Ladies’ foot­ball league fi­nals on at week­end

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WICK­LOW SE­NIOR LEAGUE FI­NAL

Bless­ing­ton v. Bray Em­mets (Round­wood, Sun­day, 4 p.m.): At the Round­wood venue this Sun­day two of the ti­tans of the mod­ern game in Wick­low go head to head for the hon­our of Se­nior League Cham­pi­ons for 2008. This match will fea­ture many of the Wick­low ladies county team which won Le­in­ster hon­ours this year. Bless­ing­ton, back­boned by their three in a row cham­pi­onship team, will ar­guably start as favourites but will have to bat­tle hard if they are to over­come this Bray side with a fine sprin­kling of young tal­ent. Bray on the other hand have un­fin­ished busi­ness as they are still smart­ing from their in­ex­pli­ca­ble cham­pi­onship loss to Ark­low.

How­ever, de­spite the amount of new play­ers it will be pos­si­bly the more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who will de­cide the di­rec­tion of the tro­phy spon­sored by Do­minic Leech. Bless­ing­ton with Emer Mi­ley, Julie Fitz­mau­rice, the Reid sis­ters (Maura and Breda), and the ev­er­green Jill Heat­ley will pres­sure the East­ern out­fit led by Eadaoine Leni­han, Aish­ling O hAn­naidh, Mikaela Shel­ley and Ni­amh Cole­man.

It is prob­a­bly the Bray at­tack against the Bless­ing­ton de­fence which will be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides as the Bray girls when they cut loose are ir­re­sistible. How­ever, the miserly Bless­ing­ton de­fence will not yield eas­ily and a draw in this match is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity.

WICK­LOW IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE FI­NAL

Balt­in­glass v. Eire Og (Laragh, Sun­day, 2 pm.): This match prom­ises to be one of the matches of the year. Balt­in­glass, still smart­ing from their de­feat by Eire Og in the cham­pi­onship fi­nal ear­lier this year, will be all out for re­venge and Eire Og will want to prove that their victory, which they thor­oughly de­served on the day, was no once off.

Both man­age­ment have been pre­par­ing for this show­down but per­haps Eire Og who have only re­cently ex­ited from the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship have the bet­ter qual­ity prepa­ra­tion as they have had fine qual­ity matches in re­cent weeks.

How­ever if Balt­in­glass can get Anne Marie Do­ran, Edel Pat­ter­son and Geral­dine Nor­ton, (who had a strangely sub­dued cham­pi­onship de­cider) into this game then the Western­ers will cer­tainly be more than a match for the seasiders. Eire Og who have among their ranks the likes of Caoil­fhionn Deeney, Lau­rie Ah­ern and Lorna Fus­cia­rdi will take some beat­ing and are given a ten­ta­tive vote to deny Damien Pat­ter­son’s girls in a tight match which will go to the wire.

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