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Burgess/Duharra Sixty Minutes Away From Munster Title

Thursday, 10 November 2016

BURGESS/DUHARRA will take on Inniscarra of Cork in the Munster Camogie Senior final on Saturday next in Cahir GAA pitch with throw in down for 2.45p.m.
After securing their fifth consecutive county championship at the second time of asking, the Shannonsiders went on to break the mould and overwhelmingly beat Granagh Ballingarry 5-17 to 1-9 in the Munster semi-final for the first time ever since the club was formed.
Tipperary have been starved for a senior Munster title at club level for the last five years with Drom/Inch the last club to lay hands on the cup back in 2011. So now the pressure is mounting on the Tipp champions to make history and take their first Munster title.
Cork champions Inniscarra are going for their second Munster crown having won the title for the first time back in 2010. They defeated their old rivals Milford, who have held the title on three of the last four occasions. While the Cork champions have classy players like their captain Joanne Casey, who can easily demolish any back line, supported by their sharpshooter Niamh McCarthy and the point searcher Aileen Sheehan, their back line is sure to be marshaled by the reliable Rena Buckley who can cause all kinds of problems for any forward.
However, Duharra have matured a lot in recent years and relish this challenge now that they know they are capable of going all the way. Their ace of forwards Eimear McDonnell will be oozing with confidence knowing she has support aplenty from the forwards. Trish O'Halloran is hugely reliable in the centre back position and is surrounded by tried and trusted defenders while captain Jenny Grace is without doubt the most accurate free taker in the country. There will be loads of pressure though on midfielders Caoimhe and Ciardha Maher to win vital possession and keep the supply to the forwards and they are confident they can deliver the goods.
Manager Darrell Tucker fully believes that his charges can break the mould and take the glory. 'I fully believe we can do this and I have great belief in this bunch of girls. The disappointment of last year is driving the players on,' he said. Happy with the way the preparations are going, he mentioned that the side have 'some niggling injuries' but is hoping to have all that cleared up before the final. Speaking about the semi-final win, Tucker mentioned the work rate of all the players throughout the pitch, 'especially the full forwards who worked tremendously well' he said. 'We have never won a match in Munster so that win was a huge relief to all of us and now we hope we can go on from that and complete the task' he stated.
Burgess/Duharra: Jenny Grace (Captain), Ciara Holohan, Aine Gillespie, Tara O'Brien, Elaine King, Margaret Hogan, Gemma Grace, Katie O'Flaherty, Amanda Egan, Una Quigley, Maeve Maloney, Amy Seymour, Tishy O'Halloran, Sorcha Holohan, Ciardha Maher, Triona Cleary, Caoimhe Maher, Ruth Barry, Danielle Nealon, Ciara McKeogh, Eimear McDonnell, Kaithlin O'Halloran, Tara Kennedy, Amy Kennedy, Aisling Gregan, Laura Reid, Aideen Nealon.

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