Camogie Association chief executive, Sinéad McNulty has hailed the partnership with the GAA that has facilitated camogie and football/hurling double-headers over the years and sees two high profile fixtures this weekend as the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues get underway.
30 years on from Clare's solitary Munster Senior Club Camogie Championship title, newcomers Scariff-Ogonnelloe joined Sixmilebridge on that storied roll of honour following a gritty final victory over Tipperary's Drom & Inch in Cappamore this afternoon.
Pamela Greville shot nine points, three of them from play, while Laura Doherty and Amy Scally led an astounding second-half defensive effort that kept Galway to one injury-time minor, as Westmeath overturned a seven-point interval deficit to win the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship.
It is part of lore now how a deputation of Wexford hurlers took a bus trip down to Clare around this time last year to exhort Davy Fitzgerald to remain at the helm as manager and along-awaited Leinster title resulted.
Moments after Kilkenny had accounted for a gallant but tiring Tipperary with a last-quarter score rush, Ann Downey was enjoying the luxury of looking forward to watching the second Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final between Cork and Galway.
The Tipperary ladies footballers requested their semi-final be put back a week to avoid O’Dwyer having to choose between codes, but when this request was not acceded to, the football management took the decision out of O’Dwyer’s hands and released her to play camogie this Saturday.
It wasn’t pretty but Tipperary manager Niamh Lillis was pleased that her charges hit the last five points to register a hard-fought 0-15 to 0-11 win over Meath in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship at Donaghmore-Ashbourne on Saturday.
Cork, Waterford and Tipperary all secured their progression to the knockout stages of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship this afternoon when they secured home wins at the expense of Meath, Clare and Dublin respectively.
The Camogie Association has made the decision to postpone all fixtures involving Limerick, Kerry and Wexford teams after players fell ill following an outbreak of gastroenteritis at last weekend’s double-header fixtures Croagh Kilfinny GAA grounds.
It’s summer and Sunday evenings in local pubs are dominated by hurling talk. Common themes everywhere I would expect; the player that isn’t up to that level and they’ve ‘always known it’, the new player who proved them right, ‘they have IT’, the mad decisions on the line, and always, the awe at the moments of brilliance in all hurling games.
Danielle Morrissey may not turn 19 until next month, but she is already in her third season with a Kilkenny squad that is bidding for a fourth consecutive Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 title, against Galway, in Croke Park tomorrow (throw-in 12pm noon).
GAA All-Star Camogie player, Ashling Thompson, has indicated that she will be contesting the case against her on charges of assaulting two young women at the Secret Garden nightclub in Rearden’s in Cork a year ago.
Slaughtneil camogie manager Dominic ‘Woody’ McKinley has described what he feels is a ‘disgraceful’ lack of recognition in the wider media for his team as they prepare to create history by winning three consecutive All-Ireland titles when they face Wexford’s St Martin’s in a few weeks.
St Martin’s and Inniscarra wouldn’t have required too many scouting reports or video analysis sessions ahead of tomorrow’s All-Ireland senior club camogie semi-final. The Leinster and Munster champions go head to head in Carriganore, Waterford (2pm), but this last-four tie won’t be the first time the pair have crossed paths.