1969 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1969
Championship Details
Dates
Counties
Sponsor
All Ireland Champions
Winners Wexford (2nd title)
Captain Bridget Doyle
Manager
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Antrim
Maeve Gilroy
Manager
Matches played2

The 1969 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1969 season in Camogie. The championship was won by Wexford who defeated Antrim by a two-point margin in the final. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Contents

The championship

After decades of dominance by Dublin, the camogie championship had been thrown open by events of the previous 18 months. Five counties Wexford, Antrim, Kilkenny, Cork and Dublin were serious contenders for the 1969 title with Tipperary and Galway not far behind. Cork lost to Tipperary in the Munster semi-final and then Tipp beat limerick in the Munster final.

A player from each side was sent off for the first time in an inter-county match in 1969, Mary Graham (Tipperary) and Josie Kehoe (Wexford) were sent off by referee Nancy Murray for rough play in the All Ireland semi-final. Margaret O’Leary struck a late free to the Tipperary net to give Wexford a 4–4 to 3–3 victory. Galway trailed Antrim by seven points at the break in the second semi-final at Glenariffe, then came back with a storming finish only to fail by a single point to catch Antrim.

Final

It took a great goal by Cathy Power, 90 seconds from time, to save the day for Wexford in the All-Ireland final against Antrim at Croke Park on 21 September. The lead changed hands twice in the closing minutes as Antrim made a remarkable comeback and they were within touching distance of snatching an unexpected victory. The political situation in Northern Ireland had prevented Antrim from preparing for the final as they would have liked. Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

Wexford are still All-Ireland camogie champions, but only, one might say, by a single puck of the ball, for it took a great goal 90 seconds from time by corner forward Catherine Power to save the day and the title for the Leinster girls after an unfancied Antrim had seemed certain to snatch unexpected victory from an amazing second half rally. The high excitement of the closing stages, the lead changed hands twice in the last couple of minutes, coupled with some magnificent camogie all through rp0ivded wonderful entertainment for the fair-sized crowd. If Antrim failed to climax their great comeback with what would have been a remarkable victory, they certainly proved that they are still ads good as the best, and they have in Mairead McAtamney one of the greatest players of all time. [7]

Final stages

Wexford 4-4 – 3-3 Tipperary

Antrim 2-6 – 3-2 Galway

Wexford 4-4 – 4-2 Antrim
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Wexford
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Antrim
WEXFORD:
GK1 Teresa Sheil (St Ibar's/Shelmalier)
FB2 Joan Murphy (St John's, Wexford)
RWB3 Ann (Nan) Foley (Cloughbawn/Adamstown)
CB4 Bridget Doyle (Cloughbawn/Adamstown) (Capt)
LWB5 Bridget O'Connor (St Patrick's, Campile)
MF6 Mary Walsh (St Ibar's/Shelmalier)
MF7 Margaret O'Leary (Buffers Alley) 0-2
MF8 Bernie Murphy (Cloughbawn/Adamstown) Sub off.svg 45'
RWF9 Cathy Power (St Patrick's, Campile) (1-0)
CF10 Annie Kehoe (Cloughbawn/Adamstown)
LWF11 Mary Doyle (St Ibar's/Shelmalier) (1-1)
FF12 Mary Shannon (St Patrick's, Campile) (2-0)
Substitutes:
LCF Peg Moore (Kilrush St Brigid's) for Bernie Murphy Sub on.svg 45'


ANTRIM:
GK1Kathleen Kelly
FB2Moya Forde
RWB3Ethna Dougan
CB4Maeve Gilroy
LWB5Kathleen McManus
MF6Eileen Collins
MF7Mairéad McAtamney (1-1)
MF8Nuala Havelin (1-0)
RWF9Mairéad Quinn (0-1)
CF10Marion McFetridge (1-0)
LWF11Lily Scullion (1-0)
FF12Christine Wheeler.

MATCH RULES

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

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References

  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 22, 1969
  3. Report of final in Irish Independent, September 22, 1969
  4. Report of final in Irish Times, September 22, 1969
  5. Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 22, 1969
  6. Report of final in Irish News, September 22, 1969
  7. Irish Press Sept 22 1969
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1968
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1970