NWP Recycling Ulster club camogie finals
Sunday in Tattyreagh, Co. Tyrone
12.30pm : Bridie McMenamin Shield final : Dunloy (Antrim) v Naomh Treasa (Tyrone)
2.15pm : Phil McBride Cup final : Crosserlough (Cavan) v Brídíní Óga Glenravel (Antrim)
The Phil McBride Cup NWP Recycling Ulster Junior camogie championship has been very competitive this year and Cavan champions Crosserlough and Antrim’s Brídíní Óga have certainly earned the right to contest this Sunday’s decider in Tattyreagh.
Over the past two weekends, the pair have seen off opposition by narrow margins in the quarter-finals and semi-finals – and last Saturday both contested Ulster club football championships, making it three tough challenges for basically the same group of players inside 8 days.
On October 1st Crosserlough came from 2-4 to 0-4 down with six minutes left on the clock to overcome Armagh champions Granemore with a goal from Niamh Boland followed by two points each for Niamh Reilly and Sinead McKenna.
Last Sunday they edged out Derrylaughan 2-8 to 3-4, with goals from McKenna and Laura Ellis less than 24 hours after beating another Tyrone side Ahyaran in the Ulster Intermediate football championship.
The Glenravel girls weren’t as successful in the Ulster Junior football tie in the Athletic Grounds last Saturday, but on Sunday they powered to a 3-9 to 2-9 victory over Castlewellan with two goals from Victoria Edgar and a cracking opener from Ashling Ward.
A week earlier a late Edgar goal sealed a 2-5 to 2-4 win over Ballinderry.
It has been an amazing couple of seasons for the Glenravel girls, coasting to the Bridie McMenamin Shield last year and then stepping up a grade to reach the Phil McBride Cup final with a starting team that features eight players aged 18 or under.
By contrast Crosserlough are a more experienced bunch and regularly featured at this level for a decade or more. They were narrowly beaten by eventual champions Tullysaran last year and are tipped to take the title tomorrow.
Ten years ago, Tattyreagh stalwart Bridie McMenamin passed away and it’s fitting that the opening game of the double-header for the Shield named in her honour should take place in her home club.
This competition has been dominated by Antrim clubs in the past few years and Dunloy will hope to add their name to the list when they face another young emerging team in Naomh Treasa from Dungannon.
Both teams lost to Brídíní Óga last year, Dunloy in the Antrim final and Naomh Treasa in the Ulster semi-final, but a year on the Dungannon side looks to have improved significantly with Roisin McErlean a huge threat up front.
However the north Antrim club has been enjoying success on many fronts in 2017 and comfortable wins in the quarter-final and semi-final suggest that they should start favourites in the decider.