The Saffron Gael

Ladies week as the Camogie Championship gets underway

This week the ladies take over our playing fields at the Antrim Camogie Championship gets underway with a full list of fixtures in Senior, Intermediate and Junior.

Tonight sees Senior champions Loughgiel start their bid for 5-in-a-row of titles when they take on Geraldines Portglenone in the quarter-final of the Antrim Fire Stop & Seal Senior Camogie Championship at Tir na nÓg , Randalstown at 6-45 while in the other quarter-final Dunloy face Ballycastle in Armoy at 7.

Thursday evening sees the Darragh Coaches Intermedaite Camogie Championship take centre stage. Holders Loughgiel 2nds have a bye in the quarters while in the other three games Tir na nÓg Randalstown take on Brídiní Oga Glenravel at Whitehill, Ballycastle 2nds are at home to St John’s, while Dunloy 2nds take on Cargin in Pearse Park, Dunloy.

Friday evening sees the three preiminary games in Doherty Woodshavings Junior Camogie Championship where St Enda’s host Rasharkin, Gort na Mona are at home to Rossa 2nds while St Paul’s have home advantage against Armoy.

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