Tipperary champions play Milford, Cork standard bearers, in the Munster senior camogie final at Lattin on Saturday next at 2.45pm.
This is the second occasion that the North Tipp girls contest the final, they were unexpectedly beaten two years ago by Inniscarra, a side that went on to contest the All Ireland club final.
It is a first Munster appearance for Milford, they contested the Cork final in 2005, 2009 and again in 2011. Like Burgess Duharra they have be successful at underage due to sound structures in the club.
Burgess Duharra defeated the 2011 All Ireland club finalists Drom and Inch in the Tipperary final. A single point victory, almost at the call of time saw them win their second senior county title. They showed great character to survive a late Drom onslaught.
It was a game where defences were on top and scores were hard earned. The supply of ball to the Burgess forwards was erratic, high ball dropping down, suiting the Drom backs that caught and cleared.
Super forward Eimear McDonnell is lethal when the ball is delivered low to her. That is an aspect of their game that will have surely been addressed for the final. The entire defence is very solid with Aisling Cremin, captain Trish O’Halloran and Deirdre McDonnell outstanding in front of goalkeeper Nessa O’Driscoll
Caoimhe Maher and Aine Mulcahy are a very effective and industrious midfield pairing. All the forwards are capable of scoring and distributing the ball well but need to work more effectively as a unit. The speed of Amy and Tara Kennedy, the hard graft of Ruth Barry and Sarah Hayes and the experience of Eimear Mc Donnell and Sheena Howard should pay dividends.
Milford play an attractive game, good passing movements up front, they have present Cork star Anna Geary and senior panellist Regina Curtin also Elaine O Riordan, Maria Walsh, Emer and Maria Watson and Marie O Neill all of whom have played senior camogie for Cork. They have been impressive in all the championship games, clocking up a massive 5. 15 against St. Catherine’s in the final.
The sides met in the final of the North Munster League, a competition played without current senior inter county players. Played in the Gaelic Grounds, it was competitive up to the last five minutes when Milford went ahead. This Burgess Duharra side is capable of winning but it will take 100% hard work from every player.