Coláiste Mhuire’s U14 girls were involved in a blitz competition in O’Loughlin Gael’s G.A.A. grounds, Kilkenny on Wednesday, 6th March 2013. The Johnstown girls took on city schools Loreto College and Presentation Convent, as well as Grennan College Thomastown, with the top team progressing into the next stage of the competition.
In their first game, the girls played Loreto College and it was clear from the off that the city side held the advantage. Despite the awful weather conditions which made life difficult for both sides, Coláiste Mhuire tried their best, with goalkeeper Jacqueline Boyd in particularly outstanding form.
Losing the first match meant the team needed a positive result against Presentation Convent in the second round. This game was a much tighter affair. Shona Connelly was strong at fullback, while Danielle Martin led the charge from midfield. Ciara Tobin also caused the Presentation defence a lot of problems. Nonetheless, the Johnstown girls suffered a second defeat.
In their final match Coláiste Mhuire tackled Grennan College. Laura O’Sullivan really impressed with her running, and Zoe Crosby (captain) tried hard to rally her troops for a final assault on the Thomastown goal. Despite their best efforts, however, a win wasn’t forthcoming.
While positive results eluded the Coláiste Mhuire girls on the day, it wasn’t for the lack of effort on their part. Of some consolation was the announcement that star goalkeeper Jacqueline Boyd was named player of the tournament, so well done Jacqueline! A good day out was had by all and with training and dedication a win is surely around the corner, so keep it up girls!
Panel: Zoe Crosby, (captain), Jennifer Saunders, Rebecca Walsh, Alise Rozalinska, Shannon Cleere, Leah Burke, Ailbhe Maddock, Caitriona Henderson, Ciara Maloney, Danielle Martin, Nisieah Dalton, Tori Brophy, Billie-Mae Geoghegan, Juliet Garrett, Chloe Mullins, Edel Dowd, Sarah Jane McCormack, Mairead Kennedy, Laura O’Sullivan, Shona Connolly, Roisin Colclough, Aideen Dawson Neary, Jacqueline Boyd, Ciara Tobin, Emma McEvoy, Siobhan Burke, Faye Condon, Rebecca Beehan & Sinead Clear.