A look ahead to this weekend’s Ladies Club Chamionship fixtures
Ballinamore Credit Union Ladies Intermediate Championship Final
Sean O’Heslin’s v St. Mary’s: This is a tough one to call - St. Mary’s made Dromahair work extremely hard in this final last year and look determined to go one better but they meet a Sean O’Heslin’s team who demolished Gortletteragh to win the Junior A crown.
As Dromahair proved in the last few years, momentum can see teams rapidily rise through the ranks and if Sarah McLoughlin, Kirby Gilgunn, Orla McWeeney, Katie Duignan and the O’Dowd sisters get going, St. Mary’s will find it extremely hard to stop them.
Yet St. Mary’s are not without scoring threat themselves - Michelle Guckian could run up a score on her own big enough to win while County star Sinead McWeeney will drive them on. Edel McManus and Clodagh McGrail will add power so it will be a tough one to call. But O’Heslin’s get a narrow vote to take the title.
Cara Pharmacy Ladies Junior B Championship Final
Dromahair v Aughnasheelin: As a first team, Aughnasheelin would automatically be favourites here and although they have contested this final before, they will be wary of a strong Dromahair second string who will really test them. However, you’d still expect Aughnasheelin to emerge victorious here.
Cox’s Steakhouse Ladies Senior Championship
Kiltubrid v Dromahair: Kiltubrid will be determined to reach their first Senior Final, particularly after they pipped in the semi-final last year by two points.
Aine Tighe will carry the scoring load but Dromahair will pose a serious threat, with the Fowley and Conlan sisters providing the back-bone of a serious looking outfit. Dromahair have charged up through the ranks over the last few years so expect them to maintain that progress to reach the Senior Final.
St. Joseph’s v Aughawillan: Aughawillan may have relinquished their grip on title last year but they are back in the semi-finals and St. Joseph’s won’t take them for granted. Aughawillan’s experience is enough to keep any team on their toes but after coming so close in the Final last year, St. Joseph’s look like a team with a mission. Sharon Kerrigan, the Heslin sisters, Clare Owens, Siobhan McCartan and Ciara Gray give them an edge that should see them into the final.
In an aside, the game will see Cavan colleagues Grainne McGlade and Ciara Gray face each other, just two weeks away from an All-Ireland Final and I’m sure the Cavan selectors will be anxiously waiting to see if their two star defenders coming through the games safely.