Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

GAA: Antrim in the minority as Ulster renew bid to change course of history

It's forty years since Ulster last won the senior inter-provincial camogie championship.

And in that twelve-a-side competition, no fewer than ten Antrim players, including the famous Maeve McAtamney, were there to do the province proud.

The line-up was completed by two players from Down.

But when Ulster renew their bid to change the course of history this weekend in what is now known as the Gael Linn Cup competition, Antrim players will be in the minority.

Instead, players from Derry and Down will tend to dominate for a variety of reasons.

Ulster chairperson Catherine O'Hara explains: "The competition is coming just before the All Ireland Club semi-finals and that means we will be without our Antrim representatives who play for the Rossa club. But to be fair Derry have made big advances while Down have also progressed and this is reflected in the composition of our squad."

Derry captain Claire Doherty along with Kate McAuley is certain to join Clonduff skipper Fionnuala Carr in the Ulster line-up for their semi-final against Munster.

"Obviously this will be a big challenge for this Ulster side but there is a greater spread of talent within the province right now. The players have a very positive attitude too, and hopefully this will be reflected in their performance," says Catherine O'Hara who is also a vice-president of the Camogie Association.

The semi-finals and final will be staged at the St Brigid's club at Blanchardstown in Dublin.

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