Crunch time for title chasers

WHO will be Kilkenny’s senior camogie champions for 2012?

WHO will be Kilkenny’s senior camogie champions for 2012?

That question should be answered this weekend as, for the fourth year in a row, St Lachtain’s (Freshford) and Mullinavat meet in a battle for the spoils.

The sides booked their place in the decider on the back of some resounding victories in their semi-finals. Lachtain’s made it past a gallant Dicksboro thanks to a 3-14 to 1-12 victory in Clara, while Mullinavat maintained their 100% record in 2012, beating Thomastown by 2-14 to 1-6 in Ballyhale.

The senior championship final will be a repeat of the league encounter. Mullinavat will be hoping to end their season with a double, having won the league spoils by 1-9 to 1-7.

In what will be a busy weekend for camogie, the intermediate championship final will be played as part of a double-header with the senior decider this Saturday.

Tullaroan, who were pipped by Dicksboro in injury-time in last year’s final, have a chance to make amends when they take on the Rower-Inistioge. Tullaroan booked their place in the final thanks to a 3-5 to 1-8 win over Piltown while the Rower, beaten finalists in 2009 and 2010, got the better of Ballyhale Shamrocks on a 3-10 to 1-10 scoreline.

The junior championship is also approaching the business end. James Stephens, who had already qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of winning the league, will be joined in the final four 4 by Glenmore, Young Irelands (Gowran) and Danesfort. Glenmore saw off the Blacks & Whites (3-6 to 2-4) and Danesfort beat Conahy Shamrocks (3-9 to 2-5) while Young Irelands, beaten finalists in the last two years, had a resounding 4-16 to 3-2 win over O’Loughlin Gaels.

In the Junior B Championship, Carrickshock booked their place in the final thanks to a big win over Kilmacow (8-15 to 1-1). They await the winners of the second semi-final between Emeralds and Mooncoin, which will be played this weekend.

Meanwhile, at minor level there was joy for both Thomastown and St Brigid’s who ended their campaigns with county titles. Niamh Donnelly hit 1-6 as Thomastown beat Danesfort to lift the Minor A title, while St Brigid’s got the better of St Anne’s in a real thriller, winning by 4-4 to 1-10, to secure the Minor C spoils.