The Saffron Gael

Cross & Passion girls bid for All Ireland double

The county hurlers and footballers are in action again this weekend but with neither in with a chance of promotion it is all about looking forward to championship time and trying to try different players. The hurlers are in Ballina to play Mayo, not a fixture I can remember happening before, and with a 1pm throw-in it will an early start for any fans wanting to make the five hour journey. The footballers are in Corrigan where they take on London, desperately needing a win to lift their season. In all three games they have played really well at times but just failed to get over the line when the chips were down.

The big game of the weekend is on Saturday when Cross & Passion College take on St Brigid’s Loughrea in the All Ireland Junior Camogie semi-final at Pairc MacUilin, Ballycastle. Two weeks ago the CPC seniors beat Loughrea in the senior semi-final in Galway and to complete the double over their Connacht rivals would be a remarkable achievement.  

The Antrim senior camogie team have a home game on Sunday in Ahoghill where they take on Kilkenny 2nds in Division 2 of the Littlewoods Camogie League. A tough taks no doubt but after winning their opening game against Dulin last weekend they will be in confident mood.

Also on Sunday our minor camogs set out on a new venture when they play Offaly in the first round of the All Ireland A championship. The game was to have been on Saturday but has been put back a day because of the CPC All Ireland semi-final

Later in the week we will be previewing all these game, with special emphasis on the CPC All Ireland semi-final.

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