A round-up of women’s sport in August 2017
Sports fans were treated to a feast of epic encounters throughout the month of August. With records being smashed and history being made in swimming, basketball, football and camogie, the summer has been an absolute smasher. Check out our round-up on women’s sport from a truly memorable month.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
Early August saw the Dubs secure a place in the semi-final for the first time in 27 years after seeing off Wexford in a thrilling Quarter Final against Wexford. Dublin 1-16 Wexford 0-12. Cork withstood a frantic last-quarter rally from Galway to book a place in the All Ireland Final for the fourth consecutive season in a nail-biting Semi Final. Cork 2-9 Galway 1-9. Meanwhile, Kilkenny beat Dublin 2-11, 0-9 to secure their place in the final.
The Meath Intermediate camogs were looking forward to their first appearance in an All-Ireland Final against Cork and the Dublin Premier Junior team received another significant boost after they kept their double hopes alive by securing a place in the All-Ireland Final against Westmeath.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Camogie Championship roundup article as we sum up this year’s championship and the Squad Goals Competition.
Women’s Rugby World Cup
Hosts Ireland got off to a winning start in the opening Women’s Rugby World Cup clash against Australia in front of a packed home crowd in UCD. A decisive Irish side defeated the Wallabies 19-17. The Irish dug deep in Round Two to take the second round clash against Japan loosing out to the French in the 3rd round (21-5). The Irish team and fans then headed north to take on Australia in Ulster, which saw a determined Aussie side gain revenge for the first round loss to Ireland (36-24). The fifth and final round saw Ireland take on Wales in their last home encounter in the World Cup campaign. The Welsh took the win and Ireland finished up eighth in the competition.
Meanwhile, New Zealand captured their fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup Championship, beating England 41-32. The tournament has been hailed as a complete success and had record attendances for a Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Check out Liberty Insurance Ambassador Fiona Coghlan’s in-depth look into last month’s Women’s Rugby World Cup here.
Liberty Insurance Ambassador, Natalya Coyle was in action at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Cairo. Placing 14th overall in the individual event, Natalya combined with her Irish teammate, Arthur Lanigan O’Keefe, in the final to place 6th in the Relay event.
Captain Sinéad Aherne led the way with an individual tally of 2-7, as Dublin booked their place in a fourth successive All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Final. The Sky Blues will meet Mayo on September 24th at Croke Park after seeing off Kerry by 14 points at Semple Stadium in Saturday evening’s Semi-Final.
The All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Final between Mayo and Dublin will be held in Croke Park, on September 24th.
Sligo’s Mona McSharry won 100m Breaststroke Gold at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, USA. In just eight weeks, the newly crowned World Champion has secured World and European 100m Breaststroke Gold, World Bronze and European Gold in the 50m Breaststroke and European 200m Breaststroke Silver.
Early in August, the Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior Team Captain and goalkeeper Emma Byrne announced her retirement from international football after 21 years’ service.
The Ireland Under 18 women’s team became the first underage Irish basketball team in history to reach the semi-finals of a FIBA European Championships and did so in thrilling fashion with a 60-55 win over Israel in Tallaght.
Ireland’s Michaela Walsh is the new European Union Elite champion at 54kg. The Belfast bantam (Monkstown BC) beat Germany’s Azize Nimani on a unanimous decision on Saturday to top the podium and cap a fine tournament. The competition saw Walsh, Kelli Harrington and Tullamore’s Grainne Walsh win gold, silver and bronze. The haul matches Ireland’s most successful EU Women’s side who won gold, silver and bronze in 2013.
Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal stormed home with a convincing win in the WB Tandem Time Trial at the UCI 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermartizburg, South Africa.
With September promising the climax of the Championship season, we look forward to bringing you the results of the Camogie and Football All Ireland Finals. We’ll also have reports from the USA Open, the Women’s National Soccer Team and more…