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Enthralling semi-finals in prospect in the Camogie club championship

For most camogie players, this time of the year usually means a break from training sessions and matches and a time to catch up on a social life and indulge a little as the fitness diet goes out the window. But this isn’t the case for all players, and it’s certainly not the case for the 4 remaining senior teams in this year’s AIB All-Ireland club championship.

It is a testament to the strength and depth of all 4 clubs that they are the same teams that reached last year’s semi-finals. In Munster, Tipperary champions Burgess-Duharra added a second Munster title to their 6-in-a-row county titles. Kilkenny champions Thomastown saw off Mags Darcy’s club St Martins in the Leinster final. All-Ireland finalists Sarsfields will be looking to go one step further this year after clinching another Galway championship. While in Ulster, Slaughtneil showed no sign of giving up their All-Ireland too easily with another success in the Ulster final.

While all 4 teams reached the semi-final stages last year, the pairings this year are different. Burgess-Duharra were defeated by Slaughneil last year but this time they face Sarsfields in the semi-final leaving Thomastown to face the Ulster champions. It hasn’t been all plain sailing to get this far either. In the Munster final an impressive opening half saw the Tipp champions lead Inagh Kilnamona of Clare by 10 points at the break, 2-8 to 4 points. But the Clare champions came out fighting in the second half and Burgess-Duharra had to withstand a ferocious fightback before star forward Amy Kennedy sealed the win with a 60th minute point to leave the final score 2-10 to 1-10.

In the Ulster final the first time that the All-Ireland champions Slaughtneil were in front of Loughiel Shamrocks, was in the 57th minute when Therese Mellon goaled. The Derry side showed great composure to eventually win 2-11 to 3-5. Offaly star Tina Hannon who is now based in Derry transferred to the club earlier this year and she’s having a huge influence so far scoring 10 points in the Ulster final from both play and frees.

Despite scoring 3 goals it wasn’t enough for St Martin’s of Wexford to topple Thomastown in the Leinster final. With players of the calibre of the Farrell sisters and Jenny Reddy, the Kilkenny champions will be looking to book a place in the All-Ireland decider when they face the Ulster champions. In Galway, Tara Kenny was awarded player of the match as Sarsfields defeated Mullagh in the county final 3-10 to 1-7. They too will be eager to get back to Croke Park  for another shot at being crowned All-Ireland champions.

It means that we will have two cracking semi-finals to look forward to in the new year.

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