Claregalway ladies bid for All-Ireland glory

Claregalway ladies are in action this Saturday in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship final against Thomas Davis (Dublin ) at Birr (1.30pm ).

The Claregalway ladies are one of the most progressive groups in the country and, despite being in existence for less than 12 years, they have already forged an impressive local and national reputation.

The club was crowned All-Ireland Féile winners in 2010 and 2011 and there is no sign of that conveyor belt of talent stopping any time soon as they are the current u-14 and minor champions too.

The team starting the All-Ireland final on Saturday is young, but they all players have represented Galway at different grades.

The team management of Martin Costello, Marty Dowd and Rita Healy will be looking to key forwards Deirdre Brennan, Ciara Newell, Michelle Dunleavy and the very mobile Tara Hession to be on form against the Dublin champions.

Brennan, who lines out at full-forward, was player of the match in their impressive win over Boherbue (Cork ), and she is a really key player for the Galway ladies.

Team captain is corner back Fabienne Cooney and she is joined in the full-back line by Eimile Gavin and Ellie Glynn.

Megan Glynn is a really exciting player at wing-back and while still u-16, she has already been a key player for the county minors.

Orla Dixon and Siobháin Gavin were at midfield in their semi-final win and there are not likely to be too many changes from the side that did so well two weeks ago in Tuam Stadium.

Thomas Davis won the All-Ireland Junior title last year and they are a very experienced outfit.

They will be a stiff test for what is a very young Claregalway team full of talented county u-16s and county minors.

That said, if the weather conditions are good and conducive to free-flowing fast football, the Tesco Homegrown All-Ireland Intermediate title could be lodged in Claregalway this Saturday evening.

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