Tara Tournament: Tara win the Senior Title for the first time in the competition history.
Author: Dearbhail O'Neill
Venue: TCG, Greenford
Date: Saturday 6th April 2013
(L-R): Elaine Gallery (Portobello) with sister Donna (Tara). Erin Dolan (Craughwell) and her sister Niamh (Tara), Etty Phelan (London Camogie President) presents the Senior Cup to Tara's Senior captain Niamh Keating, Bid Grennan in action, Joni Traynor Tara's Junior captain receives the Junior Cup with Julie O'Neill from Cara Personnel.
Tara win the double at the Tara 7's Tournament!
Tara finally got their hands on the silverware in the Senior competiton after missing out on it in previous years. Tara Juniors were also on form beating the favourites Green Isles in the final to walk away with the cup.
In the days leading up to the tournament all fingers were crossed for good weather and luckily our prayers were answered with beautiful blue skies and not a rain cloud in sight! The junior competition consisted of six teams and gave us all a taster of what proves to be an exciting League and Championship this year. Teams arrived from Green Isles, Brother Pearse, Tara, Michael Cusacks, Erin Go Bragh and Croydon Camogie clubs. Green Isles topped the group winning all their matches with Tara taking second place to secure their place in the final. The first half was pretty evenly matched, something that the scoreline reflected with a half time score of 0-1 0-1. Neither defence were letting any easy balls through and both goalkeepers were called on early in the half to clear their lines. A great second half performance from the Tara side allowed them to steal the victory from the previously unbeaten Green Isles side with a score of 5-2 to 4-3. The girls in blue had the fight in them for the last 15 minutes and were determined not to go home without the cup! Joni Traynor and Sheila Fernandes marshalled the back line under the ever watchful eye of Aileen Dillon in the goals. Kate Mooney and Margie O'Connor found a bit more in the tank to allow them to carry on in midfield and move the ball up the pitch away from danger into scoring territory. One of the most noteworthy scores came from Aileen Dillon's puck out which hit the cross bar at the other end of the pitch and was deflected by Natasha and into the back of the Green Isles goal. Joni was a delighted captain to raise the Cara Personnel Junior Cup for a well deserved win!
Croydon and Brother Pearse met again in the Junior Plate final with Croydon coming out as victors with a scoreline of 3-4 to 1-7. The Silverware sponsored by Tir Chonail Park has made it’s way to south London with the Croydon girls. If the day in Greenford is anything to go by the competition is heating up for the upcoming season and no doubt Green Isles will be keen to meet Tara again on the field on play.
The senior competition was a great display of camogie, we were lucky enough to have four teams over from Ireland; Portobello of Dublin, two Craughwell teams from Galway and Holy cross from Tipperary. Having the Irish teams over is great for the tournament as they bring a touch of class with them and spice up the competition. We also had two London teams, Fr Murphy's with guest player Elaine Dunphey from Croydon and Tara's.
Tara's and Holy Cross topped the group as joint leaders having each won four out of their five games and drew against each other when they first met. Tara's had a strong side and all in form following their previous victory at the Birmingham tournament in March. Bid Grennan was in fine form all day, she patrolled the back line and no ball was going past her without a fight. Denise Gilligan was called on a few times in the goal mouth to save a few hard shots from the Holycross forwards. Holycross themselves had an excellent goalie who denied a few shots from both Stacey Coen and Angela Kenneally that looked to be sure-fore goals only for her excellence on the line. Caroline Kelly the little steam train rain across every blade of grass on the pitch setting up scores at one end and helping get the ball out at the other. Fiona Morrissey was firing on all cylinders and put over a few impressive points from play. Holycross were formidable opponents, they had some impressive players in defence that seemed to pluck the balls out of the sky and send them on their way again, their relentless onslaught on the Tara defence kept Tara busier than they would've liked after already playing five games. In the end though persistence played off and Tara emerged victorious to claim their first ever Getjar Senior Cup at the Tara 7's. Holycross did not leave empty handed either as their midfielder Noreen Flanagan was named Player of the Tournament by the referees.
Portobello were third in the group and they met Fr Murphy's in the Senior Plate final, it was another great match, with some impressive scores from long distances. It was a competitive match, but in the end Portobello came out on top, they had some impressive goals in the first half that proved to be to much to claw back.
After a long day of camogie the teams made their way to the clubhouse at Tir Chonnail Gaels and partied into the wee hours! There were a few sore heads returning to Ireland on Sunday morning, but hopefully they'll be back again next year to do it all again!
We would like to pay special thanks to our sponsors on the day as without them the tournament would not have been as successful. The Senior Cup was sponsored by Getjar, the Senior Cup by Gerry Mac’s pub, the Junior Cup was sponsored by Cara Personnel and the Junior plate was sponsored by Tir Chonail park.