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The Senior Camogie team, winners of the Father Davies Shield

The Loreto senior camogie team won the Fr Davies Shield on 26th November in a blitz held in Stewartstown GAC.  Loreto defeated all three of their opponents convincingly to top the group and win the competition.  This was achieved despite missing recently selected all-star Tiegan Mullan, corner forward Courtney McKeague and Cait Passmore due to illness and injury. 

Loreto’s first game against St Clare’s Ballyjamesduff was the toughest game for the Loreto side.  Loreto’s goal scoring power saw them through this encounter on a score line of 4.4 to 0.4. 

Loreto’s second game was against their sister school, Loreto Cavan.  Again, Loreto’s combination of scoring ability and defensive tact was too much for their Cavan counterparts with game finishing 3.4 to 0.1.

Loreto’s last game was against Assumption Grammar, Ballynahinch, who were also undefeated, meaning the winner of this game would ultimately win the Shield.  Yet again, the Loreto girls began the game very strongly.  The girls’ ability to find the opposition’s net was a key factor in winning this tournament. The game finished 4.5 to 0.1 which accurately reflected the girls’ hunger, determination and work ethic during this game and in the tournament in general. 

Recently selected all-star, Kirsty McFerran had an outstanding blitz in nets.  Her accuracy in the puck-outs and shot stopping ability shone in each game.  Full back line of Naomh McAlister, Sarah McAllister and Kate Doherty all played excellently.  Consistency and reliability were key characteristics of this defensive unit within each game. The half back line of Orlagh Carey, Sorcha Duggan and Roisin McMorrough dominated in every game.  Physical strength, great pace and an intelligence which was unmatched meant that this trio dictated play in each game. The midfield duo of Claire White and Erin McNicholl gave everything they had in Stewartstown.  They covered every blade of grass and contributed superbly to both defence and attack.  Half forwards Naoise Kennedy, Caite McAtamney and Caitlin Moore’s attacking play at this blitz was fantastic.  They work tirelessly and their movement caused significant confusion in the opposition defences.   Full forwards Eimear Maguire, Dearbhla McCrossan and Megan Coyle were all exceptional.  They had the task of finishing the attacking moves, a task they excelled at.  Subs Cait Passmore, Mary Doran, Catriona Cassidy and Caitlin Kearney all played an invaluable part in the team’s performances throughout this competition.  When they were called upon, either as a sub, to start, or just to help out, they all did extremely well. 
Panel: Kirsty McFerran, Sorcha Duggan, Naoise Kennedy (Captain), Megan Coyle, Eimear Maguire, Cáite Passmore, Caitlin Kearney, Catriona Cassidy, Dearbhla McCrossan, Roisin McMorrough, Caitlin Moore, Sarah McAllister, Orlagh Carey, Kate Doherty, Cait McAtamney, Mary Doran, Claire White, Erin McNicholl, Naomh McAlister Not Present in photo: Tiegan Mullan and Courtney McKeague
Coach: Mr Eddie McCloskey