Today is a big day for the Laois club camogie scene with the two championship semi-finals down for decision in Mountrath this evening as part of a double header.
O’Moore’s v St Brigid’s
In Mountrath at 4pm
The first game sees county champions O’Moore’s take on St Brigid’s at 4pm.
O’Moore’s are seeking a third title in four years having only won their first in 2013.
It completes a busy week for a good chunk of the O’Moore’s team many of whom were part of the Sarsfields ladies football side that won the county final last Sunday.
Captain of the Sarsfields side Rosemarie Bermingham is one of many county players in the O’Moore’s side and she’s joined by the likes of the McEvoy and Williams sisters, Mary Keating, Liadan C. Fennell and Amy Loughman who are all excellent players.
O’Moore’s only narrowly got the better of St Brigid’s when the sides met in the group stages in July and it’s hard to see a massive amount separating the sides on this occasion either.
St Brigid’s can call on the likes of Laura Dunne, Clodagh Tynan, Saragh Creagh, Jessie Quinlan, Roisin Kilmartin and Aisling O’Dea and they’ll be keen to upset the odds and book their county final place.
The Harps v Camross
In Mountrath at 6pm
Camross arrive into the semi-final as the top-ranked team with three wins from three in the group stages and hell-bent on winning back the title they lost to O’Moore’s 12 months ago.
They beat their rivals by five points in the opening round before then seeing of St Brigid’s by three in their next championship outing and then having 13 points to spare over today’s opponents The Harps.
As always the likes of Kirsten Keenan, the Fitzgerald sisters, the Burkes, Sara Cuddy, Maeve Collier and Niamh Dollard will be vital for Camross and they should have too much for a Harps team that failed to win any of their group games.
Molly and Lucy O’Connor as well as Alice Walsh all tasted All Ireland minor glory with Laois this year and will be central for The Harps. But Camross will be favourites.
Camross and Portlaoise to meet in junior final
On a busy weekend of camogie fixtures, Camross and Portlaoise advanced to the final of the junior championship on Friday night when they got the better of Naomh Eamann and The Harps respectively.
Camross struck late to deny Naomh Eamann and won on a scoreline of 3-4 to 3-2.
Naomh Eamann, who are mostly made up of girls from Castletown and Slieve Bloom, led for most of the game but Camross stuck for the winning goal in injury time.
In the other semi-final on Friday night, Portlaoise, in their first year of adult camogie, were too strong for The Harps’ second team and won 3-6 to no score.