by Emer Kelly
Tara Camogie Club London won the Senior League title for the sixth year in a row on Sunday beating Croydon on a final score of 1-6 to 1-4 on a very hot day in Greenford.
After a very intense 80 minutes of camogie in searing heat, the Tara girls emerged victorious over their south London rivals in what was one of the most closely contested senior games in the county in the last few years.
It was Croydon who got off to the better start, scoring a fantastic point in the first 5 minutes courtesy of their wing back. The Tara girls however retaliated with a point of their own 5 minutes later by wing forward Joanne Hamilton, who worked extremely well with Niamh Dolan on the right hand side of the Tara attack.
With some solid defending by both sides, scores were hard to come by and each ball was fought for with great determination by both teams.
A rare mistake in the Tara back line proved costly in the 17th minute when Croydon found the back of the net giving them a three point advantage.
Caroline Kelly showed her leadership 5 minutes later scoring a point from centre back. With 2 points between the sides the Tara girls new they would have to dig deep to get a score before half time.
Joni Traynor stepped up to the mark from wing back to slot over a fantastic point from 50 yards out just before the half time whistle.
The heat didn’t stop either team from battling with all they had in the second half, and the west London girls scored a point from their captain Caroline Kelly within 3 minutes of the second half making the teams level for the first time in the game.
Croydon’s Elaine Dunphy pushed some great balls forward into the Croydon forwards, but there was some excellent displays of defending in the Tara full back line from Dearbhail O’Rourke and Sheila Fernandes which denied the south Londoners a chance to regain their lead.
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