Ahane stand in the way of Granagh Ballingarry’s drive for five.
This year’s County Senior Camogie Final is a re-match of last year’s final between Granagh Ballingarry and Ahane which was won Granagh completing an impressive four titles in a row.
The question on everyone’s lips is do Ahane have what it takes to stop the “drive for five”. Ahane collected the League Title earlier in the year winning their first Senior title in many years and will be looking to follow that up with a win at Championship level.
Both sides were pushed hard in their respective semi-finals. Granagh lead from early in the match against Killeedy but could not open a decisive gap over a dogged side in the final shake up hanging on for a 1-10 to 0-11 win. It was even closer in the other semi-final between Ahane and Newcastle West with Ahane edging by a single point 2-5 to 1-7.
Ahane lead from early on with two first half goals ensuring they had a three point lead at the break. But a goal by Newcastle West levelled the game immediately after the break and from there on the game swung first one way then the other with neither side able to open up a decisive gap. In the end it was Ahane who finished with their nose in front to secure their place in the final.
Both sides have their quota of county stars with All-star nominee Niamh Mulcahy probably Ahane’s greatest threat and Sarah Carey a key figure for Granagh Ballingarry from centre back. Granagh have the slight advantage as they won by a six point margin when the sides met in the round-robin stage. Last year’s final was a fantastic clash between two sides and we can only hope for a rematch of the same quality.
The Junior A final is a local derby with Ballybrown playing Patrickswell in the opener. Ballybrown have responded well to relegation from the Intermediate ranks last year and have been unbeaten so far this year and are probably slight favourites.
But Patrickswell have been a coming side at this grade for a few years with some younger players making the transition from underage and there was only a single point between the sides when they met in the round-robin stages. This combined with the intensity of a local rivalry make this a difficult one to call.