Captain Clodagh helping Armagh hit new heights

History is on the line in Croke Park this weekend as Armagh hope to capture the Division One league title for the first time ever.

The Orchard County have been in flying form right throughout the league, winning their first six games.

Their first defeat of the season came the last day out against Dublin, although Armagh rested a number of regulars.

One of those players not rested was captain Clodagh McCambridge. The 2023 Gaelic Life Club Player of the Year has been fantastic for Armagh over the last few years.

The Clann Eireann defender has had another stunning year at full-back and is looking forward to Sunday’s encounter.

“It’s something that I know the group are really looking forward to,” said McCambridge. “It’s going to be a special day for our families and all of our supporters, getting a day out in Croke Park.

“We had a great day there last year getting our Division Two title. So, we will prepare the same as any other game, but it’s something to embrace and enjoy in the build-up to it.”

History is on the line in Croke Park this weekend as Armagh hope to capture the Division One league title for the first time ever.
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Kingdom

Playing the best teams week in week out can only be a good thing for Armagh. They face one of the best in Croke Park on Sunday.

Kerry stand between Armagh and history and the Kingdom are the current champions. They also beat Armagh in the Division Two league final back in 2022.

“Division One has always been a target for us for years,” added McCambridge. “We have been there or thereabouts in terms of nearly getting there, but it was so tough, especially when only one team went up.

“To now be in Division One and reaffirming our place there, that we are capable of competing with the top teams was really important to us.

“Coming into championship, you could be drawn against a big team, and we can’t just be waiting until those games every year to do that. We need more exposure to those games in order to push on and progress come championship.”

With only one meaningless defeat on their record so far, momentum has been key to Armagh’s fine form.

History is on the line in Croke Park this weekend as Armagh hope to capture the Division One league title for the first time ever.
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Momentum

Reflecting on the Division One campaign to date, the Armagh skipper has been happy with the progress made.

“I suppose our experience in Division One so far has been really positive. Coming into the year we were trying to prove to ourselves that we can compete with the top teams.

“To be able to do that we have had to put in performances, and grind out wins, and that has got us into the position that we’re in now.

“Going into those first few games, especially Waterford first at home which was massive, to get that win and then go and beat Cork away, with every game we were building in confidence.

“We know now that we are capable of competing with these top teams. Once we got three or four wins under our belt, our focus turned towards pushing on and aiming for a league final, and we were able to do that.

“We had a good few tough teams coming up against us near the end of the league and it was really tough getting over the line, but we were able to do it.”