The second annual Jerry Harney memorial under-16 camogie tournament was played in Kilmacow Sports Complex recently.
On a bitterly cold day there was a great turnout of clubs from Kilkenny and Waterford. Teams travelled from Tramore, Mooncoin, Slieverue, Rower Inistioge and Ferrybank; there were two teams from Kilmacow and the final team was made up by the under-15 Kilkenny Development Squad players.
These Kilkenny players replaced a team that pulled out at the last minute, and their participation was greatly appreciated. Throughout the day the teams battled it out in two groups to claim the prized piece of silverware - the Jerry Harney Cup and the Jerry Harney Shield.
Hard fought games
There were some hard fought matches played throughout the day, with all the girls showing a great amount of skill. They provided great entertainment for the big number of spectators who came to support this hugely popular tournament.
The Shield final proved to be a fantastic affair between Slieverue and the Kilmacow White team. All the girls fought their hardest and the game was nail biting from start to finish.
At full time the scores were tied, which meant extra-time had to be played. The girls blasted on and didn’t disappoint. In the end the Kilmacow White team came away the winners.
Both teams put on a fantastic display and the result could have gone either way.
Meanwhile, in the Cup final there was an equally exciting clash between the under-15 Kilkenny Development Squad and Kilmacow Green team. This match showcased the talents of some great players on both sides.
The Kilmacow Green team were out-classed by a superior Kilkenny Squad, who scored a worthy victory. The Kilmacow
girls showed great determination and can be proud of their display, as should all teams who took part in the tournaments.
Kilmacow, the host club, thanked all who gave of their time freely and put a big effort into organising the tournament, especially the players and coaches who fought freezing winds and fatigue, showing great skills and commitment in all the games.
Thanks to all
Thanks was also extended to those who helped set up pitches, provided food, or gave of their time in any way. The club is hugely grateful for the support shown at events like this, and expressed the hope that such support would continues throughout the year.
The event was very successful from all points of vierw. Kilmacow are now looking forward to the championship matches in the months ahead and to defending the Shield next year. Already some of the teams have promised to return again next year.