By Ray Keating 22 Oct, 2017
The battle began before any ball was thrown in as Katrina Mackey and Sarah Fahy had to battle Storm Brian to make it back home for the game from Germany and Manchester respectively.

Having won the toss, Douglas opted to play against the strong wind. In reality the wind, didn't abide by blowing in one direction and it's swirling nature made for extremely difficult playing conditions for all players. This didn't deter Douglas, however, and they got off to a great start with Sarah Fahy raising a white flag followed by another effort by Julia White. 

Inniscarra responded to Douglas' strong start with three points of their own, before an excellent piece of individual from Katelyn Holland, saw her solo through the Inniscarra defence and split the posts. Three more points for Inniscarra saw them restore their advantage. With the conditions proving difficult, both teams showed huge physicality resulting in frees for both sides. Both free takers were on form, with Katrina Mackey contributing two points from placed balls. As the half time whistle blew, Douglas trailed by two points. 

Inniscarra started the second half impressively and Jess Kavanagh had to be at her best to stop a hand passed effort that looked destined for the net. As the pressure on the Douglas backs increased, Seosai Mulrooney, was excelling at corner back, while Pamela Mackey was doing an great job of sweeping.

A mistake from the Inniscarra keeper, was punished by Jess O'Mahony to add a point, however Inniscarra remained on top and were given the chance to extend their lead when they were awarded a penalty. Jess stood tall and pulled over another wonderful save. The work-rate of the Douglas backs stopped Inniscarra from pulling away further during this period of dominance. 

Joy Leo, worked hard to pick up breaks around the middle of the pitch and delivered quality to the Douglas forwards. Katrina Mackey was class personified as she kept Douglas in the game. She then showed nerves of steel and as she sent the game to extra time with a free 45 metres out, which given the wind was an excellent score. 

The intensity continued in extra time with both teams displaying great fitness and skill levels. Douglas introduced Chloe St. Ledger to make her senior debut and as we reached half time in extra time, the teams still couldn't be separated as they both added a point each in the first period.

The second period of extra time, was played mostly between the two 45's as Katrina Mackey gave Douglas a one point lead from another placed ball. A counter attack by Inniscarra saw a ball sent towards the Douglas goal. The umpire immediately went for the green flag but many felt the ball had never crossed the line. After much discussion the goal stood and Douglas found themselves two points down with time almost up. The girls never gave up, however, and reduced the deficit to the minimum but sadly there just wasn't enough time left and the referee blew the final whistle. 

A heartbreaking one point loss, after extra time, is not what the girls deserved. They showed huge character over the two games, and will no doubt be back challenging next year. Special thanks to all of those who braved the elements to support the team.
By Ray Keating 18 Oct, 2017
Amy Curtin is a tenacious defender. She is renowned throughout the company as superb man marker. Amy enjoyed huge underage success with Douglas in the community games as well as part of the historic Feile three in a row teams. Amy was a stand out player last week in the drawn game against Inniscarra and will look to repeat her performance as they face off in the replay again this weekend. 
By Ray Keating 15 Oct, 2017
A gusty performance from the senior girls, rocked the defending county champions Inniscarra in a game that finished all square in the Cork Camogie grounds on Saturday. 

The Douglas defence, laid out their stall from the start with Pamela Mackey leading by example. The close marshalling of the Inniscarra forwards by Amy Curtain and Rebecca Sheehan was of the highest quality as both players harassed their players for the full hour. The back's tenacity soon paid dividends and the turnovers caused provided a perfect launch pad for attack. In the middle of the field Julia White, was causing Inniscarra headaches and they had no answer for Julia's regular combination play with Katrina Mackey. Several times, this combination play lead to scores for Douglas and a trademark point from Joy Leo meant that Douglas went in to the halftime interval two points in front. 

 The second half continued with pace and passion as the Douglas girls exerted more pressure on their counterparts. With Aisling O'Brien and Seosai Mulrooney winning possession time after time, the Douglas forwards had plenty of ball sent their direction and Jessica O'Mahoney and Katelyn Holland were industrious in their efforts. Katrina Mackey remained unerring over placed balls as Douglas opened up a three point lead. Inniscarra appeared to be struggling and were dependent on place balls to remain in touch. Julia White continued to link up with Katrina as Douglas remained in the lead.

The ball in to Inniscarra's forward line was limited and on the rare occasion they managed to work their way through the Douglas defence, they found themselves stonewalled by the superb Jess Kavanagh in the Douglas goals. One such counter attack, required Jess to dash off her line and bravely throw herself at the oncoming attacker to produce a wonderful save.

With the clock ticking into extra time and Douglas leading by a point, Julia White looked to be soloing her way to a Douglas victory when she was hit with a hefty challenge. A free out seemed inevitable, but remarkably the referee gave a free for over carrying and from the resulting placed ball, Iniscarra snatched a draw at the death. 

There were a huge amount of positives from the game and the girls will take a lot of confidence from their performance and hopefully go one step further next time out. 
By Ray Keating 21 Sep, 2017
Cork claimed a record 27th All Ireland Camogie title on Sunday the 10th of September, thanks in no small part to the contribution of several Douglas people. Pamela Mackey was named at corner back but played on the wing, while twin sister Katrina took up her usual position at top of the right. 

In a tight and tense affair, Cork had the better of the first half and went in to the break leading by 5 points to 2. Pamela excelled in the backline in difficult conditions while Katrina proved to be a constant handful for the Kilkenny defence. 

The second half was as tense as the first, but Kilkenny began to come more and more in to the game. The Mackey's continued their fine performance, with both surely destined for All Stars, Katrina contributing a vital point. 

As the teams were deadlocked going in to injury time, the Cork management turned to Douglas woman Julia White. With the game seemingly destined for a replay, at the clock ticking beyond the 6th minute of injury time, White, got the ball and despite the immense pressure from three Kilkenny defenders managed to get a shot off that split the uprights to win the day for Cork.

"It’s an unbelievable feeling" said White afterwards. "I’ve had a frustrating year in terms of injuries and so on, so I was delighted to have the option of getting on and getting a point.

"I know it was only one point and there were loads more, but it’s definitely a great feeling after being out for the last two years."

Douglas legend Teddy O'Donovan was part of the backroom team and huge credit must go to him for the part he played in the victory. 

The Cork intermediates, featuring Douglas duo Rebecca Sheehan and Sarah Fahy will have to do it all over again as they drew a hard fought battle with Meath. We wish the girls, the very best of luck in the replay. 

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