Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final – Kilmallock 1-15 Adare 0-15

Kilmallock defeated Adare by 1-15 to 0-15 in the Limerick Live95 FM County Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

 

Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final – Ballyduff 1-15 Lixnaw 1-9

Ballyduff defeated Lixnaw by 1-15 to 1-9 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

The Garvey’s Supervalu County Senior Hurling Final

Austin Stack Park, Tralee, October 7th @ 3.30pm

GARVEYS SUPERVALU SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

Austin Stacks Park in Tralee on Sunday is the venue for the most colourful and passionate occasion on the Kerry Hurling Calendar –The Garvey’s SuperValu County Senior Hurling Final!

The Final that starts at 3.30pm sees Ballyduff aiming for three in a row and their 24th County title and Lixnaw seeking their 8th title that they last won in 2007. It should be a great occasion and a great game is in store.

Also on the day’s programme is the Credit Union Senior County League Final where Neighbours St Brendan’s and Kilmoyley meet to decide the 2012 winners at 1.30pm.

The day’s entertainment also features entertainment by The Killorglin Pipe Band, our oldest living Hurling Championship medal holder Florry O’Sullivan will be introduced to patrons, (Florry from Kenmare played in the 1942 County Final) and the Causeway 1987 County Hurling Championship team are honored at half time.

The match programme is produced once again to the very highest standard by the North Kerry Hurling Board. The programme this year has 68 pages that cover all the hurling activity in the County for year 2012. It also has some excellent historical articles and is must buy for all Kerry and Hurling fans. It will be a treasured historical booklet in years to come and a great read.

Come along and enjoy the color, passion and rivalry.

All Children under 16 are FREE to the games on Sunday

Admission is €15, Senior Citizen’s/€10.00 Students €10

NOTHING BEATS BEING THERE!

 

 

Cork Senior Hurling Championship Final – Sarsfields 1-15 Bishopstown 1-13

Sarsfields defeated Bishopstown by 1-15 to 1-13 in the Cork Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

They will be joined on the day by Ballinhassig and Bandon in the Premier Intermediate Final at 2:00pm.

County Senior & Premier Intermediate Hurling Finals

Sunday, October 7th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Premier Intermediate Hurling Final: Ballinhassig v Bandon @ 2pm

Senior Hurling Final: Bishopstown v Sars @ 3.45pm

It’s the biggest day in the club hurling calendar here in Cork, and the County Board has announced details of two great value ticket offers for the County Finals – see details below! Also, please find attached a promotional poster for the County Finals, which clubs can download and display in their clubhouses etc, and also for use on websites, Facebook and other social media.

Combination Tickets for Senior Hurling and Football Finals

Patrons who wish to attend both the County Senior Hurling and Football Finals can avail of a special combination ticket for just €30 (uncovered stand only).

These tickets must be purchased in advance at Páirc Uí Chaoimh next week (office open Monday-Friday 9.30pm-1pm and 2.30pm-5.30pm) and will not be for sale on the day.

Juvenile Groups

A special juvenile group offer is also available for the County Senior Hurling and Football Finals.

Admission for all U16s (those who have not yet reached their 16th birthday) is FREE, but as an added incentive to clubs and schools who may wish to bring groups to the finals, one adult will be admitted FREE with every ten juveniles for these games (Uncovered stand only).

It is hoped that this offer will encourage clubs and schools to bring their young players to the County Finals, where they will experience club hurling and football at the highest level, as well as contributing to the atmosphere on the two biggest days in the club calendar.

No booking necessary – groups should enter via stile 36 at the Marina corner.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Final – Cork 0-16 Kerry 0-7

Cork defeated Kerry by 0-16 to 0-7 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship final

Cork 0-16 Kerry 0-7

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

CORK were crowned TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football champions for the seventh time in eight seasons at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon. A dominant display from the Rebelettes crushed Munster rivals Kerry in the showpiece decider at GAA HQ. 16,998 spectators watched Cork collect the Brendan Martin Cup for the second successive year and since 2005, Eamonn Ryan’s all-conquering players have lost just one championship match, against Tyrone in 2010. That Banagher defeat was described by Ryan as a “pebble in the shoe” and it’s ensured that the Leesiders have bounced back to claim back-to-back All-Ireland titles.

Kerry, contesting a first All-Ireland senior decider since 1993, suffered a first-ever defeat in the showpiece fixture, as Cork maintained their unbeaten record in senior finals. Kerry set out to contain Cork as boss William O’Sullivan made a number of positional switches. The Kingdom packed their defence but as a result, they struggled desperately for scores at the other end. Sarah Houlihan carried the fight to Cork in attack and goalkeeper Edel Murphy kept a clean sheet but overall, this was a chastening experience for Kerry. Lorraine Scanlon, named at midfield but deployed at full-forward, enjoyed some good moments but Cork generally dealt well with the aerial bombardment.

For Cork, wing backs Briege Corkery and Geraldine O’Flynn were in magnificent form, surging forward from defence and putting their opponents on the back foot. Three of Cork’s six starting forwards failed to register a point from play but the scoreboard kept ticking over with regularity nonetheless. Doireann O’Sullivan was a revelation at centre forward, notching four points from play, while Valerie Mulcahy collected six of her seven points from placed balls.

The free count heavily favoured Cork – 32-11 – and O’Sullivan admitted his displeasure with some decisions against Kerry after the game. But O’Sullivan acknowledged that Kerry, who lost the Munster final by six points to Cork, could have no complaints with this latest defeat. They went fourteen minutes without a score in the first half and trailed at half-time by 0-3 to 0-10.

Cork stormed into an early 0-3 to 0-0 lead before Kerry scored their opening point in the tenth minute, courtesy of Houlihan. To their credit, Kerry denied Cork any real goalscoring opportunities but the champions were happy to take their points when the chances presented themselves. On the stroke of half-time, Orlagh Farmer kicked a majestic point and the half-time hooter sounded as the ball sailed over the bar.

Kerry did land two successive points for the first and only time early in the second half but they never looked like launching a revival. And their misery was complete in the final minute when star forward Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh went to the sin bin after picking up a yellow card. It later emerged that Kingdom skipper Bernie Breen sustained a serious shoulder injury early in the game but the Laune Rangers star played the entire hour nonetheless. This latest success for Cork means that eleven of their starting line-up have now collected seven All-Ireland medals, while sub Angela Walsh has also featured in each of those All-Ireland successes since 2005.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-7 (6f), D O’Sullivan 0-4, G O’Flynn 0-2, B Corkery, O Farmer & N Cleary (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: S Houlihan 0-3 (2f), L Scanlon 0-2, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh (f) & P Dennehy 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, N Kelly; O Farmer, D O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan; N Cleary, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla.

Subs: Angela Walsh for A.M. Walsh (38), O Finn for Ní Bhuachalla (38), L McMahon for Farmer (46), A Hutchings for Kelly (53), Annie Walsh for C O’Sullivan (57).

KERRY: E Murphy; C Lynch, A Desmond, A Lyons; J Brosnan, A Leonard, L Galvin; E Sherwood, B Breen; C Kelly, D Corridan, S Houlihan; M O’Connell, L Scanlon, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: P Dennehy for Corridan (24), M Fitzgerald for Galvin (44), D Corridan for O’Connell (58), S.J. Joy for Sherwood (58).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down)

Match Preview

The team going for a seventh All-Ireland title in the last eight years against a side who have not even been in a final since 1993?

It should be a no-brainer, and the odds-on status that Cork have indicate how strongly favoured they are to further cement their status as one of the best ladies football teams of all-time.

And yet, on a given day, anything can happen – as Cork discovered when losing to Tyrone in a 2010 quarter-final, the Ulster side winning by even points and then almost being tripped up by Kerry in the semi-final. Likewise Kilkenny losing by 10 points against Galway in the Leinster final only to triumph by 11 last Sunday after a draw in between.

For an upset to materialise, however, Cork must have an off-day while this Kerry side must find their best display of recent years. That Tyrone blip aside, Cork don’t do under-performing – they beat Donegal by 8-27 to 0-2 in the All-Ireland quarter-final and then, when that win saw them being classed as under-prepared against Monaghan, they had nine points to spare against the side who beat them in the league decider.

In Juliet Murphy, Valerie Mulcahy and Nollaig Cleary, Cork have three of the game’s best proponents while the return of Angela Walsh has provided further options in an already-strong defence where Bríd Stack, Deirdre O’Reilly and Briege Corkery, among others, are always reliable.

They will have their hands full in limiting Sarah Houlihan and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, who shone for Kerry in the semi-final win against Galway, and in midfield inspirational captain Bernie Breen and Lorraine Scanlon will need to stand toe-to-toe with Murphy and Norita Kelly.

In the counties’ last meeting in the Munster final, Cork’s good first-half showing, allied with Kerry starting slowly, meant that the game was over as a contest before the Kingdom got going in the second period. They cannot afford to give their rivals a headstart again.

Verdict: Cork

Bernie Breen (Kerry) – Profile

While it has often been the opposite in the men’s game, Kerry have lived in the shadow of Cork in the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship for almost a decade.

While the Kingdom have won 11 All-Irelands, including nine in a row from 1982-90, their last win in 1993. In contrast, Cork, who had now won a Munster title before 2004, have won the Brendan Martin Cup in six of the last seven years and are hoping to retain their title on Sunday against the Kingdom in Croke Park.

Bernie Breen played on the first-ever Kerry side beaten by Cork in the senior championship back in 1999. She points out that things are not exactly bleak from their point of view, however.

“We’ve been there or thereabouts for the past few years,” she says.

“Tyrone beat us in the semi-final in 2010 after they had beaten Cork, we lost by a point, and then last year Monaghan beat us by nine in the semi as well.

“We’ve stuck together, though, we knew that there was something in us that we could get to a final and hopefully win it.”

The Munster final between the sides in July saw Cork triumph by 3-12 to 2-9 in Páirc Uí Rinn. At half-time the reigning champions led by 2-6 to 0-1, however, so Breen is aware that there is room for improvement.

“In Munster I suppose we didn’t really do ourselves any justice, it’s like a Munster final again on Sunday. It’s nice to see one Kerry team up here in September or October!

“It’s a great achievement for ladies football in Kerry, even to encourage underage activity.

“I think so, it’s basically the same thing! Nobody likes to lose a game, especially to your rivals.”

Kerry can be had at 13/2 with the bookmakers for Sunday, with Cork at 1/10. Such a state of affairs only suits them, in Breen’s view.

“I think it’s great to be the underdogs going into it, there is less focus on you,” she says.

“I think that there is more pressure on Cork really. We’ve been underdogs in most games, it probably suits us and puts less pressure on us.

“We need a good start. We have a bit of a reputation for starting slow and then the game might be gone away from you by the time you get into it. Hopefully we can put that right on Sunday.”

Briege Corkery (Cork)

Corkery, and Cork ladies football captain Rena Buckley, were part of the Rebel camogie side which lost to Wexford three weeks ago, and they will bid to avoid an unwanted double against Kerry in Sunday’s TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship decider.

“We were disappointed with the camogie final,” she says, “we just didn’t really perform and that’s the most gutting thing about it.

“It is a consolation that we’re back again, but you’ll always have the regrets of not winning the camogie.

“You have to think positive really, but I was only saying to my sister recently that the worst place to lose is in Croke Park.

“Hopefully, it won’t happen again and that we come out with guns blazing and see what we can do.”

On the plus side for Corkery, the Cork ladies have never lost in Croke Park, victorious in All-Ireland finals from 2005-09 inclusive and then regaining the Brendan Martin Cup last year.

“There’s always a day that comes when that changes,” she points out.

“I’d never be thinking that way anyway, that we have never lost a game in Croke Park.

“We were close enough to it a few years but managed to squeeze by. We just need to plough on and make sure that we don’t make it difficult for ourselves.”

When the Munster sides met in the provincial final in July, Cork won by 3-12 to 2-9. Kerry impressed in the second half that day, however, so Corkery is wary of the Kingdom’s threat.

“I’ve great regard for Kerry, I think they’re a fantastic side,” she says.

“We played them in the Munster final and only beat them by six points and they were missing players on the day, which is a scary factor for us.

“They have absolutely nothing to lose against us, the pressure is on us, they can just give it their all.

“We have Brendan Martin, I suppose that’s the difference, but I do think that they are a great side and people telling us that we are going to win easily isn’t a good thing for us, we don’t want to be complacent.”

Despite having beaten Donegal by 8-27 to 0-2 in the All-Ireland quarter-final, complacency was not an issue against Monaghan in the last four.

“It came down to workrate, we did work really, really hard against Monaghan,” Corkery says.

“That’s what it’ll come down to against Kerry too, Monaghan are a fantastic side and it just didn’t happen for them against us.

“Monaghan are probably on a par with ourselves and I think Kerry are close to that too, so it’s a matter of doing all we can to win.”

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC Final – Armagh 1-12 Waterford 1-5

Armagh defeated Waterford by 1-12 to 1-5 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate football championship final

Armagh 1-12 Waterford 1-5

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

ARMAGH regained senior status with a comfortable seven-point victory over Waterford in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final at Croke Park. The Orchard girls, beaten senior finalists in 2006, produced an accomplished performance to leave Waterford reflecting on a second intermediate final defeat in three seasons. At half-time, Armagh led by 1-5 to 1-1 but they could have been much further ahead, having registered no fewer than 13 wides in the opening half.

Waterford opened the scoring through captain Michelle McGrath with just 18 seconds on the watch but after hitting the front, Armagh were never caught. With ten minutes on the watch, Caroline O’Hanlon’s free struck the Waterford upright but Armagh full-forward Shauna O’Hagan was on hand to pick up the pieces from close range. That goal handed the Ulster champions a 1-0 to 0-1 lead but Waterford netted themselves in the 12th minute when Hannah Landers took a pass from Linda Wall to finish superbly at the Hill 16 end.

Armagh fully deserved their four-point half-time advantage as Waterford struggled to make headway in the opposition half. Wall cut the gap back to three points with the opening score of the second half but Armagh were always in control. With twenty minutes left, Armagh were 1-10 to 0-3 clear, thanks in main to dominance in all sectors of the pitch. In the 41st minute, Ciara Lennon went close to netting a second Armagh goal but her shot flew inches wide.

At the other end, meanwhile, Armagh goalkeeper Catherine McAlinden was in sparkling form. McAlinden was brilliantly protected by a rock-solid Armagh full-back line for most of the game but when called upon, the Clann Éireann custodian came up with the goods. A foul on Linda Wall by Sinead McCleary handed Waterford the chance to get back into the game, as referee Pat Kehoe awarded a penalty to the Déise. But Michelle Ryan’s poorly-struck effort in the 52nd minute was comfortably saved by McAlinden, who then produced a fine save from Ryan’s blistering drive a minute later. Armagh went close to a second goal soon after as Kelly Mallon’s shot across the face of goal was narrowly missed by the inrushing Mags McAlinden.

Scorers for Armagh: S O’Hagan 1-1, C O’Hanlon 0-3f, M McAlinden 0-2f, F McKenna 0-2, N Henderson, M McGuinness, C Lennon & K Mallon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: H Landers 1-0, L Wall 0-2, M Ryan 0-2 (1f), M McGrath 0-1.

ARMAGH: C McAlinden; C McCann, L Brown, S Marley; S Reel, N Marley, N Henderson; S McCleary, C O’Hanlon; M McGuinness, M McAlinden, F McKenna; C Lennon, S O’Hagan, K Mallon.

Subs: S Mackle for McKenna (50), M Tennyson for Mallon (52), C O’Hare for Lennon (57), C Duffy for Henderson (57).

WATERFORD: A Jordan; A Landers, K McGrath, N Dunphy; R Tobin, G Enright, M Wall; M McGrath, E Power; L Wall, M Ryan, T Fitzgerald; A Wall, S Curran, H Landers.

Subs: E Fennell for Fitzgerald (24), M Revins for Landers (46), G Kenneally for Fennell (56).

Referee: P Kehoe (Carlow)

Match Preview

Sunday’s TG4 Ladies Football Intermediate Championship final will be seen by both Waterford and Armagh as the chance to take the first back towards the upper echelons of senior level.

Waterford reached eight senior finals out of 10 between 1991 and 2000, winning five, but they now find themselves in the second tier as they try to rebuild. For manager Pat O’Brien, it has been a case of allowing the side to gain the requisite experience to ascend back to senior.

“It’s a long time since we were senior,” he says, “but the one thing is that we’re a young team and a growing team.

“It has probably been good for the county, we are starting to mature now and hopefully we can kick on.

“We had to blood a lot of young players, even the last couple of years, the fellas who were there before me had to bring a lot of players on.

“At this stage, they’re coming right and there’s a lot of experience there too.”

In his first year in charge, O’Brien felt that his side were good enough to make a tilt at the All-Ireland.

“We started back last September and I’m happy with the way things are going,” he says.

“We knew that we had a strong panel and our main objective starting out was to do well in the league. We did that and then we won the Munster championship for the fourth time in a row.

“We set out our stall then in the All-Ireland championship, we knew that there were a lot of other strong teams. We have played Armagh twice already, they beat us by six points the last day.”

The Ulster side have been senior more recently, re-grading last year. They reached the 2006 senior final, losing by a point to Cork, and their boss James Daly acknowledges the the work of his side in giving themselves a chance of an immediate return.

“Some of the girls felt that we didn’t need to go down and they wanted to put that right.

“They have put a lot of work and a lot of effort in and we’re back where we want to be.

“We have eight girls from the 2006 panel, maybe three or four would have started that day.

“We have two or three who were on the fringes then too, so hopefully that can help.

“It’s great for someone like me to be in charge of a team where you have so many leaders. We have some young girls and the older players would put an arm around their shoulder and tell them what they need to be doing, and that helps them hugely.”

This is the third meeting of the counties this year, and while Armagh have the upper hand so far, Daly is not taking anything for granted.

“We played them in a group play-off and won, before that we drew and in fairness to Waterford they should probably have won that day.

“I don’t knew if Waterford were 100% that day, they’re a very good side. They’re a good running side and they can take scores, we have a lot of respect for them as well.”