Teams gave their all as club remembered ‘a true friend’

CAMOGIE teams from across Kilkenny and Waterford came together to remember a loyal servant of the game.

CAMOGIE teams from across Kilkenny and Waterford came together to remember a loyal servant of the game.

On a day blessed with fine weather, teams from Ferrybank, Gaultier, Mooncoin, Slieverue, the Rower-Inistioge and Blacks & Whites travelled to Kilmacow to play in the Jerry Harney Memorial under-16 nine-a-side tournament.

The competition was organised by the Kilmacow club, who also had two sides in action on the day, as a tribute to Jerry Harney, a long-time friend of the club who died last year.

Known as an avid supporter of camogie, the club have organised the competition in his memory, with teams competing for the Jerry Harney Cup and the Jerry Harney Shield.

There were some hard-fought games throughout the day, not least the semi-final between Mooncoin and Kilmacow’s white team, which provided plenty of excitement for the crowds.

After two rounds of extra-time the sides could not be separated. The game went to a penalty shoot-out, where Mooncoin got the nod, progressing to the Shield final against the Rower-Inistioge.

After a long day of hurling, both teams put on a great display of skill, but it was the Rower who emerged winners and the first team to take the Jerry Harney Memorial Shield.

The fight for the Jerry Harney Cup was also impressive, coming down to a final between Ferrybank and Gaultier. The players battled fatigue as well as each other, but a strong forward line led Gaultier to the Cup.

While there was fierce competition on the field, it was a different story off it. With music and food throughout the day, it was a great event for trainers and players to mix together.

The Kilmacow club thanked all those who made the tournament a success, from pitch organisation and providing food to the 100 girls who put in a marvellous display of skill and commitment on the day.