Darragh’s Coaches Antrim Intermediate final
Thursday 7.30pm in Portglenone
Brídíní Óga Glenravel v Loughgiel Shamrocks
THERE IS a repeat of last year’s final in tonight’s (THURSDAY) final of the Darragh’s Coaches Antrim Intermediate camogie championship. A year ago, Loughgiel were emphatic 6-8 to 1-4 winners over a Brídíní Óga Glenravel team that had only won the Junior title the year before.
However there is plenty of evidence that the Glenravel side has made progress this season and will close the gap on the holders.
They competed in the Division 1 league through the spring and early summer and recorded victories over Rossa and Portglenone senior teams along the way. Indeed they gave other teams a decent run for their money, although they were also well-beaten by Ballycastle and of course Loughgiel’s first team.
Almost half of their team are still teenagers coming off successful Antrim inter-county teams and gaining in experience at senior level; centre half back Ellen Hynds captained the Antrim minors to an All-Ireland title in April while Laoise McKenna has been a regular for Antrim seniors at midfield through the National League.
Forwards Torie Edgar and Kirsty Laverty also took home All-Ireland medals with Antrim last season and some of the girls who helped the Saffrons win the under 16 title a month ago have been pushing hard for inclusion in recent games.
But they are up against the Loughgiel juggernaut that has also been integrating very talented under-age inter-county players into an already winning club side.
Full-back Katie Lynn, midfielder Louise McKillop, centre-forward Kirsty McKendry and full-forward Charley McCarry have all shared in recent Saffron successes with the Glenravel girls and they are well supported by a number of players with plenty of senior club and even county experience like Aine Doran and the Devlin sisters.
The Shamrocks have not lost a game this season through Division 2 of the league and indeed have yet to concede a score in the championship campaign, and will start as favourites to retain their title.
They should concede scores tonight, but it will be interesting to see whether or not Glenravel’s gamble in playing in a higher league division will pay off with a first Intermediate crown.