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Friday 18 August 2017

Aileen's arrow proves to be goal in a million

IT was a golden goal in more ways than one. It was scored by the president, Aileen Lawlor, in last year's Legends Tournament.

The goal went all over Twitter. It was the talk of the town. It led to the Croke Park Hotel sponsoring this season's Legends event.

It took place last Saturday at Na Fianna. Tipperary retained the Biddy Phillips Cup. Biddy was a giant of Tipp camogie. Her son, Lenny, was a mentor with Saturday's team.

Emily Hayden of Tipperary got the Player-of-the-Tournament award. They beat Galway in the final. Veronica Curtin showed her class.

So did Eimear Brannigan for the Dubs. Eimear is an All-Star and an All-Ireland winning captain.

Patsy Murphy and Louise Lynch managed Dublin, who beat Antrim but lost to Cork and Galway.

Also on the team were Valerie Reaney, Gillian McCluskey, Siobhan O'Dwyer, Karen Fox, Sinead Caulfield, Noelle Comyn, Sonya Byrne, Siobhan Treacy, Suzanne Doyle and Tara Corrigan.

Derry also took part. A bright programme was produced. The 7-a-side ten minutes each-way format proved popular.

The camogie was good. The banter was better. And with the introduction of the Shield, the tournament continues to grow.

Aileen complimented the hosts. Ann Ryan had the red carpet hovered. Tom Ryan kept the show on the road.

"Many thanks to the Croke Park Hotel for their kind sponsorship. It's a major boost to the competition," added Aileen.

And Aileen's Stephanie Roche-like goal played a major part in securing it. Once a legend, always a legend.

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