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4 games in 8 days: Cork champions lift title on Saturday and play Munster semi on Sunday

An insane effort by all involved with Inniscarra.

BACK-TO-BACK Cork camogie champions Inniscarra had their year brought to an end yesterday as they were knocked out of the Munster senior club championship.

inniscarra Source: Inniscara Camogie Club Facebook.

It was Clare’s Inagh/Kilnamona who beat Rena Buckley’s club team in the semi-final clash, a game which came less than 24 hours after their county final win.

On Saturday afternoon, Inniscarra made it two Cork titles on the bounce as they beat Glen Rovers on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-7.

A county final on Saturday at 2.30pm, a Munster semi-final on Sunday at 1pm. Two huge matches, two days in-a-row. But that’s not all.

It’s actually been a case of four championship games in eight days for the Cork outfit.

On Saturday, 21 October, they won out the county quarter-final replay. 60 minutes couldn’t separate themselves and Douglas so extra-time ensued. A 1-14 to 0-14 win was enough to book their place in the last four.

That semi-final was played on Wednesday, where they faced a fierce battle with fellow Cork kingpins Milford — who have won three of the last five All-Ireland senior titles.

With Ashling Thompson among their stars, this one came right down to the wire. But Inniscarra got over the line in the dying minutes, a one-point win sealing their spot in the final. One last step to defend their title.

And that brought them to the county final on Saturday gone. A 2-13 to 1-10 victory over Glen Rovers made it two-in-a-row and paved the way to the Munster semi-final, to be decided less than a day later.

They were beaten on the day — 0-15 to 1-7 — but there’s been no shortage of praise for the players involved and their monstrous efforts.

“We are so proud of our girls, who’ve now played 4 games in 8 days, winning a county final. Ye are wonderful girls, with a never say die attitude,” the club wrote on Facebook afterwards.

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There has also been criticism, with obvious concerns over player welfare raised.

Four big championship games in eight days though. Serious going.

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