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Burgess/Duharra go in defence of Munster title

Thursday, 9 November 2017

BURGESS/DUHARRA will go in defence of their Munster title when they take on Inagh/Kilnamona of Clare in the Munster senior camogie final on Saturday next November 11 in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Throw in is down for 2pm.
The girls in green and gold broke the mould last year by winning their first Munster title and going on to the All-Ireland club semi-final. After beating Granagh/Ballingarry in the semi-final two weeks ago and looking stronger year after year, they certainly have impressed this season. Younger players are stepping up to the mark and the influence of former player Trish O'Halloran is paying dividends. O'Halloran, who retired after last season, gave a long number of years to both club and county and was a natural defender. Whether it was full, centre or wing position she played in, she was admired by so many young players down through the years.
Duharra now prepare for their toughest game of the year and hope to take their second Munster title and progress to the All Ireland club semi-final next January. They are a capable team of dedicated players from number 1 to 15 and management know that they can turn to any player on the bench and get the same high standard. No doubt here either that the side is hugely encouraged by ace of forwards Eimear McDonnell. Supported by the Kennedy sisters Tara and Amy, it's difficult to see how Inagh can break them down. Jenny Grace will punish any mistakes with her accuracy from placed balls while Caoimhe Maher and Gemma Grace will control the backline. Ciara McKeogh and Ruth Barry are a tried and tested reliable midfield duo and this is just mentioning some of the players.
Manager Pat Cremin knows that this will be a tough game. "They are double county champions in a row and they are very competitive, strong in the middle of the field, centre back, full back, centre forward, full forward so we're expecting a battle to be honest," he said.
In his first year at the helm, Cremin is hoping that the players can play to their potential and get a performance, defend the Munster championship title and on on to represent Tipperary and Munster. "If we can deliver a performance and if that performance is good enough that is it," he said. Of the semi-final, the manager commented that the two first half goals set them up at the break. "It's very hard on a team to respond when you're hit with two goals before the break. It was very good from our perspective going in of course."
Cremin and his backroom team of Eoin (Tossie) Hogan, Tony Gleeson and Cyril McGrath will no doubt be asking for a repeat performance from their charges on Saturday.
Clare champions Inagh/Kilnamona are "over the moon" having qualified for their first ever Munster Senior club final when they beat Inniscarra of Cork 0-15 to 1-7 in the other semi-final. Club secretary and manager of the team Margaret Lafferty said "it's a very busy time and there's a lot of excitement here about reaching our first Munster final".
A combination of two clubs just like Burgess/Duharra, Inagh/Kilnamona combined forces in 2012 and have made waves ever since progressing to this stage. They were beaten last year in the semi-final by Inniscarra of Cork, and Duharra went on to beat Inniscarra in the final.
"With girls away at college, we can't expect them to come home for mid week training," said the manager but no doubt the combination club will give it a good lash. Marie O'Halloran can pick off points from play while their chief scorer Amy Keating is fast and accurate and a real threat. Siobhan Lafferty is solid in defence while their midfield pairing of Aoife Keane and Andrea O'Keeffe could very well prove troublesome. Sinead Power is another player to watch along with Joanne Casey, Fiona Lafferty and Sinead Quinn.
Burgess/Duharra would welcome your support on Saturday to help them over the line.
Burgess/Duharra v Inagh/Kilnamona of Clare in the Munster Camogie Senior final on Saturday coming November 11 in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Throw in is down for 2pm.
Burgess/Duharra panel: Aine Gillespie, Ciara Holohan, Amy Seymour, Elaine King, Gemma Grace, Margaret Hogan, Amanda Egan, Maeve Maloney, Ciardha Maher, Caoimhe Maher, Aisling Cremin, Ruth Barry, Sorcha Holohan, Ciara McKeogh, Jenny Grace, Eimear McDonnell, Una Quigley, Danielle Nealon, Tara Kennedy, Kaithlin O'Halloran, Amy Kennedy, Katie Grace, Laura Reid, Caoilfihionn Maher, Katie Flaherty, Shona O'Donoghue, Emily Morrissey.

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