Brave Jordanstown edged out by UCD
In the Ashbourne Shield camogie decider, played as part of the Queen's GAA festival at The Dub over the weekend, UCD recovered from a slow start to beat local representatives UUJ 2-13 to 1-12.
Karen Kielt was on fire early on for Jordanstown but Susie O'Carroll and Jackie Quigley helped UCD to peg them back. Mary Kelly goaled to give Jordanstown a 1-8 to 1-7 half-time lead.
Quigley hit three points early in the second half though, and when former Jordanstown player Sarah Louise Carr scored a brilliant solo goal soon after, the margin was five points in UCD's favour.
Carr, of course, comes from the famous Clonduff family, with father Ross a two-time All-Ireland winner with Down in 1991 and '94, her brother Aidan a current lynchpin of the county defence, and sister Fionnuala also an accomplished camogie player.
Niamh Mallon registered UUJ's first score of the second period and followed up with two more to restore her side's hopes but UCD redoubled their efforts and points from the excellent Quigley and O'Carroll left it 2-13 to 1-12.
University of Limerick finally ended Waterford Institute of Technology's long reign as Ashbourne Cup champions, having a point to spare at Queen's University.
In doing so, they claimed their first title since 2005, and gained revenge for a heartbreaking defeat in last year's decider.
Cáit Devane was the chief contributor as UL motored into a five-point lead in the first half. The Tipperary sharpshooter was in clinical form but Katie Power managed to escape the shackles of Linda Bolger to hand-pass a goal.
There was nothing in it in the second half as both sets of players gave their all. UL probably had the better of the general play and Devane kept their noses in front.
Undoubtedly driven on by the pain of 12 months ago, the Shannonsiders hit back with three points. The pacey Julia White set up Devane to put them ahead with just five minutes remaining, and then Devane slotted a free. Jackman pulled one back from a free but time ran out and it was UL that prevailed 0-12 to 1-8.
Meanwhile, UCC laid the foundation for their Purcell Cup final success in the first half as they tore out of the blocks with an intent that left DIT reeling.
Player of the tournament, Katrina Mackey was amongst the scorers and they had 1-6 on the board by the time Gaule got DIT off the mark.
DIT spurned another goal opportunity early in the second half, when Gaule drove over the bar.
Also, Siobhán Flannery inspired IT Carlow as they beat St Pat's 1-9 to 1-5 in the Fr Meachair Cup decider.