Camogie finalists gear up for big day

Updated: Tuesday, 08 Sep 2009 15:46

The respective captains pictured with Gary Desmond and Joan O'Flynn at GAA headquarters
The respective captains pictured with Gary Desmond and Joan O'Flynn at GAA headquarters

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The captains and managers of the competing counties gathered at Croke Park on Tuesday ahead of the Gala All-Ireland Junior and Senior Camogie Championship finals on Sunday next.

Offaly play Waterford in the junior final (12.45) while Cork meet Kilkenny in the senior decider (2.45) and representatives from the counties aquainted themselves with the Croke Park surroundings in the company of Joan O'Flynn, President of the Camogie Association and Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala.

Cork, appearing in their eighth successive final, will be looking to put back-to-back titles together. They are bidding for their 24th All-Ireland senior title bringing them to within two titles of Dublin

This year the Rebelettes won all of their three games in the round robin stage of the Championship.

Cork captain Amanda O'Regan is in confident mood ahead of Sunday's clash: 'Training has gone well and the competition for places is very strong. But, we know Kilkenny will be very hungry, they are a young team coming through,' she said.

Kilkenny last contested the All-Ireland in 2001 when they fell to Tipperary. Their most recent victory was in 1995 when current manager Ann Downey came head to head with current Cork boss Denise Cronin.

Kilkenny captain Ann Dalton is excited to be back in this year’s final: 'It is the first All-Ireland final for many of our players and we have worked hard.

'It was great to see the hurlers do the four-in-a-row on Sunday and it would be massive if we could bring another cup for the second week in succession.'

Offaly will be hoping to bring a first title to the Faithful county, while Waterford are appearing in their first All-Ireland junior final.

Joan O'Flynn, President said: 'Every camogie player's dream is to win an All-Ireland in Croke Park. So in next Sunday’s Gala All- Ireland finals dreams will come true in the biggest day in the sporting lives of the players of Cork and Kilkenny, Waterford and Offaly.

'The skill, speed, athleticism and artistry of the game’s finest players will be on display. The club and family base of camogie, as part of the Gaelic Games community, will be much in evidence.

'I am delighted that this year's All-Ireland programme continues to unite the Camogie and hurling families when the All Ireland Under-21 hurling title will also to be decided. A great day of action is in prospect.'