Four days, eight finals, two replays, and six new champions - the climax of the Camogie and Football Championships 2017 was something to remember, and we’ve got the low down right here. Elsewhere though, Irish cyclist, Eve McCrystal, can’t stop winning, Shelbourne ladies take the cup, and Sloane Stephens claims the US Open. All this and more below…
Championship Round Up
Cork regained the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship title from Kilkenny in a tense and close match. Julia White became the toast of Leeside when her score six minutes into injury time broke Kilkenny hearts and captured the O'Duffy Cup.
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 and secure their place at the top tier next year. Meath 0-10 Cork 0-7.
In the Premier Junior competition, Westmeath beat Dublin 1-10 to 1-06 to claim the Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie crown for 2017.
Read the full round up here
Waterford’s Gailltír claimed the Liberty Insurance Squad Goals 2017 crown with a faultless display against Shamrocks of Galway. See the highlight video here.
Dublin smashed their All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship jinx as a record 46,000 fans flocked to Croke Park on finals day, the highest attendance of any women’s sporting event of 2017. The Dubs, beaten finalists in 2014, 2015 and 2016, finally claimed a second title – and first since 2010. Dublin 4-11 Mayo 0-11.
Aisling McCarthy scored 1-4 and landed the player of the match award as Tipperary were crowned All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Champions at Croke Park. Shane Ronayne’s squad ground out a three-point victory over Tyrone – to seal a place in the senior championship in 2018.
Goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan proved the Shelbourne hero in the penalty shootout as they beat Peamount United to retain the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup at Greenogue. McQuillan saved Niamh Barnes’ third spot kick for Peamount after 120 minutes of fitful football had failed to separate the sides at the windswept Newcastle venue.
Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17s maintained a 100% record throughout their UEFA European Championship qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Greece.
Colin Bell’s WU17s side scored goals either side of the break to finish top of Group Four with maximum points and no goals conceded against Greece, Romania or Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race is a yacht race around the world held every three years. Since the first edition of the race in 1973, nearly 2,000 men have participated in the event. However, only 112 women can claim that they have taken part in the Volvo Ocean Race. This year, Liberty Insurance Ambassador, Annalise Murphy will add her name to the list as she takes to the Ocean as part of the crew aboard “Turn the Tide on Plastic”. The Volvo Ocean Race begins in October in Alicante, Spain and ends next June at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Over the coming months, we’ll be following Annalise as she keeps us up to date with the race as it unfolds.
It was a month to remember for Eve McCrystal. As the newly crowned double World Para-Cycling Champion, McCrystal picked up yet more titles! The Garda CC rider landed the Cycling Ireland National Road Series title AND the Kilkenny County Council Best Irish rider in the An Post Rás na mBan.
The Galway Baybes all female amateur cycling team made up of Joanne Murphy, Bríd Naughton, Karen Cassidy and Marie Boyle claimed a new Irish cycling record after completing the gruelling 2,150 KM Race Around Ireland Ultra Marathon Cycling event last week. The 4 women completed the event in 81 hours 13 minutes with an average pace of 27.26kph.
Ireland’s Maria McCambridge won Saturday’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon in 1:22:25 at the Newbridge Demesne in Donabate, Co. Dublin, four years after winning it in 2013. There were over 9,000 runners who signed up to take part.
Cork Harlequins ended UCD’s 20-game unbeaten streak – dating back to March 2016 – in the regular season of the EY Hockey League as they came from a goal down to record a famous 2-1 win at Belfield.
At Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Sloane Stephens defeated her close friend and US team mate, Madison Keys, to win the U.S. Open championship 6-3, 6-0. It was a dominant performance for Stephens, who made just six unforced errors.
October’s round up will feature information on the Camogie All Stars nominees for 2017 plus news on Rugby, Soccer and Hockey from around the country.