Friday 20 September 2019

Oulart the hot favourites

Stacey Kehoe
Stacey Kehoe

Dean Goodison

Oulart-the Ballagh go into Sunday's clash with Loughgiel in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan (2.30 p.m.) as massive favourites to make their second All-Ireland Senior Club camogie championship final in four years.

The Antrim club were arguably the least accomplished side Oulart-The Ballagh met on their way to the 2011-'12 final and it showed in the scoreline as the Wexford side triumphed easily that day by 3-22 to 1-2.

However, no team in the country could live with Oulart-The Ballagh during that run and things have not been quite so straightforward since.

The win in that year's final against Drom-Inch has been followed by two years of underachievement, particularly in 2013 when they lost their grip on the county title to a determined St. Ibar's/Shelmalier club.

Yet, this team has shown a renewed vigour and vibrancy this term. There are star players all over the pitch but the emergence of Stacey Kehoe (right), player of the game in the Leinster final, has given Oulart-The Ballagh another unstoppable weapon in attack to add to the Ursula Jacob/Una Leacy double team.

Midfield, so often an area with more question marks than answers, has been solidified by Shauna Sinnott's brilliance, and there is no defence in the club game that can match Oulart-The Ballagh's sextet in top gear.

It will be difficult to equal or pass the 26-point hammering of three years ago, but this Oulart-The Ballagh side is just as capable. Expect nothing but a large victory and a place in the March 1 decider opposite reigning double champions Milford of Cork or Galway's Mullagh.

Wexford People