SEVENTY years after Clare camogie first started making waves nationally with a first ever Munster senior championship title, the county side will make history this coming Sunday in Thurles by contesting a first ever National League Division 1 decider.
The Colm Honan-managed side shocked three-in-a-row chasing Cork in their semi-final clash in Kilmalllock on Saturday when winning by 1-12 to 0-11 and are now eying Kilkenny’s scalp in Sunday’s final that will act as a curtainraiser to the Division 1 hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.
“This is where you want to be, you want to be the best you can and play in the biggest games you can play in,” manager Colm Honan has told The Clare People. “This is the type of exposure that the whole squad will be delighted with. It’s great to be playing in a big field like Thurles on a big day and it’s one of the main reasons that any players gets into sport in the first place, to push yourself and challenge yourself as much as you possibly can.
“It’s these players’ first National final at this level so the players will be delighted with that.
“It will be a great day and we are all really looking forward to it,” he added.
And Honan will be hoping that his luck in National League finals in Thurles against Kilkenny holds out for one more game. The Clonlara legend and All Star hurler was a key member of the Clare side that won back-to-back league deciders against Kilkenny at Semple Stadium in 1977 and ‘78.
Sunday’s game has a 1.30pm throw-in time.
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