After an enthralling day of camogie at Roger Casements GAC Portglenone, it was the host school, St Mary’s who emerged victorious in the annual Allianz Ireland Cumann na mbunscoil 7 a side competition. The main takeaway from the day for onlookers was that the standard of camogie in the South West area is very high.
The day began with a large number of schools gathering at the Gortgole Rd venue, schools were split into two groups using all possible pitch space and battle commenced.
Schools in attendance were St Mary’s Portglenone (3 teams), St Patrick’s Rasharkin (2 teams), Ballymacrickett, St Paul’s Ahoghill, Millquarter PS, Mary Queen of Peace Glenravel, St Brigid’s Ballymena, St Oliver Plunkett Toome, Moneynick PS, Creggan, St Joseph’s Crumlin and Mount St Michael’s Randalstown.
Emerging into the cup semis after the group stages were 2 of the St Mary’s teams, 2 St Patrick’s Rasharkin teams, Mary Queen of Peace, Mount St Michael’s, Moneynick and Creggan, with the remaining teams entering the shield.
As the afternoon progressed the entertainment on show increased, entering the final games, Ballymacrickett and St Paul’s Ahoghill had qualified to compete for the shield whilst the cup competition saw St Mary’s and St Patrick’s go head to head.
The shield final was an entertaining and tough game between two very determined teams with the Ballymacrickett girls coming out on top, a great moment for all involved.
The cup final was the culmination of a fantastic day’s camogie and it was a well-coached and skilful Portglenone side who were victorious against gallant opposition.
A big well done to St Mary’s Portglenone and also a thank you for hosting a wonderful day.