Declan Bogue: Future bright for camogie
At the final whistle last Sunday, the Derry camogie team looked stunned and flat after Rachel Monaghan's late point rescued the All-Ireland Intermediate final for Galway.
The drama in the final ramped up all the way to a thrilling finish. With the match disappearing from Derry's sight, they managed to stay in contention.
After Karen Kielt was pulled to the floor, Katie McAnenly had to step up and take the penalty with Derry two down. We're talking Joe Canning pressure, but McAnenly drilled it to the net before the injury-time equaliser.
We had to remind ourselves this was the Intermediate game, such was the skill levels on show.
Legendary Cork camog Linda Mellerick recently watched a few clips of a 1992 final she played in. Her assessment was that the increase in fitness and skills in the last two decades have been immense. As a result, the games are laced with more excitement and their growth is assured.
Camogie might never be a huge crowd puller, but it has spread into areas such as Coleraine and thrived. As long as that is possible, then its future is boundlessly positive.