- When? Sunday June 15, 2008
- What? Ulster Senior Camogie final
- Wh0? Antrim 3-6 Derry 1-6
- Where? Dunloy
- Whistler? Rosemary Hughes-Merry, Armagh
SOME great scores from ace markswoman, Jane Adams, proved to be the key difference as Antrim regained their place at the top of Ulster camogie with this victory over Derry.
The sun shone in Dunloy as a large attendance watched what had all the ingredients for an intriguing tussle. But, while the Saffrons understandably made their mark up front, it was their defensive prowess which proved particularly crucial.
They had to be on their toes, too, considering Derry had Katie McAuley and Ashling Diamond hoping to make a mark.
However, Emma Connolly, Sinead Laverty and Bernie McKinley all worked hard for them. Charlene Hamill and team captain, Rhona Torney, worked hard at midfield for Antrim, while Shannon Graham and Orla McCaul provided good support for the elusive Jane Adams.
This was, then an exciting clash. Victory ensured that Antrim had the ideal reward for the Centenary Year of camogie in the county, and also the big incentive to make their mark on the All-Ireland scene.
A tilt at the All-Ireland honours was their next target in 2008, as Derry’s hopes of maintaining their place at the top were dashed.
However, there was some consolation for one of their players. Karen Kielt, who was introduced as a sub for them, had earlier in the evening line out for their U-16 squad which defeated Down in the Ulster final.
But this evening final occasion belonged to Antrim and marked a timely revival in their camogie fortunes.
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