Camogie: Waterford IT were crowned queens of third level camogie after a thrilling Centenary Ashbourne Cup final victory over the University of Limerick at DCU yesterday.
The decider was delayed as the Purcell Cup final went to two periods of extra-time and, even then, there was no separating Mary Immaculate and DIT, who meet again.
This was the fourth consecutive meeting of WIT and UL in the Ashbourne Cup final, the Limerick crew denying Waterford a remarkable six-in-a-row last year.
WIT were clearly motivated by the memory of that loss, and with Trish Jackman providing another thunderous performance on her way to being named player of the tournament, they chiselled out a 2-12 to 0-12 success.
First-half goals from Marie Morrissey and Ciara Quirke were central to their collection of a sixth title in seven seasons and an eighth in total. Jackman supplemented her general dominance with four points from placed balls and Emma Comerford added three. UL were largely reliant on Tipp sharpshooter, Cáit Devane although former Cork captain Julia White and Gráinne Egan added scores to Devane’s six first-half points.
That left it 2-8 to 0-8 at the change of ends and try as they did, UL could never reel in their opponents. Both sides scored four points each, with Comerford bringing her tally to six points and last year’s heroine, Devane finishing with nine.
A sensational Fr Purcell Cup final ended 3-14 for DIT to Mary I’s 1-20 after two periods of extra-time. Katie O’Dwyer was outstanding for DIT, while Caoimhe Costello shone for Mary I. It was 2-12 to 1-15 at the end of normal time and 2-14 to 1-17 at the end of the first period of extra-time.
Meanwhile, UCD launched a stunning second-half comeback to deny fellow Dublin outfit DCU for a 4-7 to 3-3 victory in the Ashbourne Shield final. Jackie Quigley had an eighth minute goal to open an early four-point lead but DCU hit back with Emma Walsh and Mary O’Connell netting to make it 2-2 to 1-2 at half time.
Aoife Bulger stretched DCU’s lead with another goal, two minutes into the second-half but UCD found another gear to wrest the silverware from their opponents. Quigley picked up her second major towards the end of the third quarter and the sides were level when Aoife Wilson made the game-changing contribution with two goals in the final six minutes to cement a memorable win.
Gaelic games are flourishing in IT Carlow and in the week when the footballers booked their place in the Sigerson Cup semi-final for the first time, their camogie team claimed the Fr Meachair Cup for the second year in a row with a 2-10 to 1-10 win over St Mary’s.
In the Fr Purcell Shield final on Saturday, Maynooth University beat Queen’s University, 2-10 to 2-7.
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