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The last time
Kilkenny have not qualified for the All Ireland final since 2001 – that year they shipped a heavy defeat to
1994 was the year Kilkenny won their last All Ireland – none other than Ann Downey was their captain that year.
Five of the Kilkenny 15 that started against
1985 -1991 Kilkenny dominated the All Ireland series claiming seven-in-a-row. Are we about to see a repeat?
Ann and Angela Downey have 12 senior All Ireland medals each.
Rachel Moloney is
Aoife Neary is Kilkenny’s main scorer with 0-19.
Marie O’Connor who came on as a sub and scored Kilkenny’s crucial goal is a niece of Bridie McGarry who starred with the Cats during the 70s/80s.
Let’s have a more in-depth look at how Kilkenny threw the form book out of the window on home ground on Saturday to knock hot-favourites Galway out of the Gala All
Entering the fourth minute of injury time and her side trailing by two points Kilkenny looked to be saying goodbye to their championship hopes. Most punters said it would take another year for this young side to leave their mark. The Cats had other ideas.
Outstanding wing back Elaine Aylward parted to substitute Marie O’Connor who blasted an unstoppable shot to the right corner of the net to give her team the lead for the first time. The big crowd were awe-struck when a minute later Katie Power sealed the deal with her point to give the Black and Amber a sensational victory, 1-13 to 1-11.
Key to this win was Kilkenny’s unyielding spirit. Even though they never led last year’s beaten All Ireland finalists until added time they were able to claw back a five-point difference.
However, after the changeover
Unbelievably, the Maroon and White only scored one more point as Kilkenny tightened up. Jacqui Frisby was powerful at corner back while Collette Dormer and skipper Ann Dalton worked tirelessly at midfield. Points from All Ireland minor medallist Denise Gaule, and Aoife Neary cut the margin to two. And when Neary picked out O’Connor with the clock ticking down, her point reduced the deficit to one.
Brenda Hanney increased
The second semi-final was always going to be a hard act to follow with what had preceded it. Yet, we started out with the National League champions taking the game to
The Slaneysiders were full value for their interval advantage holding the upper hand in vital sectors. Leaving Cert student Kartrina Parrock was impressive in the half forward line and it was her shot which was initially saved by Aoife Murray that was eventually finished over the line by Ursula Jacob on 19 minutes.
However, and probably after a stern telling off from manager Denise Cronin,
The lion-hearted Briege Corkery roared into action. Her surge forward on 40 minutes which yielded
From there to the end the Rebels outscored Wexford four points to two and in the final quarter there was really only the one team in contention. So, now it is Cork and Kilkenny – some clash to look forward to!