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Tina can fire Slaughtneil to Ulster joy

 

On fire: Tina Bradley’s scoring touch can bolster Slaughtneil
On fire: Tina Bradley’s scoring touch can bolster Slaughtneil
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Tina Bradley certainly believes in setting high standards for herself.

In helping Slaughtneil to win the last three All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship titles, her explosive scoring skills netted her the player of the match accolade in each of the last two finals.

It's this stunning form that Loughgiel must cope with when the teams go head-to-head in tomorrow's senior club final at Pairc Esler, Newry (1pm).

Offaly native Tina, who is married to former Derry county footballer and Slaughtneil icon Patsy Bradley, will certainly be in the big picture when she leads a Slaughtneil attack against a Loughgiel defence that is laced with experience.

Slaughtneil will be without talented sisters Bronagh and Eilis Ni Chaisidh but the equally skilled trio of Shannon Graham, Siobhan Bradley and Jolene Bradley can join with Tina Bradley in underpinning their team's bid for yet another Ulster crown.

Loughgiel for their part boast a blend of youth and experience. Skipper Maeve Connolly, Amy Boyle, Emma McMullan, Roisin McCormick and Caitrin Dobbin are key players in their side.

In the All-Ireland Ladies' Senior Club football semi-final, Ulster champions Donaghmoyne will take on Munster side Mourneabbey.

Teenagers Lauren Garland and Louise Kerley have come to the fore with the Ulster side, while the O'Sullivan sisters Ciara and Doireann can fire up Mourneabbey.

Cora Courtney will also be a key player in the Donaghmoyne side.

In the All-Ireland Junior Club semi-final, Edendork will lean on Maeve Maxwell and Louise McCaffrey for scores against CL McHale Rovers.

Edendork have home advantage and Maxwell in particular looks set to flourish yet again.

In the All-Ireland Junior Club semi-final, Antrim side St Paul's will face St Nathy's.

St Paul's beat Kinawley in the Ulster final, laying a marker that they can make more headway.

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