This month we’ve got news from the Volvo Ocean Race where Liberty Insurance brand ambassador Annalise Murphy has reached Cape Town after her longest ever stint at sea. We’ve also got all the news from the Camogie All-Star Awards and the All-Stars Tour 2017 plus Ladies Football, Ladies Soccer and big news for our future Olympians.
The Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour 2017
The country’s top stars flew out early on Tuesday, November 28th to the Spanish capital of Madrid to take part in the inaugural Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour.
The centrepiece of the Tour was a match between the 2017 and 2016 All-Stars, and a smattering of nominees to cover players that qualified for both teams. In all, 29 players were involved in an 11-a-side game, comprising two 25-minutes halves. The game was played in the grounds of XV Hortaleza Rugby Club in Madrid with a strong contingent of Irish expats and staff from Liberty Seguros there to watch. The 2016 All-Stars cruised to a 10-13 to 7-8 win over the 2017 All-Stars in a highly competitive game.
The Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Awards
The 2017 Camogie All-Stars were announced during a fantastic night at the Citywest Hotel on November 4th for the Camogie All-Stars banquet. The Cork ladies claimed a fantastic eight places in this year’s All-Stars Team selection. All-Ireland runners-up Kilkenny were represented heavily throughout the spine of the team with four places, whilst Galway had two representatives and Dublin filled the final place on the team.
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Camogie Championship 2018
The draws for the 2018 All-Ireland Camogie Championships have been made. In the Senior Championship, reigning All-Ireland Champions Cork have been drawn in Group 2 along with last year’s defeated Semi-Finalists Dublin. The group also contains Meath, Offaly, Tipperary and Wexford.
Defeated 2017 All-Ireland Finalists Kilkenny have been drawn with last year’s defeated Semi-Finalists Galway in Group 1, that sees Clare, Limerick and Waterford complete the line-up. See the full fixture list.
The closest finish of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race thus far took place at the back of the fleet, where just metres separated sixth from seventh place on the race into Cape Town. On the approach, Liberty Insurance brand ambassador Annalise Murphy and the TurnTheTideOnPlastic closed a 2 mile gap to just 200 meters but the crew just couldn’t find a way to make the pass.
Writing about her happiness to be on dry land again in her most recent blog for The Irish Times, Annalise writes of calling out crew orders in her sleep, and of the struggles of constant saltwater exposure on hands needed for key work on deck. But she also describes being in her element sailing in mid-ocean conditions not unlike her typical Laser training regime in Dublin Bay. The Olympic medalist has also been sharing a few photos from the leg.
Changing the Game for Women in Sport
The third annual Sport for Business Game Changer Conference on Women in Sport was held in the Fitzgerald Chamber at UCD on Thursday, November 30th as speakers from all over the UK and Ireland gathered to discuss how to improve the women's sporting landscape.
The half-day conference included speakers from media, sponsorship, athletic and analytical backgrounds, with a video of the inaugural Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars tour also shown.
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All-Ireland Senior Champions Dublin lead the way with six representatives on the 2017 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star team. It was a historic night at the Citywest Hotel as Mayo’s Cora Staunton collected a record-equalling 11th award, to draw level with Kerry’s Mary Jo Curran at the top of the roll of honour. In total, nine players were honoured on the selection for the first time, with two awards each for Donegal and Kerry, and one apiece for Armagh and Cork.
The Republic of Ireland defended resolutely to achieve a fine 0-0 draw away to European champions the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier. The hosts dominated the Group Three match in Nijmegen but they could not find a way past Irish keeper Marie Hourihan. The teams are level at the top of the group on seven points from three games.
Ireland’s Leona MaGuire has been named the 2017 Global Golf Post Female Amateur of the Year. The Cavan native won the 2017 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship and recently received the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top golfer in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking for the third consecutive year.
Cork has secured next summer’s FIBA Women’s European Basketball Championship for Small Countries. A great announcement for Irish sport, the event will take place at the Mardyke Arena from June 26 to July 1, 2018.
The Olympic Council of Ireland (the “OCI”) has announced the names of twelve athletes who have been awarded Olympic Solidarity Scholarships to assist with qualification and preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to be held in August 2020. The female athletes named are:
Leona Maguire (Irish Ladies Golfing Union), Megan Fletcher (Irish Judo), Denise Walsh (Rowing Ireland) Mona McSharry (Swim Ireland), Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Athletics Ireland)
Gatorade launched a new video featuring tennis star, Serena Williams, with a clear message to girls: keep playing sports. The campaign, titled "Sisters in Sweat," aimed to get more girls involved in sports because girls drop out of sports at 1.5 times the rate of boys by the age of 14. Watch the video here:
Next month we bring you the round up from the year of sport in 2017, more updates on Annalise Murphy and crew in the Volvo Ocean Race as well as news on Katie Taylor’s next fight.