And it was no more than the Dublin side deserved after defeating two of the favourites, Dicksboro (Kilkenny) and Na Piarsaigh (Cork), in the quarter and semi-finals, respectively.
This game was a fitting climax to a tremendous Féile weekend and there were some outstanding individual performances. Crokes had a superb centre-back in Bill O’Carroll, while Reardon deservedly took the Man of the Match award.
Paul Bennett gave a commanding display at midfield for the Rockies and his tussles with Crokes’ Eddie O’Byrne were thrilling while David Healy showed marvellous skill in scoring three of the Cork side’s points.
There was nothing to choose between the teams in the opening 20 minutes, after which Blackrock led 1-1 to 0-2, the goal coming after David O’Mahony beat the advancing goalkeeper with a first time pull.
Scores continued to be scarce in the second-half but that was compensated for by the intensity of the exchanges. Given the hard passage Crokes had to the final, many felt they would run out of steam, but they hit the Rockies with three smash and grab goals from big full-forward Reardon, and their last goal by Jamie O’Sullivan gave the Dubliners a famous victory.
: Crokes: N. Reardon 3-1; J. O’Sullivan 1-1; M. O’Dwyer, S. McGrath 0-1 each. Blackrock: D. Healy 0-3; D. O’Mahony 1-0; E. O’Farrell 0-1.
: B. Mulligan; P. McCague, J. Kelly, J. Doughan; D. McVeigh, B. O’Carroll, A. Carr; E. O’Byrne, M. Kinsella; S. Murphy, J. O’Sullivan, S. McGrath; N. Reardon, K. O’Doherty, M. O’Dwyer. Sub. P. Collins for McVeigh.
: P. O’Brien; A. Hayes, E. Cantwell, D. McCurtain; P. Deasy, C. Hannon, M. Ryan; P. Bennett, E. O’Farrell; C. O Ruiseil, D. O’Mahony, L. Conway; R. Devine, D. Healy, M. Aherne. Sub. G. Dineen for Aherne.
: C. McAllister (Midleton).
A powerful Douglas side retained their premier camogie title in tremendous style.
This was the Cork side’s third final appearance in-a-row, and with 11 of last year’s winning combination were always going to be the team to beat.
Douglas wasted little time in stamping their authority on the game. With Julie White, Karen Horgan and Moira O’Donovan giving the Vincent’s defence a torrid time, they stormed into a 3-7 to nil half-time lead.
The holders continued to hold sway throughout the second half and the impressive White added two further goals to complete her hat-trick as Douglas ran out easy winners.
: Douglas: J. White 3-1; K. Horgan 1-3; K. Mackey 1-2; A. O’Donovan 1-1; J. Kelleher 0-1.
: J. Kavanagh; P. Mackey, J. Dempsey, E. McCarthy; D. Connolly, C. O’Driscoll, E. Jordan; M. O’Mahony, J. White; C. Murphy, M. O’Donovan, K. Mackey; K. Horgan J. Kelleher, A. O’Donovan.
: C. McDonnell; S. O’Halloran, C. Hannigan, O. McHenry; K. Purcell, E. Dempsey, C. O’Leary; A. Fogarty, J. Russell,; G. Smith, A. Fagan, M. Yazar; M. McNally, M. Humphreys, E. Moloney.
: C. O’Mahony (St. Finbarrs).
THE Division 2 boys final produced a huge surprise as Sars took the honours in a thrilling encounter.
Earlier in the year Bandon had trounced the Riverstown side in the county championship and were expected to do so again. Everything appeared to be going according to the script as the West Cork side, inspired by the brilliance of Conor Houlihane at midfield and Mark Sugrue at wing forward, led 0-5 to 0-2 at the break.
However, a couple of outstanding saves by goalkeeper Tiernan Hourihan gave Sars confidence, and with Tomas Crowley inspirational at centre-back and Eoin O’Sullivan sparkling on the wing, they drew level with a John Connolly goal midway through the second half.
Sars hit the front for the first time with a delightful Eoin O’Sullivan point and it was only fitting that Tomas Crowley should have the final say when he landed a magnificent point from his own 65 metre line to give Sars a dramatic victory.
: Sarsfields: J. Connolly 1-0; E. O’Sullivan 0-3; T. Crowley 0-1. Bandon: M. Sugrue, C. Hourihane 0-2 each; C. Murphy 0-1.
: T. Hourihan; J. Delaney, P. McCarthy, J. Ryan; F. Burke, T. Crowley, C. Duggan; J. Cashman, G. O’Regan; F. O’Leary, J. Connolly, E. O’Sullivan; A. O’Leary, S. Kelleher, A. Fitzgerald.
: S. Murphy; P. Murphy, E. Sugrue, P. Crowley; E. Jackson, S. Lynch, C. O’Donoghue; J. Harrington, C. Hourihane; D. Cronin, M. Minihane, S. Og Murphy; F. O’Leary, C. Murphy, M. Sugrue.
: M. Myers (Whitechurch).
VALLEY ROVERS survived a late scare from Mayfield before deservedly winning the Division 4 final.
Despite playing with the wind in the opening half, Rovers could only manage a 1-2 to 0-3 half time lead, the goal scored by Gerry Crowley after Mayfield keeper Darren Wise had saved superbly from Ger Walsh.
However, the Innishannon side got a decisive slice of good fortune in the second half when Ciaran O’Sullivan’s long delivery went all the way to the net.
Mayfield refused to throw in the towel however and, inspired by some great hurling by centre-back Ian Monagher, they threw the issue wide open when Darren Crowley touched home Nicky Kelly’s cross for a goal.
It was backs to the wall now for Valley but tremendous play by Brendan Lynch and Kevin Lane ensured the Innishannon side stayed in front.
: Valley Rovers:C. O’Sullivan 1-1; G. Crowley 1-0; J. Hurley 0-2; D. Crowley 0-1. Mayfield: N. Kelly 0-3; D. Crowley 1-0.
: G. Rice; B. Lynch, G. Coughlan, E. O’Mahony; C. Lynch, K. Lane, G. Ryan; G. Walsh, R. Moore; E. McSweeney, C. O’Sullivan, J. Hurley; D. Crowley, C. McAnnallan, G. Crowley.
: D. Wise; E. Grimes, C. O’Donovan, C. Murphy; G. Lehane, I. Monagher, K. Lynch; D. O’Gorman, N. Kelly; E. O’Brien, R. O’Sullivan, D. Malone; M. Cotter, G. Frawley, D. Crowley.
: J. McGrath (Crosshaven).
JOY for Killeagh as they defeated Lismore in the Division 3 camogie final to claim their first Féile title in 28 years.
It was a particularly proud day for Shelley Spillane and Ann Marie Landers, who both played on the Killeagh team all those years ago and who saw their respective daughters, Claire and Danielle, win their first Féile title.
Ballycastle of Antrim were last year’s winners of Division Three and this year they won Division Two, defeating Buttevant of Cork 6-8 to 1-8
The Féile na nGael skills contest was of a very high standard with Antrim’s Racquel McCarry winning out. Kildare’s Louise Walsh was second while Deirdre Walsh of Galway came third.
: Division 3: Fermoy 4-11 Causeway 2-2.
: Glanworth 3-7 Castleblaney (Monaghan) 2-3.