In front of a large crowd, it was a win Lismore richly deserved, even if the winning margin was something of a surprising.
Two weeks ago the Waterford girls had to dig deep to salvage a draw in Croke Park but yesterday their inspirational captain Shona Curran praised their relentless work-rate that saw them crowned champions: “It is not just today, not just this year, we have been at this now for four or five years. We have had many disappointments and to finally get over the line is testament to the character of the girls.
“We stuck at it. It wasn’t easy coming back each time. Today makes it worthwhile. The girls deserve everything. Aoife (Hannon) scored a magnificent point to draw the last day, and today everyone worked so hard. We were unhappy with ourselves in the drawn game. We can’t wait to celebrate this one now,” she declared.
The victory is a magnificent boost for Waterford camogie. And hard luck on Ballyhale Shamrocks who had six Fennellys in their starting 15 and three more on the bench. The Kilkenny side started brightly and were 0-4 to 0-2 up after a quarter of an hour but McGlone’s green flag before the interval was a big blow to their hopes. In addition, the Lismore defence were brilliant only allowing the Shamrocks one point from play, and one player to get on the scoreboard – Kellyanne Cottrell.
Lismore went to the dressing-room 1-3 to 0-5 ahead, and then came out all fired up for a wind-assisted second half. As well as their numbers one to seven, Johanna Houlihan, Aoife Hannon, Curran and Grainne Kenneallly excelled too with Curran landing two massive frees from her own 65. Both Curran and Kenneally were involved in the build-up for Lismore’s second goal, making it 2-5 to 0-5. Accurate free-taker Hannon found the range too before McGlone sealed the win after pouncing for goal number three.
Meanwhile Dublin left it late but hit six unanswered points to snatch a 1-15 to 4-6 draw against Tipperary in Division 1 of the National Camogie League while elsewhere in Group 2, Wexford were victorious over Offaly in Birr by 2-8 to 0-6.
In Group 1, Limerick gained a small measure of revenge over Galway for defeat in last year’s All-Ireland intermediate final with a 2-10 to 1-9 win in Kilmallock while in Dunganny, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Miriam Walsh and Kelly Hamilton scored the goals as Kilkenny recorded a 3-19 to 1-4 win over Derry
Scorers for Lismore: C McGlone (3-0), A Hannon (0-6, three frees, one 45m), S Curran (0-2, frees).
Scorers for Ballyhale Shamrocks: K Cottrell (0-7, six frees).
LISMORE: A O’Brien; S Coughlan, Shauna Prendergast, M Russell; A Houlihan, S Kiernan, S Fenton; S Curran (Capt), G Kenneally; N Morrissey, A Hannon, L Buckley; C McGlone, R Geoghegan, J Houlihan.
Subs: J Kingston for R Geoghegan (55), S Walsh for J Houlihan (58), Sandra Prendergast for A Houlihan (59).
BALLYHALE SHAMROCKS: C Fennelly; O Fennelly, R Fennelly, C Corcoran; B Fennelly, J Frisby, E O’Dwyer; C Connolly, E Frisby; K Fennelly, K Cottrell, E Fitzpatrick; L Elvidge, M M Fennelly, E Darmody (Capt).
Subs: G Fennelly for L Elvidge (40).
Referee: John Dolan (Clare).
- Four All-Ireland Junior Camogie Schools titles were secured at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh at the weekend, as St Brendan’s Birr, Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir; St. Joseph’s, Lucan and Mercy Convent, Roscommon claimed silverware. St Brendan’s Birr claimed Junior ‘A’ honours after a hard earned 1-6 to 2-2 win over St. Mary’s Charleville.
Junior B honours went to Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, who recorded a 6-20 to 3-8 win over Calasanctius, Oranmore. A last gasp goal from Katie Feeney ensured Junior C honours went to St Joseph’s, Lucan following a 3-6 to 2-7 win over St Joseph’s, Tulla while Mercy Convent, Roscommon took Junior D honours, with a 5-9 to 1-5 win over Presentation, Waterford.