An all-conquering Burgess-Duharra team seek an extraordinary seventh successive county senior Camogie title when the outfit managed by Pat Cremin face outsiders Clonoulty-Rossmore in the decider at The Ragg Camogie Field on Saturday, October 13th (throw-in 2pm). And, please note that the senior decider will precede the intermediae final between Thurles Sarsfields and Cashel which takes place at the same venue (4.30pm).
Last year Burgess-Duharra collected the Bernie O’Dowd Cup for the sixth successive year at the expense of Drom & Inch, but now the defending champions pit their wits against an up-and-coming Clonoulty-Rossmore team who are appearing in their very first final.
The Burgess-Duharra team are managed by Pat Cremin who works alongside selectors Niall McGrath, Timmy Maher and Tony Gleeson.
In the semi-finals, thanks to goals from Ciardha Maher and Eimear McDonnell, Burgess-Duharra beat Éire Óg Annacarty in comprehensive fashion (2-15 to 1-5) despite fielding without influential forward Tara Kennedy.
Nevertheless the Burgess-Duharra starting team featured plenty of talent: Ciara Holohan, Elaine King, Gemma Grace (joint-captain), Una Quigley, Maeve Maloney, Trish O'Halloran, Aisling Cremin, Caoimhe Maher, Jenny Grace, Ciara McKeogh, Amy Kennedy (joint-captain), Ruth Barry, Eimear McDonnell, Ciardha Maher and Laura Reid.
Meanwhile Clonoulty-Rossmore reached their first senior final thanks to an eye-catching win over Drom & Inch (3-13 to 3-8) - the goals arrived courtesy of Cáit Devane, Casey Hennessy and Eimear Burke on an emotional day for the West Tipperary club.
Clonoulty-Rossmore senior hurler of real note Thomas Butler leads the management team which also features Lawrence Loughman, Neil Ryan and Danny Murphy.
The following Clonoulty-Rossmore team started the recent semi-final against Drom & Inch: Mary Therese Mockler, Eimear Loughman, Moira Kinane, Emma Ryan, Katie Murphy, Clodagh Quirke, Kellie Quirke, Casey Hennessy, Bernadette Ryan (captain), Sinéad Ryan, Kate Ryan, Sarah Fryday, Cáit Devane, Courtney Ryan and Eimear Bourke.
Although Burgess-Duharra will be hotly-fancied to win Saturday’s final with something to spare a case can be made for Clonoulty-Rossmore to edge this one - if Clodagh Quirke can dominate at centre-back and Sarah Fryday manages to terrorise the champions’ full-back line then there is a very real chance of an upset.
It is not sensible, however, to go against Burgess-Duharra on this occasion. The defending champions should prove too strong for Clonoulty-Rossmore, but there is also no doubting the fact that the West Tipperary club are an emerging force on the Tipperary Camogie scene.
As noted the County Intermediate Camogie Championship final takes place at The Ragg Camogie Grounds on Saturday, October 13th (4.30pm) when Thurles Sarsfields pit their wits against Cashel.
Thurles Sarsfields, who were crowned junior A champions last year, beat Kilruane MacDonagh's (2-15 to 1-10) in their semi-final. Inter-county star Karen Kennedy made a welome return from injury in time to feature in the contest with Kilruane.
Meanwhile Cashel were forced to come from behind to win their respective semi-final against Drom & Inch (3-11 to 1-12). Drom & Inch started well and led by 1-6 to 1-3 shortly after half-time, but only managed to add one more point to their tally during the second half while Cashel fought back to force extra-time (1-7 apiece).
Please note that Cashel have already beaten Thurles Sarsfields during the group stage of the competition and also saw off the challenge of Drom & Inch without Tipperary senior Camogie captain Orla O'Dwyer who was ruled out of last weekend's semi-final due to injury.
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