1976 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1976
Championship Details
DatesSept 19
Counties
Sponsor
All Ireland Champions
Winners Kilkenny (2nd title)
Captain Mary Fennelly
Manager
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Dublin
Captain Sheila Wallace
Manager
Matches played2

The 1976 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1976 camogie season in Ireland. The championship was won by Killkenny who defeated Dublin by a one-point margin in the lowest scoring final for 34 years. [1] The match drew an attendance of 6,000. It was the first time that two counties from the same province met in the final of the All-Ireland championship. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Contents

Open Draw

Champions Wexford made their exit to Dublin at the first hurdle, trailing four goals to two at half time and losing to a Dublin team that did not score a single point but had two goal each from Fleming and McManus and one each from Byrne and Sutton. Galway’s Therese Duane pointed a late free and goalkeeper Margaret Killeen saved a great shot in the last minute to secure victory over Tipperary. Clare had the better of exchanges and an early goal from Eleece Fitzgibbon against Kilkenny in their quarter-final before succumbing to Kilkenny by seven points, Ann Carroll and Angela Downey scoring Kilkenny’s goals.

Final

The ability to get greater distance into their deliveries out of attack or from the middle of the field was the main difference between the teams in a low scoring final. Dublin got the inspiration of good starts to both haves but Kilkenny played as though they knew they had the measure of their opponents. The scoring started with two Dublin points (Mary Mernagh), before a pointed free from Helena O'Neill, Dublin started the second half with a goal from Maura Sutton from a Mary Mernagh cross 40 seconds into the second half but it was their last score of the match. Kilkenny equalised 17 minutes into the second half with a long range free from Helena O'Neill and Helena then shot the winning point nine minutes from time. They shot nine wides in the second half. Pádraig Puirséil wrote in the Irish Press:

Not for the first time, the All-Ireland and trophy have gone to Kilkenny because of the accuracy from frees of Helena O'Neill. The final provided a sharp contrast in styles, Dublin relying almost entirely on team-work, ground-play and speed to offset the far greater individual skills of the Kilkenny girls. We rarely saw the brilliant passages of play which have characterised other finals in which Kilkenny were engaged, but the close scoring and end-to-end exchanges ensured that excitement and interest were sustained form start to stop with never more than two points between the teams. A well worked goal, finished from a seemingly impossible angle by Maura Sutton sent Dublin two points clear 40 seconds into the second half, and only a wonderful save by Teresa O'Neill prevented them from going further ahead. But Kilkenny, the breeze freshening behind them, got timely impetus when Helena O'Neill pointed a free form 60 yards out. [7]

John D Hickey wrote in the Irish Independent:

It was never less than a rousing struggle which gave Kilkenny their second title. Damp conditions did not inspire a high scoring rate but there were some excellent chances missed especially by Kilkenny forwards – they had nine second half wides against one for Dublin – and the losers missed out on at least two gilt edged chances for the equalizer in the closing five minutes. Kilkenny's power lay in a powerful midfield trio of Helen O’Neill, Peggy Carey and captain Mary Fennelly which pushed the winners into almost sustained attack. Their tally, however, was not enhanced by a series of wides often brought about when the ball was not distributed to better placed players. Then there were the saves effected by Sheila Murray in the Dublin goal, leaving Dublin with a chance right up to the final whistle. Perhaps Sheila Murray's best save was from Carmel Doyle just after Kilkenny had drawn level 12 minutes into the second half. [8]

Kilkenny also won the 1976 Leinster title against the same opponents in much the same way.

Final stages

Dublin 6-0 – 2-6 Wexford

Cork 11-8 – 1-1 Antrim

Galway 2-8 – 3-3 Tipperary

Kilkenny 2-8 – 2-1 Clare

Dublin 6-1 – 3-2 Galway

Kilkenny 1-10 – 2-4 Wexford

Kilkenny 0-6 – 1-2 Dublin
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Kilkenny
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KILKENNY:
GK1 Teresa O'Neill (St Paul’s)
FB2 Liz Neary (St Paul’s)
RWB3 Ann Downey (St Paul’s)
CB4 Bridie Martin (St Paul’s)
LWB5 Mary Canavan (Gowran)
MF6 Helena O'Neill (St Paul’s) (0-4)
MF7 Peggy Carey (Gowran)
MF8 Mary Fennelly (St Paul’s) (Capt)
RWF9 Jo Dunne (Carrickshock)
CF10 Carmel Doyle (St Paul’s)
LWF11 Angela Downey (St Paul’s) (0-1)
FF12 Ann Carroll (St Paul’s) (0-1)
DUBLIN:
GK1 Sheila Murray (Austin Stacks)
FB2 Rita Whyte (Celtic)
RWB3 Sheila Wallace (Cuala-Naomh Mhuire) (Capt)
CB4 Bernie Conway (Cuala-Naomh Mhuire)
LWB5 Mary Murphy (Presentation Terenure Past)
MF6 Anna McManus (Cúchulainn Crumlin)
MF7 Felicity Sutton (Celtic)
MF8 Barbara Redmond (Cúchulainn Crumlin)
RWF9 Maura Sutton (Celtic) (1-0)
CF10 Mary Mernagh (Eoghan Rua) (0-2) Sub off.svg 40'
LWF11 Noreen Fleming (Celtic)
FF12 Anna Byrne (Austin Stacks)
Substitutes:
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MATCH RULES

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

See also

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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 18, 1976
  3. Report of final in Irish Independent, September 18, 1976
  4. Report of final in Irish Times, September 18, 1976
  5. Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 18, 1976
  6. Report of final in Irish News, September 18, 1976
  7. Irish Press Sept 20 1976: Helena Points the Way for Kilkenny
  8. Irish Independent Sept 20 1976
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1975
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1977