Thursday, May 22, 2008

Women's Club Championship Finals preview

The Leinster trio will have their work cut out if they want to take the top honours at this weekend’s All-ireland Club Championship finals in UCD.

Pegasus are the obvious favourites for the competition starting with a semi-final against Hermes.
The battle sees two sides at opposite ends of the spectrum. Pegasus are inundated with Irish international experienced with Arlene Boyles, Jill Orbinson, Suzanne Beaney and Katharyn Smyth as well as livewire forward Alex Speers.

Hermes, meanwhile, is a side in transition according to coach Colin Stewart. The retirements of Catriona Carey and Mary Logue allied with Jenny Burke’s pregnancy have shorn the side of a lot of international experience.

The Tasmanian has replaced them with a trio of exceptional schoolgirls. Anna O’Flanagan bagged a hat-trick in the win, last weekend, over Cork C of I while underage internationals Chloe Watkins and Nikki Evans have grown rapidly into the team.

On the other half of the draw Railway Union are entering uncharted territory as they contest their first ever semi-final, taking on the might of Loreto.
The side, led by Cork woman Cathy Kenefick, will have to pull out all the stops to go that one step further.

They face Loreto, who - along with Pegasus – were one of the stand-out sides last weekend in the qualifying round as they profited most from the returning international players after their Olympic qualifying campaign.

Saturday 24th May
9.30am ESB Loreto v Railway Union
11.45amESB Pegasus v Hermes

Sunday 25th May
2.15pm ESB Women's Club Championship Final

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