There was wins for Butlerstown and Lismore in the County League Finals played at Fraher Field on Saturday evening last.
In the Intermediate final between Butlerstown and Brickey Rangers it was the eventual winners that lead at the break 2-6 to 0-6, the goals coming from Caroline Fox and Claire Nolan.
In the second half it was Brickeys that proved to be the better of the sides outscoring their opponents four scores to two, but were unable to break the Butlerstown defence for the goal that they needed. Kate Marie Hearne to the fore finishing the game with seven points they ran out winners on a 2-8 to 0-10 score line.
Butlerstown Panel: Deirdre Brennan, Emer Kearney, Clodagh Doherty, Kate Walsh, Jean Burns, Breda Kennedy, Nicola Fitzgerald, Claire Nolan, Martina Cashin, Kate-Marie Hearne, Rachael Taheny, Claire O'Regan, Caroline Fox, Niamh Kennedy, Caroline Farrelly, Elma Farrell , Mandy Kelly, Michelle Burns , Sarah Kennedy, Rosemary Power, Vikki Falconer.
Brickey Rangers Panel: Siobhan Nugent, Dee Nugent, Hannah Murphy Nix, Catherine Hahesy, Elaine Curran, Rachel Donnelly, Nicola McCarthy, Caoimhe McGrath, Emer Scanlon, Ciara Scanlon, Alice Hahesy, Molly Curran, Theresa Curran, Una McGrath, Marian Ryan, Aisling Hourigan, Megan O' Connor, Aoife Hickey, Hannah O' Connell, Christine Fogarty.
The senior final which followed was a repeat of last years final and a repeat of last years County Final as reigning county League Champions took on reigning County Champions Saint Anne’s.
This game was expected to be a close game and the players which played on the day did not disappoint when it came to filling peoples expectations.
It was the County Champions that lead 1-9 to 2-3 at the break, Zoe O’Donoghue hitting St Anne’s goal, with responses coming for the Heritage Town side from Sinead Bennett and Laura Buckley.
In the second half, Lismore dominated with Aoife Hannon in fine scoring form, finishing the game with 0-8, which helped her side to a 2-11 to 1-13 victory, retaining the Denny Buckley Cup by a similar margin to which they won it at the same venue last year against the same opposition.
Lismore Panel: Aisling O'Brien, Aoife Hannon, Aoife Houlihan, Ber O'Keeffe, Caitriona McGlone, Johanna Houlihan, Kate Heneghan, Laura Buckley, Marie Russell, Niamh Molumphy, Nicola Morrissey, Sandra Prendergast, Sarah Fenton, Sarah Geoghegan, Sarah Coughlan, Sarah Russell, Shauna Fennessy, Shauna Prendergast, Shona Curran, Sinead Bennett, Sinead Walsh, Clara Aarons, Lydia Mangan, Ruth Geoghegan, Grainne Kennelly.
St. Anne’s Panel: Rebecca Kavanagh, Labhaoise Dunbar, Ciara Keogh, Siobhán Kavanagh, Charlotte Raher, Claire White, Clare Murphy, Jennie Simpson, Mairéad Murphy, Sinéad Cummins, Ciara Phelan, Karen Kelly, Zoe O'Donoghue, Lorna Behan, Boonie Keating, Sarah Fitzgerald, Michelle McDonald, Aoife Behan, Bronwyn Grace, Catherine Queally, Angela Flynn, Niamh Behan, Pauline Cunningham, Niamh Rockett.
Meanwhile, on the National scene, the Gael Linn Inter Provincial Competition took place on Sunday afternoon at Rathleague, Co Laois.
Munster sent a strong side to this years competition, with Patricia Jackman (Gaultier) and Jennie Simpson (Saint Anne’s) representing Waterford and the counties Intermediate Manager Mark Cooney (De La Salle) as one of the selectors.
Munster in their semi final game proved too strong for Leinster. At the break they lead 4-4 to 1-8 and at the full time whistle lead 5-8 to 1-15.
In the second semi final, Ulster ran out 3-14 to 1-7 winners against Connacht to win a place in the final.
The Ulster girls brought their fine form their semi final win into the final and lead 2-3 to 0-8 at the break, but in the second half, Munster proved to be the better of the two sides, and ran out winners 1-13 to 3-6.
Munster Panel. Amy Lee, Emma Kavanagh, Amanda Dorgan (Captain), Aine O’Donovan, Amy O'Connor, Kaylyn Lee, Lauren Callanan, Deirdre Ring (all Cork), Patrice Diggin, Orla Young, Saidbhe Horgan, Aoife Fitzgearld, Anne Marie Leen (all Kerry), Mairead Ryan, Judith Mulcahy, Niamh Mulcahy (all Limerick), Shauna Quirke, Edel Nylan, Nora O'Brien, Julie Anne Bourke, Mairead Evinston, Ciannait Walsh, Karen Purcell (all Tipperary), Patricia Jackman, Jennie Simpson (both Waterford). Manager: Liz O’Mahony (Cork), Selectors: Mark Cooney (Waterford), John Lillis (Tipperary), Ger Sheedy (Limerick), Fiona Casey (Kerry).
Looking ahead to this weekend, Waterford and Cork meet in their re-arranged Munster Intermediate semi final. The game was to have taken place recently in Lismore but was called off when Cork were given a fixture where the selectors would have had to double up.
This weekend, the game will go ahead at the Tallow venue. Waterford go into the game with a good league campaign behind them reaching the semi finals before going out to Kildare, and will head into this game in a confident mood.
Limerick await the winners in the final after they recorded a comprehensive win over Kerry recently.