The Laois Camogie championships came to an end at the weekend with Camross coming out on top in both finals.
First up was the Junior final between Camross and Portlaoise. Both sides played out of their skin with eight goals scored between them.
Camross’ superior goal count getting them over the line as they won the Junior title. The Junior grade was only introduced this year and it allowed these ladies a chance to play top quality camogie.
Camross went on to win the Intermediate title as well as they had too much for a St Brigid’s side who were in their first county final since 2010.
Camross went one better than last year as they were beaten by O’Moore’s in the 2018 county final.
In any case, the team we went for is below.
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1 – Niamh Dollard (Camross)
The Laois forward was immense in goal for Camross in the final v St Brigid’s. She showed her versatility as she never looked out of place between the sticks.
Dollard was on-hand whenever Brigid’s got any sight of goal and she earned a deserved clean sheet for her side.
2 – Fiona Scully (Camross)
Fiona was superb all game as she held Tara Corrigan scoreless from play. Corrigan was Brigid’s biggest threat and she was well up for stopping the Brigid’s woman.
She came out with the ball time and time again and she was often the creator of many of the Camross attacks.
3 – Sarah Fleming (Portlaoise)
The young Portlaoise full-back performed brilliantly for her side and showcased her vast experience from playing with Laois.
She came out with the ball on many occasions and was a calming influence on her side’s defence. She and her other defenders were unlucky to be on the end of five goals from Camross.
4 – Amy Quinlan (St Brigid’s)
Amy was exceptional in defence for her side and was tasked with marking Kirsten Keenan. She held Keenan scoreless from play and there are not many defenders around who could say the same.
5 – Aoibhe O’Brien (Portlaoise)
Aoibhe never stopped running for her side and was a bright spark when Portlaoise moved upfield with the ball.
She was solid defensively too as she hustled and harried and never let her marker any time on the ball at any occasion.
6 – Sarah Ann Fitzgerald (Camross)
Captain fantastic Sarah Ann was one of Camross’ best performers on Saturday. Her tenacious ability to go from defence to attack has to be commended.
She also fired over a hat-rick of frees and was superb in the centre-half position for her side.
7 – Sarah Creagh (St Brigid’s)
Sarah took the responsibility of joint-captaincy in her stride as she had a wonderful game on Saturday.
She drove her team on and gave them encouragement from the first minute to last and showed her true leadership qualities.
8 – Eimear Guidera (St Brigid’s)
Eimear was outstanding against Camross and was unlucky to be on the losing side.
Her strong midfield runs caused havoc for Camross all game and she scored a fine point to add to an impressive performance.
9 – Amy Byrne (Portlaoise)
Amy was Portlaoise’s best player on the day. Her runs on and off the ball were incredible as she fired in a goal before half-time to get her side right back into the game.
She scored an impressive 1-4 in the game and was very unfortunate to be on the losing side.
10 – Laura Drennan (Camross)
With a lightning storm overhead, Laura got Camross off to a lightning start against Portlaoise.
Her 45′ ended up in the back of the net after it had deceived everyone. The goal settling any nerves that Camross may have had.
11 – Aine Cuddy (Camross)
Player of the Match in the Junior final, Aine was superb all game and having scored two fine goals, she was a deserved winner of the accolade.
Her second goal was a thing of beauty as she gave Chloe Norton no chance in the Portlaoise goal.
12 – Tara Corrigan (St Brigid’s)
Tara was Brigid’s best player against Camross as she scored five points out of their nine points scored.
She was the creator for some of the other points too and she is well deserved of her place in the Team of the Week.
13 – Erone Fitzpatrick (Portlaoise)
Erone is well-known for her footballing skills, but after Saturday’s performance, she will be known for her camogie skills too.
Her pace and driving runs were causing Camross havoc all game. She fired in a stunning goal from a tight-angle mid-way through the second half to get Portlaoise back into the game.
14 – Kirsten Keenan (Camross)
Kirsten seems to go from strength to strength every time she plays. Her accuracy from frees was impeccable on Saturday as she fired over five points all from placed balls.
Her hardworking nature and ability to score earned her a deserved Player of the Match award.
15 – Sara Cuddy (Camross)
Sara was unlucky not to be named Player of the Match after her fine performance against St Brigid’s.
She scored 1-1 from play with her goal being a proper forward’s goal as she was in the right place at the right time to bat home Kirsten Keenan’s rebound. The goal was crucial for her side’s win.