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The elated Waterford Camogie panel following last Saturday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final win over Tipperary at UPMC Nowlan Park, featuring Sarah Morrissey (back row, centre, in the number 4 bib), who is sponsored by Green Acre Marketing. Photo: Noel Browne

For the first time since 1945, Waterford’s senior camogie team have an All-Ireland Final appearance to look forward to following last Saturday’s superb 1-12 to 1-11 win over Tipperary at UPMC Nowlan Park.

Having trailed by 1-7 to 0-3 after 20 minutes, the Déisewomen rallied magnificently to dominate the subsequent 40 minutes against a Tipperary team which had defeated them by 13 points in the Munster semi-final in early May.

Mairéad Power’s 25th minute goal, coupled with the exemplary form of Beth Carton (scorer of 0-8), Lorraine Bray, Vikki Faulkner and ever-reliable goalkeeper Brianna O’Regan (who converted a free from her own 65) steered Waterford to a deserved victory.

“That was unbelievable out there,” said player of the match Beth Carton following last Saturday’s victory. “I’m lost for words. We’ve an All-Ireland Final to look forward to and that sounds fair nice…There’s an amazing group of girls and out there and to see them line out in Croke Park on Sunday week will be great.”

“It’s brilliant that our panel’s efforts have received such brilliant support.”

Green Acre Marketing is proudly sponsoring Déise panellist Sarah Morrissey (An Rinn). Aged 23, Sarah is a qualified microbiologist who works in Pinewood Laboratories in Ballymacarbry.

Having first picked up the hurl aged 14, Sarah’s talent has blossomed in the interim, earning her a place in a Waterford panel which will face Cork in the All-Ireland Final on Sunday week (August 6th) at Croke Park (throw-in: 5pm).

“It’s brilliant that our panel’s efforts have received such brilliant support from a whole host of Waterford companies, along with the general public,” said Sarah.

“As someone raised on a farm and coming from a proud West Waterford farming family, the sponsorship which Green Acre Marketing has afforded me is hugely appreciated. So a huge thank you to Aileen Barron and her team for their ongoing support. We’ve a big two weeks ahead of us now and we’ll be preparing as best we can for the Cork match.” Aileen Barron, Green Acre Marketing’s Managing Director, was thrilled with Waterford’s historic breakthrough.

“What a win for the Déise!” she said. “A huge, huge congratulations to Waterford on going where no senior camogie team from the county has gone in 78 years. We’re delighted for Sarah and her team mates that they’ve made the final and hopefully preparations will go to plan between now and September 6th. We’d like to wish Sean Power, his management team, captain Lorraine Bray and the entire panel the very best of luck in Croke Park on Sunday week.”

The thrilled Waterford management team following victory over Tipperary at a damp Nowlan Park.    Photo: Noel Browne

Player of the Match Beth Carton receiving the adulation of the thrilled Waterford support at Nowlan Park.                  Photo: Noel Browne