Kilkenny trio help London into All-Ireland

MUCH has been written of the Kilkenny camogie players making names for themselves in Australia, but another contingent has been making sporting waves much closer to home.

MUCH has been written of the Kilkenny camogie players making names for themselves in Australia, but another contingent has been making sporting waves much closer to home.

Across the Irish Sea three women from South Kilkenny have played their part to help English outfit Tara London into an All-Ireland final. The Kilkenny contingent helped their club reach the All-Ireland junior championship final after Myshall (Carlow) by 2-6 to 0-6 in their semi-final, which was played in Ruislip on Saturday.

Bridget Grennan (Tullogher), Angela Kenneally (Mullinavat) and Helen Murphy (Glenmore) were in the starting 15 as the London club qualified for their first ever All-Ireland final.

Grennan has been one of their most consistent performers throughout the year in the pivotal centre-back position. A former inter-county player with Kilkenny, she was part of the panel that won the 2002 junior All-Ireland against Cork. She was twice a London All-Star in 2007 and 2008, having made her Tara debut in 2006.

The 27-year-old is currently working as an analyst programmer.

Angela Kenneally and Helen Murphy were both starting members in attack last Saturday. The duo are both working as school teachers. They were also members of the Kilkenny ladies Gaelic football team that beat London in the 2007 junior All-Ireland decider in Croke Park.

Kenneally played her club camogie with Mullinavat. Last year she was part of the team that won their very first Kilkenny senior camogie championship title.

Earlier in the year, the London club completed a hat-trick of consecutive league and championship crowns.

They beat Croydon 2-9 to 2-3 in the league, and followed up the same result in the championship final with an emphatic 1-13 to 0-3 win after easily seeing off Bros Pearse by 3-17 to 1-3 in the London senior semi-final.

Following their London championship exploits, they overcame Ruairi Og of Cushendall 2-9 to 0-11 in Antrim before the adventure continued last Sunday as they brushed off the Myshall challenge.

Tara will now play Inagh of Clare in the final after the Munster club beat Four Roads in the other semi-final.

Throw-in for Sunday’s final is at 2.30pm in Donaghmore, Ashbourne.