Girls Gaelic Football update.

Murroe Boher Girls Gaelic Football 2012.

What a fantastic year 2012 has beeen for our Girls Gaelic football section.
After only 3 years in existence we now field teams at U-10, U-12, U-14, & U-16.
Playing under the Murroe Boher Bord Na nOg banner has brought huge benefits to the girls and we are delighted to be part of the broad Murroe/Boher GAA family.
Our 10s have played a number of friendlies and blitzs this year under the guidance of Ken Beirne and have performed superbly. Indeed a number of these young girls assisted the u-12 team in competitive action this year.
Our U-12 team had a fantastic season culminating in the girls willing the County C Championship in a thrilling final with West kingpins Monagea.

Below is the match report of that famous victory.

U-12 County C Girls Gaelic Football Final.

Murroe Bober 2-03 Monagea 1-05

“In a thrilling finale to the season the Murroe/Boher U-12 Girls captured their 1st ever County C title when narrowly defeating a gallant Monagea team in Banogue
Played in perfect conditions this was a game to savour from start to finish.
Monagea opened brightly and quickly notched up 2 excellent points with Aoife Corbett proving a handful for Murroe/Bohers defence. However the midfield pairing of Orla Regan and Karen Cunningham gradually got on top and Orla opened the Murroe/Boher account with a fine goal. Monagea responded with a goal and a point of their own to open up a 3 point gap. However Aoife Kinsella equalized the match with a superb effort just before half time. 2-00 to 1-03 at the break. The 2nd half was a superb display of end to end football by both teams. Monagae again opened brightly with 2 points, one of them from Aoife Corbett was scored from the end line.10 minutes left and down by 2 points the Murroe/Boher girls lifted them selves again and put in a storming finish. Aoife Kinsella and Orla Regan scored 2 fine points to level the match before Aoife kicked a superb point which proved to be the winning score with 3 minutes left. The game finished in a welter of excitement as Monagae launched a final attack which Murroe Boher defended brilliantly. Rayann Ryan in goals for Murroe/Boher pulled off 3 outstanding saves and with Amy O Halloran Anna Van Nieuwenhove and Edel Cunningham in fine form in the full back line gave their club a solid defensive base. Hazel Hourigan and Aoife Moloney were outstanding at half back helping not only to defend but launching many attacks also. Orla Regan and Karen Cunningham performed heroics in midfield while the half forward line up of Anna Madigan Aoife Kinsella and Charlotte Walsh worked tirelessly to create attacks and to help the defence also. The full forward line of Lauren Beirne Lauren Redfern Amy Swords Kate Kenny all contributed handsomely to what was a great squad effort over the entire season. Maeve Smith and Katie Hayes were unavoidably absent on the night but their contribution in the league phase and semi-final to reaching the final. Congradulations also to Monagea who played excellent football and were very gracious after the match. Orla Regan and Anna Madigan accepted the cup on behalf of the Murroe/Boher team”

The girls then contested the All Munster Blitz in June and played teams from Tipp Clare Cork & Limerick. The girls won all their matches to top the group on the day.

Our u-14 team surpassed all our expectations with a brilliant championship campaign which saw us lose only one match in the league section on their way to a 1st ever A county semi final meeting with Mungret. The girls rose magnificently to the occasion defeating Mungret by a single point to reach the A county final.
On the day of the final we came up against a very strong Monaleen outfit who may have won the title but without a doubt the team of the championship was Murroe Boher who came from U-12 novice finalists 2 years ago to rise 5 grades to contest our 1st ever A final in underage football.
One of the recognitions of this achievement was the selection of 5 girls from the team to play with Limerick U-14s in the Munster and All Ireland series.
Well Done to the Barry twins Aoife & Saoirse, Shauna Ryan, Alannah Russell & Grainne Regan. Indeed Aoife Barry was awarded the Player of the Match Award for her Munster final performance in Goals against Clare. Limerick went on to contest the U-14 all Ireland Blitz final against Wicklow & though losing on the day performed superbly.

In September our U-16s not to be outdone contested the u-16 novice championship. We reached the semi finals to play our good friends and neighbours Ahane and after a good game we came out on top to reach our 1st ever decider at U-16s. We played Shamrock Gaels and we knew this would be a tough match. 2 years ago at u-14s the same teams had contested the 14 novices final and Shamrocks had come out on top by 10 points. However the girls were determined to show that the 2 years of hard work and training would count and after a tremendous battle Murroe Boher prevailed on a 4-05 to 3-03 scoreline. Mary O Reilly accepted the trophy on behalf of her delighted teammates.

Many of our u-14 and u-16 players also played with St Josephs in Doon and backboned the Junior team to Munster glory. Grainne Regan from our club was awarded the Munster Final Player of the Match
Then in October our U-13s were invited to play in a tournament in St Pats in Limerick and after 3 very exciting close matches we won the C final to put a gloss on what was already a very fine season.