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'To have gotten this far is an achievement'

Published: 7th February 2017

It’s six years since our camogie team last competed in division 2 (Purcell) so to have gotten this far is an achievement in itself, according to team captain Orna Hennessy.

The final year student says that when she started playing camogie for Trinity as a first year, they struggled to field a team at the Fr Meachair weekend. “When I compare that to last year when we travelled down to Galway and brought home the Fr Meachair – the difference is astounding.”

Playing in division 2 as opposed to division 3 hasn’t been all plain sailing though. As camogie manager Aideen Naughton points out: “Being up in division 2 this year is more of a challenge. The teams we’re playing can have eight or 10 inter-county players, so that’s the challenge we’re up against.”

Despite this, Aideen says, “in terms of a team you couldn’t fault them” and the early morning training sessions combined with having a new home ground out in Santry have all contributed to a great atmosphere among the team who have become a very close-knit bunch, according to Orna.

For the remainder of the Purcell campaign, Aideen says “we are going to 100pc compete”. Meanwhile Orna is sanguine: “Overall I think it’s been a great foundation year for hopefully remaining in Purcell for the forseeable future. I also think that all my fellow fourth years will agree that joining the Trinity camogie team was the best thing I did during my time in college.”

**This Saturday and Sunday (Feb 11, 12) sees the Ashbourne, Purcell and Fr Meachair Cup weekend take place at the national sports campus in Abbotstown