It may not have the ring of a Sunday in September but for the players and fans of Monaghan’s Clontibret, Roscommon’s Four Roads and Meath’s Ratoath and Kilmessan Camogie Clubs last Sunday was the pinnacle of their year.
The AIB All-Ireland Junior and Junior B Camogie Club Championships Finals drew a crowd of over 1,400 fans to Páirc Tailteann in Navan in the hope that their club team would be celebrating being crowned All-Ireland champions after the final whistle sounded.
For those that couldn’t attend the game, AIB live streamed the finals on their Facebook page. The production was a two camera affair but brought the excitement to an expanded audience that grew to over 15,000 over the course of the four-hour stream.
In total there were 15,205 views, with people tuning in from Brisbane, The Caribbean, Chicago, New York City, Denmark and London as well as across Ireland.
In 2017, AIB livestreamed all of the AIB All-Ireland Camogie Club Championships Finals, while they also broadcast a number of the football and hurling fixtures that were not being shown on live TV.
Last year’s streams reached over 170,000 people in 182 different countries across the globe.
The double-header last Sunday, which was commentated on by Killian Whelan and Lauren Guilfoyle, turned into a great day for Meath Camogie, with Kilmessan claiming the All-Ireland Junior title against Roscommon’s Four Roads on a score-line of 3-12 to 1-12.
Ratoath dominated the Junior B Final against Clontibret running out comprehensive 1-12 to 0-03 winners.
“We’ve been live streaming Camogie Finals during the past five years of our long-term partnership with the Camogie Association,” said Patrick Somers, AIB’s Sponsorship Marketing Manager speaking about the success of the broadcast.
“Each year we see a huge appetite for these fixtures and the first fixture of our schedule this year has been no different.”
“In 2018 we were delighted to extend our sponsorship of the AIB Camogie Club Championships for a further six years. This year’s competitions are transpiring to be tough battles in each province and we’re very excited about the coming months and we wish all the club teams, who are still in the #TheToughest competition the very best of luck.”
“Being able to broadcast such competitive fixtures across the globe is hugely beneficial for our game,” added Camogie Association President Kathleen Woods.
“AIB have livestreamed a number of Camogie finals over the past five years that may not have been televised. We were delighted to have viewers in places as far as Brisbane, The Caribbean and New York and we’re hoping we can build on this exposure in 2019 with the Intermediate and Senior All-Ireland Finals.”
The AIB All-Ireland Intermediate and Senior Club Championship semi-finals are set to be played on Sunday, January 27th, with the finals for both taking place on Sunday, March 3rd 2019.
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