Toomevara end 14 year wait to claim Camogie 7s glory

Back Row (L to R): L. Young, S. Kelly, P. Ryan, A. Ryan, N. Kennedy. Front Row: M. Tynan, N. Walsh, E. Young, T. Ryan (joint captains), Trisha Ryan.

Toomevara defeated Limerick side Killeedy to land the Kilmacud All-Ireland 7s title on Saturday last. The team overturned an eight point (semi final) deficit with 6 mins remaining to run out eventual five point winners vs Laois kingpins (the Harps). The Premier side ran riot in the final with Louise Young (player of the tournament), Maria Tynan and Aoife Ryan causing the Killeedy defence countless problems. Young bagged 2-3 in the opening half as the Greyhounds laid siege to the Killeedy goal. Aoife Ryan contributed 1-3 in the second period to end the game as a contest–thus ensuring the cup stays in Tipperary for at least another year. The Shannonsiders were starved of primary possession by stalwarts Teresa Ryan, Trisha Ryan and Suzanne Kelly in defence. Former Tipperary great Noelle Kennedy showed she still has plenty left to offer with some inspired performances, but minor sharpshooters Aoife Ryan and Nicole Walsh stole the show with a series of vintage displays.

UL and Toomevara representative Aine Brislane won the poc fada competition after a tense duel with Clare starlet Chloe Morey (Sixmilebridge). Congrats to Teresa Ryan and Elaine Young (joint captains)/the management quartet of Jackie Meagher, Brendan Kenny, Thomas Hassett and Donal Kelly. Huge plaudits must also go to Daintree Paper and the Kilmacud GAA Club for organizing and sponsoring such a fantastic and worthwhile event. The support received from near neighbours Borrisoleigh was immensely appreciated. Thanks to Pat McCormack and Mark Harty who worked tirelessly as maor uisces for the day.

Toomevara panel and final scorers: Paula Ryan, Trisha Ryan, Suzanne Kelly, Teresa Ryan, Maria Tynan (1-1), Louise Young (2-3), Nicole Walsh (0-2, 1 free), Aoife Ryan (1-5, 2 frees), Noelle Kennedy.

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