Scariff (@1.2) vs Inagh Kilnamona B (@4.5)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Scariff will win

Scariff – Inagh Kilnamona B Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 08:30

Experienced players like Laura McMahon and Carol OLeary will be central to the challenge and OLeary admits the excitement is building as championship approaches. The first step on that road comes against the perceived new kids on the block in the form of Scariff-Ogonnelloe, and with derby showdowns to come against Sixmilebridge and Clooney-Quin, victory for the Blues is vital to get them off on a positive footing.

Three Senior B titles since 2015 including the last two have come their way, while 2016 saw them beaten in the championship semi-final. You have to go all the way back to 1990 since Sixmilebridge were last crowned champions, but recent years have garnered silverware for the club. This year marks a decade since they were last in the decider and they will be eager to bridge that gap.

They had to battle past a serious test against Scariff-Ogonnelloe to capture the Division One league title earlier in the campaign and that experience will have chastened them for the task ahead. The champions will be strongly fancied to emerge from the group stages and with their experience of managing the knock-out stages, there is no reason to think that they wont push on to yet another final.

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Improving on recent years is a big aim for us because for a few seasons we failed to get out of the group stages and there has been a bit of a shake-up for us this year in that we have not had Newmarket or Scariff-Ogonnelloe for a few years now so we are really aiming to get back to the knock-out stages. The training has really stepped up in the last few weeks in particular since the county girls came back to us and everyone is just eager to get going now at this stage she said. That is our immediate aim and we are not looking any further than that. It has been a bit of a build to this really across the summer training and waiting for the first round so hopefully now we can get off to a winning start.

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We were talking about making progress in the first year we were up and building on that last year but there is no more talk about that now. We were sickened to lose out to Inagh-Kilnamona in that league final in the manner that we did but we want to take that now and use it to move on to the next level. We are really looking forward to it now and training has been going really well over the last few weeks. We want to get to the final stages and we want to get that cup back to Scariff-Ogonnelloe she stated. Newmarket are an experienced side and we will be taking nothing for granted but we have faith in our girls that we can get the right result. It will be a big test but nothing will ever come easy in senior championship and there will be plenty obstacles to overcome. Every team will have the aim of getting their hands on that cup on county final day and we are certainly hoping we can go that far but we cannot look past Newmarket in our first game so that is the immediate focus now.

Last years showdown between the sides was only settled in extra-time while they also held the champions to a draw when they met in the group stages. The last few years have seen steady progress for the club, with back to back Senior B titles in 2015 and 2016 before making it consecutive Senior A semi-final appearances in 2017 and 2018 which both ended in narrow defeats to Newmarket-on-Fergus. The south-east Clare side are another who are under new management in 2019, as Eddie Dillon takes over the reins.

2014 saw them drop out of the top tier but a renewed effort led to the intermediate title being annexed in 2016. That progress was built on in some style in the last two seasons with consecutive semi-final appearances. The journey came agonisingly close to reaching another major milestone when a late surge saw Inagh-Kilnamona snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the Division 1 League final, and it would be no surprise to see a repeat of that showdown when the McMahon Cup is at stake later in the autumn. Outside of Inagh-Kilnamonas dominance, one of the main stories of the Clare camogie championship in the last few years has been the rise of the East Clare side.