Experience could win it for Kilkerley
Published 04/09/2013 | 05:20
KILKERLEY and Dreadnots get a busy day of Ladies Final's underway when they clash in the Junior 1 decider in the Grove on Sunday at midday.
In what is a repeat of last year's semi final won narrowly by the Emmetts, This will be the Clogherhead side's first ever appearance in an adult final since their formation in 2011.
They had a difficult first year losing all their matches in the Intermediate grade. They performed much better in the Junor section last year turning in many fine performances AND have some experience of championship final day as a number of their members did line out with Fechins, as they went down to Dowdallshill in the '09 final.
They showed true quality in their two championship outings to date as they saw ofF the challenges of Fechins and Stabannon B on their way to the final. Competition for starting places will be very keen among the 26 strong panel. With Rory McCullagh, Tony Halpin and John Cunningham calling the shots from the sidelines, they will look to county star Kelly Cunningham as well as the likes of Lee McEvoy, Catherine Smith, Annmaree Lynch, and young stars Jill McEvoy, Roisin McCullough and Saorlaith Dawe
Kilkerley like Dreadnots are another recently formed club who also played for the first time in the 2011 season, and will be attempting to go one step further than last year when they lost narrowly to neighbours St.Brides after a replayed final.
Managed by Sean O'Mahony's man Gareth Crawley they will have Sinead Woods available. The ex Malachi's star spent the summer in New York and is expected to resume her strong midfield partnership with Louth Camogie star Ellish Mullholland.
They were very impressive when beating Glen Emmetts in the semi-final and have many fine players in their ranks including Fiona and Claire Lennon, Aine Connoly, Annmaree Kane and Nicole Sheerin all of whom have worn the Louth jersey and are the holders of senior championship medals won with Naomh Malachi.
Dreadnots are certain to put up a very strong challenge, but the greater experience of the north Louth side may ensure the title goes to Kilkerley.