Tipperary senior camogie team couldn’t emulate the achievements of the county u-16s at Portlaoise on Saturday.
The teenagers got the day off to a blistering star for the county with a wonderful win over Galway in the All Ireland final.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the girls against a dogged Galway side but they dug deep when needed to record a great win.
Unfortunately the seniors didn’t fare as well as against the Connacht side.
Tipperary camogie is still struggling to regain the highs that the county enjoyed during the glory years in the early years of the last decade.
So when they met Galway in the All Ireland quarter final on Saturday they went in as underdogs.
They got through to the quarter after a less than impressive league section but found the western girls a bridge too far.
However the 2-19 to 0-9 final scoreline doesn’t do their performance justice.
Galway along with Wexford is now one of the top counties in the game but had to work hard to finish off the Tipp challenge.
Tipperary began well and led three times inside the opening eight minutes with points from Nicola Walsh (two) and Noreen Flanagan.
Walsh went on to score another three points to be Tipp’s top scorer in a fine display.
However Tipp couldn’t maintain the momentum and slowly the Galway class began to tell.
Inspired by Aisling O’Reilly, who finished with 2-2, they began to take control and they led 1-11 to 0-5 at the break.
They maintained their dominance in the second half when they confined Tipp to just four more points with the Premier girls unable to get the goal that might have kick-started a revival.
The other Tipp scorers were J Horgan, C Maher, N Flanagan and S Fryday with a point each.
Galway now meet champions Wexford in one semi-final with Cork and Kilkenny in the other. However Tipp will have been encouraged by the brave display and that new talent is emerging from underage ranks.
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