KILKENNY captain Shelly Farrell was barely able to speak such was the level of exhaustion she felt after her side ground out a three-point victory over Galway in a titanic Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Semi-Final at Semple Stadium.
THE scoreline does not reflect the magnificent efforts of Tipperary in the first half but it does showcase one more the ability of Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie champions Cork to split the posts from outside the defensive cordon.
A goal in the 48th minute by Katie Power finally separated Kilkenny from a Galway side that left nothing in the tank but for a third consecutive season, bowed out of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie championship at the Semi-Final stage, having been within a puck of the sliotar of their conquerors.
CORK legend Briege Corkery has ended an exile of almost two years to return to the champions' panel for tomorrow's Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final with Tipperary at Semple Stadium.
IT CAN not have been easy for Cathal Murray to take over the reins as manager of Galway at the conclusion of the League when the players sought a change despite reaching the Semi-Final and Tony O'Donovan departed after just four months in the hot seat.
When Mary Ryan was called into the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel for the first time in 2005 and made her debut in the National League, she was joining the All-Ireland champions and dreaming of many glory days at Croke Park.
TIPPERARY will go into their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Semi-Final as rank outsiders against champions Cork but having returned to this stage for the first time in 10 years, are not ready to end their season yet.
A GOAL from Cáit Devane in injury time finally calmed Tipperary nerves after a tight second half and booked their place in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Semi-Finals for the first time in 10 years.
A goal from Cáit Devane in injury time finally calmed Tipperary nerves after a tight second half and booked their place in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Semi-Finals for the first time in 10 years.
You hear it all the time: "We're only taking it one game at a time." They mean it of course and it is a sound philosophy in terms of remaining in the present. For Niamh Rockett, it is a matter of necessity. Such is the state of her left knee in particular that she doesn't really know if there will be another game after this one.
This is a mouth-watering prospect with Tipperary looking to go one step further than last year, when they fell at this hurdle without showing their best against Galway, and Waterford aiming to prolong what has already been a successful and history-making season.
Waterford vice-captain Niamh Rockett has hailed the impact of manager Donal O'Rourke in bringing the Déise side to the knockout stages of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for the first time.
AIG Ireland has today announced that the logo of children's charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie, will replace the insurer's logo on the front of the Dublin jersey for upcoming football, ladies football and camogie fixtures.
"Every score we got, we really had to earn, we found it really hard to get breaks, frees, anything, but that's an away game, that's the way it is going to work. We were all very disappointed after our no-show last weekend and we wanted to right that."
Kilkenny manager Ann Downey hailed the team ethic of her side as they imposed themselves on Galway to win by 1-17 to 0-13 at Nowlan Park and claim top spot in Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.
BETH CARTON hit 1-9 as Waterford survived a dose of the jitters and a brilliant comeback by a resolute Clare to win 1-11 to 0-12 at Cusack Park and secure a place in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Quarter-Finals for the first time.
DONAL O'ROURKE will always be remembered as the manager who oversaw Waterford's first ever win in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship but the Cappoquin man deflected forthcoming praise towards his players.