For the first time in the history of Mayo Camogie there were four teams competing in this year’s Feile competition – Claremorris, Castlebar Mitchels, Na Brideoga & Westport.
The rain held off in Westport today as our four camogie teams prepared to partake in Feile 2022.
The match schedule was as listed below and match referees were Mel Kenny from Westport and Pat Conlon from Castlebar.
A minutes silence was held before the competition began for Galway camogie players Kate Moran (Athenry) and Eimear Ni Chongaile (Cois Fharraige) who both tragically passed away recently.
It was Claremorris Camogie’s first year in Feile competition and they played well. They performed admirably against Westport in their first match and while their goalkeeper was kept busy she made many great saves.
Their second match was the 3rd Place Play-off against Na Brideoga and while it was a tough challenge they can certainly keep their heads held high as they performed really well for their first time in Feile.
Na Brideoga were fast, skillful and very focused in their pursuit of the ball and deserved their win.
The second semi-final was Na Brideoga against Castlebar Mitchels. This was a tough match but Castlebar had a stronghold on the scoreboard from early on. The Na Brideoga players fought valiantly till the end and never made it easy for Castlebar, who took victory and proceeded to the final with Westport.
The final was a tough, closely fought battle between neighbours Westport and Castlebar Mitchels. An early point for Castlebar gave them great encouragement and they fought hard for every ball. Westport took a little time to settle into the game, but a goal in the first half was a turning point and they took the game up a gear from there. Castlebar, with a team full of very skillful players kept the game tight and for all spectators it was tense until the end.
Westport had a well deserved win and retain the Mayo Feile trophy for 2022 – congratulations.
A wonderful morning was had by all clubs, fantastic camogie on display and an assurance that the future of camogie in Mayo is very secure.
Thanks to Westport for hosting this year’s Feile competition and providing refreshments for the teams and all who attended.
Thanks to all the umpires and linespeople and to referees Mel Kenny & Pat Conlon.