The third annual Tara Camogie Sevens Tournament took place in Greenford last Saturday April 10. On a beautiful sunny day at Tir Chonaill Park , six teams competed in the junior competition and eight teams battled it out for honours at senior level.
Eight teams competed in the senior competition with Galway’s Killimor 1, Liverpool University , Tipperary’s Shannon Rovers and Tara 2 in Group one and Brother Murphy’s, Tara 1, Croydon and Killimor 2 in Group two.
Shannon Rovers were the dominant force in Group one with an impressive 9-4 to 0-0 victory over the Tara 2 team, a 4-2 to 1-3 win over Liverpool University who provided their stiffest competition in Group one and a 5-8 to 1-2 victory over Killimor 1. As they easily topped the group, it was left to the other teams to fight it out for a place in the Cup semi final and the Plate final.
Liverpool University progressed to the Cup semis after a 3-2 to 2-5 draw with Killimor 1 and a 3-4 to 0-0 win over Tara 2. A win for Killimor 1 over Tara 2 ensured that they would contest the Plate final.
In the senior Group 2 Tara 1 had a comfortable stroll to the top of the table with a resounding 11-6 to 0-3 win over Brother Murphy’s, a 12-6 to 0-3 victory over Croydon and a win over Killimor 2.
Croydon finished second in the group with wins over Brother Murphy’s (5-6 to 2-3) and Killimor 2 (3-9 to 0-0) to guarantee a semi final place against Shannon Rovers while Brother Murphy’s went on to play Killimor 1 in the Senior Plate Final.
Tara 1 and Shannon Rovers won their semi finals setting up an exciting Senior Cup Final showdown.
Killimor 1 beat Brother Murphy’s in the Senior Plate Final to ensure they headed back to Galway with some silverware.
Senior Cup Final : Tara 5-5 v 5-7 Shannon Rovers
In the Senior Cup final spectators were treated to some of the best displays of camogie all day. The two teams were evenly matched and the seven a side format ensured a fast paced game. Tara 1 boasted an impressive panel of seven London county players; captain Bid Grennan, Angela Kenneally, Helen Murphy, Ann Digan, Anne Gleason, Rosie Cusack and Caroline Kelly and could also rely on the sharp shooting skills of Denise Gilligan and Joanne Hamilton. Goalkeeper Niamh Dolan added to a formidable side.
Shannon Rovers who compete in Tipperary’s Senior Championship also have an impressive pedigree. The North Munster League Champions in 2009 came to the tournament with a selection of quality players including Rita Burke and Lorraine Davis who won Munster Junior Medals with Tipperary in 2009 and Sabrina Larkin named as an Ashbourne All Star earlier this year after her contribution to University of Limerick’s win over Cork IT in the Ashbourne Shield Final.
While the two teams were evenly matched Tara appeared to have the edge in the first half. After Bid Grennan opened the scoring with a point, the scores kept coming from Angela Kenneally, Caroline Kelly and Helen Murphy with some great passes from Denise Gilligan and Rosie Cusack. Solid defending from Anne Gleeson and Anne Digan meant Tara only conceded two points in the first half.
Half time and Tara were cruising at 3-3 to 0-2.
Things changed quickly in the second half. Two quick goals and a point for Shannon Rovers meant that the game was wide open again. Despite another goal from Angela Kenneally, Shannon Rovers kept the pressure on and scored a third. It was end to end stuff as the scores kept flying in at either side, with Joanne Hamilton working hard for Tara after coming on at half time. Shannon Rovers were gaining on Tara and were it not for the heroics of goalkeeper Niamh Dolan, Rovers would have gone ahead sooner. However a goal and two points in quick succession from the Tipperary team ensured that the Cup went to Shannon Rovers. Final score 5-5 to 5-7.
Individual awards went to Sinead Casey from Erin go Bragh for Junior Player of the Tournament while Angela Kenneally from Tara was voted Senior Player of the Tournament for the second year.
After a long day of camogie, rivalries were forgotten as players and spectators partied the night away in the TCG clubhouse.
TCC would like to thank Tom Mohan, Stevie McLoughlin, Maurice Carr, Danny and all at Tir Chonaill Gaels GFC for making their facilities available for the tournament along with Adrian Byrne and all the staff at TCG.
Many thanks to our sponsors Getjar, City Jet, The Shawl, Tir Chonaill Park and Galway Association, London.
Thanks to Dr N. Patel, AFA M. Pillai and BM M. McGloughlin of St John Ambulance who were called into action throughout the day.
A special thanks to Sheila Fernandes on behalf of all involved with Tara Camogie Club. Sheila organised the entire tournament and was responsible for ensuring everything ran smoothly in the weeks leading up to the event and on the day itself.
After the Junior draw Tara Camogie Club were drawn in group one with London Shinty and Birmingham ’s Erin Go Bragh while group two was an all London affair between Croydon, Green Isles and Brother Murphy’s (a mix of Brothers Pearce and Father Murphy’s).
Erin Go Bragh quickly established themselves as the dominant force in group one, easily beating Tara ’s inexperienced side 4-1 to 1-0 and followed that up with a 1-3 to no score victory over London Shinty. Tara rallied in their second match with a 3-2 to 1-0 victory over Shinty as the more experienced players in the team helped to guide the new girls.
In group two Croydon were the ones to watch with comfortable victories over Brother Murphy’s (3-2 to 1-2) and Green Isles (1-5 to 0-2). Brother Murphy’s beat Green Isles 2-4 to 1-1 to ensure they finished second in the group.
Cup semi finals followed and Tara were unlucky to be beaten by Croydon. The Tara juniors had steadily improved as the day went on and marshalled by Captain Susannah Gill in defence and Mags Heneghan in midfield they provided their best displays of hurling on the day. Croydon however were stronger and ensured their place in the final with a 2-1 to 0-3 victory.
Erin Go Bragh continued their impressive displays with a 5-2 to 0-1 victory over Brother Murphy’s in the second semi final.
While EGB and Croydon had a well deserved rest before their final the Plate final was contested between London Shinty (and a few Tara players as their squad had been depleted by injuries) and Green Isles, with Green Isles the winners (3-4 to 1-2).
In the junior Cup final Erin Go Bragh ensured they remained undefeated all day with a narrow victory over Croydon. There was silence at the final whistle as both teams waited for the referee to announce the final score, 2-1 to 0-6, a single point ensuring that the Cup went to Erin Go Bragh for the very first time.
The Junior Cup was sponsored by The Shawl, South Harrow and also the Junior Player of the Tournament Award which went to Sinead Casey from Erin go Bragh. Special mention also for Eilish Staunton of EgB who at the age of 14yrs was fantastic in the final. She'll be one to watch for the future.
Tara Camogie Club will hold their fourth annual sevens tournament this Saturday 10th April.
With teams competing from Galway, Tipperary, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, spectators will be treated to great displays of camogie throughout the day.
The tournament will comprise of four competitions, two Senior and two Junior.
Nine teams will compete in the Senior Cup and Plate competitions including two from Killimor, Co Galway, one each from Shannon Rovers Tipperary and Liverpool University alongside London teams Brothers Pearse, Croydon and last years Cup winners Father Murphy’s. Reigning London champions in all competitions and hosts Tara will enter two teams at senior level.
All eyes will be on Liverpool University, winners of the Birmingham tournament this year. Captain Cara Farren from Derry, Cup player of the tournament in Birmingham is a strong talented midfielder. Other players to watch include Clodagh McPeake (Derry) a strong defensive player and speedy wing forward Emma McParland (Armagh).
Tipperary’s Shannon Rovers, North Munster League Champions in 2009 will also prove to be tough opposition. Quality players on display will include Rita Burke and Lorraine Davis who won Munster Junior Medals with Tipperary in 2009 and Sabrina Larkin (full back) named as an Ashbourne All Star earlier this year after her contribution to University of Limerick’s win over Cork IT in the Ashbourne Shield Final.
Former St Gabriel’s player (1982-1997) Tom Brien is manager of a formidable Killimor side that have achieved a great deal in their short history. Formed in February 2008 this team won the Junior League Shield in 2008 and also reached the junior county final the same year. Following promotion to Junior B they reached the county semi-final in 2009. Captained by Mairead Mooney, some of the panel travelling to London have won camogie medals in previous years.
Loyalties will be divided for Denise Mooney, a former Killimor player who joined Tara in 2010.
Tara Camogie Club will be hoping to make it three in a row after Junior Cup success in 2008 and 2009 taking on Shinty London, Birmingham’s Erin Go Bragh and John Mitchells and fellow London teams Brothers Pearse and last years Junior Plate winners Green Isles.
Players will also be competing for individual honours with prizes awarded for Senior and Junior player of the tournament.
After a long day of camogie, players and spectators can look forward to presentations in the clubhouse followed by entertainment provided by band Tralee Sounds and DJ James.
TCC would like to thank Tom Mohan and all at Tir Chonaill Gaels GFC for making their facilities available for the tournament along with Adrian Byrne and all the staff at TCG.
Many thanks to our sponsors Getjar, CityJet, The Shawl, Tir Chonaill Park and Galway Association, London.
The tournament will take place in TCG Greenford. Registration starts at 10am.