SACRED Heart Secondary School Clonakilty, winners of the Munster and All-Ireland camogie titles, are the March winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards.
The popular scheme for underage teams on Leeside is sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs and Cummins Sports in association with The Echo and RedFM.
The campaign began when Sacred Heart played Midleton in the first encounter of a trilogy and this was not to be their last meeting of the campaign.
This meeting took place in Ahamilla where Sacred Heart ran out 4-9 to 1-5 winners in the first group match. In the next group game, they travelled to University Limerick, where they had a convincing 4-0 to 1-1 win over Laurel Hill on a very fast 4G pitch.
The then travelled to Bruff where they beat St. Flannans of Ennis on a scoreline of 6-12 to 2-5 on a very blustery day.
These victories left Sacred Heart Clonakilty top of their group and awaiting a Munster semi-final. Charleville provided the venue when the Clonakilty side were pitted against Scariff. Having suffered a few losses to the Clare outfit over the previous four years, the Clonakilty girls were determined to rectify those defeats and were in control from the outset and had a commanding 7-7 to 3-2 win.
Midleton finished as runners-up in the group and were paired against Nenagh in the other semi-final. The East Cork outfit fulfilled their promise and beat the North Tipp kingpins, meaning that Clonakilty would meet their old foes once again in the Munster final day.
This victory set Clonakility up with an All-Ireland semi-final against Coláiste Bhride, Enniscorthy. Clonakilty had to travel to the Leinster champion’s home ground on the first Saturday in March. The Cork ladies showed tremendous courage, passion and skill on the day and dispatched an excellent Wexford side on a scoreline of 1-5 to six points.
Midleton, as Munster runners up, got a chance to redeem themselves as they accounted for Dublin A Champions, St Dominicans in the other semi-final. This left both Cork teams pitted against each other for a chance to lift the All-Ireland cup and the third meeting in this competition.
Castle Road provided the venue. Millie Condon was sublime on the day and netted two first-half goals. This earned her the Player of the Match Award.
Others to shine on the day were Sinead McCarthy, wing-back Jessica McCarthy, Caoimhe Murphy and Eimear O'Brien. 3-8 to 1-7 was the final scoreline.