Kildare Camogie led the way at the weekend, as Naas and Clane helped pull of a Lilywhite All-Ireland double at the 2012 Bus Éireann All-Ireland Feile na nGael in Dublin, writes Cóilín Duffy.
Both wins were recorded at Parnell Park, with Naas taking the Division 3 title and Clane victorious in Division 4.
Naas were in stunning form to claim an All-Ireland Shield, thanks to a 3-2 to 0-3 win over Raharney on Saturday morning.
The Westmeath outfit had powered to the decider, scoring 24-14 in their opening two games alone in this competition.
Naas advanced to the final following wins over Skerries Harps (6-2 to 0-0); Thomas Davis (4-10 to 0-0); Mount Leinster Rangers (4-1 to 0-0) and Maynooth.
Again the Naas girls were impressive in the final with 2-1 in the opening half from Marian Doyle helping them to victory.
Doyle claimed an early point before two quick-fire goals and a point from Emer Hegarty helped Naas to a 2-2 to 0-0 lead at the interval.
Maria Kelly opened the Raharney account with a free five minutes after the restart and although Kelly added two further points, an Aine Conway goal from a ‘45’ coupled with an excellent defensive display earned Naas the crown.
Naas Captain Hannah Cusack received the Shield from Camogie Association President Aileen Lawlor after the game.
Naas Manager Eamonn O’Callaghan was delighted with the manner of the victory.
“We had taken account of the Raharney scores and we knew that they were going to come hard and were capable of scoring goals,” he said.
“We had our plans laid and one of the most important things was that up to this final we hadn’t conceded a score and I knew if the girls played the way they did the last few days they would have no problem.”
In the Division 4 Final Ciara Egan bagged 1-4 as Clane claimed a 2-4 to 1-0 win over Bray Emmets.
Annie Harpur opened Clane’s account early on with their first goal from a long-range free.
A brace of Egan points helped Clane to a 1-2 to 0-0 lead.
Bray bounced back with nine minutes remaining with Rachel Rice netting a goal, but Clane responded with Egan bagging 1-2 to help her side to victory.
In Hurling, there was heartbreak for Celbridge who lost the Division 3 decider to Kevin Lynch’s of Derry by 2-15 to 1-4.
Odhran McKeever (1-4) and Pauric McNicholl (1-3) led the charge for the eventual winners.
Lynch’s led 1-7 to 0-3 at the break, with a fortuitous McNicholl goal helping them take a 10-point lead seven minutes after the restart.
Celbridge responded with an Aaron Brennan goal just a minute later.
However, Lynch’s weren’t to be denied victory with further points from McNicholl, John Mullan and McKeever helping them to a 14-point win.
In Division 4, Éire Óg Corra Choill failed to emerge from their group, losing out to Craobh Chiarain (3-11 to 1-4) and O’Toole’s (2-1 to 1-3) before recording a 1-10 to 2-5 win over Armagh side Keady.