Pipers Hill College girls camogie final against St. Leo’s of Carlow
reported by Jamie Moylan and Ella Haden.
- On the way the team were feeling really good and confident all the way there. They played songs to get themselves hyped to play their final against St. Leo’s of Carlo.
- When we arrived a few nerves began to rise but they had a good team pep talk and got their positions and then the girls got ready and went straight to warming up.
Their positions were:
Aoife Kane(1) – in goals.
Leanne Holbrook(2) and Lily Guirean(7) – cornerbacks.
Katie Kelly(4) and Laura Cahill(5) – half back.
Annie Roche(8), Kaitlyn Miley(6) and Cara Kennedy(9)- mid field.
Elena prendergast(10) and Rebecca Breann B(14) – half forward line.
Jenny Flood(11) and Ella Kearney(12) – corner forwards.
The warm up: started at 10:50 am and consisted of:
- Running up/ down 2 minutes.
- Skipping/ jogging 2 minutes.
- Side skip up/ down 1 minute.
- Split into 4 groups of 3 to practice jab lifts, hand passing, strike low passes and target practice.
- Lunges for 1 minute.
- Touching toes for 5-10 seconds at a time.
- Leg kicks for 5-10 seconds at a time.
- Calve stretches/ leg stretches to finish the warm up off.
The match: was played on the Astro, which didn’t settle well with many seen as though most wanted to play on the pitch due to the Astro being slippery.
- It was twenty five minutes a half and twelve aside. The astro was split into three sectors for three matches to be played this gave the team less room to space out for each other. The pitch felt a bit crammed but they adapted to the pitch quickly.
- The match started off at 11 am, Pipers won the first tip off with Kaitlyn winning the sliotar. Through the first half Kaitlyn scored one goal and two points, Jenny, Elena and Becky also scored a point each. This left the score, 8 to 15 for the first half to pipers. Kaitlyn and Alayna had two wides each.
- Saint Leos had 17 turnovers throughout the whole match. Pipers had 19 turnovers through the whole match as well. There was only one goal scored for Pipers in the first half. The second half started at 11:30 am and there were two goals made by Kaitlyn.
- The girls were playing their hardest with some falls and a broken Hurls to show how much power and effort they were putting into this final against Saint Leos. Throughout the whole match Pipers had a total of 5 fouls and Leos had seven and a yellow card for their player number 10.
- In the second-half Leos gained a total of six points and one goal bringing them up to 24 points. This meant that Pipers had sadly lost by nine points in the difference, overall the team played very well and should be very proud of themselves for getting to the final because in the end they had a great season and played with so much determination in every single match.
Piper’s Hill vs Clane U-19’s soccer
On Tuesday, Clane School were visitors to Piper’s Hill as their U-19’s Soccer team took on Piper’s on the pitch. On a wet and windy day the match was sloppy at times, but when the weather worsened, it became increasingly difficult for both teams to execute their gameplan.
Piper’s started the game on the front foot, and they were awarded for their bright start when Cian O’Connor rose highest in the box to head home from a Free Kick, delivered by James Kilbride. A perfect start for Piper’s in some horrible conditions. Piper’s Hill were in complete control from the goal to around the 25th minute when it was clear that Clane weren’t going down gracefully.
Clane gradually got themselves back into the game, controlling possession for most of the latter stages of the half. They couldn’t get themselves in on goal however, as Piper’s defence was solid throughout the 45 minutes.
There were some heated tackles towards the end of the half, which were all called fouls by the referee. Both teams cooled it down until the referee blew the halftime whistle, presumably to the relief of the coaches. Piper’s led 1-0 at the break but weren’t comfortable towards the end.
Clane started brightly in the second half. A nice sweeping play brought them in front of goal, only to hit the post. It was clear that Clane wanted this, and topped it off with some changes to the lineup. They weren’t going down easily.
However, Luke Donegan pounced on a goalkeeping error for their second, finishing from close range to make it 2-0 with forty minutes remaining.
Clane were awarded a free kick from 30-odd yards out. An attempted cross took a nasty deflection, taking it past Cian Kelly in the Piper’s net. Clane had one back and had generated some hope going into the last half hour.
Tackles started flying in left, right and center after the goal. Eric Doyle was booked for a late tackle, the first and only name in the referee’s book for the day.
A lovely pass left Conor Daniel one on one with the keeper, and he slotted it past the helpless goalie to make it 3-1. Piper’s were easing into the last half an hour of the game, however the weather was getting even worse.
It got better for Piper’s, when Kajus Aksamitas added two in the final stages of the match. A good day in the end for Piper’s.
5-1 the final score on the day. Overall good performance from the team and definitely a confidence boosting win against a very good Clane side.
Pipers Hill 102 vs 11 Tyndall Seniors
1st Quarter: Pipers Hill scoring straight away scoring with 7 seconds gone with Pipers winning throw in and Niamh Hodson all by herself scoring a layup. Emma Carroll gets fouled and makes two free throws for her first points of the game. Kaitlynn scores the first 3 pointer of the match. Laura Cahill is also in on the act scoring her first points of the game. Tyndall score a 3 pointer as their fans go wild but only closing the gap to 15 points. First Quarter ends as Pipers Hill winning 34-8.
2nd Quarter: Niamh Hodson yet again scoring the first basket of the quarter. Dara Hodson getting 2 assists. Emma scores her 6th basket of the game as pipers are comfortably making it 42-11. Olivia Miley the substitute scores her first basket of the game. Kaitlyn yet again scoring an impressive layup dribbling under the hoop and scoring a difficult reverse layup.
3rd Quarter: Pipers Hill with great defense do not let Tyndall even score in this quarter. Emma Carroll the stand out player of the match so far still scoring and creating. Cara Kenndedy scores her first of the match. Laura Cahill scores a 3 pointer as the Pipers Hill coaches and subs go crazy. Niamh Farrely putting on a show scoring 3 times in 20 seconds.
4th quarter: 9 more baskets left to reach Pipers Hill’s goal of 100 points.
Dara Hodson gets her first score of the game after playing well by bagging a few assists in the earlier quarters. Rebecca Breen also gets her first points of the game. Tyndall still not giving up as they are still fighting. Rebbeca scores 3 baskets this quarter as she really wants to hit the goal of 100 points. 1 basket left as there is 30 seconds left Emma has the ball dribbles past the Tyndall players and scores!! the basket for 100 points, the sideline discretely celebrating trying not to disrespect the opponents. Match ends as pipers win 102-11. Player of the match is Emma Carroll the Irish international basketball player scoring a massive quantity of point assists.
Pipers Hill 37 – 23 Kilcock U16 Girls
1st Quarter: Pipers win throw in and have a chance to get on the scoreboard before Kilcock but narrowly miss as Kilcock go up the other end and score a layup. Niamh Farrely with a great steal and scores the first score for Pipers Hill College. Niamh posts up well and finishes it off with a nice 2 pointer. Olivia Miley scores her first basket and also Ella Doyle scores her first of the game to make it 10-6. Niamh scores 4 this quarter playing very well as the quarter ends 12-8 to Pipers Hill.
2nd Quarter: Kilcock again start the quarter off scoring a 2 pointer to bump them up to 10 points. Ella Doyle wins a rebound and scores her 2nd of the game. Niamh once again driving well to the hoop to score her 5th. 2 minutes left of the game left until the quarter ends as Shauna Morris scores her first basket of the game. Niamh with a class layup just before the buzzer for the 2nd quarter to end as Pipers lead 22-12.
3rd Quarter: Emma Tully starts off the quarter with her also getting her first 2 points of the game. Niamh who is on fire at the moment scores her 7th basket of the game. Kinga also getting in on the act scoring the last point of the low scoring quarter. Pipers still lead 31-20.
4th Quarter: Niamh and Ella are the only scorers of once again a low scoring quarter as Pipers win 37-23. Player of the match goes to Niamh Farrelly.