Powerhouses Cork and Kilkenny are getting ready for battle in what will be the 15th final meeting between the pair when they clash at Croke Park on Sunday.

The previous 14 finals, the first played in 1970 and the last in 2018, have had an even split with both winning seven, with the Cats slightly favoured to move ahead in tomorrow’s Glen Dimplex All-Ireland final.

Recent finals have not been kind to the Leinster side though, their 2020 triumph coming on the back of three straight losses, while the Rebels are trying to respond to last year’s All-Ireland final loss to Galway.

There’s plenty on the line, and here’s how they have made it to the biggest day in the camogie calendar.


Securing top spot in their group meant that Matthew Twomey’s side avoided an All-Ireland quarter-final, and they made the most of that extra break to return to the final.

May 21, 2022: Group 1 round 1 – Wexford 1-06 Cork 2-14

Cork’s campaign started on the road in Enniscorthy, but there were no away day blues as they made a commanding start to the group stage.

The scoreline was harsh on the hosts, who were still just at arm’s length after 50 minutes, but Cork’s experience shone through in the closing stages.

Davy Fitzgerald – part of Twomey’s coaching team – was back on a Wexford sideline for the first time since stepping away from their senior hurlers 10 months earlier, and they had to work out a way to counter a very aggressive Model press early on.

Chloe Sigerson, prominent in those early stages, and Emma Murphy both landed a brace of points to leave them 0-04 to 0-02 ahead early on with Izzy O’Regan and, again, Murphy extending their lead.

Amy O'Connor grabbed four goals for Cork over their first two group games

When Amy O’Connor struck for goal at the end of the first half, things were looking good for Cork as they led 1-08 to 0-03.

Wexford were hanging on though, and Joanne Dillon’s goal in the 47th minute left just five points between them. A Ciara O’Connor free brought the hosts even closer as the game entered the home straight.

From there Cork took control, hitting 1-04 without reply with O’Connor’s second major killing off the game as a contest.

May 28, 2022: Group 1 round 2 – Cork 2-17 Clare 2-05

Two weeks earlier, Cork had required extra-time to see off Clare in the Munster final, but this was a much more one-sided affair.

Like against Wexford, Chloe Sigerson drifted out the field from full-forward and caused major headaches in the first half with three excellent points. That helped Cork into a 1-08 to 0-04 half-time lead with the goal, like against Wexford, coming from Amy O’Connor in first-half additional time after Doireann Murphy had initially denied Katrina Mackey with a good save.

Cork didn’t give their opponents a sniff in the second period with the crushing second goal coming seconds after the restart as O’Connor took her goal tally to four in just two games.

The final quarter did see some sloppy Rebel play as Clare got in for two goals. First, Lorna McNamara’s free ended up in the net after Cork goalkeeper Amy Lee fumbled and Clare Hehir added another to close the gap further.

June 4, 2022: Group 1 round 3 – Dublin 0-09 Cork 2-10

Cork had another two-goal hero – Katrina Mackey this time – as they showed plenty of character to overcome a Dublin side that appeared stronger for long stretches.

Amy O’Connor and Saoirse McCarthy had put the visitors two up early on, and when Mackey fired past Eabha Mooney things were going smoothly.

However, with the Aislings – Maher and O’Neill - kickstarting Dublin’s charge, they hit seven points without reply to lead by two at the break, Kerrie Finnegan and Ali Twomey doubling that advantage at the start of the second half.

The hosts wouldn’t score from there though as Cork hit an unanswered 1-08. O’Connor’s free in the 34th minute started the scoring run and Mackey’s second goal would lead them to victory with Dublin finishing with 14 players following Muireann Kelleher’s late dismissal.

June 18, 2022: Group 1 round 4 – Waterford 0-10 Cork 0-16

It was a fairly lacklustre affair at Walsh Park, but it was a case of job done for Cork as they secured top spot in the group with a game to spare.

Waterford flooded bodies back, and with extra space to attack as a result, Méabh Murphy – wearing number two – opened the scoring for the away side.

Waterford struck back through Niamh Rockett and Beth Carton but Cork remained the sharper with a couple of Katrina Mackey scores helping them to a 0-06 to 0-04 interval lead. It could have been even better too, but Chloe Sigerson’s penalty at the end of the first period was off target.

A Carton free brought the gap back to one at the start of the second half, but Cork responded – Saoirse McCarthy and sub Hannah Looney stretching their lead to three again.

Amy Lee made a number of stops in the group win over Waterford

The excellent Carton was keeping Waterford in touch but with Mackey causing major problems and Amy Lee denying the Waterford forwards on a number of occasions, Cork were able to see it home with four late points. Lee had the final say as she denied Carton from a penalty 10 minutes into additional time.

July 2, 2022: Group 1 round 5 – Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-17

With a spot in the semi-finals already secured, Cork made a number of changes for the visit of Tipperary. It would prove to be a tough day at the office though as they lost on home soil and saw key player Aisling Thompson dismissed after the game for dissent.

The game opened in a whirlwind fashion with Waterford’s Cait Devane and Cork’s Laura Hayes finding the net in the opening minute.

Devane was missing little and soon Tipp were five points to the good, 1-06 to 1-01, before Hannah Looney, Cliona Healy and the ever-reliable Katrina Mackey replied.

Down native Sorcha McCartan also weighed in with two points to catch the management’s eye as Cork trailed 1-08 to 1-07 at the turnaround.

In a second half that was going point-for-point, Eimear McGrath’s two-pointer from a sideline cut was always going to be crucial and it gave the Premier County something to hold heading for home.

They led by five points near the end but roared on by a vocal home crowd, Cork hit five of their own to draw level before Devane settled matters with a free.

There would still be drama though with Thompson cited for that altercation with referee Justin Heffernan afterwards.

July 23, 2022: All-Ireland semi-final – Cork 0-15 Waterford 0-10

In a scoreline very similar to their group meeting, Cork – with Thompson free to play – advanced to yet another All-Ireland final.

The defender had been hit with a proposed two-match ban after her red card against Tipperary, but she had it rescinded at the 11th hour and was introduced in the 24th minute as Cork struggled.

Waterford, aiming for a first final spot since 1945, were excellent at Croke Park and Beth Carton was again leading their scoring charge as Cork had to wait 25 minutes for their first score when Katrina Mackey found her range.

Aishling Thompson made a big contribution in the semi-final after winning her appeal

Sorcha McCartan and Chloe Sigerson, from a free, soon added to their tally, but Waterford finished the half the stronger to lead 0-07 to 0-03.

Niamh Rockett added another for the Déise but Cork managed four of the next five points to finally get a foothold in the game.

Lorraine Bray did put Waterford three ahead again but Amy O’Connor hit a trio of scores to level things up before Emma Murphy, twice denied for a goal moments earlier, put the Rebels ahead for the first time.

That gave them the boost they needed and McCartan (two), O’Connor and Fiona Keating tagged on scores to break Waterford hearts.


Despite having to go through the quarter-final route, Kilkenny remain the only unbeaten team in this year’s All-Ireland Championship.

May 21, 2022: Group 2 round 1 – Down 1-10 Kilkenny 1-23

The Cats made the long trip to Liatroim for their opening All-Ireland group game and left with a convincing 13-point win.

The match started at breakneck speed as Kilkenny’s Denise Gaule and Down’s Niamh Mallon traded scores before Mary O’Connell’s goal in the 13th minute gave the away side some breathing room.

The same player added a point from play soon after as Kilkenny led 1-11 to 0-08 at the halfway stage.

That advantage was halved instantly on the resumption as Anna Rogan goaled to get Down back into contention.

Brian Dowling’s side refused to panic however and Gaule and O’Connell kept the scoreboard ticking over to once again create a sizeable gap. From there, Kilkenny notched some fine scores as they left Ulster with the perfect start.

May 28, 2022: Group 2 round 2 – Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 0-06

Having notched 1-23 against Down, Kilkenny again showed their attacking prowess with an impressive 1-21 in their 18-point hammering of Limerick.

A total of 10 players managed to get on the scoresheet in this ruthless display, Denise Gaule top-scoring with eight points.

Caoimhe Costello scored Limerick’s only point in the first half with Kilkenny totting up 1-11, the goal coming from Aoife Doyle, who would later go off injured, in the final play of the half.

Gaule hit the crossbar as Kilkenny moved out of sight with Costello – who would finish with five of her side’s six points – doing her best to respond at the other end.

Kilkenny's Denise Gaule has been in fine scoring form

Katie Power helped herself to three points while Miriam Walsh, Katie Nolan and Julianne Malone all finished with a brace in the facile victory.

June 11, 2022: Group 2 round 3 – Antrim 1-09 Kilkenny 1-15

Kilkenny ventured north for the second time in the group stages and they were given a real test by Antrim in Dunloy.

Miriam Walsh found the net in the fourth minute for the away side, and Aoife Prendergast [0-02] and Julieanne Malone helped them into an early 1-06 to 0-02 lead.

The impressive Róisín McCormick was causing problems at the other end though and when Caitrin Dobbin found the net Antrim were right back in the contest.

Dobbin and McCormick tagged on further points to leave the home side just two back at the break, 1-07 to 1-05.

Kilkenny steadied the ship early in the second half, Denise Gaule particularly impressive, but it looked like it was game on in the 40th minute as Mary O’Connell was dismissed.

Antrim couldn’t take advantage though and Katie Power, Malone and Gaule landed insurance scores for the Cats.

June 25, 2022: Group 2 round 4 – Kilkenny 3-17 Offaly 2-07

Kilkenny made it four wins from four as a dominant first-half display killed off Offaly’s challenge.

Among their scorers was Mary O’Connell who came off the bench to grab two points after her red card against Antrim was overturned.

Laura Murphy has played a key role in Kilkenny's march to the final

Kilkenny hit 12 points without reply during one period of the first half and although Mairead Teehan did grab an Offaly goal nearing the break, Katie Nolan quickly added one for Kilkenny.

Kilkenny led by 12 at the break and they continued to turn the screw with Nolan’s second major pushing them well ahead. Julieanne Malone added a third in the 48th minute before Sarah Harding grabbed a consolation green flag for Offaly.

July 2, 2022: Group 2 round 5 – Galway 1-17 Kilkenny 2-14

Galway and Kilkenny played out an absolute cracker in Athenry with a draw enough to earn the home side an automatic semi-final spot on scoring difference.

In one of the games of the championship, Kilkenny overcame a six-point first-half deficit before they were caught in the closing stages as the All-Ireland champions claimed top spot.

Despite playing into the breeze, Kilkenny started well with Denise Gaule prominent and Miriam Walsh goaling to give them a four-point lead, but Sabina Rabbite grabbed a goal at the other end. Galway would then shoot seven points in a row and although Kilkenny steadied things before the break, they still trailed by four points.

With the elements now in their favour, they fought back well in the second half and Walsh grabbed her second goal after being smartly released by a quick free from Gaule.

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The game was in the balance heading into the final minutes, and points from Miriam Walsh and Gaule looked crucial. Galway were not done however, and late scores from Aoife Donohue and Aine Keane – after Siobhan McGrath and Walsh had exchanged scores – ensured that Galway took top spot by the narrowest of margins.

July 16, 2022: All-Ireland quarter-final – Kilkenny 2-24 Dublin 1-11

Kilkenny ruthlessly demonstrated their All-Ireland credentials with a complete destruction of Dublin in Thurles.

Dublin had actually started well and a goal from Niamh Gannon had them four clear, but Kilkenny effortlessly clocked up 1-10 without reply.

Gaule was heroic in that period, managing 1-05 including a penalty after Miriam Walsh was fouled and despite that early scare, Kilkenny led 1-16 to 1-05 at half time.

Miriam Walsh got the goal that she deserved in the 40th minute and from there it was a case of how many Kilkenny would win by. In the end, they had 16 points to spare and another meeting with Galway to look forward to.

July 23, 2022: All-Ireland semi-final – Kilkenny 1-13 Galway 0-12

Galway may have edged out Kilkenny to top spot in the group stages, but the Cats deservedly dumped out the All-Ireland holders following a four-point win at Croke Park.

Goalkeeper Aoife Norris was the star of show for the victors, pulling off a string of excellent saves including a penalty stop from opposite number Sarah Healy.

Kilkenny were the brighter team in the first half, but they still trailed by two points at the break as Galway made the most of their limited possession. Still though, they could have been further ahead only for Norris to bail her team out on a number of occasions.

Norris again had to be alert early in the second half, preventing Sabina Rabbitte from netting like she had in their group game, and that would prove crucial.

Soon after, Laura Murphy unleashed a bullet to the Galway net to give Kilkenny a foothold – one they would hold onto until the finish.

Galway got back on level terms, but it was Kilkenny who reeled off the final four scores to seal a date with Cork.

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