Author: Bid Grennan
Venue: Erin Go Brath, London
Tara London begin the season where they left off last year
Tara started the 2011 season as they finished the 2010 season, with another piece of silverware. Tara ended the 2010 season on a high with a win in the League Final. Tara travelled to Birmingham for the International Birmingham Tournament on Saturday 12th March and travelled back to London winning the cup competition and also securing player of the tournament in Bid Grennan.
Tara travelled with a strong team featuring some of the regular team in Denise Gilligan, Joanne Hamilton, Angela Kenneally, Helen Murphy, Rosie Cusack, Sheila Fernandes and Bid Grennan. However there were some new faces to the team also in Maria Casey, Ellen O'Donovan, Linda Cummins and one new player to camogie Janine O'Gorman. The team on the day were mentored by Niamh Keating who just had a knee operation and is recovering nicely in time for the Tara Tournament.
Tara started the day with two wins over rival London teams Fr Murphy's and Croydon. Following this they convincingly beat John Mitchell's and Liverpool 2nd team setting up a semi final place with Fullen Gaels from Manchester. Tara ran out winners in the semi final. Through out the day the Tara girls showed fantastic team awareness, picking each other out with ease. The new members to the club gelled well into the mix. Gilligan and Hamilton were leading the charge up front for the girls in blue and white, while in defence Casey and O'Donovan slotted in very nicely on either side of Grennan. A combination of Cummins and Cusack between the posts meant that Tara leaked very few goals. Kenneally and Murphy controlled things in the middle of the park throughout the day.
Liverpool Hope's 1st team reached the final after beating Fr Murphy's in the other Cup Semi Final. Liverpool Hope were reigning champions after winning the competition last year and a title they were not willing to let go easily. Tara got off to a great start notching up some quick scores from sharp shooter Denise Gilligan and Angela Kenneally. Tara went in at the break with a comfortable lead but there was still a lot of work to do. Tara started the second half very well and again notched up a few scores. However Liverpool were not done yet and made surge at the end grabbing a goal however it was too little to late and Tara were victorious.
Tara showed their true champion status following a day of some fantastic camogie. A great start to the year for the Tara and the day was nicely rounded off for captain Bid Grennan as she received Player of the Tournament.
Tara host their annual 7 aside Tournament on Saturday 30th April in TCG, Greenford. Another great day for camogie in London and is sure to be another overwhelming success.