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Good afternoon, folks. You’re very welcome along to our liveblog for this afternoon’s All-Ireland senior camogie final between Galway and Kilkenny, which will be underway in about 20 minutes or so.

Kilkenny, the 2016 champions, are aiming to regain the crown following defeats against Cork in each of the last two finals.

A first title since 2013 is the aim for Galway, who dethroned the Rebels in their semi-final.

Throw-in at Croke Park is at 4.15pm so stick with us and we’ll keep you updated throughout the game.

There’s been a significant development on the Galway side in advance of this game. Despite being named in their half-back line, Tara Kenny has been forced to drop out having reportedly suffered an unfortunate knee injury in training during the week. Her place will be taken by Catherine Finnerty.

Here’s how the teams will start…


1. Sarah Healy

2. Shauna Healy
3. Sarah Dervan (captain)
4. Heather Cooney

18. Catherine Finnerty
6. Emma Helebert
7. Lorraine Ryan

8. Aoife Donohue
9. Niamh Kilkenny

10. Carrie Dolan
11. Catriona Cormican
12. Sarah Spellman

13. Noreen Coen
14. Niamh Hannify
15. Ailish O’Reilly


1. Emma Kavanagh

2. Collette Dormer
3. Catherine Foley
4. Edwina Keane

5. Kellyann Doyle
6. Claire Phelan
7. Grace Walsh

8. Meighan Farrell (joint-captain)
9. Davina Tobin

10. Anna Farrell (joint-captain)
11. Katie Power
12. Anne Dalton

13. Michelle Quilty
14. Miriam Walsh
15. Denise Gaule

With throw-in approaching, let us know how you expect this one to play out.

Who will win the 2019 All-Ireland senior camogie final?

Poll Results:

Galway (204)
Kilkenny (95)

The teams are now standing for the national anthem. Throw-in is almost upon us.

Galway 0-0 Kilkenny 0-0

Referee Ray Kelly has thrown the ball in, the game has begun.

Galway 1-0 Kilkenny 0-1

What a start! After Michelle Quilty had given Kilkenny an early lead from a free, Ailish O’Reilly found the net with a bullet of a shot following a pass from Niamh Kilkenny.


Galway 1-1 Kilkenny 0-1

Niamh Kilkenny strikes a fine long-range point to extend Galway’s lead.


Galway 1-1 Kilkenny 0-2

Michelle Quilty hits back with a second free for Kilkenny.



Galway 1-2 Kilkenny 0-3

Denise Gaule opens here account with a superb Kilkenny point, before Noreen Coen responds for Galway.


Galway 1-2 Kilkenny 0-4

After a wide from Niamh Kilkenny for Galway, Kilkenny’s Davina Tobin bursts forward to score for the Cats.


Galway 1-3 Kilkenny 0-4

Carrie Dolan slots over a free for Galway to get her first point of the All-Ireland final.



Galway 1-3 Kilkenny 0-5

A first point of the day — third in total — for Michelle Quilty leaves just one between the teams.




Galway 1-3 Kilkenny 0-6

Quilty makes no mistake with another free and the sides are level.


Galway 1-4 Kilkenny 0-7

Sarah Spellman gathers the breaking ball and shortens her hurley to restore Galway’s lead with a tidy strike.

However, Michelle Quilty brings Kilkenny back on level terms with another free.


Galway 1-4 Kilkenny 0-7

Lovely play from Kilkenny as Anne Dalton tees up Michelle Quilty, but her shot sails narrowly wide.



Kilkenny 0-8 Galway 1-4

Denise Gaule shrugs off some tenacious Galway defending to put Kilkenny in front.

A great goal chance follows for Galway, but Catherine Finnerty hits it wide while under pressure from the Cats’ defence.


Kilkenny 0-9 Galway 1-4

Another free is converted by Michelle Quilty and Kilkenny now lead by two.

Nervy moment there for Galway captain Sarah Dervan who was responsible for the foul. She’s already on a yellow card but Ray Kelly shows some leniency. 



Kilkenny 0-9 Galway 1-5

Carrie Dolan reduces the gap for Galway with a free.


Kilkenny 0-10 Galway 1-5

Michelle Quilty makes no mistake with another free.


Kilkenny 0-10 Galway 1-6

Potential goal chance for Galway but Catherine Finnerty is satisfied to take her point.


Galway 2-6 Kilkenny 0-10

After great work from Ailish O’Reilly, the fall balls to Niamh Hannify and she pokes it home from close range to put Galway back in front.


Galway 3-6 Kilkenny 0-10

And another goal for Galway! Excellent stuff again from O’Reilly, who creates an opening and buries the ball to the back of the net.


Galway 3-6 Kilkenny 0-10

Katie Power has a look at the posts but her attempt to reduce the deficit for Kilkenny is off target.

Two minutes of additional time to be played at the end of the first half.


Galway 3-7 Kilkenny 0-10

Another goal chance for Galway. Sarah Spellman has a shot but it’s saved on the line by Kellyann Doyle, who tips it away for a 45.

Carrie Dolan slots it over and Galway lead by six.


Plenty of work for Kilkenny to do to get back into this game.

Join us again shortly for the second half.


ailish-ooreilly-celebrates-scoring-a-goal Galway's two-goal hero Ailish O'Reilly is having quite a day at Croke Park. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO


Galway 3-7 Kilkenny 0-10

In front of a crowd of 24,730 at Croke Park, the second half has begun.


Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-10

Sarah Spellman is fouled by Meighan Farrell, and Carrie Dolan converts the resultant free to take her tally to 0-4.



Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-10

Anne Dalton has a shot for Kilkenny but hits their third wide of the game.


Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-11

Heather Cooney is booked for a foul on Katie Power, allowing Michelle Quilty to point a free for Kilkenny. She’s got 0-8 now.


Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-12

Lovely ball by Denise Gaule picks out substitute Aoife Doyle, who gets her first point.



Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-12

Davina Tobin fouls Carrie Dolan about 60 metres out. Dolan’s free drops short and Kilkenny clear the danger.



Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-12

Anna Farrell picks out Kilkenny team-mate Anne Dalton, whose shot drifts wide.



Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-13 

Miriam Walsh scores for Kilkenny to leave four points between the sides.


galway-fans-look-on Source: James Crombie/INPHO

a-young-kilkenny-fan-ahead-of-the-game Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

galway-and-kilkenny-supporters Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO


Galway 3-8 Kilkenny 0-14

Another fine pass from Denise Gaule sets up Anna Farrell, and there’s now just a puck of the ball to separate the teams.


Galway 3-9 Kilkenny 0-14

Catch, solo and strike: Niamh Kilkenny registers an outstanding point to get Galway’s first point in 12 minutes.


Galway 3-10 Kilkenny 0-14

Carrie Dolan hits a 45 for Galway, who move back into a five-point lead.



Galway 3-10 Kilkenny 0-15

Anne Dalton hits right back for Kilkenny with a brilliant point. Both sides producing some superb stuff here.



Galway 3-10 Kilkenny 0-16

A free from halfway from Anne Dalton goes over and the deficit is down to three again.



sarah-spellman-and-meighan-farrell Galway's Sarah Spellman takes on Meighan Farrell of Kilkenny. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO




Galway 3-10 Kilkenny 0-17

Kilkenny convert another long-range free, this time courtesy of Denise Gaule. The momentum seems to be behind the Cats now.


Galway 3-10 Kilkenny 0-17

A relatively straightforward Galway free by Carrie Dolan’s standards but she sends it wide. Could that prove to be costly?



Galway 3-11 Kilkenny 0-17

With just under five minutes of normal time remaining, Carrie Dolan strikes a free for Galway but this time she gets it spot on.

Three between the teams as we head down the stretch.


Galway 3-12 Kilkenny 0-17

Niamh Kilkenny gets her third of the game for Galway. She’s been outstanding today.



Galway 3-12 Kilkenny 0-17

A free from Denis Gaule for Kilkenny but it drifts right and wide. 

Is there any way back for Kilkenny at this stage?



Galway 3-12 Kilkenny 0-17

Four additional minutes to be played.



Galway 3-13 Kilkenny 0-17

Galway goalkeeper Sarah Healy comes up to strike a free from halfway and she absolutely nails it!



Galway 3-14 Kilkenny 0-17

Niamh Kilkenny gets another Galway point. What a performance from her!



Galway 3-14 Kilkenny 0-17

Kilkenny throwing everything they have at Galway here but to no avail. It’s only a matter of time.

Congratulations Galway, worthy All-Ireland senior camogie champions for the first time since 2013!

the-galway-team Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

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