The Premier got off to a bad start and conceded two goals to Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey but Aoife McGrath got one back and they trailed by just 2-7 to 1-5 at half-time, though Cotter was causing a lot of trouble at full-forward and finished with a tally of 1-4.
Nicole Walsh was in clinical form from placed balls though and with Cáit Devane pulling the strings, Tipperary gradually edged back into contention.
The sides were level at the end of the hour but what was only Cork’s second point of the second half from a Cotter free looked to have snatched it for Cork in injury-time. From the puckout, Tipperary were awarded a free, however, and Devane converted from just inside the halfway line to grab a share of the spoils, on a 1-12 to 2-9 scoreline.
Limerick marked their return to the top tier with a resounding 4-14 to 2-3 win over Derry at Dunganny. Joe Quaid’s outfit, who won the Division 2 title last year, led by 1-9 to 1-1 at half-time and pulled clear in the second half to get their Division 1 campaign off to the perfect start.
Kilkenny were pushed hard by Clare but emerged with the points in their tie at Ballyhale. The beaten All-Ireland finalists looked sluggish in the first half and were flattered by the fact that they were level with Clare at the interval at 0-4 apiece, Claire McMahon scoring three points from frees for the Banner.
The Noresiders were a different proposition in second half, with Shelley Farrell causing havoc in the Clare defence, and they scored five unanswered points, with Denise Gaule converting three frees and Aoife Neary and Ann Dalton slotting points from play.
Clare dug deep though and scores from Emer Considine, Kathleen Hogan (free) and Máire McGrath got them to within two points with a few minutes left. Kilkenny sealed the win with a goal in injury-time when Marie Dargan’s ground stroke trickled over the line.
Wexford stormed past Dublin, running out 3-11 to 0-5 winners at New Ross.
Meanwhile, Presentation College, Kilkenny came out on top of a titanic tussle with St Mary’s, Magherafelt in the O’Neills All-Ireland Second Level Schools’ Senior A camogie final at the Parnells GAA club on Saturday.
The vital score was Aoife Farrell’s excellent goal entering the final quarter, and late points from Ciara Scullion and Áine McAllister were not enough for Magherafelt, who fell short by 2-9 to 0-9.
The B, C and D finals were all hosted by MacDonagh Park in Nenagh. Player of the match, Niamh Treacy gave an exhibition as Our Lady’s, Templemore proved too strong for Calasanctus, Oranmore by 2-14 to 1-4.
The C final will have to be replayed next weekend after St Joseph’s, Doon and Mayfield College, Dublin could not be separated, sharing 18 points at the end of a wonderful battle.
The D decider was a pulsating affair with Glanmire Community College edging Dominican College, Dublin 0-12 to 0-11. Douglas sharpshooter Sarah Fahy deservedly picked up the player of the match award.