Tipperary Camogie notes
Cashel 2.15, Burgess/Duharra 2.13 (aet)
With three minutes already played in injury time in the second half of extra time, and Cashel down a point, Emily Hayden picked the ball from the wing, and managing to get some space from her marker, an ordinary player would have opted for the point. Not Emily, she raided down on the Burgess goal to see her hand pass effort saved, but her momentum kept her going with Cashel registering the goal to hand them their 15th County title, & leave Burgess/Duharra wait another year to try & claim their first.
Burgess had the strong wind in their back and Jenny O Halloran was first to score from play. Claire Grogan answered for Cashel while Therese Brophy and Linda Grogan exchanged points from mid field. With 10 minutes gone sides were level, before Burgess started to pull ahead with points from Eimear McDonnell and Jenny O Halloran. A line ball for Burgess was latched onto by Ciara Gaynor who pulled first time to beat Cashel goalie Helen Breen. Eimear McDonnell pointed to put 6 points between the sides. Claire Grogan & Philly Fogarty hit 2 for Cashel before Burgess hit 4 unanswered points, Eimear McDonnell (2), Aine Mulcahy (1), Amy Kennedy(1). Half time, after a thrilling display from both teams, Burgess were ahead 1.09 to 0.04.
Cashel came out in the 2nd half with Philly Fogarty restored to her natural centre back position & Emily Hayden back into the inside forward line & immediately points from Claire Grogan, Alison Lonergan & Jill Horan narrowed the margin. Amy Kennedy again pointed for Burgess in the 10th minute. At this stage Cashel were applying the pressure but a huge performance from Trish O Halloran at centre back ensured that Cashel weren’t getting it all their own way.
Points from Claire Grogan (2), Cora Hennessy (1), & Cliodhna Dwyer (1), brought Cashel within 2 points of their opponents. Then, a ball from Allison Lonergan deceived the Burgess goalie & with the green flag raised for Cashel they suddenly found themselves in front for the first time by a point with 5 minutes to go. Eimear McDonnell broke free & she pointed to level the sides at
With two 10 minute halves facing the sides, & after giving so much energy to the game, supporters wondered if the both teams had anything left in the tank.
This was quickly answered, Mairead Morrissey & Emily Hayden pointed for Cashel, before a mistake in the Cashel goalmouth gave Burgess the goal to restore their 1 point advantage at the break of extra time.
Final 10 minutes, & the excitement was unbearable. Amy Kennedy popped up to point for Burgess. Two points up, 6 minutes left, Claire Grogan pointed, 1 point between the sides, 4 minutes left. Jill Horan pointed, sides level, 1 minute normal time left. Eimear McDonnell pointed a free in the 11th minute. Burgess ahead by a point. Surely no more could happen. Then Emily Hayden produced a bit of magic, & after 80 minutes of pure brilliant displays of Camogie from both teams, Cashel captain Una Dwyer accepted the cup from County Board Chairman Michael Browne.
Burgess/Duharra must wonder what they have to do to win a title. They gave everything to this game & provided so much entertainment, little consolation but they can be proud of their performance. Some might have thought Cashel were dead & buried at half time of normal time. These girls haven’t won 15 titles without battles, & their belief in themselves got them over the finish line. They now go on to represent
Senior B Championship
Holycross 2.12, Moneygall 1.09
It is very hard to beat a team whose hunger to win was as intense as it was with Holycross last Saturday in this entertaining tie. Holycross were 1.03 ahead by the 10th minute before Moneygall registered with a point from Lorna Bergin. Holycross had a point from Noreen Flanagan before their second goal came from Laura Dwan in the 15th minute. However, led by a strong display from Mary Ryan, Moneygall took control of the game & scored 6 unanswered points before Holycross tacked another over at the stroke of half time, to leave the score 2.05 to 0.07.
It was the mid girls who again started stronger, with a point from Siobhan Ryan. Mary Ryan pointed a free for Moneygall, before a dominant Holycross put some more daylight between the sides with 4 unanswered points. Emma Spillane at mid field for Holycross gave an exhibition of Camogie, & for some one so young to shine at this level, it can only look good for the future. Moneygall got the goal they so desperately needed in the 21st minute from Sarah Kirwin. However, Emma Spillane & Noreen Flanagan pointed to ensure the title was heading to the mid.
Holycross did well to overcome the challenge of the Moneygall. After winning Intermediate last year, their win in this grade at the first time of asking will surely bode well for their future. Moneygall to their credit never gave up, & hauled Holycross back to 4 points twice in the game, but their hard working forward line found it difficult against a disciplined Holycross defence.
Lorrha 3.09, Clonoulty 1.08
In front of a large crowd these two sides served up a thrilling game as part of the double header last Saturday. Lorrha were hoping to claim this title after 4 years in this grade, while Clonoulty were appearing in their second final of the year, in their first year at this grade.
From the start both sides set out their stall & by the 10th minute were level with 2 points a piece. A long ball from Doireann Moarn deceived the Clonoulty keeper to give the girls from the north their first goal. Clonoulty answered with a point from Cait Devane before Lorrha struck for their second goal when Michelle Kennedy pounced. Another point from Lorrha extended their lead by 6 points but in typical Clonoulty form points from Cait Devane, Sarah Fryday & Noreen Ryan pegged their opponents back to a manageable 3 points. Then disaster for the west girls, Lorrha struck their 3rd goal in the 24th minute from the stick of Megan O Meara. Sarah Fryday pointed for Clonoulty, but Lorrha had the best of the remaining half notching up 3 more points. Half time, Lorrha leading 3.07 to 0.08.
The first score of the half didn’t come until the 13th minute when Elaine Hough pointed only for Cait Devane to point a free. Clonoulty only goal came in the 29th minute from Cait Devane but it too little too late & a pointed free from Lorrha`s Rebecca Lambe sealed the deal for Lorrha. The champions had some good displays from Elaine Hough, Doireann Moarn & Katie Kennedy. Clonoulty had some superb displays from Sarah Fryday & Clodah Quirke, with Louise Shanahan working hard in defence.
Lorrha will now go to represent