(Photo: Athenry GAA Club)
The Connacht Senior A and B colleges camogie finals take place today (Friday, 19th January) with two deciders taking place in Kilnadeema and Ballinderreen.
Defending champions Presentation College, Athenry will defend their ‘A’ title against St. Brigid’s College, Loughrea in Kilnadeema at 2pm.
‘The Pres’ won last year before going down in the All-Ireland semi-final to Loreto College, Kilkenny. However, Fiona Page’s team have made their mark in the junior ranks in recent seasons and played in the 2015 national decider.
The previous year, St. Brigid’s, Loughrea finally reached the Holy Grail when they were crowned All-Ireland champions. Captained by current Galway senior Tara Murphy, they emerged 2-6 to 0-9 winners over the Kilkenny school thanks to goals from Aisling Connolly and Katie Manning.
It was their first ever title, bridging a 24-year gap for Loughrea as St. Raphael’s completed an unprecedented eight All-Irelands in succession in 1992.
St. Raphael’s also are in action when they contest the ‘B’ Final against Colaiste Bhaile Chlair in Ballinderreen at 12pm.
They’ll be hoping to complete a Loughrea double against the first-time finalists from Claregalway but Colaiste Bhaile Chlair did win an All-Ireland junior ladies football crown in 2017 and will feel the talent coming through can bring them to further success.
CONNACHT PPS SENIOR CAMOGIE FINALS (Friday, 19th January)
A Final: PRESENTATION COLLEGE ATHENRY vs ST. BRIGID’S, LOUGHREA
B Final: ST. RAPHAEL’S, LOUGREA vs COLAISTE BHAILE CHLAIR