Camogie: St Brigid's capture All-Ireland PPS crown

March 06, 2016

St Brigid's, Loughrea's Siobhan Skehill and Hannah Kelly of Loreto College, Kilkenny.
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The double dreams of Loreto College, Kilkenny were dashed by a second half rally from St Brigid's of Loughrea, who left MacDonagh Park in Nenagh as the O'Neills All-Ireland post primary senior A camogie champions by virtue of a 2-6 to 0-9 scoreline.

The first game at the Tipperary venue ended with a comprehensive victory for Scoil na Tríonóide, Doon over St Joseph's, Lucan in the B decider.

Meanwhile, the C final was played in Mountmellick, resulting in a one-point for Mercy Convent, Roscommon over St Joseph's, Rochfortbridge.

The first game there was the junior B final, which ended in a four-point decision for Ballincollig's Coláiste Choilm over Our Lady's, Terenure.

Loreto, who are also represented in the junior A decider, looked well on the way to bagging the honours as they led by double scores at the break, 0-6 to 0-3.

Aoife Hannon scored three points for Loreto but St Brigid's had been terribly wasteful in that opening period though, failing to capitalise on the possession they had secured.

They made no mistake in the second half though and with Patricia Manning giving a tour de force that earned her player of the match honours, they threw everything at their opponents.

Goals from Aisling Connolly and Katie Manning turned the tide in St Brigid's favour, leaving Loreto's hopes in tatters.

The victory was a first for St Brigid's at this level and brought back memories of the unprecedented run of another Loughrea school, St Raphael's, who won the Corn Sceilge eight times in a row from 1985 to 1992.

It was one-way traffic for Scoil na Tríonóide in the B final, who laid the platform for their 4-10 to 0-3 win with a stunning first half display.

The Limerick outfit made full use of a strong outfit and none more so than Gráinne Regan, who helped herself to a hat-trick of goals. Molly Hammersley added another and there was no way back from a 4-6 to 0-2 interval deficit for their Lucan rivals.

The C final was the closest of the four but despite the brilliant of St Joseph's Hannah Core, who was named player of the match, it was Rochfortbridge that edged it by 1-8 to 1-7.

The junior B decider provided plenty of entertainment too in the form of six goals and some wonderful play by the young girls but Coláiste Choilm always looked the likeliest winners, with Eimear Ní Chadhla earning the player of the match garlands.



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