Kilmacud Crokes played host to the annual All Ireland Sevens Camogie competition on the eve of the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship match between Cork and Wexford in Croke Park. The group matches were contested at several venues in the south of Dublin including Silver Park. Indeed the eventual finalists of the Sevens Cup, Shannon Rovers and Clonoulty Rossmore, played out their group fixtures at the venue adjacent to the Leopardstown Race Course.
Silver Park Group Matches:
St Ibars had a convincing win in their opening game against Dublin team Na Fianna. St Ibars goalkeeper Mary Cullen in action against Na Fianna below:
The Saint Ibars Team that lined out on the day:
1.Mary Cullen 2. Leona Tealor 3. Maeve Quill 4. Ciara Donohoe 5. Deirdre McMahon 6. Michelle Harding 7. Anne Lacey 8. Lisa Quill 9. Niamh Potter 10. Anne-Marie Kelly
Meanwhile on pitch 1 the eventual champions Clonoulty Rossmore eventually pulled away from Ballycastle in an entertaining game that finished 8-3 to 3-5 in favour of Rossmore. Ballycastle looked dominant for a period of the first half but the consistency of the Tipperary side saw them through with an excellent second half proving the difference.
The Ballycastle Team:
1. S. McKillen 2. R. Mooney 3. S. O'Kane 4. R. Walsh 5. E. Connor 6. K. McAuley 7. N. Donnelly 8. Sam McKillen 9. E. Laverty 10. K. Donnelly
The Clonoulty Rossmore Team:
1. Theresa Burke 2. Cait Devane 3. Sarah Fryday 4. Cait Hennessy 5. Cora Hennessy 6. Julie Murphy 7. Clodagh Quirke 8. Bernadette Ryan 9. Eva Ryan 10. Noirin Ryan
Dublin side Good Counsel took on Kinvara on pitch 4 with the match going in favour of Kinvara on a final scoreline of 4-7 to 2-5. Action from the game below:
The Kinvara Team:
1. Coleen Callanan 2. Aoibheann Mahon 3. Claire Kavanagh 4. Veronica Curtin 5. Lisa Keane 6. Caoimhe Mahon 7. Siobhan Huban 8. H. Huban 9. Paula Huban 10. Elaine Burke
The Good Counsel Team:
1. Elizabeth McGuinness 2. Luisne MacConghaile 3. Shauna Duff 11. Laura Heeney 5. Clare Kelly 6. Edel Cummins 7. Kirsten Farrell 8. Caroline Eagers 9. Joanne Burgess 10. Edel Reid
Shannon Rovers started the competition in a similar fashion to Clonoulty Rossmore with a close fought win over Duffrey Rovers. The final score in that match was 4-6 to 2-8 in favour of Rovers.
The Shannon Rovers Team:
1. Rita Burke 2. Amanda Bourke 3. Sabrina Larkin 4. Grainne Horan 5. Lorraine Davis 6. Aoife McLoughrey 7. Aishling McKenna 8. Laura Brophy 9. Louise Brennan 10. Helen Brennan
Duffry Rovers Team:
1. Ann Marie Foley 2. Nancy Dunphy 3. Bridin Doyle 4. Marguerite Doyle 5. Bernie Coleman 6. Elaine Doyle 7. Denise Kearns 8. Clodagh Fitzhenry 9. Cait Doyle 10. Sinead Doyle
In one of the tightest matches during the group stages Saint Josephs of Madden, Armagh defeated Kilmessan B by 4-02 to 2-07. Some photos from the match below:
St Josephs Madden Team:
1. Kelly Mallon 2. Caoimhe Smith 3. Roisin Mallon 4. Laura McGuinness 5. Anne Marie Grimley 6. Amy McGuinness 7. Sinead Kiernan 8. Sarah McAnallen 9. Ciara Mallon 10. Emma Vallely
Kilmessan B Team:
1. Niamh Carroll 2. Allie Lynch 3. Etaoin Doyle 4. Christine Grimes 5. Nicola Lynch 6. Clare Donohoe 7. Tressa Sheridan 8. Michelle Horan 9. Tara Murphy 10. Maeve O'Leary
Duffry Rovers defeated Kinvara in their next group match by a score of 4-3 to 0-8. Photo from the match below:
Kilrush of Wexford comfortably defeated St. Annes of Louth on a final score or 5-7 to 2-3.
In the Shield final Eire Óg-Anacarty of Tipperary defeated Meath side Kilmessan (A) on a scoreline of 4-3 to 1-5.
Tipperary teams featured prominently in the competition and this was well reflected in the final of the Cup competition with Clonoulty Rossmore taking on Shannon Rovers in the big decider. In the end it was Clonoulty Rossmore who prevailed on a scoreline of 5-10 to 0-11 to become Sevens All Ireland Camogie champions for 2012.