Burgess-Duharra - senior Camogie champions for the fifth successive year.
Burgess-Duharra collected a fifth successive title at the expense of a determined Borris-Ileigh team at The Ragg Camogie Grounds on Sunday afternoon.
County Senior Camogie
Championship Final Replay
The combination play of Tara Kennedy and Eimear McDonnell caught the eye up front, but it was the dominance of Tishy O’Halloran, Caoimhe Maher and, especially, Ciardha Maher in the middle third of the field which presented Burgess-Duharra with a game-winning platform. With the Burgess-Duharra half-forwards also working back the field Borris-Ileigh found it nigh on impossible to thread the ball through. Indeed, Borris-Ileigh only managed to score a single point from play while Nicole Walsh gave an exhibition of free-taking.
Borris-Ileigh will be disappointed to miss out on this occasion, but David O’Connor’s side have already developed many of the components which should lead to ultimate success. For their part Burgess-Duharra will be much happier with this display - the team’s collective attitude to the job at hand was much improved on the drawn final.
Captain Jenny Grace accepts the trophy following Burgess-Duharra’s 2-13 to 1-9 victory over Borris-Ileigh in the Tipperary County Senior Camogie final replay at The Ragg Camogie Grounds on Sunday - Burgess-Duharra have now won five county titles in-a-row and six in seven years.
Borris-Ileigh took the lead thanks a Nicole Walsh free, but Burgess-Duharra signaled their intent in the second when Jenny Grace buried a goal following an Eimear McDonnell assist. A brace of Nicole Walsh frees off-set the damage done by Caoimhe Maher and Jenny Grace (free) to leave two between them (1-2 to 0-3).
Burgess-Duharra threatened further goals in a frantic two-minute period - Borris-Ileigh ‘keeper Emma O’Meara made two stunning saves in quick succession from Ruth Barry and Eimear McDonnell before Caoimhe Maher steered another opportunity wide. Borris-Ileigh conjured a goal chance of their own in the 17th minute, but Tishy O’Halloran recovered just in time to block Nicole Walsh.
Borris-Ileigh, thanks to a Nicole Walsh free, closed the gap to one in the 19th minute and then tied the game with an excellent Mary Bradshaw point seconds later (1-2 to 0-5). Considering that Borris-Ileigh were playing into a stiff breeze this was encouraging stuff.
Burgess-Duharra got to work, however, and closed out the half with five successive points. A Tara Kennedy point set the defending champions on their way before a very nasty strike on the elbow of the raiding Eimear McDonnell presented Jenny Grace with a handy free. In the 24th minute Grace converted another placed ball before this contest threatened to boil over in the middle of the field. In an attempt to block Caoimhe Maher’s effort to take a quick free Nicole Walsh took quiet a heavy blow which the Borris-Ileigh management took grave exception to in the 29th minute.
Burgess-Duharra closed out the half with a point from Jenny Grace (free) and classy Amy Kennedy point following eye-catching work from Grace and Ruth Barry. Burgess-Duharra led 1-7 to 0-5 at the break.
In the opening minute of the second half Nicole Walsh drilled over a sensational long-range free. Jenny Grace responded with a free before Amy Kennedy was left cursing her misfortune in the 35th minute when the Burgess-Duharra corner-forward fired wide with the goal at her mercy.
Two more Nicole Walsh frees worked to reel the champions in, but a Jenny Grace free and then Eimear McDonnell’s point, which featured an excellent assist from Tara Kennedy, left five between them (1-10 to 0-8) with 12 minutes to play.
Borris-Ileigh desperately required a goal, but it was Burgess-Duharra who struck for a game-breaking second in the 48th minute. Tishy O’Halloran picked out Tara Kennedy with a searching delivery and Kennedy hand-passed to the net. Tara Kennedy was fouled soon after for a converted free before Eimear McDonnell created a goal-scoring opportunity for Tara in the 52nd minute - once more Emma O’Meara conjured an excellent save. A Jenny Grace free in the 54th minute left ten between the sides (2-12 to 0-8).
In the 57th minute Nicole Walsh drew audible gasps from the crowd when the Borris-Ileigh wing-forward rifled a free into the top right hand corner of Ciara Holohan’s net from all of 30 metres. Walsh added another converted free soon after while Burgess-Duharra veteran Eimear McDonnell enjoyed the final say in the matter.
Burgess-Duharra: Ciara Holohan, Amanda Egan, Gemma Grace, Elaine King, Maeve Maloney, Tishy O’Halloran, Una Quigley, Ciardha Maher, Caoimhe Maher (0-1), Ruth Barry, Jenny Grace (1-8, 0-8 frees), Ciara McKeogh, Amy Kennedy (0-1), Eimear McDonnell (0-2), Tara Kennedy (1-1). Subs: (56th) Áine Gillespie for Ruth Barry.
Borris-Ileigh: Emma O’Meara, Nora O’Brien, Julieanne Bourke, Maria Curley, Noirín Stapleton, Teresa Ryan, Niamh McGrath, Julie Kelly, Aedín Hogan, Chrissy Kenny, Alice Fogarty, Nicole Walsh (1-8, 1-8 frees), Ailish O’Connell, Deirdre Corcoran, Mary Bradshaw (0-1). Subs: (HT) Tara Mockler for Nora O’Brien, (37th) Aoife Delargy for Niamh McGrath, (45th) Sarah Kinane for Deirdre Corcoran.
Referee: Ger Brown.