On Friday the 10th July the under 16 panel travelled to Waterford were they took part in an international blitz on the Saturday. The panel was depleted from its usual numbers given players on holidays however the panel of 18 gave a superb performance despite miserable conditions.
Due to the late withdrawal of Limerick Antrim had to play each of their opponents twice. First up was Warwickshire / Hertfordshire representatives. These girls had enjoyed a week long coaching camp and were to have their skills tested in the blitz. The Antrim team proved to be too strong for the English side as they scored with ease. Final result Antrim 10- 19 Warwickshire 0-00. Munster champions Tipperary were favourites to lift the Cup howver Antrim had other ideas and gave an electrifying performance to shock everyone. The defence was tight as Nicole Kelly, Caragh Lowe, Laura O'Neill and Aisling Dunlop read the game well to thwart a Tipperary attack. The mid fielders had a battle on their hands however Ciara Sullivan and Aine Tubridy did enough to feed the ball through to a strong half forward line in Fionnghuala Rocks, Anna Finnegan and Kirsty Mc Guinness. Maeve McCurdy seemed to draw on frees and was awarded 2 penalties in the space of 5 minutes both of which were confidently netted by Mc Guinness. The girls finished top of their group and went on to play New York. Unfortunately the Americans lost their discipline under the pressure applied from antrim and the referee called an end to the game 5 minutes into extra time awarding Antrim the match as we were 2 points ahead. The final with Wexford didn't go ahead due to the deteriorating weather conditions. An great determined performance from Antrim.
TG4 All Ireland Antrim v Limerick - Casement Park
A dream start for Antrim netting the ball in the opening 5 minutes twice from Amy Mc Atamney and Mairead Cooper put Antrim well in control of the game. Limerick squandered close in frees and hit numerous wides that looked as though they would be costly. 5 points up at half time and Antrim came out strong with Clare Timmoney firing over to stretch the lead. However Limerick remained calm and the former All Star corner forward for Limerick began to give Antrim defence a headache as she found her range netting the ball and taking some impressive points. Limerick's defence tightened and broke down Antrim's attack. The Saffron's continued to battle to hold onto their narrow lead but 3 minutes into stoppage time the Limerick girls pointed to come away with a draw.
Antrim 3-09 Limerick 2-12