The highs and lows of the 2015 camogie championship

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 18 September 2015
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It's hard to believe the Senior Camogie Championship Season is over for another year. Here we take a look back at some of the highlights which made this year one to remember.

A Look Back at the 2015 Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship

There were emotional scenes as a single, heart-stopping, late point crushed Wexford’s dreams of All-Ireland glory in spectacular fashion.

Camogie continued to generate and build buzz with a season packed full of drama, upset, and gut-wrenching action both on and off the pitch. It was certainly something to behold; the whole thing culminating in a thrilling plot twist that wouldn’t seem out of place on the silver screen.

There were emotional scenes as a single, heart-stopping, late point crushed Wexford’s dreams of All-Ireland glory in spectacular fashion. While elsewhere we saw drama unfolding around Dublin and Clare’s fight to keep their respective dreams alive. But it was the dark horses of Cork’s almost entirely new line-up who created the most intrigue, holding their fire until it mattered to see off Kilkenny and book their place in the final.

The game was on a knife-edge until Briege Corkery’s 54th minute goal, which marked the turning point in Cork’s fortunes...

And so it was the relatively unknown and untested Rebelettes who faced a determined Galway in front of sixteen thousand sets of lungs on an early Autumn’s day in Croke Park. Throughout a toughly-contested game Cork’s backs were dogged in their efforts to see off the Galway threat, with Gemma O’Connor once again demonstrating her unparalleled reading of the game, putting in a stellar performance at centre-back to repeatedly deny the tribeswomen crucial points.

The game was on a knife-edge until Briege Corkery’s 54th minute goal, which marked the turning point in Cork’s fortunes, as they began to pull away from a Galway side that had thrown everything they had at the rookies, yet still were found wanting. The score was 1-13 to 0-9 at the final whistle: the signal for the red half of Croke Park to lose its collective mind.

...in a narrative always beloved by the Irish, the underdogs came through when it mattered...

It was poetic. At the beginning of the season nobody would have guessed that Cork would make it two in a row. But in a narrative always beloved by the Irish, the underdogs came through when it mattered, battling savagely for every ball, every yard, every point, to claim their place in the history books.

The game in numbers:

0-7 - Top Scorer (Orla Cotter - Cork)
122 km/h - Top Ball Speed (Niamh McGrath - Galway)
16,610 – Total Attendance
26 – Number of All-Ireland Senior titles (Cork)

The question now is can they make it three? As this season has shown, only a fool would write them off. But what next season holds is anybody’s guess.

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