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St Louis camogs win Down Schools' Shield

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

St Louis camogs win Down Schools' Shield thumbnailThe Year 8 camogie team from St Louis, Kilkeel which recently won the Down Schools’ Shield. They are pictured with St. Louis principal, Mr Kevin Martin and coach Mrs Rosemary Colgan.

WHEN you build up a tradition of excellence in sport, the expectations are usually high.

 

St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel ....2-01

St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan ....2-00

 

Long-standing camogie coach at St Louis, Mrs Rosemary Colgan, has been busy putting into place the foundations of a new generation of camogie players at the school and it didn't take them long to capture silverware.

The Year 8 St Louis camogie team has just recently lifted the Down Schools' Camogie Shield.

With nine schools competing for the title, the competition was run off in a blitz format.

St Louis defeated New-Bridge Integrated College and Aquinas Grammar School in the play-offs for a final place.

Their opponents were local rivals St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan who had already defeated St Louis by three points in the earlier group matches, suggesting this final would also be a close encounter.

St Louis got on the scoresheet first with a fine point from play and then followed this up with a goal.

After the turn around St Malachy's were determined to regain ground and got a well-deserved goal.

End-to-end play flowed and with St Malachy's giving it their all, found the net again.

Trailing by two points, St Louis kept their composure. Games can turn on a single move and St Louis' midfield regained possession and fed their attack, who made no mistake in snatching the decisive goal.

With time ticking away St Malachy's mounted further attacks, but a tenacious St Louis defence held strong to keep their one-point advantage at the long whistle.

St Louis; Sarah O'Hagan, Katie Trail, Cathleen Garland, Tori Herron, Rachel Rice, Laura Barton, Katie Rice, Reanna Walsh (capt), Una Keenan, Alicia Clare, Rachel Clarke, Ciara McKibben, Eva Leneghan and Sarah Flood.

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