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WITH Newbridge and Ashbourne under water last weekend, the All Ireland club camogie finals are re-fixed for this Sunday. The senior decider involving Athenry and Cashel will take place in Clarecastle GAA grounds, while the junior final between St Anne’s of Waterford and Lavey of Derry returns to Donaghmore Ashbourne (both games 2pm).

The weather played havoc with the fixture list last Sunday, a day which was to bring the curtain down on the 2009 playing season, forcing the postponement of both games. President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn said they were left with no choice but to cancel the two games, but she fully acknowledged the inconvenience on players and supporters alike.

“”I would like to thank camogie followers for their support during the year. We appreciate the effort that goes into organizing matches and that people make to attend our games. It was unfortunate we had to postpone the two finals last weekend. But, Kildare and Meath were some of the worst affected counties, and neither pitch was playable.

“”Hopefully, this weekend, it will be all systems go. The junior final remains in Donghamore Ashbourne, but the senior final is switched to Clarecastle, which should be a convenient location for Galway and Tipperary fans. Cashel and Athenry know each other quite well. They met in the 2007 final, and we are looking forward to a tight match with much talent and a host of inter-county stars on view. I expect both games to be keenly contested. “”

The Galway side will be looking to avenge the final of two years ago when Cashel took the Bill Carroll Cup for the first and only time. And whilst Athenry have contested a couple of deciders over the years, they must go back to 1977 for the last time the silverware went west.

Meanwhile, a new name will be etched on the Phil McBride Cup as neither St Anne’s nor Lavey has All Ireland junior club honours. The title remained in Leinster for the past three years following The Harps unprecedented success.


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