Support Her Sport: January 2017

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 14 February 2017
Support Her Sport: January 2017

This month we focus on Club Camogie, Six Nations, Irish Hockey at the World League and Tennis.

Slaughtneil on course for historic treble

Derry club Slaughtneil remain on course for an historic treble of All Ireland's in Gaelic games as the camogie team defeated Munster champions Burgess Duharra to reach the All Ireland senior club final.

Slaughtneil became the first club to win provincial titles in football, hurling and camogie in the same year when the club lifted the Ulster crown in all three codes last November.

The camogs overcame a much fancied Burgess Duharra side 3-8 to 3-6 when the teams met in the All Ireland semi finals on the last Sunday of January.

Their opponents in March’s camogie final, Sarsfields from Galway, scored an injury time point to overcome dogged opponents Thomastown with a 0-8 to 0-7 victory.

Ireland beat hosts to claim Hockey World League 2 title

Ireland beat hosts Malaysia 3-0 to claim the World League 2 title in Kuala Lumur. Goals from Anna O’Flanagan, Katie Mullan and Zoe Wilson sealed the deal for Ireland in a game dominated by the Irish.

Ireland were in blistering form for the whole tournament racking up 39 goals on their way to the title and the scoreline against the Malaysians could have been much higher if not for the hosts desperate defending.

Head coach Graham Shaw said: “The performance tonight was outstanding. We played a very attractive style of hockey and it was very enjoyable to watch, played in front of a huge home crowd”.

Looking to the months ahead, Shaw continued: “We have exciting times ahead with World League 3 and the Eurohockey Championships. We’ll use this tournament as a benchmark going forward. Our number 1 goal is to qualify for the World Cup and finish as high as possible at the Europeans in August”.

Ireland name 5 new caps in squad to face Scotland in 6 Nations

Ireland Head Coach Tom Tierney named 5 uncapped players in the squad to face Scotland in Ireland’s opening Six Nations game.

Ailsa Hughes wins her first cap at scrum half with hooker Jennie Finlay, props Ilse van Staden and Ciara O’Connor and former Clare football and camogie star Eimear Considine looking to win their first caps off the bench.

Number 8 Paula Fitzpatrick will captain the team in the absence of regular skipper Niamh Briggs who is still rehabing from injury. Mairead Coyne will cover for Briggs at full back.

Speaking ahead of the squad's departure for Scotland, Tom Tierney said: "The first game of the Six Nations is always a big challenge, as it's very difficult to know what the opposition are going to throw at you.

"It's very exciting that all the matches in this year's Championship will be broadcast live, so we hope everyone will tune in (to RTE 2) on Friday evening to watch the game."

Tickets for Ireland's home games against England and France in the Women's Six Nations are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

Ireland’s games in Women’s Six Nations to be screened live

Rugby fans will be able to watch all Ireland’s games live in the 2017 Women’s Six Nations on RTÉ 2 or via streaming on dedicated Women’s Six Nations social media channels.

As part of new initiatives to move the Women’s game to a self-sustaining model, the 6 Nations announced that all games in the 2017 tournament would be broadcast live with high quality presentation and graphics.

Irish audiences will have the chance to tune in to see Niamh Briggs and her team in action throughout the tournament as they build towards the Women's World Cup in August.

John Feehan, chief executive of Six Nations Rugby, said: "This is an exciting development for Women's rugby and it will give us a great base to work on for the future.

"For the first time in the history of the Six Nations Women's Championship, supporters in each country will be able to watch all of their team's matches live and to a high quality standard whether they are playing at home or away.

"This forms part of the ongoing work done by the Six Nations Council who are constantly looking at the Championship within the context of the global rugby landscape and at ways of developing our sport."

Ireland will face France and England at home in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 with tickets available on ticketmaster.ie.

Serena Williams beats sister to reach Grand Slam record

Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the Australian Open to reach a record breaking 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. She won 6-4 6-4 to pass Steffi Graf in the all time list of major winners. Williams now has five more Grand Slam singles than Roger Federer who won the men’s title in Melbourne.

Her sister, Venus, congratulated her by saying: "I'm enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me. I, God willing, would love to come back. Thank you for all the love."

The sisters have played each other nine times in Grand Slam finals with Serena winning seven.

Australian Margaret Court has won 24 major singles titles with most of those coming before the Open era when professionals were allowed to play in major tournaments.

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