Tara held a 9th Camogie 7s tournament on Saturday 11th April at Tir Chonaill Park, Greenford, London. What started off as a wet and windy day ended with the sun shining for the Finals 9 teams competed on the day, comprising 4 junior and 5 senior teams. We had 2 visiting teams from Ireland - Portobello of Dublin and St Dominic's from Roscommon. This was Portobellos third year attending, with St Dominics making their debut. The UK teams comprised of Croydon, Fr Murphy and hosts Tara joining our Irish visitors in the Senior competition and then Erin Go Bragh, Green Isles, Croydon and Tara competing in Junior.
Junior Camogie 7sIn the Junior competition it was Green Isles and Tara who contested the Junior Cup final, sponsored by Cara Personnel. Previous encounters between these two in both the 7s and London competitions have always been closely fought affairs, and this one was no different. Tara were edging the game throughout but Green Isles came back and it was a drawn game at full time, so extra time ensued. Tara goalie Aileen Dillon (Galway) pulled off some great saves from Sinead O Halloran and Lucy Conway but great scores from Taras Anna Nyhan & Josie O Brien, meant the girls in blue lifted the junior cup for the third year in a row. Welcome to Rita Freyne (Rower Inistioge) who made her Tara debut today. Taras Anna Nyhan (Enniskeane, Cork) won the Junior Player of the Tournament and some of her fine skills were shown on IrishTV (Sky Channel 191), who called into Greenford during the 7s to see what we were up to. In the Junior Plate final Croydon beat Erin go Bragh of Birmingham and Maeve McEnery collected the Plate, sponsored by Tir Chonaill Park.
Senior Camogie 7sIn the senior competition Portobello were soon the bookies favourites, winning all 4 group games. Goalie Karen Baxter was well protected by backs Marie Whelan and Jacqui Hurley, and along with Laura Kavanagh in midfield, they kept lots of ball fed into Elaine Gallery, who yet again had her scoring boots on. Tara, as best second placed team, were fixed to meet Porto in the Getjar Senior Cup Final. Tara, had lost the earlier round to Porto but with the experience of vice-captain Joanne Hamilton (Antrim), Fiona Morrissey (Ballingarry, Limerick), Denise Gilligan (Craughwell, Galway) Helen Murphy (Glenmore, Kilkenny) and Roisin O Grady (Lucan Sarsfield, Dublin), coupled with a bit of home pride, werent going to hand over the cup easily and were up for the fight. The first half was close enough but Tara put the foot down in the second and with Porto having a late night Friday, Tara retained the cup. Captain Roisin O Grady, & Taras club secretary for the year, was delighted to accept the cup on behalf of the girls, thanked the visiting teams and then proudly spoke of how great Dublin camogie was. Making their senior debut for Tara today were Fiona O Grady (Laois), Orlagh Jennings (Cork), Shauna Mallon (Antrim); all of whom will be fantastic additions to our Club. The senior Plate, sponsored by Mahers Irish Bar, Greenford Road, was won by St Dominics who beat Fr Murphys in the final. St Dominics were the first Roscommon team to come to our 7s and many of the girls will be over in London in a couple of weeks to see the London v Roscommon game May bank holiday weekend. Thanks to Susan Spillane for organising the girls.
Our Fiona Morrissey won the Senior Player of the Tournament, as voted by the Referees. Well deserved. Many thanks to all the refs on the day, Beano Collins, Darren Moore, Mattie Houlihan and Conor Hallissey.
Ian McDonnell of Irish TV and his crew called into Greenford to do a bit of filming and a have a chat with a few. Check out the website for some of the action http://www.irishtv.ie/category/united-kingdom/london/
Many thanks to Michael Mullins and all at Tir Chonaill Gaels for the excellent facilities available throughout the day, and for their assistance in preparing for the competition. Thanks also to the sponsors of the trophies and medals to Getjar for sponsoring the Senior Cup; Maher's Irish Bar who sponsored the Senior Plate; Cara Personnel for sponsoring the Junior Cup and Tir Chonaill Gaels who sponsored the Junior Plate. Your continued support is most valued and appreciated