2011 GAA Championship Draws

The draws for the 2011 GAA Championships will take place on October 7th on RTE Television.

Camogie – Gala All Ireland Premier Junior Championship Final Replay – Antrim 2-10 Waterford 0-12

Antrim defeated Waterford by 2-10 to 0-12 in the Camogie Gala All Ireland Premier Junior Championship Final Replay on Sunday in Donaghmore Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

AT Donaghmore, Ashbourne:
Antrim 2-10 (R McCarry 0-4 (3f), M Convery 1-1, L Connolly 1-0, J Adams 0-2 (1f), S Graham, R Torney, J O’Neill 0-1 each);
Waterford 0-12 (A Lyng 0-8 (3 45, 1 f), N Rockett 0-2, T Jackman, K Kelly 0-1 each)

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final – Kilmallock 1-16 Emmets 1-12

Kilmallock defeated Emmets by 1-16 to 1-12 in the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Battling Kilmallock end title wait

Kilmallock 1-16 Emmets 1-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 04, 2010

“IT’S not enjoyment, it’s relief!”

That was how full-forward Andrew O’Shaughnessy felt in the Gaelic Grounds yesterday afternoon after a Kilmallock team that had underachieved for years claimed their first Limerick SHC title since 1994. “This is the one we’ve wanted but we’ve always come up just short – it was worth the wait. This year we didn’t think of anything else, only winning.”

To do so they had to overcome a stubborn but limited challenge from their own divisional side, Emmets, who, having pushed Kilmallock all the way in the group stages, came with high hopes but found themselves frustrated by a massive Kilmallock defensive effort, at the heart of which was captain and man-of-the-match Gavin O’Mahony.

Only the outstanding Donie Reale, who finished with 1-5 despite the best efforts of the tenacious Kevin O’Mahony, offered a major threat up front to Kilmallock, who were comfortably the better team throughout, even if that dominance wasn’t reflected in the final scoreline.

Both sides started slowly, Emmets getting their noses in front with two points from corner-forward Aidan McAuliffe (the second from a sideline, 30m left), and it was the 11th minute before Kilmallock began to click into gear. A point apiece from their outstanding midfielders Eoin Ryan and Paudie O’Brien had the game level in the 14th minute, and it was level again two minutes later after Donie Reale and Andrew O’Shaughnessy had exchanged points.

Then came the game’s first goal with Kilmallock corner-forward Graeme Mulcahy just touching the ball past the despairing Tommy Quaid (son of the Limerick legend) in the Emmets goal. It didn’t even reach the back of the net, but no matter, it put Kilmallock in the driving seat, to the relief of manager Tony Considine.

“There’s no such thing as a bad goal, we’ll take any goal that comes,” said Considine.

It put the club side ahead (1-3 to 0-3) by the 19th minute, and it was a lead they would never relinquish. They were two ahead at the break (1-5 to 0-6), O’Brien and O’Shaughnessy on target, corner-back Stephen Walsh with a booming free well inside his own half in reply for Emmets, along with a brace from placed balls by Paul Neenan.

The first 10 minutes of the second half saw Kilmallock extend their lead to five, with three pointed frees by the unerring O’Shaughnessy, another from Eoin Ryan while Neenan replying for Emmets.

Four times in the next 15 minutes – Richie McCarthy driving them from the back – the divisional side managed to reduce the deficit to a goal, and at 1-12 to 0-12 in the 55th minute, it was still anyone’s game.

Those minutes belonged to Kilmallock, however; four unanswered points, by O’Brien, the skilful Mulcahy brothers Graeme (now operating successfully further out the field) and teenager Jake, and Paudie O’Dwyer (after a third score-making pass in that final quarter by O’Shaughnessy) put Kilmallock ahead by seven points as the game went into injury-time – game over, and a late goal from a 20m free by Donie Reale only served to put a gloss on the scoreboard.

“When you go into a place like Kilmallock, with so much tradition, there’s awful pressure on the lads to deliver,” said Considine. “All around Kilmallock and the South Limerick area, they’re expected to win it every year. They hadn’t won it since 94, and that can put extra pressure on a team.”

One of those who had just missed out in 94, but has been there ever since, was sub Paddy Connery, and his introduction in the 45th minute gave the new champions a decided lift.

“No-one realises what this means to me,” he said; “I’m 15 years trying for this, the feeling now is unbelievable.”

Scorers for Kilmallock: A O’Shaughnessy 0-5 (all frees); G Mulcahy 1-1; P O’Brien 0-3; E Ryan 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65); P O’Dwyer 0-2; J Mulcahy 0-2.

Scorers for Emmets: D Reale 1-4 (1-1 frees); P Neenan 0-4 (all frees); A McAuliffe 0-2 (0-1 s/l); S Walsh (free), M O’Brien, 0-1 each.

KILMALLOCK: B Hennessey; L Hurley, P O’Loughlin, K O’Mahony; L Walsh, G O’Mahony (c), B O’Sullivan; P O’Brien, E Ryan; P O’Dwyer, S O’Donnell, G O’Sullivan; G Mulcahy, A O’Shaughnessy, J Mulcahy. Subs: P Connery (S O’Donnell 45); K O’Donnell (G O’Sullivan 49); K Kenneally (J Mulcahy 58); M Cronin (K O’Mahony 60); D O’Mahony (O’Shaughnessy 60+3).

EMMETS: T Quaid (Effin); G O’Leary (Dromin/Athlacca), R McCarthy (Blackrock), S Walsh (Glenroe); B Moloney (Blackrock, capt.), B Kelleher (Dromin/Athlacca), David Moloney (Blackrock); N Quaid (Effin), M O’Brien (Glenroe); P Neenan (Dromin/Athlacca), E O’Leary (Dromin/Athlacca), J Kelleher (Dromin/Athlacca); D Reale (Hospital/Herbertstown), Damien Moloney (Effin), A McAuliffe (Castletown/Ballyagran).

Subs: J Dillon (Effin, J Kelleher 30); M Keane (Staker Wallace, B Moloney inj. 41); M Deegan (Hospital/Herbertstown, Damien Moloney 45); P Leahy (Glenroe, McAuliffe 48); E Walsh (Glenroe, Neenan 54).

Referee: E Phelan (St. Patrick’s)

Clare Senior Camogie Championship Final – Newmarket-on-Fergus 2-11 Kilmaley 0-10

Clare PK Coaches Senior Camogie Final

Newmarket-on-Fergus 2-11 v 0-10 Kilmaley @ Cusack Park, Ennis 12:45

First half goals from player of the match Iris Kaiser had Newmarket on Fergus on their way to winning the McMahon Cup.   The Newmarket girls put a stop to Kilmaley’s bid for three in a row in winning back the title of County Champions for the first time in five years.  Aine O’Brien had four points from play for the winners while Kilmaley will rue some missed chances, notabley the first half penalty from Claire McMahon.

Newmarket were sharper though on the day and looked in control after the first quarter ended.  They went in at the break having had the aid of a strong wind, with a seven point lead.  Kilmaley battled hard though in the second and had the lead back to two after 47 minutes.  Newmarket had weathered the storm though and with Sharon McMahon getting their first score of the second period with 48 minutes gone, the Champions pushed on and won by seven points.

The will now represent Clare in the Munster Intermediate Club Championship where they will take on Cork side Mallow in the semi-final.

Cork Camogie Senior Championship Final – Inniscarra 4-9 Imokilly 4-9

Inniscarra and Imokilly drew in the Cork Camogie Senior Championship Final on a scoreline of 4-9 to 4-9 on Sunday at CIT.

Clare Senior Football Championship Final – Doonbeg 0-11 Liscannor 0-7

Doonbeg defeated Liscannor by 0-11 to 0-7 in the Clare Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final – Ballyduff 2-18 Lixnaw 2-9

Ballyduff defeated Lixnaw by 2-18 to 2-9 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Cork Senior Hurling Championship Final – Sarsfields 1-17 Glen Rovers 0-18

Sarsfields defeated Glen Rovers by 1-17 to 0-18 in the Cork Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Sars show true grit to battle back for victory

Sarsfields 1-17 Glen Rovers 0-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 11, 2010

A DRAW would have been the popular result in this entertaining, hard-fought and closely contested Cork senior hurling final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. Truth be told, however, and all due respect to what had been a mighty effort by the men from the Glen – this year’s Cinderella team from Cork city’s northside – a draw would have been hard on Sars, very hard. Only marginally, yes, but those small margins are what make the difference at this level.

On a pleasant afternoon in the park, albeit on a pitch made greasy by the recent torrential rains, both teams came to play. Four points was the maximum advantage either side ever had, Sars in the opening half (1-3 to 0-2, 14th minute), and that due only to a very fortuitous goal. A huge breeze-assisted free from outstanding corner-back Conor O’Sullivan, from wide left just outside his own 45m, carried all the way to the Glen square, but keeper Cathal Hickey was both unsighted and distracted by the presence and attempted ‘doubles’ on the dropping ball of a couple of Sars attackers. Ball ended up in the net, which drew genuine sympathy from Sars keeper and captain Alan Kennedy – “I have so much time for Cathal, an incredible guy – before the game he came up and shook my hand.”

The Glen recovered well from that setback and by the 23rd minute, with five points from the magnificent blade of Patrick Horgan (came into the game with a 10-pt championship average, 6-32 in seven games, notched another ten here), one each from the impressive Dean Brosnan and Brian Moylan, they were level, 1-4 to 0-7. Another huge free from O’Sullivan, however, this one a point, a fine brace from wing-forward Gavin O’Loughlin, then Cian McCarthy’s second of the half, against two more from Horgan, and Sars went in at the break two points ahead, 1-8 to 0-9. Though Sars opened the scoring immediately after the restart, another McCarthy pointed free, the third quarter was dominated by the Glen and in the 51st minute, captain David Cunningham leading by example on the 40, defenders Gavin and Brian Moylan with a point apiece, Brosnan and Horgan also in on the scoring act, they had taken what looked like a game-winning three-point lead, 0-17 to 1-11.

Then came the storming Sars finish, however, and fittingly, it was led by a point from hard-working never-say-die Kieran ‘Fraggie’ Murphy. His only point of the game, and it was set up for him by another ne’er-say-die hero, the towering Michael Cussen. Seven shots Michael had on goal in this game, seven wides, yet he never dropped the head, never stopped shooting, never stopped trying. He had his just reward too, in the final minute, super control of a high Daniel Roche centre, then a shot to the net despite being double-fouled; the goal was called back, whistle sounded by referee Dave Copps (excellent performance) and penalty awarded before the shot was taken, but no matter.

Cian McCarthy rocketed the ball high over the bar to give the Sars a two-point cushion entering injury-time. A rocky few minutes they were too, for Sars, but the closest the Glen could come was a 20m free from wide right in the last action of the game, drilled low by Patrick Horgan, comfortably saved and cleared. Close, by the Glen, but closed out by the Sars.

Scorers for Sarsfields: C McCarthy 0-8 (0-6 frees, 0-1 65); C O’Sullivan 1-1 (frees); G O’Loughlin 0-3; T Óg Murphy 0-3; K Murphy, D Kearney, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan 0-10 (0-8 frees, 0-1 65); D Brosnan 0-2; D Cunningham 0-2; B Moylan 0-2 (0-1 free); G Moylan, D Busteed, 0-1 each.

Subs for Sarsfields: Sarsfields: R Murphy (O’Driscoll inj. 42); W Kearney (O’Loughlin 53); P Ryan (O’Kelly-Lynch 58).

Glen Rovers subs: D Busteed (Cronin 19); E Cronin (Whitty 42).

Referee: D Copps (Ballyhea)

Tipperary Camogie Senior Championship Final – Burgess/Duharra 1-14 Toomevara 2-9

Burgess/Duharra defeated Toomevara by 1-14 to 2-9 after extra time in the Tipperary Camogie Senior Championship Final on Sunday in the Tipperary County Camogie grounds at The Ragg.

Senior county final

Burgess/Duharra 1.14, Toomevara 2.9. (aet)

A huge crowd at the weekend’s camogie showpiece was treated to a spectacular game of skill, determination and excitement as these two teams gave their all in 80 minutes, with Burgess/Duharra claiming their first senior title.

Eimear McDonnell was first to pop up for Burgess to register their first point inside the first minute. Not to be out done, Aine Brislane plucked a ball from the air & Toomevara were level inside the second minute. Combining well together for Burgess/Duharra, Tara Kennedy at wing forward worked hard to set up Eimear McDonnell for the next three points while Tara also pointed. With 20 minutes gone in the half Burgess were in control and were leading 5 points to 1.

Toomevara then had their spell of dominance, with Aoife Ryan and Nicole Walsh pointing. Aine Brislane, who was proving to be a handful for the Burgess defense, was left unmarked and she capitalized with a cracking goal. Now a point up, Toomevara pushed forward with a pointed free from Nicole Walsh. However, Eimear McDonnell pointed a free and on the stroke of half time Ciara Gaynor also pointed to ensure that Burgess had hauled Toomevara back level 0.7 to 1.4.

The first 7 minutes of the second half was a ding dong battle with both defenses standing firm. It was up to Eimear McDonnell to latch onto a speculative ball to score Burgess much needed goal. Both teams exchanged points for the next 10 minutes. Then in the 22nd minute, a 21 yard free for Toomevara was blasted to the back of Burgess net. Suddenly, Toomevara again found themselves ahead by a point, but once again it was Eimear McDonnell who steadied the ship for Burgess with a pointed free. Deep into injury time, Nicole Walsh saw her free sail narrowly wide for Toomevara. At full time of normal time sides were level at 1.9 to 2.6.

Within the first minute of extra time Eimear McDonnell pointed a free, and she pointed another while Nicole Walsh matched her tally to again leave the sides level in the first period. Three pointed frees from Eimear McDonnell in the second period could only be matched by Toomevara `s solitary effort, so it was with huge relief when the final whistle was sounded, and finally, Burgess/Duharra claimed the title of county champions.

Both teams must be complimented for their efforts, and after last years agonizing defeat in the final minute, Burgess/Duharra can now confine that ghost to history. Eimear McDonnell contributed so much to this win, as did Therese Brophy, Tara Kennedy and Deirdre McDonnell. Toomevara also had their star players. Trisha Ryan at corner back and Maria Tynan at centre back both shone. Up front, Aine Brislane created a lot of difficult moments for Burgess, while Nicole Walsh’s free taking kept them in touch, however her threat was some what diluted when she was moved back to support her defenders.

Burgess/Duharra now go on to represent Tipperary in the munster semi final this Saturday October 16th when they travel to play Inniscarra of Cork. Time and venue for this game has yet to be confirmed. All associated with Tipperary Camogie wish them the very best of luck as they build on their success.

Waterford Senior Football Championship Final – Stradbally 0-9 Ballinacourty 1-5

Stradbally defeated Ballinacourty by 0-9 to 1-5 in the Waterford Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday in Fraher Field Dungarvan.