Monster waves, bucking horses, boxing and a brand new camogie season are all part of the November 2016 Support Her Sport round up
The evenings are getting colder and Christmas may be on the horizon, but spare a thought for sportswomen everywhere who, between training, competing and winning, haven’t had time to curl up in front of the fire just yet.
All-Stars all over for another year
One of the highlights of our year is always the Camogie All-Stars Awards and this year was no different. It was a great evening and, much to the delight of our Facebook followers, we were lucky enough to grab a pre-ceremony Facebook Live Q&A with nominees Orla Cotter, Kate Kelly, Michelle Quilty, Jenny Clifford and Ciara Quirke. If you missed the interview, or want to catch up on the news from the night, check out our All-Stars wrap up here.
The draws have been made and we can’t wait
Kilkenny may still be celebrating their recent Championship success, but next year’s draws have been made and thoughts are already turning towards the 2017 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship. June might seem far away but we’re already pretty excited about these opening weekend matches:
2017 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
Round 1 – Saturday June 10th 2017:
Dublin v Clare
Waterford v Kilkenny
Limerick v Offaly
Tipperary v Cork
2017 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship
Round 1 - Saturday June 10th 2017:
Antrim v Tipperary
Derry v Kildare
Wexford v Kilkenny
Cork v Galway
Down v Carlow
Meath v Laois
2017 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship
Round 1 - Weekend of July 1st 2017:
Waterford v Dublin
Wicklow v Westmeath
Armagh v Kerry
Roscommon v Clare
Katie comes out on top, like the pro she is
Katie Taylor’s first fight as a professional sees the former Olympic Champion boxer back to her winning ways. Disposing of opponent Karina Kopinska in just three rounds, it was a great start to her professional career and it seems Katie’s already got her sights firmly set on a world title next year.
"That would be the dream: boxing for a world title in Dublin, or anywhere in Ireland," said the 30-year-old super-featherweight boxer from Bray. “I don't want to get too carried away, it was only my first fight as a pro, but I plan to do big things in this sport. I hope to be multiple-weight world champion."
Katie’s next fight is on the 10th December. Here’s hoping this is the start of a long winning streak.
Ireland to host major basketball championship in 2017
There are exciting times ahead for Irish basketball, as it’s been announced that Ireland’s bid to host the 2017 Under 18’s Women’s European Basketball Championship has been successful. Welcoming the news, Tommy O’Mahony, Head Coach of Ireland’s Under 18 Women’s team, said: "This is an opportunity that should be relished by everyone in the Irish basketball community. European Championships don’t come to your country every year so while it’s here, we should all take advantage of it and take pride in the fact that it’s here. It is a fantastic opportunity for Irish people to see international basketball during the summer and it’s a big opportunity for Basketball Ireland and for the Under 18 girls to show off their skills as the home nation on a massive stage.”
In total, 24 countries will compete in the tournament, and the first match will take place in the brand-new state-of-the-art Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, Dublin.
Final victory for Irish Women’s head football coach Sue Ronan
Sue Ronan is Basque-ing in glory, as she ended her reign as Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team with a 2-1 victory over the Basque Country, thanks to a goal in the 52nd minute by Leanne Kiernan. After the match, Ronan spoke about her six-year tenure with fondness: “To lead your country as manager is a privilege and it’s been a great time. I couldn’t have asked for anymore at any point during those six years. The players have been fantastic throughout my time in charge and even though some results didn’t go the way we wanted, I really believe plenty of progress has been made.” It was a great end to a great coaching career and we wish Sue every success in her new role as Head of Women's Football at the Football Association of Ireland.
Women compete in World Surf League for the first time
A group of women made history in Hawaii this month by competing in the World Surf League’s big-wave competition for the first time. In previous years, competition organisers argued that conditions at the famous Pe’ahi surf break were too dangerous for women, however state regulators threatened to revoke permits for the event if women were excluded from the event this year.
“Women have for years and years been participating in the big-wave community, but probably only in recent years have you had a jump in participation to the point where you have that depth in the field to hold an event,” said Dave Prodan of the World Surf League. On the day, it was Maui resident Paige Alms who came out on top with a score of 21.66.
All-female rodeo team hang on tight to dreams of success
Finally, to a sport that we never expected to feature in the Support Her Sport round up – rodeo! Traditionally, rodeo has always been a sport dominated by white men, but Cowgirls of Color, an all-female, all-black team is changing all that.
Appearing for the second time at the Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo in Maryland – the only black rodeo in the country – a difficult ride for the Cowgirls of Color meant they didn’t place this year, but their passion to win at the event is stronger than ever. As team member Kisha “KB” Bowles explains, “The whole point was to win, not just to be in [the event] because we’re girls”. But despite the team, who have only been together for two years, still waiting on that elusive win, they are paving the way for other females to get involved in the sport.
“I found out that I inspired this little girl and she’s riding now,” says Kisha, “Imagine how many other little girls we can do this for.”