Support Her Sport: July 2017
What a month of sport it’s been! The results from the group stages of the Camogie Championships are in and we now know what team are moving forward to the knockout stages. Plus read all about Ireland’s success on the track with some superb results from the track and field athletes… oh and the Ladies Football Championship kicks off after some exciting provincial finals!
Cork’s secured their place in the semi-finals of the 2017 Camogie Championship as winners of Group 2. All-Ireland champions Kilkenny secured the other automatic semi-final berth as Group 1 victors. This comes after a dramatic end to the group stages of the Championship which saw 9 teams still in contention on the final day of the qualifiers. In the end Waterford, Clare, Offaly and Limerick were the unfortunate casualties. The quarter-finals, which were televised on August 5, saw Galway play Tipperary while Wexford will take on Dublin. Both Galway and Dublin were victors on the day.
Remember to tune into the finals next month to see the finalists of the Liberty Insurance Squad Goals Challenge take to the field to face off during half time.
Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe sparkled as Galway captured a 14th TG4 Connacht ladies senior football crown against Mayo at Elvery’s MacHale Park on Sunday, July 1st. The Tribeswomen triumphed 3-12 to Mayo’s 1-8.
Geraldine McLaughlin fired Donegal to a second TG4 Ulster senior title in three seasons on the same first Sunday in July. Micheal Naughton’s players claimed a 4-11 to 0-15 victory over Monaghan.
On Saturday July 9th, the remaining two provincial finals took place as Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh scored two late points to seal victory for Kerry over Waterford in the Senior Munster Final.
That same day, Dublin became the Leinster ladies senior football champions for the sixth successive season. The blues defeated Westmeath by 3-18 to 0-8 in the provincial decider at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow.
On July 26th, the Ireland Women’s squad, for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, was announced by the Ireland Women’s Management team. However, on the eve of the tournament, Ireland were dealt a huge blow after skipper Niamh Briggs was ruled out with an achilles injury. Louise Galvin has been called into the squad as replacement for Niamh. Claire Molloy has been chosen as the new Ireland Captain to lead the team during the Women's Rugby World Cup campaign.
Ireland beat a strong Australia side on the 9th, with Japan and France in Pool C on the 13th and 17th August in the UCD Bowl. We’ll have results and review in the August round up!
For those interested in the Women’s Rugby World Cup, check out Liberty Insurance Ambassador and former Rugby captain Fiona Coghlan’s blog article on the exciting competition to come.
On July 21st, Gina Akpe-Moses created Irish track history, producing a huge performance to win the European U20 100m title in 11.71 seconds on a great evening for Irish athletics in Grosseto, Italy. Her achievement means that she is the first to claim a European women’s sprint title at U20, U23 or senior level for Ireland.
European Youth Olympic Festival
The young athletes of Ireland had an historic day of performances and results on Monday, July 24th at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Győr. The first medal of the 2017 EYOF Games was won by Team Ireland’s Lara Gillespie who secured a place on the podium in the Girl’s Cycling Time Trial.
This was followed up by Cavan’s Jade Williams, who threw brilliantly to secure a bronze for Ireland in the Hammer as the medals continued to flow for Team Ireland.
A hugely successful day for Team Ireland was then rounded off by Patience Jumbo-Gula who claimed gold in the final of the 100m on the track.
Following this, Rhasidat Adekele continued a brilliant medal rush for Ireland’s young sports stars as she took silver in the 200m at the European Youth Olympics in Hungary.
On Sunday July 1st, Mona McSharry claimed her second European Title and third medal in five days at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Netanya, Israel. McSharry now becomes Ireland’s most decorated European Junior medallist with two Gold and a Silver medal at this event and silver and bronze from the 2016 edition.
Republic of Ireland’s National Team suffered a narrow defeat to Scotland in their final game ahead of the 2019 World Cup qualification campaign.
In a game of few chances, Scotland’s Christie Murray headed home in the final five minutes of the match, resulting in Ireland’s only second defeat of the year.
Two years after losing in the final here to Serena Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza broke through for her first Wimbledon title with an ultimately commanding and one-sided win over Serena’s sister Venus. The Italian proved too powerful for the 5 times winner Venus, and beat her in straight sets 7-5, 6-0 on Centre Court.
The Saudi Arabian Education Ministry announced on Tuesday July 11th, that they will now allow girls to play sports in public schools, the Associated Press reported. This major change in Saudi Arabian physical education comes after years of pressure from women activists to revise the rule banning girls from participating in school athletics. According to their statistics, only 13 percent of Saudis exercise once a week, but officials want to increase that amount to 40.
That’s the lot for this month’s #SupportHerSport round up. Next month we’ll have news on the finalists for the Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship, Women’s Rugby World Cup news plus Ladies Football updates.