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With both sides boasting a wealth of talent and experience, this has the making of a memorable final. Cashel have no less than eight inter-county players, however the form would appear to be with the Galway side. Athenry, spearheaded by Connaught Young Player of the Year, Jessica Gill, caused the upset of the year by defeating defending champions and three-time winners St. Lachtain’s of Kilkenny in the semi final.

Cashel’s hopes may very well rest on the shoulders of their eight county players, which includes two All Stars in Claire Grogan and Philly Fogarty. The Tipperary side have only been in one final previously, coming up short to Pearses of Galway in 2001.  This is something Fogarty very keen to correct. “”We know of our poor record at this level but we can rectify that on Sunday.  We have top players in the likes of Claire Grogan and Mairead Morrissey, to name just two, so this is our chance to do ourselves justice.

“”Athenry have the very talented Jessica Gill, and while she is a fine hurler, the side have more to offer. I know Therese Maher from playing against her in the colleges over the years and she is fantastic player. We all know it’s going to be a good tight game, but weære confident we have enough to pull through on the day”” Fogarty said.

Athenry go into Sunday’s game on a high and with the tag of being slight favourites. Coach, P.J. Molloy is quietly confident of side’s chances of bringing home the Championship for the first time since 1977. “”I know people would see us as being favourites, especially after the great result in the semi final, but there’s no way we see ourselves in the same manner.

“”We feel we’re good enough although we will give Cashel the respect that they deserve, so I suppose all we can do is see how it goes. This is very much a trip into the unknown for us, but it can only be helpful. It’s never a bad thing to be in a final so we’re going to go out there and give it our best”” Molloy said.

Throw in for the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship Final is 12.15pm on Sunday in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds.

Elsewhere, defending Champions Harps of Laois take on Armagh’s Keady in the in the All Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship Final.  The game will take place in Stabannon, Louth, with throw in at 2.00pm.


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