Clonduff were crowned Senior County Champions for the third year in a row
CLONDUFF’S Senior Camogs had their All Ireland title on the line on Saturday afternoon, 28 September.
The Yellas faced a lively Portaferry in the County final in Drumaness who lost out in last year’s final by a single point.
The sun shone down on the immaculate St Colman’s Park and the juvenile Camogs of Drumaness formed a guard of honour for the teams entering the field.
Paula O’Hagan got the first score of the game from a free and this was quickly followed by a Sara Louise Graffin goal.
Player of the Match, Sara Louise Graffin, is presented with her trophy by Paddy McGrath
Portaferry’s Niamh Mallon was in fine form and she kept her side in touch - the half time score was Clonduff 1-8 Portaferry 0-6 - not a big lead in terms of camogie.
The second half was very much ‘even-Stephens’ until the final 10 minutes when Clonduff pulled away. Both teams’ defences were very solid and the free-takers very much on their game. It was probably Clonduff’s All Ireland experience that was the difference in the two teams.
Down Camogie Chairperson, Helen McAleavey (Clonduff) thanked both teams for a very sporting and entertaining game.
She announced the ‘Player of the Match’ award - Sara Louise Graffin and it was presented by Paddy McGrath, Down Camogie Development Officer.
Clonduff captain Paula O’Hagan then accepted the Cup on behalf of her team. In her acceptance speech she paid tribute to the gallant Portaferry team advising them to stay with it and with youth on their side their day was not far off.
She also thanked her team-mates for the commitment they had given to training and likewise the management team of Damian Farnon, Alastair McGilligan and Aaron Graffin, without whose guidance they would never have made the three-in-a-row for the first time in the club’s history.
She included the Drumaness Club and the match officials in her thanks
Clonduff: Karen Haughey, Sarah Murphy, Nicola Elliott, Niohmi Murray, Erin Rafferty, Fionnuala Carr, Clare McGilligan, Beth Fitzpatrick, Cassie Fitzpatrick, Danielle Harrison, Paula Gribben (Capt), Clara Cowan, Katie McGilligan, Sara Louise Graffin, Orla Gribben. Subs used: Isabella O’Hare, Lauren Kane, Shannon O’Hagan, Leanne Quinn, Hannah McAteer. Other subs: Roisin McPolin, Caitlin Harper, Hannah Wilson, Ally Magee, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Molly Brown, Erin Lively, Ellen Lively, Orlaith McCusker, Aine Byrne, Niamh Murphy, Ciara Murphy.
Portaferry: Fiona McGarry, Dearbhjla Coleman, Maria McNally, Catherine Mullan, Leah Coulter, Mary-Jo Mageean (capt), Clare McKenna, Abbie Craft, Jenny Toner, Saoirse Sands, Frances Toner, Gerra McGrattan, Erin McGrattan Niamh Mallon, Sinead Toner. Subs; Leanne Coulter, Colleen McConnell, Hannah Toner, Emma Finnegan, Aine Roissetter, Aimee Mallon, Ciara Finnegan, Cliodhna Coleman, Victoria Donnelly, Claire Donaldson, Mia Fitzsimmon, Gemma McNamara, Eva Gallagher.
Camogie curtain raiser
Clonduff U14s were crowned County U14 Champions 2019
The curtain-raiser to the senior final was the U14 decider between Clonduff and Ballygalget.
This was a very close encounter. Clonduff had a two-goal advantage at the break leading 3-1 to 1-1.
The Ards side fought back in the second half and reduced the deficit to a single point at 4-3 to 4-2 but Clonduff hung on and added the final two points of the game to become champions on a score of 4-5 to 4-2.
Clonduff: Clodagh Kelly, Grace Kelly, Michaela Harper, Laura Close, Niamh McConville, Blaithín Shields, Ella Beth Rooney, Ceallagh Byrne, Grace Clancy, Niamh McGivern, Cara Savage, Zara Kelly, Hannah Shields, Amy Morgan, Rosemund McPolin, Erin Byrne, Meabh McPolin, Sinead McPolin, Ellie Morgan.
Ballygalget: Kaitlyn McKenna, Éabha Murray, Searlaith Savage, Caoimhe Dorrian, Leah McCarthy, Sinéad McGrath, Ríona Savage, Orla Dempster, Aodhain Birt, Kayla Braniff, Abi Braniff, Caitlin Fay, Bronágh Roddy, Shannon Coulter, Meghan McDermott, Leona Braniff, Tillie Lennon, Ellie Clarke, Clara Dynes, Ciara O’Connor, Annie Higgins, Órlaith Roddy.