2007 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2007
Championship details
Dates 1 June — 9 September 2007
Teams 7
All-Ireland champions
Winners Wexford (4th win)
Captain Mary Leacy
Manager Stellah Sinnott
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Cork
Captain Gemma O'Connor
Manager John Cronin
2006
2008

The 2007 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship—known as the Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for sponsorship reasons—was the high point of the 2007 season in the sport of camogie. The championship was won by Wexford who defeated Cork by a two-point margin in the final thanks to two first-half goals by ‘player of the match’ Una Leacy. The final attracted a record attendance of 33,154.[1][2]

Structure

Six teams competed in the Senior Championship out of twenty-seven who competed overall in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championships. They included Dublin, returning to senior ranks, managed by Tipperary born David Kennedy.

Group Games

Cork, Galway, Tipperary and Wexford secured the semi-final spots. Wexford took revenge for their National Camogie League final defeat with an impressive 4-12 to 0-14 victory over Cork in the opening round at Ballincollig and six goals from Sarah Ryan gave Dublin a winning return to senior level with a 6-7 to 1-7 victory over Kilkenny in Portmarnock. Galway beat Kilkenny 1-12 to 1-4 in the second round. Cork beat Tipperary by 0-11 to 1-8 before Tipperary brought Wexford’s unbeaten run to an end by 1-17 to 0-11.

Semi-finals

In the semi-finals at Nowlan Park Kilkenny, Wexford defeated Galway 2-18 to 0-14 to secure a place in the final for the first time since 1994. Kate Kelly scored 1-11, her goal coming midway through the opening half after a pass from earlier goalscorer Michelle Hearne. Cork defeated Tipperary 2-11 to 0-9 in what was the fourth championship meeting of the sides that year, with goals from Angela Walsh and Una O'Donoghue giving them a place in the final for the seventh time in eight years.[3]

The final

The final was a tale of three goals. Wexford got the better start when Deirdre Codd won possession in the halfback line, cleared a long ball up-field which was won on the left wing by Ursula Jacob who passed to Michelle Hearne challenging two Cork defenders. The ball broke inside to Una Leacy, who shot past Cork goalkeeper Aoife Murray to the Hill 16-end net.

Una Leacy’s second goal came after 15 minutes. Deirdre Codd won possession at wing-back, her long delivery found Michelle Hearne, who broke the sliotar down and through to the in-rushing Una Leacy. She gathered, and while her first effort was blocked by defender Amanda O'Regan, she kept her composure and hand-passed to the net from the right edge of the square. Wexford’s led by five points at half time, 2-2 to 0-3.

Cork’s goal came in the 37th minute. Sile Burns sent in a high ball, and Emer Dillon flicked away the hurl of Wexford cornerback Avis Nolan, before gaining the loose ball and cutting the gap to 2-3 to 1-4 with a goal.

Final stages

Cork cut the margin to a point, Wexford extended it to four, and it came back to two before Mags D’Arcy saved the championship when she saved well from an Orla Cotter shot as Cork sought an equalising goal. Una Leacy almost completed a third goal three minutes into added-time. But her low shot rebounded back off the post, when maybe a point would have been sufficient. Briege Corkery’s long range point four minutes into injury-time was the last score of the match, bringin Wexford’s final margin of success back to two points, 2-7 to 1-8.

Selection Team

Wexford’s winning team was selected by Stellah Sinnott (Buffers Alley) , Alan Aherne (St Martin's), Noel Ryan (Bunclody) and Eddie Flynn (Rathnure)[4]

Mothers and daughters

Wexford’s victory set a record three of sets of mothers and daughters to have won All Ireland medals, (previously no mother and daughter had won All-Ireland senior medals in 76 years of competition) Margaret O'Leary (1968, 1969 and 1975) was the mother of Mary and Una Leacy, Kit Kehoe (1965, 1966 and 1975) was the mother of Áine Codd and Peggie Doyle (1969) was the mother of Kate Kelly respectively.

Final stages

August 12
Semi-Final
Cork 2-11 – 0–9 Tipperary

August 12
Semi-Final
Wexford 2-18 – 0-14 Galway

September 9
Final
Wexford 2–7 – 1–8[5] Cork
Wexford
Cork
WEXFORD:
GK 1 Mags D'Arcy (St Martin's)
RCB 2 Noeleen Lambert (St Martin's)
FB 3 Catherine O'Loughlin (Monageer-Boolavogue)
LCB 4 Avis Nolan (Monageer-Boolavogue) Substituted off 66'
RWB 5 Áine Codd (Duffry Rovers) Substituted off 42'
CB 6 Mary Leacy (Oulart-The Ballagh) (Captain)
LWB 7 Deirdre Codd (Duffry Rovers)
MF 8 Kate Kelly (St Ibar’s) (0-3)
MF 9 Caroline Murphy (Ferns)
RWF 10 Bróna Furlong (Duffry Rovers)
CF 11 Rose-Marie Breen (Monageer-Boolavogue) (0-1)
LWF 12 Michelle O'Leary (Rathnure) Substituted off 42'
RCF 13 Una Leacy (Oulart-The Ballagh) (2-0)
FF 14 Michelle Hearne (Oulart-The Ballagh)
LCF 15 Ursula Jacob (Oulart-The Ballagh) (0-2).
Substitutes:
LWB Aoife O'Connor (Rathnure) for Āine Codd Substituted in 35'
LWF Katrina Parrock (St Ibar’s) for O'Riordan Substituted in 42'
LCB Claire O'Connor (Rathnure) for Nolan Substituted in 66'
CORK:
GK 1 Aoife Murray (Cloughduv)
RCB 2 Joanne O'Callaghan (Cloughduv)
FB 3 Cathriona Foley (Rockbán)
LCB 4 Amanda O'Regan (Douglas)
RWB 5 Rena Buckley (Inniscarra)
CB 6 Mary O'Connor (Killeagh)
LWB 7 Anna Geary (Milford)
MF 8 Briege Corkery (Cloughduv) (0-1)
MF 9 Gemma O'Connor (St Finbarr's) (Captain) (0-3)
RWF 10 Una O'Donoghue (Cloughduv) Substituted off 52'
CF 11 Angela Walsh (Killeagh) (0-1) Substituted off 56'
LWF 12 Jennifer O'Leary (Barryroe) (0-1)
RCF 13 Emer Dillon (Ballygarvan) (1-1)
FF 14 Orla Cotter (St Catherine’s) (0-1)
LCF 15 Síle Burns (Rockbán)
Substitutes:
RWF Emer Watson (Milford) for O'Donoghue Substituted in 52'
CF Sarah O'Donovan (Brian Dillons) for Walsh Substituted in 56'

References

  1. ^ 2007 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times Wexford Echo[dead link] and Gorey Guardian Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.  978-1-908591-00-5
  3. ^ Irish Independent semi-final reports Aug 13 2007
  4. ^ Wexford Echo Sept 13 2007[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ 2007 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times Wexford Echo[dead link] and Gorey Guardian Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Camogie Association
  • All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship: Roll of Honour
  • County and provincial websites: Antrim Armagh Clare Connacht Cork Derry Down Dublin Galway Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Leinster Limerick London Louth Meath Munster North America Offaly Tipperary Ulster Waterford Wexford Wicklow
  • Camogie on facebook
  • Camogie on GAA Oral History Project
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2006
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2008
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