Athleague to cross ‘bridge?

Athleague camogie team are on the cusp of history as they face Johnstownbridge in the All-Ireland Junior Club Final on Sunday in Kinnegad (2.15 pm).

  It’s a voyage into the unknown for both sides as they square up to each other in this junior All-Ireland Camogie Club Final on Sunday.

  For Athleague, it is a great achievement to be in the final after they finally got the better of Four Roads, who had dominated the Roscommon club scene for the past eight years.

  With a number of very talented younger players to add to the experience that they have in their side, it looks a very good mix ahead of Sunday’s game.

  The win against Loughgiel Shamrocks in the All-Ireland semi-final was impressive and Athleague will go into Sunday’s decider with plenty of confidence.

  The role of Athleague’s experienced players will be absolutely crucial on Sunday.

  Goalkeeper Paula Daly, her sister and captain Elaine Daly, Kelley Hopkins, Annette McGeeney, Fiona Connell-Jones and Leanne Kelly will all have to lead the way for the talented young players who are on this team.

  The likes of Rachel Fitzmaurice, Nora Brennan, Chloe Whyte-Lennon, Niamh Brandon, Rebecca Brennan and Katie Lavin, to mention just a few, are new to the scene at this level and they have prospered so far.

  Johnstownbridge are an impressive outfit, who boast a number of players who were on the Kildare team who won the All-Ireland intermediate title this year.

  Watch out for Siobhan Hurley, who usually plays at centre half-forward. She is an inspiration to her side and is one of the best players in the country.

Others, like Louise Codd and Clodagh Flanagan, have also been impressive this year.

  The chances are that this game will be played in bad weather so the team who can battle hardest will be in with a big shout. Not having seen Athleague’s opponents play, it is hard to predict the outcome of this final. It would be a great end to the year in camogie in Roscommon if Athleague were to prevail and we wish them the best of luck this weekend.