Liberty Insurance brand ambassador and Olympic Medalist Annalise Murphy began a new challenge in her sailing career as she took to the waters in the 2017 Volvo Ocean Race, whilst another of Ireland’s Olympic Medalist's impressively claimed her first Pro Boxing World Title in October. Other sports news includes Equestrian medal success, World Cup qualification for the Hockey ladies, and much, much more…
Meath made the most of their second bite of the cherry to win the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final replay at the Gaelic Grounds on the 1st October to secure their place at the top tier next year. Meath 0-10 Cork 0-7
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The Camogie All-Stars Tour
At the end of this month, the inaugural Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour will take place. The tour, which will travel to Madrid on the 29th November, will see two teams comprising of the winning Senior Camogie All-Stars from the 2016 and the recent 2017 Awards ceremony, face each other in an exhibition match in the Spanish capital. Find out more soon.
All Ireland Ladies Junior Football Final Replay
Fermanagh claimed the TG4 All-Ireland ladies junior football crown as they overcame Derry 2-9 to 0-11 in a pulsating final replay in Clones on Sunday 8th October. After losing intermediate finals in 2009 and 2014, Fermanagh finally landed a first All-Ireland title in the adult grade, but Derry’s long wait continues.
Staunton moves down under
A stalwart with Mayo, 35-year-old Cora Staunton has signed a professional contract with the Greater Western Sydney Giants. She’ll now become the second Irish player to play in the AFLW, the other is Cavan’s Laura Corrigan Duryea who plies her trade with Melbourne FC. Staunton has won four All-Irelands and three league titles in the green and red jersey, and also has 11 All-Stars to her name.
The Volvo Ocean Race kicked off in Alicante, Spain in October and ends next June at The Hague in the Netherlands. This year, Liberty Insurance Ambassador, Annalise Murphy is part of the crew aboard “Turn the Tide on Plastic”. Annalise and her team completed the first short stage of 1,450 nautical miles to Madeira. The only team with a 50:50 gender split in crew, they finished in 7th and will look to move up the rankings from here. The team have now started the longer second stage of 6,500 nautical miles to Cape Town in South Africa.
Over the coming months, we’ll be following Annalise as she keeps us up to date with the race as it unfolds.
Katie Taylor won her first world title as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Anahi Sanchez at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. The 31-year-old Bray woman dropped Sanchez in the second round and never looked back. Taylor’s class was more than enough to see her home to Bray with the title, as she was awarded the fight 99-90 on all three judges’ scorecards.
The FAI have announced that funding of €200,000 has been received from the government. Having applied for the grant through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the association will use the financial boost to help develop women’s football. More specifically, it will go towards the operational running cost of the senior women’s national team and increasing the training and match programmes.
At the Dublin City Marathon 2017, Mourne Runners’ Laura Graham defended her National Championship title as she was the fastest Irish woman home in a time of 2:39:05. Caitriona Jennings and Pauline Curley were next in.
Ukraine’s Nataliya Lehonkova produced a strong run to take the overall women’s title in 2:28:57, while Ethiopia’s Ashu Kasim and Ukraine’s Viktoriya Khapilina crossed the line in second and third.
Ireland have qualified for the World Cup Finals in 2018. This is only the fourth time in the 43 year history of the World Cup that the Irish Women have taken part. The qualification is the culmination of a successful summer with both of Ireland’s men’s and women’s teams now qualified! The last time the men were in the World Cup Finals was 1990 and the women have not featured since 2002.
Irish women from around the country gathered at the Taekwon-do World Championships in Citywest, Dublin, in mid-October. The athletes performed to an exceptional level in their competitions to produce 13 medals, with the large haul helping Ireland to place 3rd overall on the medal table.
The Irish Pony Show Jumping team won a Nations Cup at Chevenez in Switzerland in mid-October, after a brilliant performance under Chef d’Equipe Denis Flannelly.
The Irish Pony team had already scored Nations Cup wins this year at Wierden (NED) and were overall winners of the EY Cup. They also claimed the team gold, individual gold and individual silver medals at the European Championships in Hungary last July.
Ireland’s Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley have won silver medals at the 2017 UEC Track Elite European Championships in Berlin at the end of October. The powerful pair stormed into the medals after lapping the field twice.
Irish Olympian Ellis O’Reilly, who made history by becoming the first Irish female to qualify for an Olympic Games in gymnastics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has announced her retirement from the sport.
Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei kept her stellar 2017 momentum alive at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon, taking one second off her own world record to win the IAAF Gold Label road race in 1:04:51 in mid-October.
November’s round up will feature information on the Camogie All Stars 2017 plus news on Soccer, Football, Rugby and Hockey from around the country.
Credit: Picture from Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race