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The Tyrone under 14 team travelled to Portaferry Co Down on Saturday past to participate in the Ulster Blitz. It was one of the hottest days of the year and the camogie on display matched the temperature. The Tyrone teams were entered into sections with Monaghan, Armagh and Cavan. The games were a based on two ten minute halves which meant the pace of the games was frenetic. Tyrone started off with an emphatic win against Armagh with a score line of 3-5 to 0-0. There were goals from Aoife Morgan and Amy Bennett and points from Rona Mallon and Leanne Donnelly. The team were barely troubled in that match but they knew they would have tougher games ahead. Monaghan were up next and the team battled well to earn a deserved draw. Cavan were the next opponents for Tyrone and with the team knowing they were guaranteed a position in the final they lost by a single point. The final was a rerun of last year’s match against Cavan which Tyrone narrowly lost by a point.
The final was moved to the main pitch in Portaferry and Cavan came out strong in the first half taking a 1-1 to 0-0 lead. Tyrone went in hard from the start of the second half and Cavan were unable to cope with their strength. Niamh Faulker registered a goal which was quickly followed by a point from Leanne Donnelly. Tyrone registered a few wides but were relentless with their pressure. Rona Mallon,with seconds left on the clock , fired home the winning point in a deserved win. Ellie Donnely was presented with the shield and her joy was matched by that of her team mates. The team will now have the opportunity to travel to Croke Park to take part in the All Ireland Blitz.
Everyone at Tyrone camogie would like to thank all those for their help on a very long day and in particular Fionnuala McGrath and Bernie Mallon for all their efforts in gelling a winning team. The Ulster championship is next for the winning side and the first match will be away to Donegal in early September. There will be training next Saturday in Edendork at 11:00 am and a massive turnout is expected.
In the domestic league there were wins for Dungannon in Minors and Eglish in the Post Primary. The Intermediate championship matches will be held on Wednesday when Derrytresk and Dungannon play in one side of the draw. Brocach and Derrylaughan will battle for their place in the final. In the junior section of the championship Edendork will host Father Shields and a win is crucial for both teams if they are to progress in the round robin format. Derrytresk will host a Go Games Blitz on Saturday at 9:15. and huge participation is expected. All teams are asked to arrive for 9:00am so that a prompt start can be made.