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Galltir Senior Camogie
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Gaultier Camogie Club Notes
County Senior Camogie Championship Final
Gaultier 1-13 St. Anne’s 0-8
Gallant Gaultier Gallop to First Title since 1990 in Tramore
The last time Gaultier won the County Senior Camogie title, the Celtic Tiger was but a cub, the U.S.S.R. a superpower and phone texting was unheard of. These facts help explain the elation of players, mentors and supporters when referee Dan Daly called time on Sunday’s tumultuous final in Tramore. When you also take into account that the victory was achieved over St.Annes who have had a vice like grip on the championship for the last four years, you can begin to comprehend their delight.
The score line suggests an easy victory but as all supporters of our national game are aware results can turn in the blinking of an eye. To their eternal credit, the champions fought to hold their title as they pressed for the goals needed to bridge the gap in the closing stages. But they found a Gaultier defence superbly marshalled by Gail O’Sullivan in an unforgiving mood and quite unwilling to concede.
All successful sporting stories have many sub plots and Gail is one of the stories of the 2006 final. The only player on the Gaultier panel with a senior championship medal which was won in 1990. She has persevered through the barren years and received her reward on Sunday, much to the delight of her parents Lillian and Pat. Her steadying influence on her youthful companions cannot be underestimated.
Before the account of the game is recorded, the role of the Godparents of Camogie in The Barony of Gaultier must also be acknowledged. Referring of course to Helen and Tony Cummins. They have given countless players the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful game over many years. At the helm again this year, Tony cajoled and encouraged his charges all year with Helen in the background making sure all appropriate arrangements were in place.
The champions were first to settle, drawing on their experience they held a three point lead by the 15th minute courtesy of Pauline Cunningham (0-3) and an outstanding Annette Raher point from fifty meters. Áine Lyng had Gautier’s solitary score. A sea breeze favouring St Annes ensured the sliothar resided in the challengers half. Their defence was heroic through this period with Margot Heffernan, building on her performance from the semi final, quite exceptional. Zoe Power, Ciara O’Callaghan and Ruth Hannon ably supported her.
St. Anne’s mentors introduced Karen Kelly on the 20th minute and she added a point soon after. The sides quickly traded scores to leave the score line 0-6 to 0-2 in the champions favour. The midfield exchanges were frantic with the Sally O’Grady/ Bella Daniels partnership for Gaultier battling it out with Charlotte Raher and Caroline Ahearn for the champions.
The foundation for victory was laid in the closing minutes of the half as Gaultier’s centre forward Áine Lyng finally found space to display her exhilarating skills. Two quick white flags raised and the margin was reduced to two. More importantly the tide was turned and The Barony girls went into the break with a pep in their step.
Half Time St Annes 0-6 Gaultier 0-4
Action recommenced and points were traded, the sides were level 0-7 each by the eighth minute, Jenny O’Grady scoring the equalizer, a just reward for her phenomenal work rate. St Annes nudged in front again but the deadly accurate Lyng levelled matters by the midway mark having been denied a goal by the excellent Tracey Gallagher.
Centre back Aileen Cummins now came into her own and was dominant till the final whistle. The Gaultier attack moved sweetly, Emma Hannon in constant motion probing for openings. The younger players Sarah Smith, Emily Dower and Clare Hartery responding to their more experienced peers. For St Annes Pauline Cunningham, Katie Rockett and Sarrie Flynn worked hard.
In the Gaultier goal young Patricia Jackman was simply superb as the stakes were raised, she dea
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Grant me o lord a hurlers skill
with strength of arm and speed of limb
unairing eye for the flying ball and
courage to match whatever be fall
may my aim be steady my stroke be true
my actions manly my misses few
no matter what way the game may go
may i rest in friendship with every foe
when i stand at last a gods judgement throne
and the great referee when he calls my name
say you hurled like a man you played the game
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