Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

GAA: Can you Adam and eve it

Jane maintains family sporting success story

Antrim camogie ace Jane Adams has been named Tennent's Ulster GAA Writers' merit award winner for September.

Adams, one of the finest exponents of the sport, had a Septemebr to remember conjuring up a very impressive two goals and 33 points over three championship matches.

She began her scoring blitz with 10 points against Portglenone in the Antrim semi-final, followed by a goal and 11 points against Loughgiel in the county final.

For good measure she then added a goal and 12 points against Lavey in the Ulster club championship.

On receiving her award from Jeff Tosh, Regional Controller Inbev, she said: " It's great to see camogie getting some recognition.

"I might be the one picking up this award, but it really has been a team effort from start to finish. Everyone has been very supportive both at home and in the Rossa club and that means so much."

Jane will be hoping to reproduce her scoring exploits when Rossa step up their bid to win a fourth successive Ulster club championship.

Her dad Dougie, a familiar figure on the local amateur boxing scene in the 70's when he twice won Ulster senior titles, was thrilled to bits with Jane's latest success.

"I've four daughters and three of them play for Rossa, two of them for the county.

"Jane's a great girl. I can recall her playing camogie, hurling and football at school. She was also the only girl among 110 boys at the Denis Law School of Soccer," he said.

Two Ulster senior titles scarcely do justice to Dougie Adams' amateur career during which time his father Cecil was a familiar figure in his corner.

"It was a time of great unrest at the height of the Troubles when everything was happening so the Corpus Christi boxing club in Ballymurphy was a refuge for an awful lot of young people," Dougie explained.

Adams, now a highly successful businessman, was a value for money boxer who lived for the sport.

He was unfortunate to run up against such an accomplished boxer as Gerry Hamill in the Irish seniors, losing three times, twice in finals.

"He was my nemesis. I still hate the guy," he said with a broad smile.

"Seriously he's a great guy so full of life and so funny."

Not to be outdone Cecil Adams, now a sprightly 76, completed the Belfast marathon a few years back in less than six hours.

Later that year he climbed Ben Nevis with a group of friends as part of a chairty fund raiser.

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