WHATEVER her husband can do, Colleen Twomey can do better!
One week after Tadhg played his role in Newcestown’s historic Cork premier intermediate hurling championship final win, his wife Colleen turned in a player of the match performance as Newcestown Camogie Club won the county junior A championship final against Watergrasshill.
The teams were level at half time, 0-5 apiece, but Newcestown turned on the afterburners in the second half to run out 4-12 to 0-6 winners.
It’s a fantastic achievement for the club, who had dropped from senior to intermediate and then to junior in recent seasons, but they will now move back to intermediate as champions.
The decision to re-grade to junior certainly was a wise move as it allowed Newcestown camogie get its house in order before making a big push for honours this year.
‘The lads winning the county made us want to win even more. There was no way that we were going to come back to Newcestown after losing a county final. That wasn’t an option,’ explained Colleen, who scored a second-half goal, as did Evelyn Crowley and Olive O’Mahony (2).
‘It was very close in the first half but we stay composed and upped our game in the second half. They played quick ball into us (forwards) in the second half and we just clicked a lot better and took our chances.
‘I have been playing with the club since I was 13 or 14 and I never won anything before this season so to win a county title like this is fantastic. We didn’t expect it, but we worked hard all season, there were great numbers at training, and we had momentum in the end. We also won the league during the summer.
‘The U14 girls won a county title and a West Cork final as well, our minors are in a quarter-final of the county championship, and our U12s are playing in a West Cork final this weekend, so the underage structure is very strong, which is good for the future of the club.’
For Colleen and Tadhg, and their baby daughter Fíadh, it’s been an amazing week, what with winning two county titles, while there was also the search for the lost wedding ring that was found in Páirc Uí Rinn by groundsman Tommy Lynch.
‘We never imagined that we would win two county titles in the one house, so we’re very lucky and delighted,’ smiled Colleen (who is the men’s team’s physio), ‘and we have the wedding ring back as well!’