Derry confirmed their increasing profile on the camogie scene when annexing the Irish Daily Star League Division 2 title for only the second time in their history with a resounding 2-11 to 0-06 victory over Meath.
The Oak Leaf contingent’s previous success arrived in 1999 but they appear well placed to make a stronger bid to break into the top tier, with Eoghan Rua’s two All-Ireland intermediate club titles in a row proving that camogie is reaching a higher plane in the county.
Meath have made their own giant strides in recent years, reaching the Division 3 final in 2010 and coming back last year snatch a one-point victory in the decider over Kildare.
In that context, appearing in the Division 2 final this time around with a 100% return from their four Group 2 outings was an outstanding achievement.
However, despite the excellence of Jane Dolan, who finished with five of their six points, they had no answer to the impressive firepower that propelled Derry to five-out-of-five wins in Group 1, and a plus 68-point point differential in the process.
Karen Kielt and Gráinne McGoldrick have been amongst the chief architects of that run and Kielt recorded 1-03, while McGoldrick notched up five points.
With Katie McCauley providing a significant contribution of 1-02, Meath were unable to stem the flow of scores from difference sources, while overly-reliant on Dolan at the other end.
Scorers – Derry: K Kielt 1-03; G McGoldrick 0-05; K McCauley 1-02, S Cassidy 0-01
Meath: J Dolan 0-05, E Guy 0-01