Shields, Cups and Medals

BY Kathrin Kobus

The end of the playing season finally arrived at Clanna Gael Fontenoy on the afternoon of the 7th December.  Just after 3pm a huge cheer could be heard across Sean Moore Park. Clanns u16 boys had won their championship finale with home advantage against St.Marys Saggart. Hours later the official Christmas party got under way.

There the ladies football team scooped as expected and deserved the awards for team of the year and player of the year (Aisling Leonard) awards. They can also be assured that the coming players are on route to success.

top left u16 B’s and u13 camogie, centre: u16 A’s, bottom: u16 and u13 hurlers

Both u16 girls teams A and b won their respective Divisions 1 and 4, the B team also shield winners in Division 3. Add to that the league title for the u14’s as well. No wonder that 4 players of the u16, one from the u15 age group and no less than six from the u14 are part of the Dublin development squad. 

camogie team captains Grace Dolly, Alana Tracy, Willow O’Sullivan and Catherine Crowley with Tony Murphy

On Sunday the 8th the chairman for the Juvenile Section Tony Murphy was present for the camogie u13 girls. They also had achieved a ‘first’ with winning the shield in their age group, the first camogie trophy for the club for an under-age team. 

They won the shield, and as he pointed out: it was the first time an under- age camogie time had won silver ware for the club. It was a great success for the team of Kevin Moloney and co. given that there are only 18 girls on the panel.

Pat Spillane and u13 hurler

Lastly, a touch of the Sunday game even if it was a Saturday afternoon came with Pat Spillane making a flying visit to the clubhouse on the 14th to present the panel of the u13 hurlers with their medals for winning their league Division 4, having never lost a game throughout the season.

It was the final award ceremony for 2019, the academy Christmas party had finished earlier in the afternoon. Now the cage, the pitches, the new gym facilities lay quiet until the new year. Players, coaches and supporters will get some rest from after school and work training session before the busy game schedule will start by the end of January.