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Monday 21 April 2014

Golden Vale girls triumph in camogie centenary clash

CORK'S hopes of a hurling and camogie double were dashed yesterday when Tipperary walked away from Croke Park as senior cup holders for the second year running.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for Cork, whose junior team secured all-Ireland victory early in the day, beating Down 4-4 to 2-4.

But it was to be Tipperary's day, with winning goals from skipper Joanne Ryan and Deirdre Hughes leading the senior team to victory over Cork by 2-11 to 0-9 in the Foras na Gaeilge all-Ireland centenary final.

Wing-forward Claire Grogan proved to be the scoring star for Tipperary, scoring nine points and winning seven frees to bring Tipperary its fifth all-Ireland in six years.

As centenary celebrations got underway during the interval between the junior and senior finals, primary school children from all over the country took to the field in Croke Park forming the letters 'C100' on the pitch.

Junior Meath camogie player Aine Sheridan received a rapturous applause from the thousands of fans in the stands, including President Mary McAleese, as she carried a flaming torch around the stadium to represent the first camogie match played in Meath in 1904.

Flanked by GAA president Sean Kelly, Miriam O'Callaghan, president of Cumann Camagíochta na nGael, expressed the hope that the next 100 years would mark closer integration than ever before between the GAA and the Camogie Association to enable future generations to flourish in Irish sport.

The final was watched by more than 24,000 people as the Team of the Century girls raised the O'Duffy Cup in the sport's centenary year.

Match report: Sport 19

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