Shamrocks bidding to join a special group

Loughgiel Camogs head off to Croke Park early tomorrow afternoon to take on Galway and reigning All Ireland champions Sarsfields.

Sarsfields are bidding to become the first club to do the back to back double of club titles, their hurlers completing that feat in 1993 and 1994.

If the Shamrock were to be successful they would join a unique band of clubs who have won both titles at senior level. Glen Rovers of Cork won the hurling in 1973 and ’77, while their Camogie title came in 1986. Athnery of Galway won senior Camogie in 1977, beating. Portglenone in the final, while the Galway side have also won three hurling titles, 1997, 2000 and 2001

Reigning champions Sarsfields are the other club to do it, and success for them on Saturday evening would set their club apart with back to back titles

Incidentally Rossa have won senior Camogie and Intermediate hurling as have St Lachtains of Freshord of Kilkenny.

 Loughgiel face a tough challenge if they are to join that special club, but they in confident mood heading to Dublin. The season has been very good for them, and their win over Slaughtneil provided a platform for them to advance. The win over Tipperary and Munster champions Drom & Inch last weekend has propelled them into new territory and they are just one step away from dreamland.

God speed them on their journey tomorrow and we all wish them and their neighbours Dunloy and Bridini Oga the best of luck this weekend.

Loughgiel Open Night

On Wednesday evening the Loughgiel club held an open night for their fans, starting at the floodlit ball-wall and then on down to the clubrooms for food and refreshments. Saffron Gael went along to grab a few photos

Antrim Camogie chairman Liam Vallely presents a sponsorship cheque to Loughgiel joint captains Amy Boyle (left) and Lucia McNaughton
Sarah Laverty and Joe Cummings of Loughguile Credit Unior presented a cheque to team captains Amy Boyle and Lucia McNaughton while looking on are team members Orlagh Laverty (left) and her sister Christine Laverty (right) who are daughters of Sarah.

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