1981 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1981
Championship Details
Dates Oct 4
Counties
Sponsor
All Ireland Champions
Winners Kilkenny (4th title)
Captain Liz Neary
Manager
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Cork
Captain Claire Cronin
Manager
Matches played 2

The 1981 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1981 season. The championship was won by Killkenny who defeated Cork by a five-point margin in a replayed final.[1] The match drew an attendance of 3,000.[2][3][4][5][6]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Surprise of the quarter-final stage was Down’s 2-6 to 1-8 victory over Wexford, Marian McGarvey scoring 1-6 of their total. Before their quarter-final with Dublin, Cork dropped three Killeavy players, Pat Moloney, Marian Sweeney and Cathy Landers for playing in a challenge match on the eve of the League final. Dublin led by 4-2 to 1-5 at half time but Cork came storming back to equalise 11 minutes into the second half and win by five points, as Dublin sent over a total of eight wide in the second half and scored just one point. Angela Downey scored 3-4 for Kilkenny against Tipperary, for whom Deirdre Lane scored 1-5.

Semi-finals[edit]

Remarkably Galway led Cork by 1-5 to 1-3 at half time in the All Ireland semi-final before being swept aside by 2-4 in the first ten minutes of the second half. Down appearing in their first semi-final since 1949, never got to grips with Kilkenny and trailed by 2-3 to 0-2 after 13 minutes of their semi-final in Nowlan Park.

Final[edit]

Kilkenny got a reprieve in the see-saw final when Cork had led by nine points five minutes into the second half but when Liz Neary snatched a goal from a rebound 25 minutes into the second half they trailed by just a point.[7][8][9][10][11] In what was described by the Irish Independent as a truly memorable four-minute period of extra time.[12] Kilkenny fought hard for the equaliser and it was Margaret Farrell who saved the day with a point from play. The five point margin in the replay flattered Kilkenny after Angela Downey scored a breakaway goal in the last movement of the match. Mary O'Leary’s attempt to score an equalising goal from a free a few minutes earlier had been deflected over the bar.Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

Kilkenny battled back from a seemingly hopeless half time position to earn a draw. The champions seemed to haf the issue clinched in the 54th minute when Mary Geaney set up Mary O’Leary, but from point blank range she missed the proverbial sitter by driving wide. Profitting from that escape, Kilkenny mounted one last assault and Margaret Farrell sent high between the posts for the equalizer. Time was called on the puckout and an exciting, skilful game was over.[13]

Replay[edit]

Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

Medals for bravery should have been awarded to the girls of Kilkenny and Cork as they tirelessly battled for dominance in the replay under the sullen clouds of Croke Park yesterday. In the most atrocious ground conditions, Kilkenny packaged their fourth title and their heroine, Angela Downey, immortalized her name by taking all but three of her side’s scores.[14]

Final stages[edit]

June 14
First Round
Cork 3-8 – 0-4 Antrim

July 12
Quarter-Final
Cork 4-8 – 4-3 Dublin

July 26
Quarter-Final
Down 2-6 – 1-8 Wexford

July 26
Quarter-Final
Kilkenny 5-8 – 1-6 Wexford

August 16
Semi-Final
Cork 5-10 – 1-7 Galway

August 16
Semi-Final
Kilkenny 4-13 – 1-3 Down

September 13
Final
Kilkenny 3-9 – 3-9 Cork

October 4
Replay
Kilkenny 1-9 – 0-7 Cork

Drawn Final September 13: Kilkenny 3-9 Cork 3-9[edit]

Kilkenny
Cork
KILKENNY:
GK 1 Teresa O'Neill (St Paul’s)
FB 2 Liz Neary (St Paul’s) (Capt) (2-0)
RWB 3 Ann Downey (St Paul’s)
CB 4 Bridie McGarry (St Paul’s) (0-1)
LWB 5 Biddy O'Sullivan (Tullogher)
MF 6 Anne Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
MF 7 Peggy Muldowney (Gowran)
MF 8 Margaret Farrell (UCD) (0-1)
RWF 9 Helena McCormack (St Paul’s) (0-1)
CF 10 Angela Downey (St Paul’s) (1-6)
LWF 11 Anna Whelan (Castlecomer) Substituted off 55'
FF 12 Jo Dunne (Carrickshock)
Substitutes:
MF Geraldine Sutton (0-1) for Holden Substituted in Half time'
RWF Ann Marie Brennan for Anna Whelan Substituted in 55'
CORK:
GK 1 Marion McCarthy (South Pres)
FB 2 Eileen Dineen (Éire Óg)
RWB 3 Patricia Riordan (Ballinlough)
CB 4 Martha Kearney (Na Piarsaigh)
LWB 5 Miriam Higgins (Éire Óg)
MF 6 Liz Lynch (Douglas)
MF 7 Nancy O'Driscoll (Éire Óg)
MF 8 Angela Higgins (Watergrasshill)
RWF 9 Clare Cronin (Old Als) (Capt) (1-1)
CF 10 Mary O'Leary (Watergrasshill) (0-7)
LWF 11 Geraldine McCarthy (Nemo Rangers) (0-1)
FF 12 Mary Geaney (Éire Óg) (2-0)

MATCH RULES

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

Replay October 4: Kilkenny 1-9 Cork 0-7[edit]

Kilkenny
Cork
KILKENNY:
GK 1 Teresa O'Neill (St Paul’s)
FB 2 Liz Neary (St Paul’s) (Capt)
RWB 3 Ann Downey (St Paul’s)
CB 4 Bridie McGarry (St Paul’s)
LWB 5 Biddy O'Sullivan (Tullogher)
MF 6 Geraldine Sutton (0-1)
MF 7 Peggy Muldowney (Gowran) Substituted in 55'
MF 8 Margaret Farrell (UCD) (0-1)
RWF 9 Helena McCormack (St Paul’s) (0-1)
CF 10 Angela Downey (St Paul’s) (1-6)
LWF 11 Anna Whelan (Castlecomer)
FF 12 Jo Dunne (Carrickshock)
Substitutes:
MF Ann Marie Brennan for Peggy Muldowney Substituted in 55'
CORK:
GK 1 Marion McCarthy (South Pres)
FB 2 Eileen Dineen (Éire Óg)
RWB 3 Patricia Riordan (Ballinlough)
CB 4 Martha Kearney (Na Piarsaigh)
LWB 5 Miriam Higgins (Éire Óg) Substituted off 55'
MF 6 Liz Lynch (Douglas) Substituted off 35'
MF 7 Nancy O'Driscoll (Éire Óg)
MF 8 Angela Higgins (Watergrasshill)
RWF 9 Clare Cronin (Old Als) (Capt) Substituted off 35'
CF 10 Mary O'Leary (Watergrasshill) (0-7) (3 frees, 3 35’s)
LWF 11 Geraldine McCarthy (Nemo Rangers)
FF 12 Mary Geaney (Éire Óg)
Substitutes:
MF Jenny O'Sullivan for Liz Lynch Substituted in 35'
MF Claire Kelleher for Clare Cronin Substituted in 35'
MF Val Fitzpatrick for Higgins Substituted in 55'

MATCH RULES

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

See also[edit]

References[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 replay in Irish Press, October 5, 1981
  3. ^ Report of replay in Irish Independent, October 5, 1981
  4. ^ Report of replay in Irish Times, October 5, 1981
  5. ^ Report of replay in Irish Examiner, October 5, 1981
  6. ^ Report of replay in Irish News, October 5, 1981
  7. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, September 14, 1981
  8. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 14, 1981
  9. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 14, 1981
  10. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 14, 1981
  11. ^ Report of final in Irish News, September 14, 1981
  12. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 14, 1981
  13. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, September 14, 1981
  14. ^ Report of replay in Irish Press, October 5, 1981

External links[edit]

Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1980
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1982