1972 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1972
Championship Details
All Ireland Champions
Winners Cork (11th title)
Captain Hannah Dineen
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Kilkenny
Captain Helena O'Neill
Matches played

The 1972 All Ireland Camogie Championship was won by Cork who defeated Killkenny by a four margin in the final for their third successive success of a four-in-a-row. It was the first final in which the new look camogie uniform of the 1970s was used.[1] The match drew an attendance of 4,000. It marked the first appearance in a final of the 15-year-old Angela Downey, arguably the greatest player in the history of camogie.[2][3][4][5][6]


It was the second last year before the introduction of the open draw in camogie, Galway were graded junior. Kilkenny, who defeated Wexford 6-4 to 5-6 in the Leinster final with three goals from Maura Cassin and two from Angela Downey, had no opposition in the semi-final. Cork defeated Antrim in the second semi-final with a strong second half performance.


It was a tense final with both free takes Liz Garvan and Ann Carroll missing from positions from which they would normally have scored. Angela Downey scored the first of the game’s three goals for Kilkenny, Liz Garvan scored Cork’s first goal from a free and Ann Carroll scored Cork’s second and deciding goal from a sideline ball. Shortly after the final, Liz Garvan travelled to Zambia to take up a teaching job and was lost to the game. Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

The pity of yesterday’s game was that it never got off the ground. Both teams seemed to be too tense from the start and though Cork did manage to relax somewhat when they got ahead in the closing stages, one felt, considering the obvious talent of both teams, that the fare provided was only an insipid shadow of what it might have been, The marking was very close throughout, and while it had its moment’s the final never gave us the fast spectacular open play that we had seen earlier in the junior decider. Kilkenny, one felt, did a great deal to beat themselves. They never settled down and even in the second half it was not unusual to see three or four of their players in one another’s way.[7]

Final stages[edit]

August 27
Cork 5-5 – 3-1 Antrim

15:00 BST
Cork 2-5 – 1-4 Kilkenny
Liz Garvan 1-2, Anne Comerford 1-1) Marion Sweeney 0-2 Angela Downey 1-0, Ann Carroll 0-3, Liz Neary 0-1
GK 1 Deirdre Sutton (Glen Rovers)
FB 2 Marie Costine (Cloyne)
RWB 3 Hannah Dineen (South Pres) (captain)
CB 4 Anne McAuliffe (Old Als)
LWB 5 Mary Whelton (South Pres)
MF 6 Marion McCarthy (South Pres)
MF 7 Betty Sugrue (South Pres
MF 8 Pat Moloney (UCC)
RWF 9 Anne Phelan (Watergrasshill) 1-1
CF 10 Liz Garvan (UCC)
LWF 11 Marion Sweeney (Youghal GAAYoughal)
FF 12 Rosie Hennessy (UCC)
GK 1 Teresa O'Neill (St Paul’s)
FB 2 Phil O'Shea (St Paul’s)
RWB 3 Mary O'Neill (St Paul’s)
CB 4 Carmel O'Shea (St Paul’s)
LWB 5 Ann Phelan (Sliabh Bloom)
MF 6 Breda Cassin (Carrickshock)
MF 7 Ann Carroll (UCD) 0-3
MF 8 Liz Neary (St Paul’s) 0-1
RWF 9 Bridie Martin (Thornback)
CF 10 Maura Cassin (Carrickshock)
LWF 11 Helena O'Neill (St Paul’s)
FF 12 Angela Downey (St Paul’s)


  • 50 minutes
  • Replay if scores level
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.  978-1-908591-00-5
  2. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, September 18, 1972
  3. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 18, 1972
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 18, 1972
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 18, 1972
  6. ^ Report of final in Irish News, September 18, 1972
  7. ^ Irish Press Sept 18 1972

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Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1963
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1965