SHS was delighted on Sunday when Paula O’Hagan lifted the Agnes O’Farrelly Cup at Croke Park after her Hilltown Club, Clonduff, beat Gailtir, Waterford in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final. Clonduff camogie captain Paula, a PE teacher in the school, guided her team to the historic All-Ireland victory and secured Player of the Match award – a worthy winner! The Clonduff captain played with conviction throughout the match and was backed by a collective effort from the entire team, of which were two SHS students Clara Cowan and Molly Brown.
The South Down women put in an immense performance, getting off to a superb start with a 5 point lead. With 20 minutes gone Clonduff were 0-07 to 0-02 ahead and looked to be cruising to victory. However, the Waterford side began to get the breaking balls and started to close the gap. The saving of the penalty in the first half allowed the girls to exit the pitch with their heads held high.
The second half of the match proved to be as nail-biting as the first half and with the 60 minutes played Clonduff were awarded a free. Paula stepped up to the mark once again and from over 45 metres she scored to restore a lead of 2 points. Three minutes additional time was played, each team battling for the ball, but the Clonduff girls showed true grit and determination. They were super focused, disciplined and were not going to be beaten and when the Waterford team added another point to their tally the Clonduff girls held fast and the scenes of joy and exhilaration as the final whistle blew will live long in the memories of those who were present.
Well done to Paula, Clara and Molly and to all the girls on the team – we are very proud of you here in Sacred Heart Grammar School.
The final score finished up as Clonduff 0-10 to Gailtir 0-09.