Newly crowned Tipperary senior camogie champions Burgess Duharra meet Cork side Inniscarra in the Munster club championship on Saturday at 2.30pm in Inniscarra. Both sides were in action on Sunday last when Burgess Duharra defeated Toomevara in a gripping County Final. The shiny new Bernie O Dowd Cup rests in the McDonnell home. The score was 1.14 to 2.9 Inniscarra and Divisional side Imokilly drew 4.9 in an equally exciting Cork decider.

Divisional teams are not eligible to play in the club championship, so Inniscarra automatically go through to represent Cork. They lined out without dual Cork star Rena Buckley who has a hairline fracture of the collarbone. A natural leader and powerful competitor she expects to play on Saturday. The team is quite young in years; fifteen years old Niamh Mc Carthy scored two goals in the final. Mc Carthy, Laura Burke, Rosie O Mahony, Margater O Sullivan, Niamh and Dilworth have played at U16 and U18 level for Cork.

Apart from Rena Buckley, Joanne Casey is the only other senior Cork player on the team. She is the accurate free taker. This is a team that hunts in packs. They tore into a star studded Imokilly, scoring two goals in the opening minutes. Even when it looked as if the Divisional side would triumph Margaret Cosgrove scored the equalising point almost at the call of time.To illustrate their determination, Imokilly had All Star players in Mary O Connor and Angela Walsh, nifty Cork forwards Emer Farrell and Marie O Neill.
Burgess Duharra played a bruising game last Sunday to claim their first senior title. It was never going to be easy against Toomevara, the ultimate competitors. It was edge of the seat stuff, a dog fight. The pressure the Burgess Duharra defence absorbed in extra time in particular was incredible. The concentration required was immense and full credit to them for doing a great job. The loss of Aine Mulcahy early in the first half was a big blow but the team management made a wise call to send Ruth Barry into the fray. She revelled in the contest. Unfortunately Mulcahy’s injury looks serious.

While this was essentially a team victory, Eimear Mc Donnell played some of the best camogie that I have seen her play. Skill, speed, anticipation and superb scores were the order of the day. Her goal was a gem. The entire team fought every ball. This is the real strength of these players. A support each other, never give up attitude. Young Amy Kennedy showed her sprinters speed when moved to wing forward in extra time. She is a natural winger. Caoimhe Maher’s move to wing back also played dividends. The durable trio Therese Brophy, Ciara Gaynor and Sinead Nealon did an amount of work. Trish O Halloran made a late appearance; she will improve with every game.

Cashel went on to win the All Ireland final last year and Burgess Duharra now carry the hopes of Tipperary on Saturday. Never underestimate any opposition but underestimate a Cork team at your peril! The Tipp women have to get stuck in from the throw in to counter the Inniscarra quick start approach. So far they have got over the line in the last two important games but I feel that there is more camogie in them. Winning the county title should give the players the confidence to express themselves. Liam Sheedy too played a role, he addressed the players on two occasions recently and they all said how positive and motivational it was. He was so supportive on Sunday and almost as pumped up as he was on All Ireland Hurling Final day. Let’s hope that there will be good support for Burgess Duharra on Saturday.

Fixture:
Munster Club Championship: October 16th Burgess Duharra V Inniscarra @ 2.30 pm in Inniscarra

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Newly crowned Tipperary senior camogie champions Burgess Duharra meet Cork side Inniscarra in the Munster club championship on Saturday at 2.30pm in Inniscarra. Both sides were in action on Sunday last when Burgess Duharra defeated Toomevara in a gripping County Final. The shiny new Bernie O Dowd Cup rests in the McDonnell home. The score was 1.14 to 2.9 Inniscarra and Divisional side Imokilly drew 4.9 in an equally exciting Cork decider.
Divisional teams are not eligible to play in the club championship, so Inniscarra automatically go through to represent Cork. They lined out without dual Cork star Rena Buckley who has a hairline fracture of the collarbone. A natural leader and powerful competitor she expects to play on Saturday. The team is quite young in years; fifteen years old Niamh Mc Carthy scored two goals in the final. Mc Carthy, Laura Burke, Rosie O Mahony, Margater O Sullivan, Niamh and Dilworth have played at U16 and U18 level for Cork.
Apart from Rena Buckley, Joanne Casey is the only other senior Cork player on the team. She is the accurate free taker. This is a team that hunts in packs. They tore into a star studded Imokilly, scoring two goals in the opening minutes. Even when it looked as if the Divisional side would triumph Margaret Cosgrove scored the equalising point almost at the call of time.To illustrate their determination, Imokilly had All Star players in Mary O Connor and Angela Walsh, nifty Cork forwards Emer Farrell and Marie O Neill.
Burgess Duharra played a bruising game last Sunday to claim their first senior title. It was never going to be easy against Toomevara, the ultimate competitors. It was edge of the seat stuff, a dog fight. The pressure the Burgess Duharra defence absorbed in extra time in particular was incredible. The concentration required was immense and full credit to them for doing a great job. The loss of Aine Mulcahy early in the first half was a big blow but the team management made a wise call to send Ruth Barry into the fray. She revelled in the contest. Unfortunately Mulcahy’s injury looks serious.
While this was essentially a team victory, Eimear Mc Donnell played some of the best camogie that I have seen her play. Skill, speed, anticipation and superb scores were the order of the day. Her goal was a gem. The entire team fought every ball. This is the real strength of these players. A support each other, never give up attitude. Young Amy Kennedy showed her sprinters speed when moved to wing forward in extra time. She is a natural winger. Caoimhe Maher’s move to wing back also played dividends. The durable trio Therese Brophy, Ciara Gaynor and Sinead Nealon did an amount of work. Trish O Halloran made a late appearance; she will improve with every game.
Cashel went on to win the All Ireland final last year and Burgess Duharra now carry the hopes of Tipperary on Saturday. Never underestimate any opposition but underestimate a Cork team at your peril! The Tipp women have to get stuck in from the throw in to counter the Inniscarra quick start approach. So far they have got over the line in the last two important games but I feel that there is more camogie in them. Winning the county title should give the players the confidence to express themselves. Liam Sheedy too played a role, he addressed the players on two occasions recently and they all said how positive and motivational it was. He was so supportive on Sunday and almost as pumped up as he was on All Ireland Hurling Final day. Let’s hope that there will be good support for Burgess Duharra on Saturday.

Fixture:
Munster Club Championship: October 16th Burgess Duharra V Inniscarra @ 2.30 pm in Inniscarra

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