AIB Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final – Borrisokane (Tipperary) 2-14 Killanena (Clare) 3-10

Borrisokane (Tipperary) defeated Killanena (Clare) by 2-14 to 3-10 in the AIB Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final on Saturday in Sixmilebridge.

Senior Hurling / Shinty International First Test – Scotland 2-16 Ireland 2-15

Scotland defeated Ireland by 2-16 to 2-15 in the Senior Hurling / Shinty International First Test on Saturday at Croke Park.

Ireland Panel announced

2010 Irish Hurling/Shinty Panels Announced

Joe Dooley and Michael Walsh, managers of the Irish Senior and U21 Hurling/Shinty teams respectively, announced their panels today for the 2010 matches between Ireland and Scotland.

The first test of a two-test senior series takes place at 4.45pm in Croke Park, this coming Saturday October 30 as a curtain raiser to the second test of the Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series. The second Hurling/Shinty test takes place in Inverness, Scotland on Saturday, November 13.

The U21 game is scheduled for 1.00pm, Saturday October 30 at Ratoath GAA Club.

The senior panel is as follows:

Captain: Tommy Walsh Kilkenny

Paul Dermody Kildare ***

Stephen Clynch Meath

Shane Dooley Offaly

Aaron Graffin Antrim

Willie Hyland Laois

Gareth Johnston Down

Darren McCormack Westmeath

Paul McCormack Armagh

Barry McFall Antrim

Patrick Horgan Cork

Neil McManus Antrim

Tom Murnane Kerry

Brendan Murtagh Westmeath

Eoin Nolan Carlow

Andrew O’Brien Wicklow

John Rowney Laois

Jackie Tyrrell Kilkenny

*** Goalkeeper

Munster Camogie Intermediate Club Final – Lismore (Waterford) 5-5 Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 0-11

Lismore (Waterford) defeated Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) by 5-5 to 0-11 in the Munster Camogie Intermediate Club Final on Saturday at Buttevant.

Lismore (Waterford) 5-05 v 0-11 Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare)

Lismore the eventual winners threatened early in this game but saw a ‘45 attempt drift wide inside the opening minute. It was the youngster Niki Kaiser of Newmarket who opened the scoring after a deft handpass from sister, and captain, Ruth put her through the defense. Niki was settling well into her role and causing trouble in the inside forward line so a foul on the youngster as she broke onto the ball gave Newmarket their second oppertunity and Aine O’Brien duely slotted over. Newmarket looked to be in control in many areas but long high balls into their rear line of defense started to cause trouble and one of these, from player of the game Shona Curran, drifted in over Carol Twoomey’s head and gave Lismore the lead after 8 minutes. Aoife Hannon who was accurate with frees converted a free after Kate Henegan was fouled. Aine O’Brien and Niki Kaiser pointed again for the Banner side as the sides drew level again. Hannon was on hand for Lismore to convert again to go ahead but they were level two minutes later when Deirdre Cassidy pointed from the right wing. Lismore were threatening more and Toomey was on hand in goal to pull of a point blank save from Caithriona McGlone it was only delaying matters though as Hannon converted a free and 16yr old Ruth Geoghan was on hand for Lismore’s second goal after collecting and rounding her marker she crashed to the net giving Toomey no chance. Aine O’Brien converted a free for Newmarket in their last score of the half while Hannon with a like score for Lismore and then as Newmarket looked to be holding out under severe pressure Caithriona McGlone did goal as Toomey attempted to bring the sliotar back from over the line. The winners went in with a 3-04 to 0-06 lead.

The opening score of the second took nearly ten minutes to materialise as defenses controlled the game. It was Lismore who eventually broke the hoodoo after Cathriona Ormonde goaled after the third attempt with Toomey having put herself on the line to defend the goal line. And Ruth Geoghan followed swiftly with a point. Newmarket did not lie down though and pushed forward at every attempt and points followed from a Niki Kaiser free, Ruth Kaiser, Iris Kaiser and a second Niki free. Ruth Kasier had the gap back to 6 with her second free but that was as close as the Banner side got as Lismore defended well. Probably it was Newmarket’s down fall that they were trying from goal from here as point chances were there for the taking and so they never threatened Lismore as captain Aisling O’Brien was never really threatened as her back line dominated. Indeed this all out attack left Newmarket open behind and Ruth Geoghan again got the chance to break onto a long clearance and grabbed her second goal of the game and made sure of the Lismore win.

Lismore: Aisling O’Brien, Jennifer Hannon, Niamh Ryan, Laura Buckley, Marie Russell, Grainne Kenneally, Sarah Fenton, Shona Curran(1 gl), Rachel Whelan, Cathriona Ormonde, Shauna Kiernan, Aoife Hannon(4pts, all frs), Kate Heneghan(1 gl), Caithriona McGlone(1 gl), Ruth Geoghan(2-1)

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Carol Toomey, Aoife Griffin, Jane O’Leary, Aimee McInerney, Carol O’Leary, Róisin McMahon, Carol Kaiser, Ruth Kaiser(2 pts), Joanne Walsh, Deirdre Cassidy(1 pt), Eirca Minogue, Aine O’Brien(3 pts, 2frs), Sharon McMahon, Iris Kaiser(1 pt), Niki Kaiser(4pts, 2 frs)

Ref: John O’Leary, Cork

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Munster Intermediate Club Camogie Final ‘Trixie Toomey Memorial Cup’

Newmarket-on-Fergus(Clare) v Lismore(Waterford)

This is an historic final in many ways. The first ever Intermediate Club final to be played, the cup donated by a family from County Clare, the Toomey family in memory of their late husband and father after the many years he served to both club and county camogie as selector and trainer. Trixie was a Newmarket man and now his native club are in the final with his daughter Carol playing in goal. It is sure to be an emotional day for the family whatever the outcome. These two clubs will never have met but as county champions both are looking to go one step further. A close contest is expected as both had convincing wins over their semi-final opponents of Templemore and Mallow.

The Newmarket team has strong family links through out the field with the Kaisers all having played for the Clare county teams from Captain Ruth right down to 15year old Niki at corner forward. Also the McMahons and O’Learys. Aimee McInerney, Aine O’Brien, Aoife Griffin, Erica Minogue and Joanne Walsh also have county experience and saying this they are a young team with average age of 20 years.

This Lismore team bases its roots in Feile na nGael 1999 as they have represented the county for the last eleven years. This is the first Senior county championship for this club in nine years and they have worked hard to get to this level. Shauna Kiernan, Maire Russell, Rachel Whelan, Grainne Kenneally, team captain Aisling O’Brien, Shona Curran and Niamh Ryan have all county experience over the last number of years and with Grainne Kenneally having captained U.C.C. to the Ashbourne final last year. This lays all the markers for a tight game going all the way to the wire.

Newmarket-on-Fergus(Clare): C Toomey, A Griffin, J O’Leary, C O’Leary, A McInerney, R McMahon, C Kaiser, R Kaiser(C), J Walsh, S McMahon, E Minogue, A O’Brien, D Cassidy, I Kaiser, N Kaiser

Lismore(Waterford): A O’ Brien(C), J Houlihan, N Ryan, L Buckley, J Hannon, S Curran, S Fenton, M Russell, R Whelan, G Kenneally, A Hannon, S Kiernan, K Heneghan, C Ormonde, T Morrissey

Ref: John O’Leary, Corcaigh

Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series 2nd Test – Australia 55 Ireland 52

Irish revival not enough as Aussies let off hook

Australia 0-14-13 (55) Ireland 1-11-13 (52) (Australia win series 102-92)

By Daragh Ó Conchúir, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, November 01, 2010

AUSTRALIA dominated almost six of the eight quarters but in the final period at Croke Park on Saturday night, such was the passion and understanding for what is required to prosper in this game, that Ireland almost produced an unlikely victory. The series needs physicality, speed and competitiveness to excite the punters, not the artificial frenetic ‘upyaboya’ schtick of the ubiquitous Hector O hEochagáin, and they got that in the end. Ireland manager Anthony Tohill was a picture of animation in that final quarter, exhorting his players to attack in numbers so that the man in possession had support. He was almost as tired as they were at the end and was certainly as disappointed.

“The lads gave absolutely everything,” he said afterwards. “They were probably coming from too far back and even with that we got three up and walked away with nothing. I thought we were good enough to win the game but, to be fair to the players, they just exhausted themselves in the latter stages of the game. We came up just short. It’s not as hard to take when you give that much effort but it is very disappointing. We deserved something and we walk away with nothing.” There was certainly a feeling that the Irish had emptied themselves in a manner that wasn’t the case the previous weekend.

For the opening two quarters, the crowd could only admire what Tohill called the “fantastic football” of the Australians. Just as in Limerick, their ability to find space and accuracy of kick-passing was magnificent and Adam Goodes was the go-to man. The Australian captain caused Finian Hanley and Kevin Reilly serious discomfort but did have less of an influence when Kieran McKeever took up the challenge. The game really opened up in the third period, Brendan Murphy setting the tone with a brilliant over kicked on the run. Steven McDonnell was picking up breaks around midfield and it was evident that Ireland could compete if they stood man-for-man and did not allow the Australians to get into a lot of space.

“I think they only won two of their seven (kickouts) in the first half and maybe four from 15 all night,” Tohill said. “They did win a few out in front but when they had to kick it out, I think we won most of those. We did okay on their kickouts; on our own we could have done a bit better.” Overs from Todd Banfield, Goodes and Eddie Betts stretched the Australian advantage to 17 when James Kavanagh struck for a goal from close range in the 50th minute – after Bernard Brogan had occupied Dustin Fletcher – and the score breathed fire into Ireland’s hopes. They only won that quarter 21-20 (though they were still 48-38 in arrears), but they were now doing many things right at least. The final quarter was a superior effort once again, until fatigue took its toll.

With Graham Canty an inspirational driving force, Ireland kicked the first eight scores, but critically, only one of the first six was an over, supplied by Seán Cavanagh. Brogan blazed a behind when presented with a goal opportunity by Clarke but when Michael Murphy sent over two three-pointers – the second a wonderful, soaring kick from the 45m line towards the Hogan Stand side – the attendance of 61,842 erupted. With Ireland leading 52-48, they were only an over off tying the series. Australia didn’t score until four minutes from time and though it was only a behind from Dane Swan, it stemmed the Irish momentum. Green slotted two further overs to remove any doubt. “They were out on their feet,” Tohill concluded. “They just gave everything they had and I couldn’t find fault in any of them. They were just fantastic.”

IRELAND: S. Cluxton, C. McKeever, F. Hanley, B. Donaghy, K. McKernan 0-1-2 (5), G. Canty, K. Reilly, T. Walsh 0-0-3 (3), C. Begley 0-1-1 (4), L. Glynn, S. McDonnell 0-1-2 (5), T. Kennelly 0-1-0 (3), M. Clarke, S. Cavanagh 0-1-2 (5), B. Brogan 0-1-2 (5).

Interchange: D. Goulding, P. Keenan, S. McDermott, B. Murphy 0-1-1 (4), M. Murphy 0-2-0 (6), M. Shields, J. Kavanagh 1-0-0 (6), B. Coulter 0-2-0 (6).AUSTRALIA: D. Fletcher, J. Frawley 0-0-1 (1), J. Goldsack, G. Ibbitson, P. Duffield, L. Picken, B. Gibbs, D. Cross, D. Swan 0-3-1 (10), T. Varcoe, B. Green 0-4-4 (16), P. Dangerfield 0-0-1 (1), L. Montagna 0-1-1 (4), A. Goodes 0-2-1 (7), T. Banfield 0-2-2 (8).

Interchange: J. McVeigh 0-1-1(4), M. Boyd, K. Simpson, J. Riewoldt, S. Gilbert, K. Jack 0-0-1 (1), E. Betts 0-1-0 (3), D. Wojcinski.

Referees: P. McEnaney (Ireland), B. Rosebury (Australia)

Munster Camogie Final – Inniscarra 0-10 Granagh/Ballingarry 0-7

Iniscarra (Cork) defeated Granagh/Ballingarry (Limerick) by 0-1o to 0-7 in the Munster Camogie Senior Club Final on Saturday at Newtownshandrum.

Inniscarra (Cork) 0-10 v 0-07 Granagh-Ballingarry(Limerick)

This was a real battle down to the final whistle. A tough game in which neither side got much room to make use of the ball or time to settle on it. Such was the game that most of the scoring came from frees and in this Inniscarra’s Joanne Casey and Granagh’s Eileen O’Brien were virtually unerring. They battled up and down the field and defenses were dominant throughout, as Casey and O’Brien traded frees and ‘45s. Granagh did open up a two point lead mid-way through the first half when O’Brien converted a ‘45 to give her side a 4pt to 2 lead. Allanah Twohig looked to upset this but had a great shot on goal saved by Aileen O’Sullivan on the Granagh line. Then Casey and O’Brien traded freed to the half time whistle, with Casey converting a ‘45, O’Brien a free, two Casey frees and O’Brien closed the half for Granagh with a converted free giving them a slim 1 point lead at the break, 6pts to 5pts.

The second half was equally as tough and it looked that which ever side managed to break through for that goal would win out. Both sets of mid-fields and forwards worked tirelessly to try and break down the opposition. Inniscarra were first off the mark in the second half as Joanne Casey converted two frees to level and then take the lead for the Cork side. Almost ten minutes elapsed before the next score and this fell in the way of an Eileen O’Keeffe free to level the game yet again. The next score would be vital and as the Limerick side looked to be tiring Joanne Casey took hold in the center of the field she pointed from play and then converted a free which gave Inniscarra a two point lead heading into the last five minutes. Indeed Casey was extremely industrious over the last quarter, and this player of the game performance is what was the difference as she was helping out in defense as Granagh looked to get through on goal and also setting up attacks. Laura Burke helped out as the second half sub pointed from play to give some breathing space to Inniscarra. Granagh still tried to break down that defense to look for the equalising goal but Orla Healy, Liz Hayes and Joanne Casey held firm and Inniscarra went on to win their first ever Munster title.

Inniscarra:Sinead Ni Riain, Mary Buckley, Liz Hayes, Karen Jones, Orla Healy, Rosie O’Mahony, Aoife Kavanagh, Fiona O’Connell, Joanne Casey(9pts, 1’45, 6 frs), Niamh Dilworth, Margaret N O’Sullivan, Katie O’Mahony, Margaret Cosgrave, Niamh McCarthy, Allanah Twohig

Subs: Laura Burke(1pt) for N McCarthy, Rena Buckley for M Cosgrove

Granagh-Ballingarry: Aileen O’Sullivan, Sarah Carey, Laura Leslie, Aimee McCarthy, Fiona Hickey, Aoifa Sheehan, Emer Hickey, Tara Power, Vera Sheehan, Eileen O’Brien(7pts, 1’45, 4frs), Nollaig Houlihan, Fiona Morrisey, Niamh Chawke, Joanne Clifford, Siobhan Enright

Sub:Margaret Lynch for N Chawke

Ref: Eamonn Browne, Tipperary

Match Preview

Munster Senior Club Camogie Final ‘Corn Thomais Mhic Dhonnbha’

Inniscarra(Cork) v Granagh-Ballingarry(Limerick)

This Limerick side are no strangers to Munster Final Club day as they have from 1996 to 2004 claimed nine in a row of county titles. In this time they also captured Seven Munster titles and three club All Ireland titles. This is their first time back in the Munster final since 2004, with their last county championship win in 2006. They line out with the experienced Vera Sheehan, Eileen O’Brien, prolific scorer Fiona Morrissey and daughter of Ciaran – Sarah Carey in their side. Indeed young Carey is to be honoured as Munster young player of the year. This is an experienced side with many survivers from the last attempt at Munster and their All-Ireland Club in 2003 and All-Ireland sevens in 2002 still remaining, including captain Fiona Hickey who is now just 23 years of age.

First timers to Munster Championship after their first county win, after the 3rd attempt, Inniscarra will be hoping that county seniors Rena Buckley, Joanne Casey and Niamh Dilworth will have the experience to lead them a step further. Team captain Margaret Noelle O’Sullivan also represented the county at minor and intermediate level. They will be the underdogs for this final but will relish that title as they have done all year and is has served them well so far. They will have to be in peak form to overcome the challange of the Limerick side but look forward to upsetting the odds.

Granagh-Ballingarry (Limerick): A O’Sullivan, S Carey, L Leslie, A McCarthy, F Hickey(C), A Sheehan, E Hickey, T Power, V Sheehan, E O’Brien, N Houlihan, S Enright, M Fitzgerald, J Clifford, F Morrissey

Inniscarra (Cork): S Ní Riain, M Buckley, L Hayes, K Jones, R O’Mahony, R Buckley, A Kavanagh, M N O’Sullivan(C), O Healy, F O’Connell, N Dilworth, L Burke, J Casey, M Cosgrave, N McCarthy

Ref: Eamonn Browne (Tiobraid Arainn)