Peregrine's flying high
CELEBRATIONS for St Peregrine's. A first camogie championship gold in many a year. Their cars left the home of Trinity Gaels last Sunday with horns blowing, and with the Senior 5 Championship trophy.
They defeated the hosts, 0-10 to 0-3. Trinity's midfielder, Grainne Free, did more than most to alter the outcome. Leanne Walsh struck their three points from the placed ball.
Peregrine's pace was a major asset. Lisa Sweeney can fly like the wind. Laura Lee too. Their defence didn't give the Gaels a crumb, especially when Trinity were striving to get back into it in the second half.
Michelle Coleman captained Peregrine's. She's an accomplished free-taker. Her sister, Brigid, sent over a tasty point that put the polished Pers six points clear with 13 minutes left.
The Peregrine's goalkeeper, Michelle McGettigan, played her part. Unfortunately, just before the close, she was injured and had to leave the venue in an ambulance. She earned the applause of all.
A tricky breeze blew. Trinity had the three flags up – those of Ireland, Dublin and the club. They began well. Walsh knocked over two frees inside the opening seven minutes.
But then Peregrine's began to get a stronger stud-hold. The impressive Siobhan Barcoe was finding space in the Trinity kitchen at the pavilion end.
She hit two points before the interval. Emma Bergin's neat effort, plus two Michelle Coleman frees, gave them their 0-5 to 0-2 advantage at the turn.
Lee added to that in the first page of the restart. Walsh emailed a '45' over on 39 minutes. But try as they might after that, Trinity just couldn't find a way into the Blakestown front garden.
After tidying up at the back on several occasions, the Saints were then able to use their speed to good effect. And their path to the podium was cemented by points from Bergin, Michelle Coleman (2) and Brigid Coleman.