CAMOGIE’S BIG­GEST DAY

Three su­per fi­nals up for de­ci­sion on Satur­day

Bray People - - SPORT -

IT’S the big­gest day of the club camogie cal­en­dar in Wick­low and all roads lead to Baltinglass this Satur­day for a triple header of fi­nals at Ju­nior, In­ter­me­di­ate and Se­nior level.

In the Se­nior clash at 4pm it’s the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Knock­ananna tak­ing on their arch ri­vals Donard-The Glen once again.

Knock­ananna are un­der new man­age­ment this year and the teams en­joyed a bel­ter of a game in the group stages so a re­peat of that is both likely and de­sired by what should be a large trav­el­ling sup­port from all over the county.

Knock­ananna man­ager Brian Byrne says his side have to con­cen­trate on their own game.

“Donard have a very good team with a good mix of younger and more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and we’re well aware of the mag­ni­tude of the chal­lenge they’ll bring,” he said. “They play with a lot of phys­i­cal­ity but also have very skil­ful hurlers across the pitch so we’ll have to be at a very best to turn them over.

“Hav­ing said that though I think that it’s im­por­tant that most of our em­pha­sis is on our own game and how we pre­pare and per­form on the day. If we play to our ca­pa­bil­ity it will take a very good team to stop the girls so ev­ery­one just has to con­cen­trate on win­ning their own in­di­vid­ual bat­tles and then bring that to­gether and col­lec­tively work for each other as a team,” he added.

Across in the west, Donard-The Glen boss Caiman Kiely says there were en­cour­ag­ing signs for his out­fit from the ear­lier cham­pi­onship meet­ing this year.

“We know that Knock­ananna will pose a huge ob­sta­cle for us to get over on Satur­day. They’re county cham­pi­ons for a rea­son and have some very tal­ented camogie play­ers. We played them in the group stage ear­lier in the year and although we lost by a cou­ple of points I think there were en­cour­ag­ing signs for us that day. We were miss­ing a few play­ers our­selves for that match but I think we learned a lot from that out­ing and have been on an up­ward curve since then,” he said.

“Although I wasn’t over the team last year I un­der­stand how dis­ap­pointed they were to lose in the fi­nal last year and what it would mean to them to get the win on Satur­day. I sup­pose there prob­a­bly is a fac­tor of re­venge see­ing that it’s the same op­po­nents. This is where we’ve been aim­ing to be all year.

“At the same time though have to go out and play our nor­mal game and can’t let emo­tion get the bet­ter of us. I think that we have a lot of dif­fer­ent weapons across the pitch and have the skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion to come out the right side of the re­sult,” he added. Full pre­view inside.

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