Bride Rovers Ladies Football & Camogie Club notes

November 8, 2018


Bride Rovers U21’s lost the County U21 B final on Friday night last at the Mallow GAA complex to a very strong Boherbue side.  Rovers got off to a great start and had 4 points on the board within minutes.  The North Cork girls settled right into the game and answered back with some well taken points and a top class goal.  Bride Rovers never say die attitude was evident especially with steely performances from Eleanor Ahern and Claire Murphy at midfield.  Due to the unfortunate injury of Eadaoin Cashman a new net-minder was found in Madison Parle who made the massive jump from underage and performed admirably throughout pulling off some point blank saves and always ensuring possession from our kickouts.  The back line were under tremendous pressure throughout and Aine Cashman and Maria Barry were in fine form and well anchored by Catherine Power at full back.  Jennifer Barry was controlling the game from centre back and ably assisted by Carol Noonan and Mary Hazelwood on the wings who not only defended well throughout but were attacking for the Rovers girls as well.  Grace Kearney was heavily marked in the forward line and still chipped in with some fine scores.  Elaine Dee and Erin O’ Keeffe worked tirelessly off the ball in the full forward line providing numerous options for the Rovers attack.  Jennifer Cahill and Trish O’ Sullivan created and converted scores for the Rovers cause.  Sinead Walsh stood over all the frees on the night and also scored a goal and point from the penalty spot.  This was a hard fought game and the introduction of Karen Sheehan and Rebecca Howard paid dividends as they were fresh legs at a necessary time.  Scoring 3.13 in any ladies football game is generally enough to see victory but not last week as the opponents managed to score an extra 3 points over the hour resulting in a 3.16 to 3.13 victory for them.  While the Rovers girls fought valiantly right to the final whistle they could not notch up the vital scorers needed at the end.  Considering the girls were behind by nine points at one juncture in the game it was thrilling to see them cut the deficit to just one score and be so close to converting that in the closing stages.  This was a panel performance throughout the campaign that saw different players feature in the first round outstanding victory over Kinsale and also in the emphatic semi-final win over Banteer.  This is a young team and having lost the 2010 and 2011 final at this grade will definitely spur them on to achieving the ultimate reward in 2012.  Thanks to the management team of Barry Hazelwood and John O’Dowd for their work on the field and to Catherine Murphy, Betty Cahill and Irene Hogan for organising the game and taking care of the admin duties.  We wish a speedy recovery to Eadaoin Cashman. Best of luck to all the girls doing college exams and a happy Christmas and new year to all your players and supporters.  As this was the last of the adult games for 2011 we thank you for your continued support of our teams and club.  Please join us in celebrating what was an outstanding year on the field of play as we have our social on Janurary 28th in Vienna Woods hotel.  More details to follow nearer the time. 

Panel for U21 Championship 2011: Aine Cashman, Carol Noonan, Catherine Power,  Claire Murphy

Danya Connolly, Eadaoin Cashman, Elaine Culloty, Elaine Dee, Eleanor Ahern, Erin O’ Keeffe,

Grace Kearney, Jennifer Barry, Jennifer Cahill, Karen Sheehan, Katie Connor, Madison Parle

Maria Barry, Mary Hazelwood, Rebecca Howard, Trish O’ Sullivan, Sinead Walsh.