Camross and O’Moores will meet for the sixth year in a row this Friday to see who will become intermediate county champions.
Camross hold the honours of being the current title holders after beating Dermot McGill’s side 2-12 to 1-11 in 2017.
In 2016, the O’Moores women took the honours for the first time in the club’s history and stopped the black and amber from their impressive quest to five in a row.
This is also set to be a historic day for the players as the final will be held in O’Moore Park, a rare occasion for many of those lining out on both teams.
I’m 18 years of age and this Friday is the 1st time I will ever get to play in O’Moore park.. Kinda sad how it’s taken this long to get the adult Camogie and LGFA finals into O’Moore Park when I’ve watched u12 boys finals been played there! @CLGLaois @LaoisToday #supporthersport
— Saz??♀️ (@cuddy_sara) September 17, 2018
Both teams are back and chomping at the bit to get their hands on the cup this year in what is sure to be a thrilling encounter.
The teams met once previously in the championship this year where Camross won out in a narrow one point victory, on 2-7 to 2-6.
Camross have gone unbeaten during the championship, while O’Moores placed second in the rankings. This set up Camross to play The Harps while O’Moores and St Brigid’s faced off in the second semi-final.
Camross and The Harps was a hotly contested battle before the black and amber managed to pull away in the final 15 minutes. The Harps went in one point down at half-time and came out guns blazing, with Theresa Bennett setting up an unbelievable goal from Jennifer Cass.
Camross turned up the heat in the 50th minute with a goal and a medley of points to finish the game 3-15 to 1-8.
O’Moores and St Brigid’s turned out to be a neck and neck battle from the off. St Brigid’s lead by a point at half time and a Clodagh Tynan goal within the first minutes of the second half seemed as though this young Brigid’s side would be the ones going to O’Moore Park on Friday.
However an Erin Murray goal, followed by scores of Mary Keating frees, an Amy O’Callaghan point and a strike over the crossbar by substitute Lorna O’Sullivan in the dying seconds of the game ensured a one-point victory for Dermot McGill’s side, and a coveted final place.
What both sides bring to the fore
Camross epitomes a blend of youth and experience. The likes of the experienced Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald, Niamh Dollard, Sile Burke, Aisling Burke and captain Olga Parkinson have firmly cemented their names in the Laois camogie scene. Kirsten Keenan, Sara Cuddy, Aedín Lowry add youth to the Camross side in each of their perspective positions.
Leading the way for O’Moores are players like Caitriona Downey, the three McEvoy sisters – Jenny, Alison and Emma, Rosemarie Bermingham, Casey Conroy, Amy Loughman and Joyce Dunne.
Laura-Marie Maher has been unlucky to be hit by another cruciate injury this year, but O’Moores have welcomed back players such as Lynn and Amy O’Callaghan to their side.
All in all, there’s not much between the teams. Camross will need to contain the pace of the O’Moores forwards while O’Moores will have to keep a close eye on Fitzgerald and Dollard.
As always, the first ten minutes is where both teams will want to set down their marker and will set the standard for the match.
Meanwhile, St Brigid’s are facing The Harps in the intermediate shield final on Sunday, September 23 at 12pm.
The Harps managed to contain Camross for most of the semi-final through staggering efforts by Roisin Phelan and Joanne Prior.
St Brigid’s were within touching distance of an intermediate final place, and with the drive young players such as Sarah Creagh, Jessie Quinlan and Clodagh Tynan have shown during the championship – it’s hard to look past this St Brigid’s side.
Verdict: St Brigid’s