The Camogie Championship semi-finalists are revealed, plus sensational wins for Ireland’s female athletes.
Six weeks into the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship and it has been every bit as exciting as we’d hoped. After some hard fought initial round games, we now know who our 2016 semi-finalists are.
- A point from Kate Kelly 66 minutes in stole victory for Wexford against a shattered Tipperary, in their quarter-final at Walsh Park. Wexford will play All-Ireland champions Cork, who advance to the last four after beating Limerick 3-17 to 1-9.
- Galway came back in a thriller of a second half against Kilkenny to book their place. But the two teams will meet again in the semi-final, after Kilkenny’s comfortable 1-19 to 0-11 win over Offaly at MacDonagh Park.
Both semi-finals take place on August 13th in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny as part of a double-header and will be broadcast live on RTÉ One so if you can’t be there, be sure to tune in:
1.30pm Galway v Kilkenny
3.15pm Cork v Wexford
I don’t think we could have asked for any better. We smashed the national record and to finish 5th out of 166 nations competing is pretty impressive.
One team, 4 x sensational Irish performances
Athletics now, and a sensational performance by the Irish women’s 4x100m relay team at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Together Molly Scott (Carlow), Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport), Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock Louth) and Ciara Neville (Emerald) smashed the national U20 record with a time of 44.82 seconds, enough to put them in 5th place. After the race, Scott said she was delighted with the team’s performance: “I don’t think we could have asked for any better. We smashed the national record and to finish 5th out of 166 nations competing is pretty impressive.”
Mageean joins Sonia O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke on European podium
Runner Ciara Mageean was celebrating after winning bronze in the 1500m at the European Athletics Championship in Amsterdam. It was a dramatic finish for the athlete once labelled as the next Sonia O’Sullivan. After three rather dull laps, the race sprung into life during the final 400m, with Mageean having to fight her way up the field. She moved from 8th to 4th place in the space of 100m, before overtaking Norwegian Ingvil Makestad Bovim to take bronze.
Shooting their way to the quarter-finals
Ireland got through to the Division B quarter-finals via a great win against Estonia at the U18 European Basketball Championships. It was an impressive victory thanks in part to a notable performance by Claire Melia, who led the way with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. The subsequent quarter-final match against Sweden proved to be their toughest match yet but nonetheless they registered a respectable 54 points against Sweden’s 72. Sweden went on to be overall winners, after they beat Greece in the final by 62-47.
Launching Ireland’s first national fitness day
Minister for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD was joined by Cork Camogie legend Anna Geary to launch to Ireland’s First National Fitness Day, which will be held on Friday 16th September.
I am delighted to support the National Fitness Day, which will hopefully highlight the many different ways in which people can get physically active. There really is something for everyone.
The day will be a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, and the positive impact it has. Gyms and other fitness providers across the country will be holding free ‘come and try’ sessions and there will be plenty of other opportunities in public spaces for people to get active.
Speaking at the launch, Geary said: “Fitness and physical activity has played a key role in my life playing sport growing up, my involvement with Cork Camogie in particular and has remained a huge passion following my retirement from inter-county sport. I am delighted to support the National Fitness Day, which will hopefully highlight the many different ways in which people can get physically active. There really is something for everyone.”
For more information, check out the National Fitness Day website and Facebook page. If you’re a fitness provider, facility or gym owner interested in getting involved, you can get in touch with Ireland Active directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01-6251192.
Even more sportswomen coming to a pitch near you
There was welcome news for Women in Sport, as Sport Ireland announced a €7.4 million investment in the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU to increase the number of people participating in sport. €142,500 of the FAI’s investment and €114,000 of the IRFU’s investment will go towards the Women in Sport Programme.
Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of Sport Ireland welcomed the announcement and said: “This investment supports Sport Ireland’s strategic aim of increasing participation in sport throughout Ireland.
Finally, a legend shows us how it’s done – twice!
To say world number one tennis player Serena Williams had a great day out at Wimbledon would be an understatement. First she beat fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the Women’s Singles Final, to win her seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title. This comes fourteen years since she first won Wimbledon, and after dropping just one set all tournament.
It didn’t seem to take much out of her either. Later on that day, she went on to claim her sixth Wimbledon women's doubles title alongside sister Venus - her 14th Grand Slam trophy in total.
It means Serena moves alongside German great Graf in the all-time list of Grand Slam singles champions, and just two behind overall leader Margaret Court, the Australian who won 13 of her 24 major titles before tennis turned professional in 1968. A true legend!
This makes clear the importance of having a greater number of opportunities for girls to be active and play sport from a young age — schools, colleges and community groups should take note.
Women who play sport perform better in the workplace, research shows
The social and health benefits of sport have long been known but an analysis of 1,000 female executives by UK organization Women In Sport appears to show that it can also boost careers.
The survey showed that 77% of female managers play sport to some extent. It also found that 48% of women who play sport regularly had a degree compared with 24% who do not play sport. Ruth Holdaway, chief executive of Women in Sport, said: “This makes clear the importance of having a greater number of opportunities for girls to be active and play sport from a young age — schools, colleges and community groups should take note.”
Taking a stand against sexism
“Too muscular. Too short. Too stocky.” These are all things the media wrote about gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson at the peak of her career. Now, Johnson has joined up with Dove in their new #MyBeautyMySay campaign to encourage the media and the general public to focus on the athletic ability of women in sports, not their looks.
"I don't care if people critique me." Johnson said. "But I want you to critique my performance. If you say my backflip wasn't high enough, I can either [disagree] and say it was, or I can go home and work on it. If I do a backflip and you say, 'Well, you just aren't pretty enough,' there's nothing I can do with that. It's a helpless feeling."
If you see offensive or sexist language in headlines or articles, you can take a stand by visiting the campaign site to tweet media outlets, using the hashtag #MyBeautyMySay.