It’s a big weekend for Offaly camogie with five crucial games down for decision inclusing the two Senior semi-finals which will be played on Saturday evening in Rath.
The first of the semi-finals sees neighbours Tullamore and Sinchills/Lusmagh going head to head at 3.30pm. Sinchills/Lusmagh caused the shock of the quarter-finasl when they overcame Birr by two points with county star Jean Brady scoring the match winning late points. Tullamore came through their quarter-final in style with a 3-15 to 0-5 win over Kilcormac/Killoughey after another impressive win over Drumcullen in their final group game.
The sides met in the group stages where Tullamore had a 4-10 to 1-7 win and they will go in as favourites however Sinchills/Lusmagh will be bouyed by their quarter-final win and will be looking to overturn that result.
The second semi-final in Rath at 5.15pm pits the two group winners together when Shinrone and St Rynagh’s go head to head at 5.15pm. Defending champions Shinrone dominated Group 1 winning their four games by a combined total of 91 points. They have had a lenghty break since their last group game but they will still go into the game as strong favourties with county players littered throughout the team.
St Rynagh’s come into the game after being crowned Offaly Ladies Football Senior Champions last weekend after a hard fought win over Rhode. In their three group games, they had two big wins over Sinchills/Lusmagh and Tullamore but were held to a draw by Drumcullen. They will need to be right on top of their game to overcome Shinrone but they certainly have the talent to make it through to another county final and keep up their quest for a unique double.
This weekend will also see the Intermediate semi-finals being played. Birr and Drumcullen go head to head in Carrig at 5.30pm on Saturday with Naomh Brid and Kilcormac/Killoughey meeting in the other game.
There is also silverware up for grabs on Sunday when St Cillian’s and Kinnitty meet in the Junior Final in Shinrone at 12pm. Kinnitty almost came back from nowhere to catch Drumcullen in their quarter-final while St Cillian’s more than held their own against Naomh Brid in their quarter-final which was also their first championship game at adult level.