Ratoath 5 – 11 to Drumree 1 – 7
After a forgettable 2016 which saw Ratoath Camogie lose their much prided Senior status to Intermediate, the Camogie team are back with a vengeance and 2017 promises to be an exciting year. Under new management, Paul McDonnell and James Duffy, training commenced vigorously after Christmas with a huge emphasis on physical fitness and a lot of running! Numbers have been high from the off with all the girls fighting to get into the first 15. With a large panel two teams have been formed, Junior and Intermediate, so it will be a busy time ahead for all involved.
Last night saw the Intermediate Championship get off to a flying start with a fine performance away against Drumree. Although the score line of 5 – 11 to 1 – 7 would suggest that Ratoath had a comfortable win this was a tough end to end match, with both teams giving it all and playing some outstanding camogie. It wasn’t about any one player last night, it was all about the team performance. There was a new refreshed, determined spirit among the girls which was reflected in the skills, passing and scoring on the night. It was about a team getting their act together and playing with intent, passion and most of all pride in their club colours.
This team is made up of both experience and an injection of youth, which makes for a finely balanced team and they are captained by the very capable leadership of Sinead Beagan and Emma McGill. The late Jim McDermott would have had a huge input into the development of some of older girls making them into the fine role models that they are today and while they are playing, his legacy will live on in Ratoath Camogie for a long time to come. There will be no complacency amongst the girls this year, no-one will take their place for granted, everyone on the panel is there because they want to be part of this Special Team whether they are on the pitch or supporting from the sideline. Everyone matters because that’s what makes a team and that’s what we have this year, a Team.