Limerick Camogie fans will be making the trip to Croke Park this weekend to see our Intermediate Team take on Galway in the All-Ireland Final. At the beginning of the year the team and management set themselves the goal of reaching and winning an All-Ireland Final. They are 60 minutes away from achieving that goal and along the way have won the Division Two and Munster Junior Titles.
Standing in their way are a Galway side who overcame Waterford 1-15 to 1-7 in the semi-final to earn their place in the final. The two sides met in Mungret back in April in the final group game of the league with Limerick narrowly coming out on top on that day by 0-10 to 1-5.
Galway, who will be buoyed by a large travelling support (as they also contest the senior final), are expected to provide an attacking threat with goals coming in recent games from Rebecca Hennelly and Orla McGrath. In addition Dee Burke, Aoife Callanan, Aoife Donohoe and Finola Keely have also been getting on the scoreboard.
But Limerick's track record through the year has been excellent and with many clubs organising buses to the final are expecting a large and vocal support of their own. Supporters will be confident in the consistency of Niamh Mulcahy with placed ball and from play and our own goal threat from Dymphna O'Brien and Mary O'Callaghan. In addition Limerick's defence has been one of the meanest at this level with captain Michelle Casey leading a strong back line.
Unsurprisingly Manager Joe Quaid and Selectors Ann Herbert and Ger Sheehy have kept faith with the team that started the semifinal with the only positional switch seeing Katie Campbell move to midfield alongside Deirdre Fitzpatrick allowing Caoimhe Costello to resume her more usual position on the wing.
A great day is expected and all associated with Limerick Camogie wish the team every success.
Another Limerick Team will take the field in Croke Park on Sunday as the U10s of Treaty Gaels Camogie Club will take part in the mini games at half time in the Junior match.
In addition Limerick U14s who will take part in the All Ireland Blitz in Dublin on Saturday will parade in Croke Park at half time in the Senior game.
1 Sile Moynihan (Ahane)
2 Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry)
3 Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry)
4 Judith Mulcahy (Ahane)
5 Mairéad Ryan (Galbally)
6 Michelle Casey (Killeedy) Captain
7 Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West)
8 Deirdre Fitzpatrick (Killeedy)
9 Katie Campbell (Na Piarsaigh)
10 Caoimhe Costello (Adare)
11 Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane)
12 Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry)
13 Marie Keating (Killeedy(
14 Mary O’Callaghan (Bruff)
15 Dymphna O’Brien (Killeedy)
16 Claire Keating (Cappamore)
17 Janet Garvey (Tournafulla)
18 Noreen Barry (Killeedy)
19 Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry)
20 Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West)
21 Aoife Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)
22 Elaine Kennedy (Newcastle West)
23 Bríd Hannan (Croagh Kilfinny)
24 Meadhbh O’Neill (Galbally)
25 Orla Cunningham (Killeedy)
26 Sarah Crotty (Ahane)
27 Katie Hennessy (Ballyagran)
28 Caitrin DeBhál (Feenagh Kilmeedy)
29 Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy)
30 Jane Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)
31 Aishling McCartan (Newcastle West)
32 Patricia Liston (Newcastle West)
Joe Quaid (Murroe Boher)
Ger Sheehy (Newcastle West)
Anne Herbert (Newcastle West)