Last weekend the WIT Camogie girls travelled to The National Sports Campus at Abbotstown in Dublin for the 102nd Ashbourne Cup weekend. This prestigious competition saw twenty teams from across the country head to the capital to battle it out for the Ashbourne, Purcell and Fr. Meaghair Cups along with the Ashbourne shield, which made its return to the competition.

Prior to the weekend, the girls had an excellent campaign, with wins over UCD and Mary I and while they were narrowly defeated by hot favourites UL  in round three of the competition, the girls certainly left no stone unturned in their preparation. Having won two out three games, the girls faced a quarter final with CIT, to which they won on a score-line of 3.14 to 1.7, thus setting up a semi-final meeting with UCC at 2pm on Friday last. Unfortunately, our girls fell short in this encounter and a one point win for UCC on the day meant this year’s campaign came to an end. It was UL who retained the Ashbourne Cup and made it two wins in three seasons when recovering from the concession of an early goal to record a victory over UCC on Sunday.

This year WIT had a number of inter-county stars at their disposal such as the “Camogie Player of the Year” Denise Gaule from Kilkenny, Laura Treacy from Cork and Meighan Farrell & Julie Ann Malone from Kilkenny but as anyone who follows these competitions it is not names on paper that win 3rd level championships it’s the teams with the work done and the greatest hunger for victory that usually prevails.  In recent years, WIT have had an excellent record in this competition, winning 8 titles since 1999 including 6 in the past 8 seasons. 

WIT GAA Club would like to both thank and wish all the girls the best of luck for the rest of the year, both in a sporting and indeed academic capacity. Their commitment and determination is certainly to be admired and it is no doubt that they will bounce back from this narrow defeat and do the College proud once again in next year’s competition. Finally, the club would like to thank manager Ann Downey and coach Paddy Mullally along with their selectors Jacqui O’Connor and Conor Phelan for all their hard work and effort throughout the year.