London Senior Championship Final 2010 PREVIEW
Venue: Ruislip GAA Grounds
Date: Saturday 3rd July 2010 at 5.30pm
Tara Camogie Club are gearing up to defend their London Senior Championship title against Father Murphy's at Ruislip on Saturday (July 3rd).
Coach Brian Mansfield will be looking to influential club and county captain, Kilkenny's Bridget Grennan to lead by example in Tara 's quest to win a second consecutive championship final. With 14 players on the London County panel, Tara have a strong squad but are anticipating a tough match against Murphy's. Despite a relatively smooth path to the final with high scoring wins against Croydon,
Brothers Pearse and Murphy's, Mansfield is taking nothing for granted. He said “Our championship form counts for nothing now. Fr. Murphy's are tough opponents, who we have great respect for. But we have 60 minutes to realise our goal, which we set at the end of last year. The preparation is done, the hard work has been put in and it's all down to us on the day to see it through”. Grennan agrees that it will be a tough match saying "The addition of Sandra Martin, who missed many of the league games is a big boost for Murphy's. Also Brenda Kerr is back from injury. You underestimate Murphy's at your peril. Two year ago we did and Murphy's beat us well. They are always fit tough opponents and Saturday is going to be no different. We need to get out of the starting blocks quick because if Murphy's get a momentum going anything could happen."
Tara will be relying on the prowess of Kilkenny duo Angela Kenneally and Helen Murphy up front, along with sharp shooter Joanne Hamilton (Antrim) and free taker Denise Gilligan (Galway ) who between them accounted for 11 of London's points against Carlow on June 19th.
The Tara team has undergone a number of changes from last year's winning side losing players to travelling and other circumstances. In the new look Tara side Galway's Kathleen Noone takes over in goal while captain Grennan moves to centre back. Tara have also managed to recruit some exciting new players to their panel and Galway natives Caroline Kelly, Denise Mooney, Niamh Dolan and Emer Fahy are welcome additions along with Cork's Noirin Mulcahy, Meath's Michelle Adair and Karen Fitzpatrick from Cavan.
Tara can also rely on the experiences of a number of players who took part in last year's championship including county panelists Vice Captain Ann Gleeson (Tipperary), Anne Digan (Offaly), Maebh Brennan (Cork), Danika Harrison (Clare), Australian Rosie Cusack who scored a hat –trick against Carlow along with Colette Fahy and Sheila Fernandes (Galway) and Susannah Gill ( London).