The summer’s off to a scorcher with the Senior Camogie Championships. We’ve got match report highlights plus news on Natalya Coyle, golf, running, cycling and more from the hot month of June.
The news that this year’s knock-out encounters of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship will be broadcast live on RTÉ for the first time, promises not only a treat for sporting fans, but should prove a massive boost to the sport. The Championship is already shaping up to be a thrilling competition, with the first three rounds identifying some strong contenders for the showdown stages later this summer.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Highlights
Offaly’s narrow defeat of Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds proved to be the highlight of the opening weekend of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. Manager Paddy Kirwan hailed his side’s character in fashioning the 2-18 to 3-14 win in the tense display. The round’s other matches saw champions Kilkenny beat Waterford 2-15 to 0-6, whilst Dublin got the better of Clare in a cracker at the Parnell’s grounds in Coolock with a final score of 3-11 to 1-14. Cork capitalised on a strong wind to secure a win against Tipperary that finished 1-16 to 1-7.
In Round Two, Chloe Morey stole the show, as the Sixmilebridge sharpshooter reeled off an impressive 15-point haul to maintain Clare’s ambitions for the Championship with a 2-19 to 3-9 win over Waterford. Galway then recorded a convincing victory over Dublin where the final score at Parnells was 3-18 to 1-12.
Round three saw Cork impressively dispatch Limerick 1-27 to 0-11 at Páirc Uí Rinn whilst Wexford saw off Offaly 1-19 to 0-15 despite the absence of Mags D’Arcy and recently retired Kate Kelly.
The Modern Pentathlon duo of Liberty Insurance ambassador, Natalya Coyle and Ireland’s Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe claimed two medals in the month of June!
Firstly they defended their mixed relay title and took home gold from the UIPM World Cup final in Lithuania on Sunday, June 26th. Having won the Mixed Relay title in the USA last year, the duo dominated once again in Vilnius.
Secondly, the pair have been upgraded to bronze medal positions at the 2015 Pentathlon World Championships in Germany. They initially came home fourth in the mixed relay behind the Czech Republic, Russia and the United States. Following the retrospective disqualification of the Russian Team that placed 2nd that year, they have been upgraded to bronze.
Tyrone’s Ann-Marie McGlynn was first across the finish line for the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon with a time of 00:33:55. Nearly 33,000 women took to the streets of Dublin on June 5th to take part in the event which sees runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities tackle the 10km route. Attracting huge numbers of participants each year, the women’s mini marathon has become one of the largest fundraisers of the calendar for hundreds of causes around the country. This year also marked 35 years of the race, which remains the largest all-female event of its kind in the world.
Cavan native Leona Maguire sealed the biggest amateur win of her career at the prestigious 114th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig on Saturday, defeating Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra 3&2 in the 18-hole final on the South Wales coast. Next up, Maguire will tee off in next month’s US Women’s Open, with the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews, to follow in August, where she will contest for the Smyth Salver as the low amateur for a second time after claiming the title at Woburn last year.
There was no let up for the Women’s National Road Series Race at the Brian McNamara Memorial on Sunday, June 11th, with Madigan CC’s Katharine Smyth first home despite challenging wind and summer rain.
The contenders were back on the road for the Irish Senior National Road Race Championships on Sunday, June 27th. The day brought plenty of drama and lots of hard fought racing with the Elite Men, U23’s and Elite Women’s blazing through the streets of Wexford. The Elite Women’s Race was won by Dublin native Lydia Boylan from Team WNT.
Tuesday 20th June, saw the 50-day countdown until the Women’s Rugby World Cup kicks off in University College Dublin in August.
The world cup, which will be hosted in venues in Dublin and Belfast, will be the largest women’s international sporting event to be held in Ireland, this year. The tournament begins with reigning World champions England taking on Spain on August 9th, while hosts Ireland get their campaign underway against Australia at 7pm that evening. The Women’s Rugby World Cup pool games take place in Dublin on August 9th, 13th and 17th.
Irish athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan was honoured with the accolade of Outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement in Ireland at the inaugural Olympic Council of Ireland Awards on Olympic Day, Friday, June 23rd.
The award was not only in acknowledgement for the athlete’s Olympic Silver medal in the 5000m at the 2000 Sydney Games, but also for inspiring a generation of Olympic hopefuls to believe that success for Irish athletes is achievable.
Laura McGann’s Irish roller-derby documentary will be released in cinemas on June 30th.
Revolutions introduces the exciting, sometimes aggressive, world of women’s roller derby and follows a number of Irish women over four years as they commit to the gruelling sport with the determination to meet the physical and mental challenges they encounter. The inspirational documentary captures how sport becomes a haven for the women and a means for self-expression, a ﬁght to be fought, and, above all, a team that needs them.
Check out the trailer here
Jelena Ostapenko completed her wonderful and wholly improbable two-week journey from teenage hopeful to Grand Slam champion on Saturday when she came from a set down to blitz Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at Roland-Garros with one of the tournament’s most stupendous performances. Ostapenko, ranked only 47th in the world and without a single tour-level title to her name before the tournament, left the whole nation of Latvia in raptures after becoming their first-ever Grand Slam champion.
That’s your sizzling June round up. Next month, we can’t wait for the next clashes in the Camogie Championships. Who will secure their spot in the knock out rounds for 2017? Also up is Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy taking to the water in Ireland at the International regatta in Dun Laoghaire in mid-July. As always, we’ll continue to follow all our amazing Irish female athletes and reporting back. #SupportHerSport