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Crossmaglen Camogs eye Ulster Title

October 8, 2018

Crossmaglen Rangers Camogie club reformed a senior team back in 2012, having had a few lean years without a  team. They contested the Junior Championship in each year since 2012 but success was difficult to come by until 2017.  

The years between 2012 and 2017 saw the team grow in confidence and claim a number of ‘Junior B Championship’ titles, as well as promotion from Junior to Intermediate League in 2016.

Junior Championship honours were claimed in 2017 when they played Naomh Mhuire Port Mor in the final.

The team were excited by the prospect of playing in Ulster for the Bridie McMenamin Shield, but due to a grading change they were informed that there would be no Junior Champions from Armagh progressing to Ulster.  

This made the team more determined than ever to go for the Intermediate Championship in 2018.

This season has saw a strong performance from the team throughout the League campaign to secure the Division 1 League title as well as claiming the Intermediate Championship and they now contest the Ulster final on Sunday 14th October.

There is an air of confidence in the camp and with a mix of youth and experience they are now well prepared for the task ahead.

The panel of players have ten minor players that have experienced success as they progressed through each level of the club and four of these minor players were part of the Armagh U16 County Team that won last year’s All-Ireland title.

They are a very close knit team with four sets of sisters on the team: 3 Donaldson’s – Eimear (Crummy), Aveen, Orla : 3 McMahon’s – Aoife, Aislinn and Niamh,  2 O’Callaghans – Danielle and Megan and 2 Fanthorpes – Teresa & Charlene.

How they got there:

 Armagh Quarter Final v Derrymacash at end of June.

This was a tight encounter with the winners only being decided in the final quarter of the game with Crossmaglen a goal ahead at the final whistle.

Final Score: Crossmaglen 2-07 v Derrymacash 1-07.

Semi Final

Armagh Semi Final v Cullyhanna at beginning of August. As with all local derbys this was a keenly contested game but a strong preformance from Crossmaglen held at bay a determined challenge from Cullyhanna in the second half. 

Final Score: Crossmaglen 1-13 v Cullyhanna 2-04.

Final

Armagh Final v St. Brigid’s on 30th August.

These teams had met many times in recent years in League play-offs and Championship encounters, with many going to extra time and either side winning by the narrowest of margins.

The game had the same workrate from both teams and was an excellent display of skill and determination.

Management made significant changes which secured a win for Crossmaglen, demonstrating that they have a strong bench which they can call upon. 

Final Score: Crossmaglen 1-10 v St. Brigid’s 2-04.

The venue for Sunday’s game is still be to confirmed, with the throw-in scheduled for 2.30pm.

The team know that they have it all to do but they believe that they have what it takes to lift the Ulster title.

The game is scheduled to throw in against Monaghan Champions, Clontibret at 2.30pm, however the venue has yet to be confirmed by Ulster Camogie Council, but they have advised that it will be local to both teams.  

Panel: 

Aislinn McMahon, Aoife McMahon, Arlene Finnegan, Aveen Donaldson, Caitlin McKenna, Caoimhin O’Neill, Charlene Fanthorpe, Ciara Califf, Ciara Murphy, Danielle O’Callaghan, Deirbhile Larkin, Faye Fitzpatrick, Eimear Crummy, Lauren Duffy, Leon McShane, Marie Luckie, Megan O’Callaghan, Michelle Fleming, Niamh McMahon, Niamh Murphy, Orla Donaldson, Orlaith Murtagh, Riona McConville, Sarah Hanratty, Shannon Jennings, Teresa Fanthorpe

Management Team: Micheal Murphy, Gerard Murray, Patricia McConville & Marie Fanthorpe

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