CAMOGIE - Croke Park date beckons for Harps

The Harps camogie team stand just one game away from a dream outing to Croke Park, as they take on Galway champions Sarsfields in the All-Ireland semi-final this Sunday in Ballinasloe.

The Harps camogie team stand just one game away from a dream outing to Croke Park, as they take on Galway champions Sarsfields in the All-Ireland semi-final this Sunday in Ballinasloe.

After dominating the Junior grade for four years, winning four Leinster and three All-Ireland titles in a spectacuarly successful spell, The Harps are now competing in the intermediate championship, and show no signs of letting their winning run dry up.

Standing in their way this time, however, are Galway intermediate champions Sarsfields. Famed for the strength of the mens team in the early 1990s, winning two All-Ireland senior clubs titles, their Camogie side have been making waves in recent years.

Like the Mahony's in The Harps, Sarsfields have their own family dynasty to call on, with the McGrath sisters, lead by eldest Niamh at just 18, likely to test the Durrow side's backline to the limit this Sunday.

For their own part, The Harps come into the game with no new injury worries, although they are still without Deirdre Holland who remains on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

This game has been a long time coming around too, and they had to suffer through the cold winter months since their Leinster final victory over Lisdowney back in October. They took a two week break after that game, and were then hit with the cold snap over Christmas which forced them into the hall in Ballacolla as they tried to keep the show on the road.

Things have picked back up in the last month, and they will now attempt to secure a day out in Croke Park, a fitting venue for a team which has set the standard in Laois and Leinster camogie.

They have lost just once in five years, winning five Leinster titles in two grades, and with a settled, skillful and experienced team, will know exactly what is needed to win this Sunday's game. This team deserves it's day out in Croke Park, and hopefully they get it.