The annual South West Cumann Na mBunscol indoor 5 a-side camogie competition took place on Thursday 16th January in Antrim Forum. An amazing 11 schools participated, forming 15 teams and thus plenty of camogie to be enjoyed.
Schools involved included Mary Queen of Peace Glenravel, St. Mary’s Portglenone, St. Paul’s Ahoghill, Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach, Mount St. Michael’s Randalstown, Creggan, Millquarter, St. Oliver Plunkett Toome, St. Brigid’s Ballymena, St. Patrick’s Rasharkin and St. Colmcille’s Ballymena.
The 15 teams were split into two groups and played each team in their group once to decide semi-final spots.
In group one Mary Queen of Peace Glenravel, Millquarter and St. Patrick’s Rasharkin all secured opening wins and continued this fine form throughout their group games, only losing points to each other. After all teams in this group had played their 7 games, it was Millquarter who topped the group only having lost one game. On equal points and thus joint for second in the group was St. Patrick’s Rasharkin and Mary Queen of Peace. To decide who would progress to the semi-final required reflecting on the result of the two school’s earlier meeting which had been won (2-0) by Mary Queen of Peace and so it would be the Glenravel side who would progress further in the competition. Last year’s title holders St. Oliver Plunkett also provided noteworthy competition and determination in this group.
In group two Mount Saint Michael’s Randalstown dominated with a strong, skilful team, winning all games in the group stages and securing top points to make the semi-final with ease. Taking second place was an energetic St. Mary’s Portglenone team, only losing one game to the group leaders. Narrowly missing out on a semi-final spot was Millquarter’s second team and Creggan who both produced some promising performances.
The first of the semi-finals saw Mount Saint Michael’s take on Mary Queen of Peace Glenravel. This fight for a final spot was hotly contested in an exciting game with team mates vocally getting behind their school friends. Mary Queen of Peace were first to score and only in the final seconds did Mount Saint Michael’s come very close to drawing level only to hit the side of the net. At the final whistle a goal separated the teams with Mary Queen of Peace victorious on a score line of 1–0.
St. Mary’s Portglenone and Millquarter played in the second semi which required extra time to decide a winner. The first to score a golden score was Millquarter who secured their spot in final.
With the finalists having already played each other in a close encounter early on in the group stages, which saw Millquarter win 2-1, it was time to see which team would win the title for 2020. Both teams battled hard throughout the game with many significant saves made by the Millquarter goal keeper who denied Mary Queen of Peace any scores. At the other end Millquarter managed three goals and thus the Millquarter girls excitedly received the winning shield.
Congratulations to all schools who participated in the 2020 South West Cumann Na mBunscol indoor camogie.