What a day. What. A. Day.
It began with Cork taking the Premier Junior crown at midday before Kilkenny took a psychological edge in outclassing Cork in the Intermediate Final in the 2pm throw in.
When it came to the 4pm thrown-in, the game could have gone any way at all. But an exhibition in free taking from Denise Gaule coupled with a Shelly Farrell goal and Player of the Match performance from Mullinavat’s Julie Ann Moore put daylight between Cork and Kilkenny, the gap going out to nine points at one point in the second half.
22 years ago it was Ann Downey’s day, today, it belongs to Michelle Quilty and the entire Kilkenny team, as it was a solid team performance.
Tactically, they were able to curtail Cork’s distribution, getting the btter of Orla Cotter and Ashling Thompson in the second half while frustrating Gemma O’Connor to the point of the St. Finbarrs half back seeing red with ten minutes to go.
Evening trailing by seven in the closing minutes, Cork continued to press but even Orla Cotter’s late goal for the Rebels couldn’t stop the inevitable.
Orla Cotter 1-02, Katriona Mackey 0-02, Eimear O’Sullivan 0-01, Ashling Thompson 0-01, Aoife Murray 0-01, Hannah Looney 0-01, Libby Coppinger 0-01
Meighan Farrell 0-01, Denise Gaule0-07, Julie Ann Malone 0-04, Shelly Farrell 1-00, Katie Power 0-01
Be nice to see a rematch next year between Cork v Kilkenny in Camogie in the new Pairc Ui Chaoimh could be fiery #Camogie
— Graham Whelton (@DepecheMoby) September 11, 2016
— Castlecomer Comm Sch (@CastlecomerHigh) September 11, 2016
— David Buggy Motors (@DavidBuggyMotor) September 11, 2016
And the seniors complete the double! Super day for women's sport in Kilkenny- great role models for our young people. Maith sibh! #Camogie
— Pres Sec School KK (@PresKilkenny) September 11, 2016
What a day for the parish in Croke Park. https://t.co/ZP6uJFKoyJ
— Ken McGuire (@kenmcguire) September 11, 2016
— Blacks & Whites GAA (@Black_WhitesGAA) September 11, 2016
Congratulations to @KilkennyCamogie Senior & Intermediate All Ireland Champions see ye at the Courthouse tomorrow evening.
— Murphy Jewellers (@murphyjewellers) September 11, 2016
— Darren O'Neill OLY (@DarrenONeil) September 11, 2016
— Erins Own (@ErinsOwnGaa) September 11, 2016
— The Hurley Depot (@hurleydepot) September 11, 2016