The overall female team of the year – the Mayo Under 14 camogie team – is next up in our look at the award winners in the Young Sports Stars of the Year Awards.
Having lost out at the All-Ireland semi-final stages in 2017, Mayo were determined that 2018 would be different. Preparation for the Camogie Association’s All-Ireland Under 14 competition began in April, with players and management embarking on a journey together to ensure success for Mayo camogie in 2018.
When captain Roisin Lynskey raised the Michael Kennedy Cup in Abbotstown, Mayo were deservedly crowned All-Ireland champions.
In their opening group game Mayo beat Donegal to get off to the perfect start, laying down a marker of intent for the day. A strong performance led to a convincing victory by 4-2 to 1-2. Mayo went on to top their group with further impressive victories against Westmeath and Carlow.
A strong Wicklow team provided the opposition in the semi-final which Mayo won by 5-2 to 3-0. Awaiting Mayo in the final was a fast and skillful Kerry side, who had also topped their group.
Having already played two hours of camogie, Mayo needed to find renewed energy and determination, which they did to produce their best camogie of the day and win by 2-6 to 2-5.