The camogie year came to a climax in Ballyhale on Saturday when Thomastown cantered to victory over disappointing Rower-Inistioge to retain the under-21 Roinn A championship.
In the process the victors claimed consecutive minor and under-21 championships for the first time in the club’s history. With the exception of All-Star captain Shelly Farrell, it was an all minor team with seven of the minors also starting in the county final defeat to Mullinavat. The Kilkenny senior All-Star led the way, scoring 1-6 – 1-5 from play.
Defensively, they were solid. Alice Carey and Niamh Quigley were dominant on the full-back line, while county minors Ailish Butler and the impressive Ciara Farrell controlled proceedings on the half-back line.
All-Ireland minor winning captain, Meighan Farrell performed well in midfield, while industrious 16-year-old Sarah Walsh and county minor Niamh Donnelly were also amongst Thomastown’s lead performers in attack. The Rower disappointed. They didn’t do themselves justice.
Inter-county goalie Niamh Donnelly opened the scoring with a point from play. After the losers missed a goal chance, Thomastown took complete control. Meighan Farrell added a point before her sister Shelly took over.
The All-Star added three consecutive points before scoring a goal in the 17th minute. Four additional points from Niamh Donnelly (2) and the Farrell sisters upped the lead by half-time to 1-9 to 0-0. The second-half was a stroll.
Player of the match: Shelly Farrell(Thomastown).
In her last game as an under-age player, Shelly led the way as a captain with a glorious performance. The All-Star scored 1-5 from play as she oozed class. Shelly edged out her cousin, Ciara, who was superb, and Niamh Donnelly, who scored 0-5 from play.
Scorers: Thomastown – Shelly Farrell (1-6, 0-1 free); Niamh Donnelly (0-5); Nelle Henderson (1-0); Meighan Farrell, Sarah Walsh (0-2 each); Aoife Farrell, Joanne O’Hanrahan (0-1 each). Rower-Inistioge – Kelly Hamilton (0-1, free).
Thomastown – Niamh Bolger, Alice Carey, Niamh Quigley, Anna Walpole, Eimear Corr, Ailish Butler, Ciara Farrell, Meighan Farrell, Maeve O’Connor, Eimear Donnelly, Shelly Farrell(captain), Sarah Walsh, Niamh Donnelly, Nelle Henderson, Aoife Farrell. Subs - Joanne O’Hanrahan, Jessie Carroll,
Rower-Inistioge – Emma Kavanagh, Lisa Gannon(captain), Jane Cullen, Mairead Grace, Aisling Kelly, Kelly Hamilton, Fiona Carroll, Aoife Lyng, Rachel Dwyer, Tara Kennedy, Christine Lyng, Aideen Foskin, Deborah O’Mahony, Aine Gannon, Mairead Kennedy.
Referee - Julian O’Dwyer(Windgap)