Aoife Farrell (Thomastown) is tackled by Joanne Quinn (Mullinavat)
Thomastown are the double winning camogie champions for 2016.
They completed the second part of the ‘big two’ after overcoming Mullinavat on Sunday in the senior championship final to claim their first crown since 2014. They had won the league title earlier.
Mullinavat started brightly and opened the scoring with a Michelle Quilty free in the first minute after Julieann Malone was fouled.
Thomastown responded brilliantly. They went on a devastating scoring run, shooting 1-7 without reply.
Aoife Farrell started the run with a pointed free. Jenny Reddy followed with a goal after a shot from 50 metres deceived the ’Vat defence and the ball went straight to the roof of the net.
Eimear Donnelly chipped in with a point before Aoife Farrell tapped over another in the sixth minute after latching on to a Sarah Walsh pass.
Jenny Reddy edged Thomastown 1-4 to 0-1 clear with a massive point from 50 metres. Eimear Donnelly then tapped over a point after racing on to a Shelly Farrell pass.
Aoife Farrell maintained the run with a point before Shelly Farrell added another, but Mullinavat hit back with a brace of Michelle Quilty frees.
The ’Vat were almost in for a goal after a scramble in the Thomastown square, but they couldn’t get the decisive touch and the defence cleared.
Sinead Brennan hit back for the victors with a point from 30 metres before Michelle Quilty tapped over a free for Mullinavat.
The winners closed out the half strongly, registering the last four scores of the half. Shelly Farrell started the run with a neat point from 30 metres in the 24th minute before Aoife Farrell tapped over at the double.
Anna Farrell landed a well-taken point from 35 metres, enough to see her side lead go in 11 points up at the break (1-12 to 0-4).
Thomastown continued their strong run at the start of the second half, shooting 1-1 on the spin.
Aoife Farrell nabbed the opening point from 30 metres in the 32nd minute from a free after Shelly Farrell was fouled. Farrell continued the run by getting in for her side’s second goal after pouncing on a long dropping ball into the Mullinavat square, making it 2-13 to 0-4.
The losers responded well and put a good run of 1-5 on the bounce together.
Michelle Quilty started the run with a pointed free in the 37th minute before Angela Kennelly got in for a goal, blasting the sliotar home from 20 metres after galloping on to an Elaine Aylward pass.
Michelle Quilty followed with a pointed free after she was fouled to make it 2-13 to 1-6. Angela Kennelly kept the run going, firing over a massive point from 60 metres. When Michelle Quilty landed two frees the deficit was cut to seven (2-13 to 1-9).
Shelly Farrell got Thomastown back on the rails with a point from 35 metres in the 58th minute. Michelle Quilty closed out the scoring, but it was Thomastown’s day.
Next up for the champions is a Leinster semi-final against Wexford’s Oulart-the-Ballagh on October 30 in Thomastown (2pm).
In other camogie news, Glenmore’s Leinster intermediate club title bid ended on Saturday.
A late Ciara Quirke goal made all the difference as Carlow champions, Myshall, beat them by 3-8 to 2-8.
Trailing at half time by 2-5 to 2-2, Glenmore came back into the contest strongly. They levelled the game going into the final moments at 2-8 each.
There was high drama at the finish when Ciara Quirke swept on to the sliotar close to goal and tapped home to give her side the spoils. It was tough on Glenmore.
SCORERS: Thomastown - Aoife Farrell (0-6, 0-2 frees); Shelly Farrell (1-3); Jenny Reddy (1-1); Eimear Donnelly (0-2); Sinead Brennan, Anna Farrell (0-1 each). Mullinavat - Michelle Quilty (0-9, 0-8 frees), Angela Kenneally (1-1).
Thomastown - Niamh Bolger, Eimear Corr, Ailish Butler, Aoife Holden, Ciara Farrell, Meighan Farrell, Sally Teehan (Capt), Anna Farrell, Jenny Reddy, Sarah Walsh, Sinead Brennan, Eimear Donnelly, Aoife Farrell, Shelly Farrell, Niamh Donnelly. Subs: Blathnaid Galway, Nicole Corrway, Niamh Quigley, Eimear Farrell, Joanne Fitzpatrick, Aine Lennon, Catherine Walsh, Ailish O’Shea, Niamh O’Shea, Maeve O’Connor, Claire Murphy, Laura Tennyson, Laura Quigley, Jenny McGuinness, Tara O’Neill, Caoimhe Mullins, Caroline Atkins.
Mullinavat - Valerie Law, Joanne Quinn, Sinead Aylward, Michelle O’Connor, Amy Butler, Elaine Aylward, Claire Aylward, Aine Kinsella (Capt), Miriam Frisby, Angela Kenneally, Ciara Holden, Jessica Dunphy, Julieann Malone, Michelle Quilty, Ciara Phelan. Subs: Rebecca Haberlin, Vivienne Law, Nieve Walsh, Eimear Brennan, Alison Foskin, Ciara Walsh, Sinead Brennan, Niamh Jones.
Referee - Eugene Ryan (Fenians).
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