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Loughgiel Shamrocks are looking for revenge in Oulart clash

By Declan Bogue

The illustrious name of Wexford's Oulart-The-Ballagh stands in the way of Loughgiel Shamrocks and another All-Ireland final, only this time it's the turn of the ladies as they embark on this Sunday All-Ireland semi-final (Sunday, Castleblayney, 2.30pm).

They haven't got here by taking it easy. Last year, Eoghan Ruadh of Coleraine pushed Milford of Cork to within a single point as the Rebellettes claimed the senior title last year, and Loughgiel got the better of their Derry counterparts - the 17 miles separating them making it something of a cross-boundary derby - by a single point.

They are under the management of Johnny Campbell and Mark 'Duck' McFadden, two names instantly recognisable in the hurling world.

"Johnny and 'Duck' just brought a whole new level to everything," explains Bróna McIntyre, one of their key players.

"We thought we were working and they just changed it up completely. It was something different. We set out the stall that we wanted to rectify what went wrong. And we did. We trained hard and everybody was all guns blazing. We won by a cricket score in the county final.

"We knew that the likes of the McGoldricks, Grace McMullan and all them wouldn't make it easy for us in the Ulster final. Again, everybody was up. And for a lot of us that was our first Ulster medal. That was a big boost as most years, you went straight into an All-Ireland semi-final."

McIntyre says the camogie wing of the club can draw much inspiration from the hurling side, All-Ireland winners in 1983 and 2012.

She said: "The year the boys won the All-Ireland, we both had won the county championship the year before together but Oulart beat us in the All-Ireland semi-final. But the boys won and it was such a big deal for the parish. Everyone is behind us this year because the boys are out of it. So it's up to us."

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