Rosie Cusack in action in the All-Ireland Junior Club FinalTaras Journey to the Junior All-Ireland Club Finals
Ashbourne ~ 27 November 2011
The previous two years had seen Tara win the London Senior Championship in London, progress to the All-Ireland Junior Club quarter finals only to be knocked out by Four Roads. In 2011 the London champions were paired against Ulster for the quarter finals and made the journey to Antrim to play Ruairi Og of Cushendall. In beautiful surroundings, the home team were first to score but Tara lead at half time by 1-06 to 0-5. It was an almost unbelievable position to be in, and through the tactical switch to a sweeper system, Tara were able to hold off the young Ruari Og. The lead was not lost throughout the second half and Tara triumphed 2-09 to 0-11, in a historic victory day for Tara.
A fortnight later on 14th November the Leinster champions Myshall of Carlow made their way across the water to Ruislip for the semi final. With the backing of the home support Tara led 1-4 to 0-4 at the break and had to withstand a concerted onslaught from their Carlow opponents in the second half. Despite Myshall having a significant amount of possession, they failed to take scores and Tara capitalised through their captain Denise Gilligan scoring 1-6 (0-5f), and Meabh Brennan scoring an injury time goal to spark delirious celebrations with a final scoreline of 2-6 to 0-6.
The All-Ireland Club Final took place at Ashbourne, Meath on 27th November 2011 . Tara had a perfect start, with Grace Hamilton scoring a goal within minutes of the throw in. However it wasnt long before the Lafferty show started with a point from Fiona as well as an assist for their goal which gave the Clare girls a real lift. Tara stood firm, reverting to the sweeping system which had proved successful in the previous round, and only allowed Lafferty one more point before half time. Outnumbered in the forward line, Tara failed to score for the remainder of the first half and went in 1-2 to 1-0 down at the break. Ten minutes into the second half Lafferty struck again, scoring a goal. However Tara responded immediately with two points from Angela Kenneally and Denise Gilligan and seemingly the come-back was on, with the deficit reduced to just two points Inagh then won a disputable free, which they converted for a goal. There-on, Inagh were intent on finding the back of the net; three more followed, with the daughter of former Tara player Ann Hehir Helen also getting in on the act. A late Gilligan goal for Tara wasn’t enough to spoil the party, and Inagh were victorious with a final scoreline of 5-04 to 2-04. Inagh were worthy winners, with a line up which included two of Clare’s senior camogie All Star nominees in Fiona & Siobhan Lafferty.
Tara Camogie Club made history in reaching the final, on our 25th anniversary, whilst Cliona Foley of the Independent paid testament to the club, stating Inagh-Kilnamonas All-Ireland win over Tara was an 'amazing achievement' for Clare. Tara panel for the Final
Antrim: Joanne Hamilton, Grace Hamilton, Joni Traynor, Rachel Hawkins. Clare: Donna Gallery. Cavan: Karen Fitzpatrick. Cork: Meabh Brennan and Ciara OShea. Derry: Catherine Higgins. Down: Dearbhaill O’Neill
Galway: Niamh Dolan, Sheila Fernandes, Denise Gilligan, Yvonne Donnelly, Christy OGara, Ambrose Gordon
Kilkenny: Angela Kenneally, Bid Grennan, Helen Murphy.
Limerick: Niamh Keating. London: Susi Gill, Tina Enright
Meath: Michelle Adair. Tipperary: Ann Gleeson. Tyrone: Janine Heagney.
Wexford: Eilish Malone,Janine O Gorman, Tom Tighe. Westmeath: Janine O`Neill
Australia: Rosie Cusack America: Jennifer Tomb, Lindsey Shanks