2015 ASHBOURNE Weekend Fixtures
SATURDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2015 - Dublin City University
Fr Meachair Cup Semi Finals
IT Carlow v St Pats Drumcondra, 12pm, GAA Pitch 1, Referee: Philip Cullen (D)
St. Marys Belfast v Galway Mayo IT, 1.30pm, GAA Pitch 1, Referee: Gerry McGough (D)
Purcell Cup Semi Finals
Dublin IT v Cork IT, 12pm, 3G Pitch, Referee: Liz Dempsey (KK)
University Ulster Jordanstown v Mary Immaculate, 1.30pm, 3G Pitch, Referee: Karl O'Brien (D)
Ashbourne Cup Semi Finals
Waterford IT v NUI Galway, 3.00pm, 3G Pitch, Referee: Ray Kelly (KE)
University of Limerick v University College Cork, 4.30pm, 3G Pitch, Referee: Liz Dempsey (KK)
Purcell Shield Final
Maynooth University 2-10 v Queens University Belfast 2-07, 3.00pm, GAA Pitch 1, Referee: Jenny Byrne (D)
Fr Meachair Shield Final
DIT2 0-08 v Trinity College Dublin 2-14 4.30pm, GAA Pitch 1, Referee: Philip Cullen (D)
SUNDAY 15TH FEBRUARY - Dublin City University
Ashbourne Shield Final, 11.30am, 3G Pitch, Referee: Karl O'Brien (D)
University College Dublin v Dublin City University Dublin
Fr Meachair Cup Final, 12.00am, GAA Pitch 1, Referee: Gerry McGough (D)
Purcell Cup Final, 1.30pm, 3G Pitch, Referee: Ray Kelly (KE)
Ashbourne Cup Final, 3.30pm, 3G Pitch, Referee: Jenny Byrne (D)
A brace of goals in the opening six minutes provided the difference as WIT were crowned Centenary Ashbourne Cup champions at DCU on Sunday.
Ashbourne Cup Final
Waterford IT 2-12 University of Limerick 0-12
By Cóilín Duffy
The side managed by Anne Downey, and with input also from Paddy Mullally, Ursula Jacob, Conor Phelan and Noel Holohan, avenged their 2014 final defeat to UL with an impressive display played in testing weather conditions on the 3G pitch.
Wexford’s Marie Morrissey and Carlow’s Ciara Quirke netted early goals to provide a platform for this win, in a game which WIT never trailed as they picked up a eighth title, and their sixth in seven years.
On Saturday, WIT booked their place in the final, with Miriam Walsh (1-4), Quirke (1-2) and Morrissey netting WIT’s goals in their 3-17 to 0-9 semi-final win over NUIG.
Tipperary’s Cait Devane scored 11 points for UL in their 0-14 last-four victory over a UCC side that included Waterford’s Niamh Rockett and Johanna Houlihan.
WIT were hurt after losing their crown last year to UL, and vowed to bounce back, and they certainly done this in impressive fashion.
2-0 to 0-1 ahead after six minutes, they pushed six points clear soon after, thanks to an Emma Comerford point.
Devane and Julie White kept the scoreboard ticking over for UL, but Player of the Tournament Patricia Jackman landed some fine points for WIT, who led by 2-5 to 0-4 after 20 minutes.
Devane bagged four of the final seven points of the half, with Comerford, Quirke and Jackman on target for WIT, who led by 2-8 to 0-8 at the break.
UL cut the gap to five points inside a minute of the restart, with an Aoife McGrath point, but the Limerick University couldn’t get any closer, with Comerford impressing from placed balls, hitting three pointed frees in the second half, and Walsh adding WIT’s other second half point, on the way to a well deserved six-point win.
After the game Vikki Falconer became the first Waterford native to captain a WIT side to Ashbourne Cup honours, as she lifted the prestigious cup, in the presence of Camogie Association President Aileen Lawlor and CCAO Chairman Shane D’Arcy.
There was further good news for WIT, with nine players receiving Centenary Ashbourne All-Stars. These included Waterford duo Patricia Jackman and Vikki Falconer, along with Kilkenny’s Sarah Crowley, Meighan Farrell, Miriam Walsh and Emma Comerford; Wexford’s Louise Sinnott.
UL and WIT to meet in Centenary Ashbourne Final
By Cóilín Duffy
Reigning champions UL will meet Waterford IT in their fourth final in a row, in the Centenary Ashbourne Cup Camogie on Sunday at DCU (3.30pm), after semi-final wins this afternoon.
UL sparkled under the DCU Sportsgrounds floodlights to record a 0-14 to 0-8 win over UCC, in a game where Cait Devane scored 12 points, whole here Tipperary colleague Aoife McGrath added the other two scores.
Despite, a six-point margin at the full-time whistle, UCC pushed the Limerick University all the way, with UL forced to defend strongly.
UL captain Devane led by example, and swooped throughout the field, and was back helping her defence as quickly as she was slotting over points at the opposite end, while the Clonoulty-Rossmore clubwoman also gave a fine exhibition of striking from distance.
The sides were tied on two occasions in the opening five minutes, with Devane accounting for both of UL’s scores, while Cork’s Katrina Mackey and Waterford’s Niamh Rockett were on target for UCC.
UL moved three ahead by the 12th minute, and although UCC cut the gap to the minimum, four unanswered points between the 19th and 22nd minutes, all from Devane, set UL up nicely for a 0-10 to 0-5 interval lead.
UCC goalkeeper Shauna Carroll and her defence tried their utmost, but at the opposite end it was hard to make the breakthrough.
UCC outscored their opponents by two points to one in a 17 minute spell after the break, with Mackey taking both scores, but UL continued to edge the lead.
The gap stood at four points with 10 minutes remaining, but UL closed out this game with a brace of points as Devane brought her tally to 0-12, and booked a place in their fourth final in a row.
A brace of second half goals from KIlkenny’s Miriam Walsh and Wexford’s Marie Morrissey helped seven-time champions Waterford IT to their eighth final in succession, thanks to a 3-17 to 0-9 win over NUI Galway at DCU.
Ann Downey’s charges held their opponents to two second half points, in a game which saw the sides level 1-4 to 0-7 at half-time.
The sides were level at 0-3 apiece after 13 minutes, after a Niamh McGrath point for NUIG, and indeed the Galway University moved a point clear three minutes later after Galway player McGrath bagged her third point.
WIT broke through for the only goal of the half in the 20th minute, after Ciara Quirke slotted to the next, with a point from the Carlow native pushing her side 1-4 to 0-4 ahead after 23 minutes.
NUIG rallied before the break, as a brace of Aoife Callanan points and a McGrath score, ensured the teams were level at the interval.
WIT came out on fire in the second half, and scored 1-9 without reply in an 18-minute spell after the restart.
Poc Fada champion Patricia Jackman started this brilliant patch with a pointed free in the 32nd minute, with Walsh, Comerford, Julie McLoughlin, Quirke, Nicola Butler and Marie Morrissey also on target during this spell.
WIT’s second goal came in the 37th minute, after Walsh received a pass from Meighan Farrell, to push her side 2-7 to 0-7 ahead at that stage.
Leading by 2-13 to 0-7, with 12 minutes remaining, WIT were odds on for victory, with a McGrath pointed free ending NUIG’s scoring drought.
WIT never gave up, with Morrissey completing their hat-trick five minutes from the end, with a late McGrath pointed free mere consolation for NUIG.
Fixtures for Sunday
Centenary Ashbourne Cup Weekend
Ashbourne Cup Final (3.30) - WIT v UL, DCU 3G Pitch, J Byrne (Dublin).
Purcell Cup Final (1.30) - DIT v Mary I, DCU 3G Pitch, R Kelly (Kildare).
Fr Meachair Cup Final (12.00) - IT Carlow v St Mary’s, DCU GAA Pitch 1, G McGough (Dublin).
Ashbourne Shield Final (11.30) - UCD v DCU, DCU 3G Pitch, K O’Brien (Dublin).
ASHBOURNE – ONES TO WATCH
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
UCD have a number of players that we could nominate as the one to watch but we have decided to go for one of the more experienced players in Kilkenny full back Kate McDonald. McDonald has been a lynchpin of the Kilkenny defence for a number of years now and she has carried that form into the Ashbourne. Kate was one of the standout performers against pre-tournament favourites UL and even managed to get on the score sheet, Kate and UCD will have to be at their best to overcome hosts DCU in the final.
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Stacey Quirke is a pivotal figure for DCU and was outstanding in their group game against UCC. Stacey is a very talented and skilful who will make life difficult for any forward. Comfortable at centre back or wing back the hardworking Quirke will be hoping that DCU can get their hands on some silver wear especially as the host club.
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
UL have a host of inter-county players they can pick from but we have decided to go for Cork player Julia White. White was exceptional in their wins over NUIG and UCD, extremely quick with great skill she could be the deciding factor that helps push UL over the line. Julia is a dual player and claimed the third level double last year winning the Ashbourne and the O’Connor Cup within a few weeks of each other.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
Katrina Mackey is the more prolific of the twins but our one to watch is Pamela who will be trusted to hold the defence together as well as being a launch pad for UCC attacks. UCC will be playing UL in the semi-final and they will need Pamela to be rock solid in defence restricting the supply sent in to Cait Devane. If UCC are to overcome UL they will need their defence to be on top and this will be tasked to Mackey who is one of the leading players in Ireland.
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY IRELAND GALWAY
NUIG have earned their place in the Cup semi-finals courtesy of a hard fought win over UCD in the group games. 2014 All Ireland winner with Galway Niamh McGrath will hold the key as to whether NUIG can progress to the Ashbourne Cup final. McGrath is a prolific scorer for both college and county and will be hoping that her unerring accuracy rewards NUIG of a place in the Ashbourne final for the first time in a number of years.
WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Our final One to Watch selection goes to WIT’s Patricia Jackman. Jackman is now one of the most experienced players on the college scene and she will be hoping that her previous successes with the College will help lead them to victory over NUIG. One of the best strikers of a ball in Ireland and deadly from long distance placed balls Patricia will be central to WIT’s game plan. A