Cashel claim camogie crown

Tipperary senior player Claire Grogan was instrumental as Cashel dug deep to take the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie title at Clarecastle this afternoon.

Tipperary senior player Claire Grogan was instrumental as Cashel dug deep to take the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie title at Clarecastle this afternoon.

The Munster champions saw off the challenge of Athenry - 0-11 to 0-9 - to earn a second All-Ireland crown in tough weather conditions with driving wind and rain throughout.

It was Cashel's ability to keep the scoreboard ticking over during a first half when Athenry captain Therese Maher had opted to play with the gale that was the main difference.

Grogan's seven points overall - four from play - were contributory too, but when it came down to it, the Tipperary side had too much talent for the westerns who were far too reliant on skipper Maher to keep them in the hunt.

As well, Cashel captain and full-back Una O'Dwyer proved unbeatable, as did Cashel's entire half-back trio of Paula Bulfin, Philly Fogarty and Julie McGrath.

When they turned around just one point behind, 0-6 to 0-5, it was going to take an enormous effort from the Maroon girls to remain in the game, but credit to them they fought to the bitter end.

Athenry were in front 0-3 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, and had they capitalised on two goal opportunities it would have been a different story for the underdogs.

A pair of points coming up to the break from free-taker Laura Linnane and Noreen Coen left them double scores ahead, but a strong finish from Cashel yielded white flags from Grogan and Alison Lonergan.

The second half was a dogfight with the weather deteriorating further.

Approaching the last quarter, Cashel edged 0-9 to 0-7 to the good, but the introduction of the injured Jessica Gill for Athenry egged them on. She came close with a goal shot, and despite Athenry's grit, Cashel held out with two Grogan points closing out the score.

Elsewhere, St Anne's of Dunhill and Lavey must meet again to determine the destination of the All Ireland Junior Club Camogie title.

After extra-time in a pulsating final in Donaghmore, Ashbourne, the scoreboard remained deadlocked at 1-11 apiece.

St Anne's did all the running with the wind in the first half and courtesy of a kicked goal from Jenny Simpson, they led 1-6 to 0-2 at the changeover.

It was Lavey's turn in the second 30 minutes with captain Mary O'Kane netting for the Derry champions. It was nip and tuck with St Anne's top scorer Karen Kelly shooting the equaliser on full-time.

After the first period of extra-time, wind-assisted St Anne's moved 1-11 to 1-8 ahead, but three points from Lavey coming down the home straight ensured the teams will have to do it all over again.

An announcement will be made tomorrow to outline details for the replay.

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