Sunday 18 March 2018

Midfield battle may decide club final


It's been a year of good fortune so far for Killimor and Inniscarra. Both sides won their respective senior county titles for the first time but today, when they contest the All-Ireland senior camogie club championship final at Croke Park (3.0), one side's luck is going to run out.

Killimor beat Mullagh to win the Galway county final and set up a meeting with Oulart-The Ballagh in the All-Ireland semi-final.

It took two meetings with divisional side Imokilly for Inniscarra to secure the Cork title. They then went on to dispose of Tipperary champions Burgess Duharra and Limerick's Granagh-Ballingarry to win Munster. O'Donovan Rossa provided the opposition for their All-Ireland semi-final but once again the Cork side were unstoppable.

Today's battle could well be won at midfield with Killimor pairing Emer Haverty and Ann Marie Hayes dominating the championship so far. However, they may well have their work cut out if inter-county star Rena Buckley opts to line out in the middle instead of at centre-back for the Cork side.

The curtain-raiser at Croke Park, the intermediate club final (1.0), will be contested between The Harps from Laois and Derry's Eoghan Rua. The Harps, who have three junior All-Ireland titles to their credit, easily overcame Galway side Sarsfields to secure their spot in the final. In recent times they have dominated Laois and are strongly represented on the county team.

Eoghan Rua defeated Munster champions Lismore by three points on the way to their final. They may not have as many titles as their opponents but they are not devoid of silverware.

They are All-Ireland winners at premier junior level and under 16 and, while they have a lot of young players on the team, the backbone of it has enough experience to carry them through.

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