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Cork held off a brave second half rally from Tipperary to secure a 1-16 to 0-15 victory in the first round of the Gala All-Ireland senior camogie championship at Semple Stadium.
Gemma O’Connor and Orla Cotter were amongst the stars for the champions who raced into a 0-9 to 0-4 interval lead. Maria Walsh’s goal three minutes after the resumption stretched their advantage to seven points.
Tipp rallied well after this setback though. With Claire Grogan unerring from placed balls – she slotted five frees and a 45 in total to go with a good score from play – they dragged themselves back in contention but could not find the goal they needed.
Last year’s runners-up Kilkenny, got their attempt to go one better off to a good start at Nowlan Park, when they prevailed by 1-14 to 1-11 over Galway.
Ann Downey’s side led by 0-9 to 0-5 at half time, Michelle Quilty converting four frees and Denise Gaule hitting three of her four points from play but Galway upped the tempo after the resumption, scoring 1-4 without reply to put themselves in a strong position with 19 minutes remaining, Breda Hanney providing the goal.
Ann Dalton slotted two points in response and Quilty set up Aoife Neary for a 48th minute goal to restore Kilkenny’s advantage and they held out to take the honours.
In the third game, Clare came away from St Peregrine’s with a 2-10 to 0-9 win over Dublin, goals from Claire McMahon and the excellent Norah Murphy proving enough to overcome the home side, for whom Louise O’Hara was outstanding.

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