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Kielt ready to point Oak Leaf outfit into a place among the elite again

 

By John Campbell

When Karen Kielt drove a shot to the roof of the Galway net to snatch the All-Ireland Intermediate camogie title in the dying embers of the replayed 2012 final, the prospects for Derry camogie could not have been better.

The Oak Leaf side had already garnered Division 2 League honours and were looking forward to top-flight fare with relish.

It didn't pan out as hoped, however, and after four largely forgettable seasons, they are rebuilding once more as they try to restore enthusiasm and be better prepared for another launch at the elite fare.

They get a golden opportunity to reach the top tier tomorrow when they meet Cork in the National League Division Two final and Kielt, sister of Derry footballer James, is keen to see the side grasp it with both hands.

An ever-present in the team for eight years despite being still only 24, Kielt will carry much of Derry's scoring hopes tomorrow.

"Obviously Cork will be a massive challenge for us but we feel we are ready for them," states physiotherapist Kielt, "When you look at what Slaughtneil have done for Derry and Ulster camogie, you could say that the gauntlet has been thrown down to us."

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