Armagh hope club form carries into county

If last year’s club success can carry into county level, then Armagh Camogie could be in for a big 2024 season.

Granemore and Crossmaglen both reached All-Ireland finals before Christmas, with Granemore capturing the title.

Cross on the other hand suffered defeat on the big day, losing to St Munna’s of Westmeath by five-points.

Two Granemore players have been named to start in Saturday’s first round clash with Roscommon.

Ciarrai Devlin along with Rachael Merry, two Gaelic Life All-Star winners, have been huge players for Armagh over the last few years.

Devlin will captain the team alongside Leanne Donnelly, who has been named among the subs for tomorrow’s game.

Armagh reached the All-Ireland semi-final last season, but their campaign came to an end at the hands of Clare.

Goals from Jennifer Curry and Eimear Smyth had Armagh ahead late on. But Clare mounted a comeback that saw them win 0-22 to 2-15.

All change

From the team that started that afternoon, eight players of the 15 are not available for selection this weekend.

Ballymacnab trio Tierna Maguire, Eimear Smyth and Ellie McKee are all in Australia. Granemore attacker Corinna Doyle has joined up with the Armagh Ladies.

Experienced heads such as Michelle McGuigan and Jennifer Curry haven’t been named, although Ciara Geoghgan is among the subs.

So, it’s arguably a team in transition and Sean Hughes will be eager to try out some different players in the league.

If last year's club success can carry into county level, then Armagh Camogie could be in for a big 2024 season.
Photo Credit: John Merry

The likes of Aoife Byrne, Aine Doyle, Tiarna Maxwell and Sinead McCooey have all been added to the starting lineup.

Merry will carry the majority of the scoring burden up top, assisted by Derrynoose youngster Sinead Quinn.

Gemma McCann and Michelle McCone will command the centre of the defence, with Devlin in between the sticks.

Armagh reached the league final last season but lost to Carlow by the minimum of margins in the end.

They overcame Roscommon in the semi-final, 1-14 to 1-6 and will be keen to record another victory over their Connacht opponents.