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O'Hanlon is out for revenge after McCambridge's GAA final delight

By Richard Bullick

Published 28/10/2016

Big hope: Lisa Bowman could return for Larkfield after a recent illness
Big hope: Lisa Bowman could return for Larkfield after a recent illness

Northern Ireland netball captain Caroline O'Hanlon will expect to be on the winning side this time when she faces Clodagh McCambridge in the Premier League tonight.

The multi-talented pair are county team-mates and club rivals in Gaelic football while also lining out for opposing sides in Northern Ireland netball's top-flight.

At the end of August, McCambridge won player of the match marking Carrickcruppen captain O'Hanlon as Lurgan club Clann Eireann triumphed in the Armagh Championship final.

But it should be a very different story this evening when Northern Ireland's most capped player O'Hanlon leads Larkfield against McCambridge's Kingsway at Lisburn Racquets (7pm).

Premier League champions Larkfield have got their title defence underway with two routine victories over Belfast teams Westside and Graduates.

Head coach Denise Prue hopes to welcome back star shooter Lisa Bowman, who missed the Graduates game through illness having been deployed as goalkeeper against Westside.

What would normally be a close contest was anything but a week ago as Larkfield romped home 61-22 against rebuilding Graduates.

Derriaghy outfit Kingsway are unlikely to topple Larkfield this evening when NI Under-21 international McCambridge should have her hands full against O'Hanlon at centre.

Kingsway were beaten 58-45 last Friday by Belfast Ladies, a very respectable result against a team who, like Larkfield, are on two wins from two outings.

Belfast Ladies have no league game this weekend, while the late game at Lisburn Racquets tonight (8.30pm) features Laganside and Westside.

Both teams have beaten Causeway so far, Westside winning 40-32 last time out to record their first victory since promotion.

Causeway, anxious to bounce back, host Graduates at Lourdes High School on Sunday.

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