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Dublin Feile - 26th May 2012

posted May 28, 2012, 12:03 PM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated May 28, 2012, 12:04 PM ]
Venue :- Cula’s Thomastown pitches Sallynoggin


We all assembled at 9am at the clubhouse on what must have been one of the most glorious days so far this year. As soon as everybody had arrived we headed off in convoy for the “Southside”. Across the Liffey we headed and soon arrived in less of a convoy but hey whats an away game without a Round the word in 80 days adventure.

On went the brand spanking new jerseys that the hard fundraising had afforded and it was quickly into the parade lap of Pitch 1 with a piper leading the way… you can keep the Artane Boys band this man was brilliant. The Raheny banner was hoisted high and paraded by the girls with great honor until the wind started to pick up and it was lowered slightly. We all stood for Amhran na bhfiann and it was belted out by the lonely piper. When it was finished we headed back to our own little bit of the Northside we and the large contingent of supporters had called our own “Little Raheny” on the side of Pitch 1. The first match for the Parish was at 11:10 against Erins Isles so we had a bit of time to savour the match between Plunkets and Faughs. The second half started and we began the warm-ups with some drills and dynamic stretches to get the girls ready for our first game.

Raheny Vs Erins Isles

The team was called out and Aoife Nolan (Captain) went to the centre circle to take the toss. We played with the wind for the first 15 mins well kind of as the  wind was blowing in every direction. The girls got stuck in and fought hard but they couldn’t break the deadlock against an Isles side who had a freetaker that was well able to point frees from the halfway line. This she did brilliantly 3 times in the first half. Halftime came and we called the girls ashore and let them get some much needed fluids onboard which were supplied by the supporters who seemed to have arrived with everything including the kitchen sink. In days of old when we as kids were thirsty “we drank” but in these days as the girls are athletes they “rehydrate”. The second half got underway with the wind doing its usual and blowing in favour of Isles. We just couldn’t get the score we needed to get us started as every shot we put in just barely trickled wide. In the end it was a victory for a very strong and tenacious Isles side.


Raheny Vs Faughs

The second match arrived in the heat of the day and it told on the Raheny girls in the first-half who struggled to get going. Some easy scores were conceded but the girls never ever stopped running and competing for every ball. Halftime came and more fluids were pumped onboard and a much needed halftime chat and some welcome encouragement from some of the supporters seemed to do the trick and Raheny came out flying. The second half was superb and the girls did themselves and us proud as they hurled out of their skins with some fine displays of camogie being delivered by the Raheny girls. A very pasionate and gutsy performance was delivered by the Raheny crew who threw themselves into every tackle and were coming out ontop of every 50/50 ball. We kept Faughs scoreless in the second half right up until the last minute when a suspect handpass found its way to the net. In the end Faughs were worth their victory as they struck hard and fast in the first 10 mins of the first half and the damage was done then. Raheny though can be well proud of themselves with that display.

Raheny Vs Plunkets

Raheny needed a victory to prolong the day into the knockout stages and they were fired up for it. Right from the off they got to every breaking ball first and added to it or got it into their hands and released it up the park. Plunkets are a well schooled bunch and had been watching to see who to pickup and it worked for them. Our girls hassled and harried throughout the entire game and never gave up at any stage. Plunkets struck early with some lovely long range scores. At this stage the girls had given it their all and had nothing left in the tank as the sun and the first 2 games had sapped their energy banks. Raheny kept at them right to the final whistle but it was Plunkets result.

Team:- Aoife Nolan(C), Aibhe Kirwan, Amy Nannery, Andrea Elebert, Anna Murphy, Aoife Stack, Ciara Mooney, Caoimhe McGloin, Eabha Byrne, Fiona Larmon, Jill McGuirk, Liadan Mack, Olivia Kane, Rachael O'Grady, Ruth Colbert, Sarah Ryan, Sophie Crowley, Saoirse White, Saoirse Wilkinson, Sophie Abbott, Tara McEllistrim

During the intervals Cuala brought out tray after tray of sandwiches, biscuits and cakes of all shapes and sizes and every tray was seized upon by the Supporters Club and eaten with gusto. The amount of tea/coffee that was brewed on the day from the moment we arrived to the moment we left would have been enough to fill Poulaphouca Resevoir. Fair play and a huge thank you to the ladies and girls from Cuala who kept us motoring throughout the days activities. We even had a visit from RTE’s very own Des Cahill onto the sidelines which made the mammies smile.

We would  like to say a huge thank you to all the parents/guardians  and supporters who made themselves heard throughout the days proceedings in “Little Raheny”. The girls were delighted to have them along. Roll on the All Ireland Feile on July 5th where we do it all again but under the watchful gaze of an entire nation.