Griffindor magic helps Blackhall claim Camogie Shield

A hat-trick of goals from Caroline Griffin helped her side Blackhall Gaels capture some end of season consolation silverware as they defeated neighbours Kiltale 4-10 to 3-10 in the Meath Camogie Division 1 Shield Final today.

Despite trailing by 2-8 to 4 points at the break, the girls found their form in the second half to turn a ten point defecit into a three point win, with county star Kristina Troy hitting an injury time winner, to finally overcome a very good Kiltale team.

Captain Siobhán Whitty collected the Shield on behalf of her teammates.

In the world of Harry Potter, Gryffindor is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Godric Gryffindor. Godric instructed the sorting hat to choose a few particular characteristics he most values. Such character traits of students sorted into Gryffindor are courage, chivalry, and determination and there is no doubting that Caroline and her team mates had bucket loads of this today.

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A Gloriosus first Indian victory for Downey

Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey tasted his first success since moving to India onboard the Imtiaz A. Sait trained ‘Gloriosus’ (7/2) at the Mahalaxmi Race Course earlier today.

Downey eased the eventual winner to the front with about 400 metres to go and went away, winning by 6 & 1/2 lengths in the end, with Lucky Luciano back in second place.

Robbie described the weather as been “very sweaty” on his Instagram page, with temperatures hitting 30 odd degrees. The race was the second of an eight race card and was the ‘2018 Master Shifu Plate’

Downey finished 2nd in the penultimate race onboard Caprisca for the same trainer as he continues his steady start on only his second week in action on the Indian circuit.

Reidy helps Ireland claim Bronze medal

Orla Reidy in action in Nottingham

A fantastic run by St Cocas’ Orla Reidy saw the Maynooth Post Primary student finish the 2nd Irish girl home and in doing so, she helped Team Ireland claim the bronze medal in the Home Nations International in Nottingham earlier today.

Orla’s improved her position by three places amongst her Irish team mates as she had previously finished 5th in the All-Irelands in Waterford a few weeks ago.

Congratulations Orla from everyone at home.

St.Cocas Orla Reidy to represent Ireland in Nottingham

Orla Reidy and her Irish team mates prior to departing for Nottingham

St.Cocas AC athlete Orla Reidy, will tomorrow represent Ireland at the SIAB International Schools’ in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England.

Orla will become the first girl from St.Cocas to represent Ireland at schools level and qualifies after her 5th place finish two weeks ago in the All-Irelands in Waterford.

The event is part of the Home Countries International (4 nations) and sees 16 Irish schools’ athletes compete. Orla ran for Maynooth Post Primary in the Leinsters and All-Irelands, with the St.Cocas runner firstly capturing the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title in Santry on February 21st before her 5th place finish in Waterford.

Orla’s achievements so far are all the more remarakable as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year.

The junior girls will compete over 4km with the Intermediate girls (Orla’s race) competing over 4.5km.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in helping her to reach this level.

Sunday morning update

Orla Reidy after finishing 5th in the All-Irelands in Waterford

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Blackhall Gaels suffered another home defeat in Division 2 of the Meath SFL when they lost out to Rathkenny on a full time score of 1-18 to 2-10 in Kilcloon. Two second half goals from Alan Nestor helped the hosts come from nine points down at half time to level proceedings going into the final five minutes but Rathkenny kicked on again to win by five. Nestor top scored for Blackhall with 2-5. The loss leaves Liam Keane’s men with only two points from a possible ten and they will need to start picking up some wins soon to avoid dropping down to Division 3.

This morning it’s the turn of the second team as they welcome Navan O’Mahoneys to Kilcloon in Division 2 of the B League.

Blackhall Gaels senior ladies game against neighbours Moynalvey, scheduled for Saturday evening, was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

In Kildare, Kilcock travelled to Athy for round 2 of the Aldridge Cup on Saturday evening. Kilcock put in another decent performance against senior championship opposition (they lost to Naas in round 1) but still came up short on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-10.

Athletics

Congratulations to StCocas Ac athlete Orla Reidy, representing Maynooth Post Primary School, who finished 5th in the schools All Ireland in Waterford today. Orla will now go on and represent Ireland in Nottingham in 2 weeks time.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in getting her there.

This morning StCocas will be well represented at the annual Bohermeen half marathon in County Meath.

Rugby

North Kildare senior mens first team are on the road for their penultimate league game with a trip to near neighbours Coolmine. They need a win to secure their status in 1B. Kick off today is at 3pm.

Soccer

Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly makes the trip to Drogheda United today with his Athlone Town team mates for their second game in the First Division of the SSE Airtricity League. Athlone suffered a heavy 4-1 loss at home to Galway United in their first game. Kick off today is at 3pm.

Finally I would like to wish all you fantastic mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. Especiall my own mother Sarah. ❤

Please join us later for our Sunday night review.

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All Ireland title for Meath

Well done to the Meath Darts team who were crowned All Ireland champions for the first time ever, beating Donegal 7-0 in the final.

The tournament was held at the West County Hotel in Ennis last Saturday and Sunday. Meath won the quarter final 7-3 against Kilkenny before accounting for Wexford in the semis.

Kilcock’s Andrew Reilly (pictured front row, 1st from the right) was on the successful side, whose 7-0 final victory was also a first in the history of the competition. Reilly was Meath’s 12th man due in but wasn’t needed in the final due to the nature of the result. Reilly was needed in the last 16 against Galway, where he clinched victory for the Royals in 7-5 win.

Meath currently hold the youth, men’s A and men’s B All Ireland titles.