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Rossa keen to taste more national glory

By John Campbell

O'Donovan Rossa are once again on the trail of All-Ireland camogie glory but the Antrim champions will confront a formidable barrier to their ambitions when they meet Killimor (Galway) at the semi-final stage on Sunday at Ballinasloe (3pm). 

Killimor have been the dominant force in Connacht having won the Galway title for three years on the trot.

Rossa overcame Derry champions Slaughtneil to land the Ulster title but having tasted All Ireland success two years ago, they are primed for another helping.

Manager Danny Quinn, though, is approaching Sunday’s mission with considerable caution.

“Killimor certainly have a rich pedigree now and they will feel they can progress further,” he said.

“This is going to be a very tough test for my side but we have been working extremely hard in our build-up and this should stand to us on Sunday.”

Jane Adams is still the lynch-pin of the Rossa outfit while Natalie McGuinness and skipper Murninn Quinn are other key players.

Adams won yet another camogie honour at the recent Ulster GAA Writers Association banquet and is regarded as one of the outstanding players in the country.

Long-serving Grainne Connolly and Mariosa McGourty lend considerable experience to the Rossa team, the former having been in particularly good form of late.

Killimor boast outstanding players in Susan Keane, Brenda Hanney and Annmarie Hayes and the team is keen to extend its provincial dominance to the national arena.

“While we were very happy to win another title within our province we would like to go and win the All-Ireland. We know that O’Donovan Rossa have a great tradition and they will be tough opponents for us. We will have to be at our best if we are to beat them,” said Hayes.

In the other semi-final Oulart-the-Ballagh, the Wexford title-holders who are the favourites to be crowned this year’s All Ireland champions, will confront Cork and Munster champions Milford.

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