IN a county starved of success on the inter-county GAA fields in recent years, the one shining beacon in the darkness has been the Offaly camogie team who continue to advance at a rate equivalent to that of the county’s hurlers in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
A junior team just four years ago, Offaly won back to back All Ireland titles to make it up to the Senior ranks in 2011 where they acquitted themselves very well.
Their form in this season’s league may not have lived up to expectations but they won their last game against Dublin and they followed that up with an historic first win over Kilkenny in the first round of the Leinster Championship.
After that game manager John Troy was well aware of the significance of the win and he relayed how selector Mick Spain had equated the win with that achieved by the Offaly hurlers also against Kilkenny in the Leinster Final in 1980. Mick Spain was also a selector with that team.
This Saturday (Time and Venue to be announced), Offaly will go in search of another milestone on their incredible journey as they look to add a Leinster title to their collection of honours.
However they face an incredibly tough task as they face a Wexford side who have become the dominant force in camogie in recent years.
When the sides met earlier this year in the league, Wexford dominated winning by 5-17 to 1-9. Wexford were beaten in the league final by Cork however as All Ireland Champions in 2010 and 2011, they remain the team to beat in all competitions.
Offaly will go into the game more in hope than expectation however they were also written off before the Kilkenny game and they managed to upset the odds.
They will need to be right on top of their game to even push Wexford but in a one off game anything can happen.
Check website and www.offalyexpress.ie for details of leinster final
County Arms Senior Camogie League round 3 results
Lusmagh/Sinchills 6-7 Naomh Brid 2-5; St Rynaghs1-15 Kinnity 4-5; Drumcullen 4-14 Tullamore 0-7; Birr 3-17 Kilcormac/Killoughy 2-9
U-14 championship commences this week. Check Offaly camogie website for times and venues of all games.