1999 National Camogie League
|National Camogie League winners|
|Winners||Cork (9th title)|
|National Camogie League Runners-up|
The 1999 National Camogie League, the second most important elite level inter-county competition in the women's team field sport of camogie was won for the fifth time succession by Cork, who defeated Tipperary by an astonishing 36 points in the final, played at Thurles. The one-sided result was, surprisingly, reversed by Tipperary in the championship when they beat Kilkenny in the 1999 All-Ireland championship final replay four months later, Kilkenny having beaten Cork in a replayed semi-final. It was the first National League to be played since the rules of camogie changed the team size to 15-a-side, although the 1993 and 1994 League had been played on an experimental basis with 15 players a side.
Cork defeated Tipperary by five points in the first round of the league. Tipperary then defeated Limerick, Clare, Kilkenny and Wexford and scored a tremendous win over Galway in the semi-final.
The final was played as a curtain raiser to the Tipperary v Kerry Munster hurling championship tie in Thurles and Cork ran up 2-10 without reply in the opening 20 minutes. By half time it was 5-13 to 0-3. When Dierdre Hughes pointed forty second after the start of the second half Cork replied with two goals within a minute. Gerry Slevin wrote in the Guardian:
The idea was good, playing a major camogie fixture before a hurling match, now the ladies have upped their complement of players to fifteen a side, using a full pitch. Not so good was the fact that the hurling public did not bother to go along to Semple Stadium for a 5pm throw-in. But as the crowd began to gather in the second half, they looked up at the scoreboard that was nigh incredible to comprehend and which showed Tipp in a light no one could have anticipated. It was sheer annihilation. After only ten minutes of the hour, the result was inevitable. No matter how one looks at it, this was a very serious blow to Tipp’s camogie prospects, and yet it would be wrong to view the performance in any light other than the fact that it was one of those days when nothing went right.
|Cork||9-19 – 2-4||Tipperary|
|Una O'Donoghue 3-1, Sinéad O'Callaghan, Fiona O'Driscoll 2-4 each; Linda Mellerick 2-0, Lynn Dunlea 0-7, Mary O'Connor 0-2, Sarah Hayes 0-1||Noelle Kennedy 1-3, Angie McDermott 1-0, Deirdre Hughes 0-2, Emily Hayden 0-1, Caitríona Hennessy 0-1.|
- Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460. 978-1-908591-00-5
- National Camogie League on Camogie.ie
- Report of final in Evening Echo, May 23, 1999
- Report of final in Irish Independent, May 23, 1999
- Report of final in Irish Times, May 23, 1999
- Report of final in Irish Examiner, May 23, 1999
- Report of final in Irish News, May 23, 1999
- Guardian May 29, 1999
- Tipperary’s other score was an own goal by a Cork defender
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