Ladies Senior Championship throws in

 

 

 

The Abbey Hotel Ladies Senior Football Championship throws in this weekend with champions Kilbride, Clann na nGael, Shannon Gaels, St. Marys, Western Gaels, Michael Glavey’s-Éire Óg and Pádraig Pearses all gunning for glory.

 

Group A: Shannon Gaels, Clann na nGeal, St. Mary’s and Western Gaels.

 

Group B: Michael Glavey’s/Éire Óg, Pádraig Pearses and Kilbride.

 

Group A winners will go straight into the semi-final, while the remaining six teams play in three quarter-finals. The three winning quarter-finalists will join the Group A winners in the semi-finals.

  Kilbride are attempting to make it four county finals in a row and the Fourmilehouse outfit will be the outright favourites as they still harbour hopes of winning an elusive Connacht title. 

  Going on league performance the team best-placed to prevent another Kilbride success are last year’s county final runners-up Clann na nGeal, who have already won silverware this year in the shape of the Division One league following their one point victory over Kilbride a few weeks ago.

 

Group A

Clann na nGael

League form: Division One winners.

Key players: Shauna Bannon, Shauna O’Connell, Megan Kelly, Kelley Colgan, Orla O’Neill, Kayleigh Dunning and Ruth Finlass.

Prediction: Will top the group and take that automatic semi-final spot. A semi-final win to secure their second county final appearance in as many years.

 

Western Gaels

League form: Lost Division One semi-final to Kilbride.

Key players: A wealth of talented players including Jenny Higgins, Martina Freyne, Lisa Flynn, Danica Lavin and Leah Lavin, Shannon Dowd and Sasha Lavin.

Prediction: Should have the talent and the experience to progress to a semi-final.

 

Shannon Gaels

League form: Lost to St. Brigids in the Division Two semi-final.

Key players: Tess Murtagh, Sorcha Bruen, Katie Daly, Christina Beirne, Niamh O’Beirne  and Clodagh Corrigan.

Prediction: Like Western Gaels, the Croghan based outfit should have the talent and the experience to take a semi-final spot. 

 

St. Mary’s

League form: Suffered a heavy defeat to St. Dominic’s in Division Two semi-final.

Key players: Niamh Feeney, Rachel and Louise Brady and Gillian Dufficy,

Prediction: Despite comfortably winning the Intermediate final last year the fact that St. Mary’s have lost a number of Strokestown players for the coming season could see them struggle at this level.

 

Group B

Kilbride

League form: Division One finalists, losing out by a solitary point to Clann na nGeal.

Key players: A wealth of talented players including Siobhan Tully and Alice Kelly, they also have Fiona Tully, Niamh Shanagher and Rochelle Mullanney to name just a few. 

Prediction: A comfortable win in the quarter-finals, a closer contest in the semi-finals but will prevail to make their fourth county final appearance.

 

Michael Glaveys/Éire Óg

League form: As an amalgamated team they didn’t compete in the league. Michael Glavey’s survived relegation from Division Two with a comfortable win over St. Barry’s in the relegation semi-final, while Éire Óg were relegated from Division One as they lost out narrowly to Pádraig Pearses 

Key players: Helena Cummins, Joanne Cregg, Niamh Fleming, Rebecca Finan, Shauna Fleming and Sheila Brady.

Prediction: With the talent at their disposal a semi-final appearance is within their grasp.

 

Pádraig Pearses

League form: Narrowly avoided relegation from Division One defeating Eire Óg in the relegation final.

Key players: Former county senior player Jenny Downey, the experienced Grainne Lohan and Aine Ryan have a lot to offer along with Aoibheann Reilly and Aine Galvin.  

Prediction: The intermediate champions of 2017 are struggling to find form and look likely to take the third spot in Group B which will see them face the second-placed team in Group A in the quarter-finals. A daunting task for the Woodmount side.