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Slaughtneil hope sun shines on bid for back-to-back All-Ireland titles

 

By John Campbell

Slaughtneil may have had to exercise patience but they will get their opportunity today to make it back-to-back All-Ireland camogie titles when they face Sarsfields (Galway) at Clones (3.30pm).

The match has been postponed twice because of adverse weather but even the fact that it has now been taken out of Croke Park won't diminish the Slaughtneil zest for more success.

The Derry and Ulster champions are primed for battle once again with joint captain Aoife Ni Chaiside revealing that the side is more fired up than ever.

"It will be great to get into action and to maybe retain our trophy. That's our aim," Chaiside asserts.

Her sisters, Brona and Eilis, along with Louise Dougan, Tina Hannon, Therese Mellon and Siobhan McKaigue, lend an experienced edge to the side against a Sarsfields outfit that will be particularly keen to make up for last year's final defeat.

Meanwhile, Antrim aim to make up ground in Division Two Section One of the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League tomorrow when they take on Carlow at Ahoghill (2.00pm).

The Saffrons have beaten Wexford, drawn with Westmeath and lost to Cork to date and cannot afford to lose any more ground in the top half of the table.

The Antrim side is a mix of youth and experience and in Katie McAleese, Aileen McManus, Colleen Patterson, Orlagh O'Hara and Siobhan McKillop they have players who are capable of fashioning victory.

Also in Section One, Down face an uphill task against a Cork side that remain undefeated after three games, while in Division Two Section Two, Derry will confront a Dublin side that is very much in the race for honours.

Meanwhile, Derry and Armagh will meet in a Division 2B Allianz Hurling League relegation shoot-out at Ballyshannon today (3.00pm) with each hoping to avoid the drop to Division Three.

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