The Camogie Championship reaches a climax, Ireland’s cricketers are making waves, and the countdown to the Women’s Rugby World Cup is on.
August is traditionally a quieter month than most. But while you might have been sunning yourselves somewhere exotic, these dedicated sportswomen were battling it out for supremacy.
A direct goal by Anne Dalton six minutes into the first half of extra time delivered a well deserved win for Kilkenny, putting them through to the final.
The 2016 Senior Camogie Championship Finalists revealed
The Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Semi Finals took place in Semple Stadium on Saturday 13th August. First to play were Kilkenny and Galway. As anyone there, or watching on RTÉ could attest, it was a closely fought match. So close in fact, it went into extra time. A direct goal by Anne Dalton six minutes into the first half of extra time delivered a well deserved win for Kilkenny, putting them through to the final.
Final score: Kilkenny 3-15 Galway 1-19
Next up was Cork v Wexford, with an even closer-fought semi: the two teams were no more than two points apart right up to the 70 minute mark, when they were deadlocked on 0-14 each. Ticket holders really got their money’s worth, as once again the match went into extra time. It was then that Cork decided to go for it: with five late points from Orla Cotter, Katrina Mackey, Hannah Looney and Briege Corkery, Cork’s place in the September 11th final was assured.
Final score: Cork 0-19 Wexford 0-15
Thanks to all four teams for a thrilling day out. We can’t wait for the Cork v Kilkenny final on September 11th. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you can find all the information you need here.
Squad Goals, our search to find the most skilful camogie squad in Ireland, also reaches its climax on September 11th
Two more teams to go head to head at Croke Park
Squad Goals, our search to find the most skilful camogie squad in Ireland, also reaches its climax on September 11th. Following the knockout stages, Castleknock, Dublin and St Lachtains, Kilkenny will be the two teams to take to the pitch in a bid to win €5,000 for their club. Good luck to everyone taking part!
Three cheers for our returning Rio athletes
A big welcome home to all the Irish athletes who took part in the Rio Games. Congratulations to Annalise Murphy, star of our May Live Twitter QnA, who won a silver medal in sailing. And a special mention for rower Claire Lambe, also a former Live Twitter QnA participant, who came sixth in her event alongside partner Sinead Lynch. It was a great showing from some amazing sportswomen.
The first Senior Championship All-Ireland Football Finalist is…
Saturday 27th August is a day Sinéad Aherne won’t forget in a hurry. Thanks to her incredible free kick, Dublin nailed the victory in the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. The spectacular final kick of the game was enough to send the Dubs through to their third final in a row, delivering a devastating blow to Mayo after they managed to draw level in the second half after an eight-point deficit going into half time. At the time of writing, it’s not yet decided whether Dublin will face Cork or Monaghan in the September 25th final, but if the last match was anything to go by, we’re in for a corker.
Final score: Dublin 2-10 Mayo 1-12
it was the best ever finish for an Irish underage squad in Europe, a great achievement for the young side.
The future looks bright for Irish basketball
The Ireland U16 Women’s squad scored a 46-38 win over Luxembourg at the FIBA European Championships (FIBA) in Romania. Placing 6th in their division, it was the best ever finish for an Irish underage squad in Europe, a great achievement for the young side.
It’s all a big countdown to the Women’s Rugby World Cup
Is it too early to get excited for the Women’s Rugby World Cup? Taking place on these very shores and with less than a year to go, we don’t think so. Especially now that tickets are on sale. At the launch, Ireland Captain Niamh Briggs said: “It is hard to believe that it is just one year to the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in the magnificent Kingspan Stadium. We have a huge year ahead of us, starting with the November internationals in UCD and followed by the Six Nations, and we will be looking to continue building from there so that we are peaking for the World Cup.”
It’s not just our male cricketers making waves
You may not have heard but women’s cricket in Ireland is growing in popularity. And guess what? We’re pretty good at it! Ireland recently beat South Africa, ranked fifth in the world, and in December we beat Bangladesh to win the Twenty20 WCQ tournament in Thailand. All bodes well for the forthcoming series against Bangladesh at Bready Cricket Club, Tyrone, for which Ireland has just named its squad.
In a sport where a reported 86% of participants are male, 45 female skydivers got to show off their skills.
45 skydiving sisters take to the skies
And finally Stateside, to New Jersey where a pleasant weekend in August saw the third annual Sisters in Skydiving event. In a sport where a reported 86% of participants are male, 45 female skydivers got to show off their skills.
One competitor, Kathleen Martinez, has completed 992 jumps since taking up the sport just three years ago and the 55-year old aims to complete her 1,000th on September 10th. Judge Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, on hand to verify any state records the female skydivers were going for, also has form in the skydiving world. In 1974, she was part of the first-ever 16-women star formation. After a 30-year break Gruttman-Tyler returned to the sport last year and at 70 has completed more than 1,170 jumps. Impressive stuff!