St Brigid’s and O’Moore’s will meet in the Laois Camogie championship final on Saturday at 12.30pm in MW Hire O’Moore Park.
It is the third successive year that the final has been staged at Laois GAA HQ and sees the 2019 defeated finalists meet the 2018 winners.
St Brigid’s, who are made up largely of girls from Rathdowney, Errill, Clough, Ballacolla, Kilcotton and Borris-In-Ossory, are back in the showpiece and are looking to go one better after losing the decider to Camross last season.
While it is the eighth time in the last nine years that O’Moore’s have reached the camogie showpiece and they will be intent on a third win.
Their breakthrough year came in 2016 when they defeated Camross in the final and they beat the same opposition in 2018 for the second success.
2019 was the first time since 2011 that O’Moore’s were not in the final and their group form this season suggested they would miss out again.
Defeats to Camross and St Brigid’s, along with a draw with The Harps, meant that Dermot McGill’s side went into the semi final with county champions Camross as massive underdogs.
Nevertheless, they won that game and will be hoping experience brings them through this afternoon.
After a number of years out with injury, Laura Marie Maher’s return to full fitness has been a huge boost to O’Moore’s.
She, along with McEvoy sister Alison and Jenny, Rosemarie Bermingham, Joyce Dunne and teenager Amy McKane are the main players on Dermot McGill’s side and if they all fire, they won’t be far away.
St Brigid’s, who are managed by Liam Tynan, Robert Jones, Mark Dunne and Trish Bergin, come into the final as favourites after winning all of their group games and enjoying a nine-point semi final win over The Harps.
They are hoping to end their wait for silverware at the top level which stretches all the way back to 2004.
They have an excellent goalkeeper in Laura Dunne while Clodagh Tynan at centre back and captain Laura Finlay in defence are rock solid.
Sarah Creagh and Jessica Quinlan are steady in midfield while Aisling O’Dea is flawless on frees and full forward Tara Corrigan is dangerous in front of goal.
It has all the ingredients to be a brilliant match and perhaps this could be the year that St Brigid’s end their wait for glory.
Verdict – St Brigid’s