Gael Linn Cup

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For the latest competition see Gael Linn Cup 2011.
Inter-provincial Camogie Championship
Irish Craobh Idir-Chúigí Camógaíochta na hÉireann
Founded1956
TrophyGael Linn Cup
Title holders Leinster (26th title)
First winner Leinster
Most titles Leinster (26 titles)

The Gael Linn Cup is a bi-ennial tournament, the most important representative competition for elite level participants in the women's team field sport of camogie, contested by Ireland's four provincial teams with competitions at senior and junior level on alternate years. The tournament has existed in various guides since 1956, currently the senior tournament is played in even years and the junior tournament in odd years. An inter-provincial colleges competition is also played at secondary school/high school level.

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Table of winners

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CountyWinsYears won
Leinster 26 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2006, 2010
Munster 20 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Connacht 4 1973, 1974, 2000 and 2008
Ulster 2 1967, 2007

History

Interprovincial camogie matches were played as part of the 1928 and 1932 Tailteann Games programmes and a further inter-provincial match was played in July 1954 in Navan as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Camogie Association. Munster beat Ulster by 8–3 to 5–3 in a match that was described as the best of the year.

The enthusiasm generated by the match at Navan led to the establishment of an annual inter-provincial competition two years later, with the first final between Leinster and Ulster at Knockbridge, Co Louth. Leinster has dominated the series with 26 titles, followed by Munster with 20. Connacht won four titles in 1973, 1974, 2000 and 2008 and Ulster won two in 1967 and 2007.

Experiments

In 1993 and 1994 the Gael Linn Cups were played with teams of 15-a-side for a two-year experimental period, as a prelude to the increase in team size form 12 to 15 in 1999 for all matches.

Two competitions

The series was played as a junior competition between 1974 and 1976. Senior and junior competitions were run concurrently from 1977. The competition format was moved to a single weekend in October/November during 1985-88 and again since 1999. The date was moved to June in 1995, back to October/November in 2004 and to May since 2008. As with the Railway Cups in Gaelic Football and Hurling, the competition has been popular with players but survived several attempts to abolish the series since 1986.

Shwarzkopf hair products sponsored the competition from 1999 to 2004. In 2009, after the withdrawal of Ulster the series was played in a blitz format with 30 minute games. [1] In 2010 it was decided to alternate the competition between junior and senior status and the senior competition was restored to full match status with four provinces contesting the semi-finals. In the absence of Antrim players an all Derry side represented Ulster in the 2010 semi-final.

Players

Players who won Gael Linn Cup medals who never won All Ireland titles include Kathleen Griffin, Lily Parle, Lilian Howlett, Nono McHugh, Claire Hanrahan, Vera Mackey, Pat Crangle and Josie Kelly, affording them valuable recognition in the days before the Camogie All Stars Awards were inaugurated. Geraldine Callinan (2 Gael Linn Interprovincial Medals)Geraldine Callinan was the youngest ever Leinster player at 14 years of age. Scored 3 goals and was instrumental in winning the match after being 11 points down at half time.

Highlights and incidents

Gael Linn Cup Senior Inter-Provincial Finals

The first figure is the number of goals scored (equal to 3 points each) and the second total is the number of points scored, the figures are combined to determine the winner of a match in Gaelic games.

Gael Linn Cup Finals

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Gael Linn Trophy

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CountyWinsYears won
Munster 17 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011
Ulster 8 1979, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2000 and 2002
Leinster 7 1976, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1999, 2001 2007
Connacht 4 1981, 1995, 2006 and 2009

Gael Linn Trophy Finals

Leinster

Leinster won the first five competitions, have won five in a row and seven-in-a-row since then, and have fielded players from nine of the province's 12 counties on victorious teams.

Kathleen Woods (Louth), May Kavanagh (Wicklow), Claire Monaghan (Kildare), Ettie Kearns (Meath), May Kavanagh (Dublin), Lily Parle (Wexford), Annette Corrigan (Dublin), Kathleen Mills (Dublin), Fran Maher (Dublin), Mary O'Sullivan (Dublin), Una O'Connor (Dublin), Kay Douglas (Wicklow), Subs: Kathleen Duffy (Louth), Madge Quigley (Louth), Brigid Judge (Kildare).

Munster

Munster won their first competition on a sodden field at Salthill in 1961, in the year Connacht surprisingly inflicted Leinster's first defeat in the competition.

Ulster

Maeve Gilroy was the star in Ulster's first success in the 1967 at Parnell Park, achieved with ten players from Antrim and two from Down.

Connacht

Connacht's breakthrough victory came in 1973, when an all Galway side defeated an all-Cork Munster side 1–6 to 1–1 in a replayed semi-final described in the Connacht Tribune as a “one of the best exhibitions of the game for many a year” [10] and then beat Leinster in the final by a single point at Parnell Park, Dublin.

Team for 1954 revival

The teams for the 1954 revival match at Navan were:

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Leinster
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Ulster
LEINSTER:
GK1 Eileen Duffy (Dublin)
FB2May Kavanagh (Dublin)
RWB3Ettie Kearns (Meath)
CB4Sheila Donnelly (Dublin)
LWB5Aggie Kavanagh (Wicklow)
MF6Aileen Kearns (Meath)
MF7Annette Corrigan (Dublin) (0-1)
MF8 Kathleen Mills (Dublin) (2-1)
RWF9 Una O'Connor (Dublin) (3-0)
CF10Sheila Sleator (Dublin)
LWF11Eileen Bourke (Dublin) (2-0)
FF12Kay Douglas (Wicklow) (1-1).
ULSTER:
GK1Bernie Kelly (Down)
FB2Moya Forde (Antrim)
RWB3Teresa Halferty (Derry)
CB4Carrie Rankin (Derry)
LWB5Bernadette King (Armagh)
MF6 Maeve Gilroy (Antrim) (1-0)
MF7Nancy Danagher (Cavan)
MF8Ita O'Reilly (Antrim) (1-0)
RWF9Patsy McCloskey (Derry) (2-1)
CF10Deirdre O'Gorman (Antrim) (1-1)
LWF11Chris Hughes (Antrim)
FF12Patsy O'Brien (Derry) (0-1).

See also

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References

  1. Preview of 2009 series on camogie.ie
  2. 2002 Munster 7-23 Ulster 0-11 report in Irish Independent
  3. 2004 Munster 1-16 Connacht 1-9 report in Hogan Stand and Irish Independent
  4. 2005 Munster 3-14 Connacht 2-8 report in Irish Independent
  5. 2006 Leinster 2-7 Munster 1-8 report in Irish Independent
  6. 2007 Ulster 2-12 Leinster 3-8 report on rte.ie
  7. 2008 Connacht 1-14 Munster 2-10 report in Irish Independent rte.ie and breakingnews.ie
  8. 2009 Munster 0-7 Connacht 0-2 report on Munster GAA.ie panels and preview on rte.ie Archived 2009-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Leinster 3-17 Munster 1-14 report on Camogie.ie
  10. Connacht Tribune Galway girls score decisive replay win, Friday Oct 23 1973