Camogie previews: Milford hoping for more silverware

Updated: Friday, 28 Feb 2014 13:11 | Comments

Elaine O'Riordan, Milford, Emilie Darmody, Ballyhale Shamrocks, Shona Curran, Lismore, and Rachel O'Toole, Ardrahan
Elaine O'Riordan, Milford, Emilie Darmody, Ballyhale Shamrocks, Shona Curran, Lismore, and Rachel O'Toole, Ardrahan

Milford v Ardrahan, Senior Club Camogie final, Croke Park, 3.15pm 

Milford are looking to put titles back-to-back, having secured their first Senior All-Ireland club title last March, at the expense of Killimor.

The Cork outfit overcame Granagh-Ballingarry in the Munster final by four points followed by an extremely hard-fought win over Derry outfit Eoghan Rua in the semi-final.

Their back-line spearheaded by Maria Walsh has been in superb form while Ashling Thompson at midfield is a formidable operator. Up-front Deirdre O’Reilly and Maria Watson have been the chief scoring threats. Add in the experience of Anna Geary and captain Elaine O’Riordan and Milford are a tough prospect.

Ardrahan contested the 2012 All-Ireland Intermediate Club final and have ten changes from the side that lost to Eoghan Rua that afternoon.

They have come through a tough Galway county championship, accounting for Killimor and rivals Mullagh before proceeding to a semi-final with Mullinavat, whom they overcame with a brilliant second half-display.

Centre-forward Rebecca Hennelly and Keelin O’Shaughnessy are key in attack while Rachel Monaghan, Aoife Lynskey and Sinead Cahalan have been central to their success to date. Milford, though may prove a step too far and expect the Cork side to edge it.

Verdict: Milford 

Ballyhale Shamrocks v Lismore, Intermediate Club Camogie final, Cork Park, 1.15pm 

Backboned by the Fennelly clan with seven starring in the Leinster final win over Camross, Ballyhale Shamrocks come to Croke Park quietly confident after a tough path to the final.

Aside from the Fennelly clan, Ballyhale can call on Kilkenny stalwart Jacqui Frisby and they boast experience in their ranks.

Kellyanne Cottrell is one of their chief scoring threats and free-taker and was central to Ballyhale overcoming Portumna in their semi-final.

Lismore defeated Liatroim Fontenoys in their All Ireland semi-final and it marked a major breakthrough having lost at that juncture on two previous occasions.

Attackers Aoife Hannon, Shona Curran and Nicola Morrissey will present a serious threat to Ballyhale’s title aspirations and Ballyhale will need to put in a super defensive display to halt a powerful Waterford club outfit.

Verdict: Lismore

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