Galway senior camogie champions Mullagh face Oulart-The Ballagh (Wexford ) this Sunday at Croke Park (3.15pm ) in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship final.
Mullagh defeated the current champions Milford (Cork ), who were going for a three-in-a-row, in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Mullagh, All-Ireland senior champions in 1991, are managed this season by Pakie Dervan, who won an All-Ireland club hurling championship with Kiltormer in 1992.
Oulart won the title three years ago (2012 ) and have star players in Ursula Jacob, and the Leacy sisters (Una and Mary ), who have all won four All Ireland titles with Wexford.
If Mullagh are to regain the Bill Carroll Cup, they will need significant performances from two-time Galway All-Star Sarah Dervan, former Galway captain Sinead Cahalan, their key forward Rachel Monaghan, and team captain Colette Glennon,
Speaking recently at the captains' photo-call at Croke Park, Colette Glennon said Sunday had the potential to be a great day for the Mullagh club and that the tough competition in Galway helped to bring on the standards of club camogie in the county.
Mullagh beat Ardrahan in the county final last October by 4-6 to 1-08.
“There is definitely great competition in Galway. There are some very strong clubs. We got some great challenges from Killimor, Kinvara and Ardrahan during the year. Our aim this time last year was to get to the county final and if we got over the line, anything else was going to be a bonus," said Glennon.
"We had the All-Ireland champions in the semi-final and had nothing to lose and were total underdogs going in. We gave it a lash and thank God we came out the right side of it.
“We didn’t settle at all at the start of that game and we gave away a nice few frees. I don’t know was it nerves or what, it took us a while to get going.
“Then in the second half we went in and regrouped again. We decided we had nothing to lose at that stage, we would just go out and hurl away. We came out fighting and produced a good last 20 minutes to win, but we’ll need a lot more than that on Sunday. We’ll have to hit the ground running to have a chance really.
“Oulart are going to be strong favourites. A lot of their girls have won All-Irelands with Wexford and they won the club All-Ireland title in 2012 so they know the story. We’re newcomers to this big day, to Croke Park, and it’s going to be a tough battle for us.”
Visit camogie.ie for more information on the game and to see a video previewing the game from the two senior club captains.