De La Salle Camogie Club has emerged as the winner of Liberty Insurance’s ‘Camogie Made Us’ competition, hosted at half-time of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final in Croke Park.
The Waterford City-based Camogie club, led by coach Charlotte Brenner Snr, took home €7,000 in prize money.
The ‘Camogie Made Us’ competition, hosted by Liberty Insurance, title sponsor of the All-Ireland Camogie Championship, in partnership with rte.ie, set out to find the most dedicated, inspirational, and committed Camogie coach in the country.
De La Salle’s Charlotte Brenner Snr and Bredagh GAC’s Anne Costello were selected as finalists from a total of 249 entries.
In front of a record crowd of 24,730, both coaches proudly led their teams out onto the pitch at half-time of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final to compete in a one-off skills challenge. Both teams served up a nail-biting contest, the lead switching on a number of occasions, before a final surge at the finish, gave De La Salle victory much to the delight of their travelling fans.
The runners-up, Anne Costello’s Bredagh GAC were awarded €3,000 cash prize for their club. Other competition runners-up, Peter Doherty from Edendork Camogie club, Cathal Parcéir from Good Counsel Camogie club and Aideen McCormack from Banner Camogie club were also individually recognised for their commitment to their Camogie clubs and were presented with jerseys from Liberty Insurance representatives in their respective clubs last week.
Speaking on behalf of Liberty Insurance, Laura Byrne said: “Yesterday’s All Ireland Final embodied all that is great about Camogie. In addition to a thrilling All Ireland Final, we also saw an exciting half-time exhibition of skills from our two Camogie Made Us finalists, De La Salle and Bredagh GAC. De La Salle, led by Charlotte Brenner Snr emerged as worthy winners and we are delighted to present them with a cash prize of €7,000 for their club. Great credit must also go to Anne Costello and Bredagh GAC, it was close at the finish and their huge crowd of travelling supporters must be very proud of their team."
“Charlotte Brenner Snr coaches multiple age-grades across De La Salle’s Camogie teams. She was nominated by her daughter, also Charlotte, for her continued dedication and commitment to the team. The respect and warmth with which she is held by her players was immediately apparent on the day."
“People like Charlotte Brenner Snr and Anne Costello are the lifeblood of Camogie. Their impact starts with underage teams on Saturday mornings but their influence can also be felt on All Ireland Final Day. Therefore, it is only fitting to see these coaches recognised and celebrated in front of a record crowd at yesterday’s Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Championship Final.”
Speaking on behalf of the Camogie Association, President Kathleen Woods said: “Congratulations to Charlotte Brenner Snr and the De La Salle club on their win. Congratulations too to Anne Costello and Bredagh GAC who made it to Croke Park as a finalist in the Liberty Insurance ‘Camogie Made Us’ competition. The opportunity for the young girls in these clubs to play in Croke Park is what every Camogie player aspires to do."
“On behalf of the Camogie Association, I want to say thank you to all the 24,730 supporters who took to Croke Park to support the teams. It has been a historic year of record attendances and viewership for Camogie, and we plan to build on this next year and break the 25,000 mark.”