by Conor Whelan
The Castlegar Women’s Camogie team arrived home to a rapturous and noisy welcome after their victory at the weekend. The Galway club claimed their first ever All Ireland intermediate camogie title with a superb victory over heavily fancied Kilkenny side The Rower Inistioge on Saturday. The win marks the first time that a Galway side have won the Agnes O’Farrelly cup.
Castlegar came into the game with most “experts” giving them little or no hope of coming out victorious however the Galway ladies produced a fiery display over the 60 minutes to leave their much more fancied opponents shell shocked. Aislinn Connolly put in a person of the match display as the daughter of Galway hurling legend John Connolly scored all but one of her side’s scores. The Rower Inistioge opened up an early 1-2 to 0-1 lead after Lizzie Lyng rose the first green flag of the day. Castlegar responded brilliantly however as Connolly rattled the back of the net with a stunning 20m free and put the sides level at the break on a scoreline to 1-3 to 1-3.
The ladies of Kilkenny dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half and led by two points with just 10 minutes remaining. Castlegar would not go down without a fight however and did not concede another score for the remainder of the game. Three points from Connolly and another from Katie Connell saw the Galway Champions come out victorious on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-6.