Camogie Final Croke Park 10th June 2019

Writen by Naomi in 5th class

On Monday, 22 girls from 5th and 6th class got up at cock crow to play Presentation Terenure at Croke Park. We were all proud as a team, to have come this far, but the nerves were setting in. The dark clouds were looming but there was still a positive atmosphere in the air. At 9am we set off, face paint on, but no one needed to paint a smile. We sang chants, surrounded by our team mates taking photos. We arrived proudly wearing our purple,navy and yellow Mount Anville jerseys. We were all ecstatic and emotional looking out onto the pitch. Seeing the other teams play before us made us even more excited for the game ahead.

We quickly ate our snack and headed into the changing room. Our amazing coaches Lucy, Ms Healy and Ms Langran and not to forget our inspiring Captain Carrie D. gave us some words of encouragement before the match. They explained that it was a big opportunity to play in a Croke Park Final as a team and that it didn't matter if we won or lost( but of course we knew we were in it for the win!!!) They were great mentors and told us to enjoy it and to just have fun. On the side line we saw the fifth, sixth class and third classes cheering us on which made us feel supported.

The rain and hail was bouncing off our helmets and soaking our hurls, it gave us the adrenaline to keep going. The subs and Mount Anville supporters voices were hoarse chanting on the sideline, although the players were silent in concentration. Throughout the match we were almost always ahead but we were drawing at one stage, the other team were very strong. At half time we were all emotional from the stress of it all but we all knew we were doing well. Our coaches gave us some last words of encouragement before we ran back on. The second half began and we were winning. There were great scores from girls on the team, especially our captain who scored a goal from approximately 30 metres away. There was some great defending by our defence,goalie and everyone played their best.

When the final whistle blew, the players on the pitch didn’t know we had won and when they asked their faces lit up we all were hugging each other it was very emotional. We couldn’t even feel the exhaustion of it all and the wet jerseys that were glued to our backs or the bangs and bruises because we were so joyful. We were presented with our medals. We all collected pieces of grass as a souvenir of the momentous occasion. There were cameras flashing in every direction. We proudly lifted our amazing captain over our shoulders as we raised our cup. The exhaustion started to kick in on the bus ride home but we're still chanting happily for the entire journey back.

When we reached the school, we were honoured to have the whole school cheering us on it felt like floating on air. It was an honour to represent the school in such an amazing way. When we got into the school the teachers kindly got us a large bag of chips to end a momentous day. On behalf of the team we would like to give a huge thank you to Lucy, Ms Langran and Ms Healy for coaching us throughout the year and to Mrs McGowan for giving us such an amazing opportunity to play in Croke Park.

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