2006 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2006
Championship details
Dates1 June — 9 September 2006
Teams6
All-Ireland champions
Winners Cork (22nd win)
Captain Joanne O'Callaghan
Manager John Cronin
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Tipperary
Captain Philly Fogarty
Manager Paddy McCormack
2005
2007

The 2006 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship known as the Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for sponsorship reasonswas the high point of the 2006 season in the sport of Camogie. The championship was won for the 22nd time by Cork who defeated Tipperary by an eight-point margin in the final despite having lost to them in the group stages. Rena Buckley was player of the match. The attendance was 20,685, at the time the second highest in camogie history. [1] [2]

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Format change

The championship was changed from knockout to a round-robin system for the first time in 2006. The system was retained despite some high-profile criticism. [3] The six senior counties were all guaranteed a minimum of five competitive games, with the hope that standards all round would improve as a result of all the extra matches. Tipperary won their championship group game against Cork by 3-8 to 1-10 in Templemore with two goals from Emily Hayden and a third from Louise Young. They eventually lost the All-Ireland final to the same opposition, something that was happen four times in the first six competitions under the new structure.

Group Stages

For the final round of the championship Marie O'Connor arrived in Athenry by helicopter [4] after attending her brother's wedding and scored 2-2 as her side Kilkenny defeated Galway 3-5 to 0-10. Wexford defeated Limerick 4-18 to 0-4 in their final group game in Bruff but still did not qualify for the semis.

Semi-finals

The closing stages were disappointing, Cork beating Galway by four points in a stop-start first semi-final and Claire Grogan’s sending Tipperary through to the final beating Kilkenny by five points in the second semi-final.

Final

For the first time in camogie history, the All Ireland finals did not produce a single goal. Play flowed better than in the semi-finals and just one of the game's 16 scores, Jennifer O'Leary's fourth and final point for Cork, came from a free. Joanne Ryan fought what one reporter described as “mammoth and fascinating tussle” at midfield with Briege Corkery. Jim O’Sullivan, Gaelic games correspondent of the Irish Examiner wrote:

Consistent with what the scoreline suggests, powerful defensive play was key to Cork retaining their title in style in yesterday’s Gala All-Ireland senior camogie championship final in Croke Park. Starting without five of the team which looked destined to win last year’s final until Cork produced five late points, Tipperary’s inexperience in attack was to undermine their challenge. The one-sided nature of the contest was primarily down to Cork’s superiority as a team, reflecting the confidence gained in victory 12 months ago and the determination to prove that it was no fluke. [5]

Fintan McNamara of Clare refereed.

Final stages

Cork 1-7 – 0–6 Galway

Tipperary 0-13 – 1-8 Kilkenny

Cork 0-12 – 0-4 . [6] Tipperary
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Tipperary
CORK:
GK1 Aoife Murray (Cloughduv)
RCB2 Joanne O'Callaghan (Cloughduv) (Capt)
FB3 Cathriona Foley (Rockbán)
LCB4 Amanda O'Regan (Douglas)
RWB5 Rena Buckley (Inniscarra)
CB6 Mary O'Connor (Killeagh)
LWB7 Anna Geary (Milford)
MF8 Gemma O'Connor (St Finbarr's) (0-2)
MF9 Briege Corkery (Cloughduv) (0-1)
RWF10 Rachel Moloney (Courcey Rovers) (0-1)
CF11 Angela Walsh (Killeagh) (0-1) Sub off.svg 49'
LWF12 Jennifer O'Leary (Barryroe) (0-4)
RCF13 Emer Dillon (Ballygarvan) (0-2)
FF14 Una O'Donoghue (Cloughduv) (0-2)
LCF15 Elaine Burke (Valley Rovers) Sub off.svg 36'
Substitutes:
LCF Sarah O'Donovan (Brian Dillons) for Burke Sub on.svg 36'
CF Orla Cotter (St Catherine’s) for Walsh Sub on.svg 49'
TIPPERARY:
GK1 Jovita Delaney (Cashel)
RCB2 Suzanne Kelly (Toomevara)
FB3 Una O'Dwyer (Cashel)
LCB4 Julie Kirwan (Moneygall)
RWB5 Michelle Shortt (Drom-Inch)
CB6 Philly Fogarty (Cashel) (Capt)
LWB7 Sinéad Nealon (Burgess)
MF8 Claire Grogan (Cashel)
MF9 Joanne Ryan (Drom-Inch) (0-1)
RWF10 Jill Horan (Cashel) Sub off.svg 48'
CF11 Emily Hayden (Cashel) (0-2)
LWF12 Cora Hennessy (Cashel) Sub off.svg 45'
RCF13 Geraldine Kinnane (Drom-Inch)
FF14Louise Young (Toomevara) Sub off.svg Half time'
LCF15 Eimear McDonnell (Burgess) (0-1).
Substitutes:
FF Lorraine Bourke (Drom-Inch) for Young Sub on.svg Half time'
LWF Trish O'Halloran (Nenagh Éire Óg) for Hennessy Sub on.svg 45'
RWF Mary Ryan (Moneygall) for Horan Sub on.svg 45'

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References

  1. 2006 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times and Youtube Video highlights part one and part two.
  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. em-scrapped-77004.html John Cronin: Scrap the new championship system and go back to a straight knock-out, Irish Independent Sept 7 2006
  4. Report Aug 7 2006 in Irish Independent
  5. 2006 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times and Youtube Video highlights part one and part two.
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2005
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2007