Congratulations to the Senior Footballers who had a comprehensive 1-11 to 0-7 victory over Naas C.B.S in the All Ireland “B” semi-final at Portarlington on Saturday last.
From the throw-in Our Lady’s were sharp and eager for battle and showed little evidence of having come through a gruelling year’s football and hurling. John Mc Grath and Colin O’ Riordan in particular at centre field controlled the game from the start and gave Naas no platform from which to launch an attack. The decisive score in the first half was a awell taken goal from Tommy Nolan which gave Templemore a three point lead going into the second half. In the second half Our Lady’s consolidated that lead and went on to a 1-11 to 0-7 victory. Apart from Mc Grath and O’ Riordan who were inspirational, Liam Murphy in goals made a number of crucial saves while Jason Ryan at full back was rock solid as was Brian Kennedy at centre-back. In the forward line Tommy Nolan was most impressive. The All Ireland final against Tubbercurry of Sligo is fixed for Saturday April 6th . The venue has not been decided yet but Mullingar has been mentioned. Well done and best wishes to the team and to managers, Mr. Tom Byrnes and Mr. Fergus Leonard.
Junior “B” Camogie Final Replay.
Hard luck to the Junior “B” camogie team who were narrowly defeated by Castlecomer in the All Ireland Final replay at Birr on Saturday last. Our Lady’s had a great first half and led by six points to three at half time. Nature and luck seemed to conspire against us at the beginning of the second half. The wind which was due to favour Our Lady’s changed suddenly, and almost on the throw in Castlecomer scored a chance goal from a fifty metre free. The Kilkenny girls followed this up with a couple of well taken points but Our Lady’s battled bravely and on a number of occasions narrowly missed the net. In the end the two points that separated the teams was hardly a reflection of the relative merits of the sides. With even a tiny bit of luck we could at least have taken the game to extra time. All Our Lady’s girls, as usual, played their hearts out. In goals Sarah Buckley made a number of brilliant saves while Kate Cashman at full-back was inspirational and was justly rewarded with the player of the game award. Other players who were prominent throughout the game were Niamh Treacy who posed the greatest to the Castlecomer defence, Orla Cahill who defended bravely throughout the game and Leanne and Aimee Gleeson who in spite of their age played with skill and confidence as did Miriam Campion. Aisling O’ Dea too who has been consistent throughout the tournament worked hard for the full hour as did Elaine Fitzpatrick. Congratulations to the team on reaching the All Ireland final and to their manager Ms Teresa Breannan and her assistant Ms Róisin Hackett who have invested so many hours of their time in training the group since the beginning of the year.