camogie reached the county final beating Green Isle 2.11 to 0.08, they will play Croydon in the final, who won the other semi final beating Tara 2.08 to 4.01
County final is scheduled for Saturday July 23rd at venue to be confirmed.
On Saturday in Greenford the Division One Final of the Mixed Camogie League between Fr Murphy’s and Croydon Celts took place, .Fr. Murphy’s drew first blood with a point from Laura O Hagan, this was quickly equalised by Croydon’s Una McGouran, then Aisling Dunphy, plucked a ball out of the sky in the half back line, passed to Shona Cunningham, who struck it onto the edge of the Croydon square, where Angie Fogarty , beat goalkeeper Bridget Hehir to flick the ball to the net for a Murphy’s goal, this was quickly followed by a superb, long range point by Shona Cunningham, Fr Murphy’s now looked to be in control, but Una McGouran was finding room around the centre of the field and she pointed to leave the score Fr Murphy’s 1-02 to Croydon’s 0-02 , points from Laura O Hagan and Shona Cunningham, had the girls in purple &gold back in control, Croydon again pulled a point back, but the Katie O Brien, who was one of the players of the game found the corner of the Croydon net from a free , before Laura O Hagan pointed to leave the half time score, Fr Murphy’s 2-05 to Croydon’s 0-03 .
From the off in the second half Murphy’s Laura O Hagan fired over a point, then points from Shona Cunningham (2) and Katie O Brien, had them cruising, but Croydon came back, with a goal and a point, however this stirred the Murphy’s girls on the greater things, a super point by Elaine Hayes, followed by further points from Laura O Hagan and Katie O Brien, before Angie Fogarty completed her hatrick with a brace of goals, to leave Fr Murphy’s as league champions on a score of 4-12 to Croydon’s 1-05
It was a fine game, and was impartially refereed by Eddie Naughton.
This weekend sees both the camogs and the footballers in action. The camogs travel to Birmingham Saturday to take on John Mitchels, with the throw in at 11.30, while the footballers continue in the London championship against reigning champions Fulham Irish on Sunday at 11 at Wormwood Scrubs. Best of luck to both teams.
Fr Murphys are delighted to announce that both the camogie and ladies football teams will be competing at the Etihad Airways GAA World Games in August 2016.
With a few games moved to midweek, the only survivor was the Intermediate Championship game Fr Murphy’s v K.K.G., which was played at Wormwood Scrubs in beautiful conditions.
K.K.G were first out of the blocks, with a pile driver, bound for the Fr Murphy’s net, until keeper Elaine Hayes, miraculously tipped it over the bar. After that Murphy’s settled into the game with two points for Leanne Drumm, before Laois girl Laura Dunne took over with two goals, both rockets giving K.K.G keeper Rachel Healy no chance, this was followed by points from Hannah Trehey and Leanne Drumm, before Laura Dunne added two further goals, then K.K.G hit back with a goal of their own, to leave the score at the break Fr Murphy’s 4.07 K.K.G. 1.01.
Both teams were slow to start after the interval, but Fiona Considine got into the Murphy’s goal scoring mood with a great shot, followed by points by Leanne Drumm and Majella Byrne to leave the final score Fr.Murphy’s 5.11 to K.K.G’S 1-03. The game was impartially refereed by Eoin Kelly.
Our camogie team captured the Tara 7s Senior Plate recently at Greenford. It was an amazing achievement as after the first game, they were down to 5 fit players, they just stayed on the field and braved the pain to pull off an amazing victory. Must be the Clonakilty breakfast that did it.
From left to right back Aoife Linnane, Angie Fogarty, Elisabeth Horde, Mel Hogan, Niamh McGrath, Rachel McCormack, Brenda Kerr, Hannah Gleeson