All Ireland Colleges B Hurling Final
As St Louis look forward to a final meeting with Gorey of Wexford on Saturday we take a look back at the 2011 final in which the school lost out to Grennan College of Kilkenny. Chloe Drain, (4th from left on front row in the pic below) who is part of the current team management, played that day at right half forward
Grennan College Kilkenny 4-10 St Louis Grammar 3-3
(12th March 2011)
Report from the Ballymena Times 15th March 2011
St Louis Grammar School’s bid for All Ireland glory came to an end at Trim Co. Meath on Saturday when they were beaten 4-10 to 3-3 by a very good Grennan College team from Thomastown, Kilkenny in the final of the All Ireland Colleges B final.
Though the led early in the game, and were still in contention at half time, the Ballymena girls struggled to keep pace with their Kilkenny counterparts after the break as Kilkenny senior panellist Kelly Hamilton led the charge with a brilliant individual display.
St Louis got off to a great start with a well taken goal by corner forward Chloe Bartley put them 1-0 to 0-1 ahead in the eighth minute. However goals in quick succession by Niamh Donnelly and Aine Lannon gave Grennan a 2-2 to 1-0 lead by the end of the opening quarter. A goal and a point from Anna Kelly put St Louis back in the hunt, and they were desperately unlucky when what looked to be a perfectly good goal from team captain Aimee McAtamney was ruled out for over-carrying. To make matters worse Grennan’s Kelly Hamilton got away with over-carrying herself before breaking through and firing to the net to give her team a 3-2 to 2-1 lead at half time.
With the breeze behind them in the second half Grennan College stepped up the pace and with Hamilton adding four more points from frees, and Niamh Donnelly lobbed in a goal St Louis had a mountain to climb. To their credit St Louis battled on bravely and a late goal from substitute Rioghnach McNaughton brought some reward. However the Kilkenny girls always had the upper hand and St Louis great adventure came to an end. Wehen the pain of Saturday’s defeat wears off Christine Doherty, Helen McToal and their team can look back with pride on what they have achieved.
N McCloskey, N McQuillan, L Elliott, K Bradley, M Lynn, S Woulahan, E McGarry, N Doherty, S Devlin, K Duffin, A McAtamney (0-2f), C Drain, C McIntyre, A Kelly (1-1), C Bartley (1-0)
Subs – R McNaughton (1-0) for C McIntyre; A Kearney for M Lynn