2002 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2002
Championship details
Dates3 June — 21 September 2002
Teams6
All-Ireland champions
Winners Cork (20th win)
Captain Una O'Donoghue
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Tipperary
Manager Michael Cleary
Championship statistics
Matches played18
2001
2003

The 2002 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship known as the Foras na Gaeilge All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for sponsorship reasonswas the high point of the 2002 season. The championship was won by Cork who scored four goals in defeating Tipperary by a nine-point margin in the final. The attendance was 13,287, third highest in the history of the sport of camogie at that time. This and the subsequent final between the two counties was a high point in a period of rapid growth in the popularity of the sport of camogie which quadrupled the average attendance at its finals in a ten-year period. [1] [2]

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Semi-finals

Cork goalkeeper Ger Casey did not have a single shot to save in the first of two one sided semi-finals in Limerick. The turning point came after 26 minutes when the sides were level at 0-3 each. Fiona O'Driscoll found Emer Dillon to knock in Cork's opening goal and O'Driscoll stung Galway with another goal just before half time. With ten minutes gone in the second semi-final, Kilkenny goalkeeper Miriam Holland brought off a fine save only for Tipperary full-forward Deirdre Hughes to score from the rebound.

Final

Three goals in the final from Fiona O'Driscoll prevented Tipperary completing four in-a-row and brought her personal championship total to 9-12, a record for the 15-a-side game.

Tipperary started the second half looking the more likely winners when two fine points from Philly Fogarty and Claire Grogan gave them a three-point lead. Cork responded with points from Emer Dillon and O'Leary, a goal from Una O'Donoghue after an Emer Dillon centre, a goal from Fiona O'Driscoll soloing and hand-passing to the net after some outstanding defensive work at the other end, another from Fiona O'Driscoll and third from a dropping ball when Fiona O'Driscoll used her strength to grab the ball and shoot under great pressure. Jovita Delaney almost made the save, but the ball broke behind, trickled over the line.

Diarmuid O'Flynn wrote in the Irish Examiner:

"Good game, despite the lop-sided look at the end which didn't do justice to Tipperary, but the real pity was that so few were there to witness such a compelling team and individual performance. Nobody figured that Tipperary's tyros, bursting at the seams with hurling skills and with a ferocious appetite, would finally put the Premier county on the camogie map. For the last three years, Cork's players were like the rest of the camogie world, mere witnesses to greatness, as Tipperary first broke their duck at this level, then went on to triple success. Yesterday, at Croke Park, that dam finally burst. Three minutes into that second half, Tipp led by 1-8 to 1-6; fifteen minutes later, it was 4-7 to 1-8. Floodgates open, 3-4 without reply, game over. [3]

Aftermath

When Tipperary regained the title in 2003 Una O'Dwyer was to claim that the concession of four goals had haunted her colleagues.

"It all came down to last year and those four goals. Everyone kept saying 'four goals, four goals', that was always in our mind." [4]

Final stages

Cork 4-12 – 0-5 Galway

Tipperary 1-11 – 0-6 [5] Kilkenny

Cork 4-9 – 1-9 [6] Tipperary
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Tipperary
CORK:
GK1Ger Casey (Inniscarra)
RCB2 Joanne O'Callaghan (Cloughduv)
FB3 Eithne Duggan (Bishopstown)
LCB4 Stephanie Dunlea (Cloughduv)
RWB5Paula O'Connor (Newtownshandrum)
CB6 Mary O'Connor (Killeagh)
LWB7 Gemma O'Connor (St Finbarr's)
MF8 Vivienne Harris (Bishopstown)
MF9 Elaine Burke (Valley Rovers) Sub off.svg 30'
RWF10 Linda Mellerick (Glen Rovers)
CF11 Emer Dillon (Ballygarvan) (0-3)
LWF12 Jennifer O'Leary (Barryroe) (0-3)
RCF13 Una O'Donoghue (Cloughduv) (1-1)
FF14Caoimhe Harrington (Newtownshandrum) Sub off.svg 49'
LCF15 Fiona O'Driscoll (Fr O'Neill’s) (3-2)
Substitutes:
MF Rachel Moloney (Courcey Rovers) for Burke Sub on.svg 30'
FFOrla O'Sullivan (St Finbarr's) for Harrington Sub on.svg 49'
TIPPERARY:
GK1 Jovita Delaney (Cashel)
RCB2Paula Bulfin (Cashel)
FB3 Una O'Dwyer (Cashel)
LCB4Claire Madden (Portroe)
RWB5Sinéad Nealon (Burgess) Sub off.svg 43'
CB6 Ciara Gaynor (Burgess) (0-1)
LWB7 Therese Brophy (Burgess)
MF8 Suzanne Kelly (Toomevara)
MF9Angie McDermott (Kildangan) Sub off.svg 60'
RWF10 Deirdre Hughes (Toomevara) (0-1)
CF11 Emily Hayden (Cashel)
LWF12 Noelle Kennedy (Toomevara)
RCF13 Eimear McDonnell (Burgess) (1-1)
FF14 Philly Fogarty (Cashel) (0-2)
LCF15 Claire Grogan (Cashel) (0-4)
Substitutes:
RWBLouise Young (Cashel) for Nealon Sub on.svg 43'
MF Emily Hayden (Cashel) for McDermott Sub on.svg 60'

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References

  1. 2002 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner Archived 2012-12-03 at Archive.today , Irish Independent, and Irish Times.
  2. Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460. 978-1-908591-00-5
  3. Irish Examiner Archived 2012-12-03 at Archive.today
  4. Irish Independent Sep 22 2003
  5. Semi-final report in Irish Independent
  6. 2002 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner Archived 2012-12-03 at Archive.today , Irish Independent, and Irish Times.
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2001
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2003