NAOMH Brid native Tina Hannon along with her Slaughtneil teammates aim to make history this weekend as they face St.Martin’s in their third club senior All-Ireland in Croke Park.
Nine points from Chloe Foxe propelled St Martin’s to the final of the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship two weekends ago as a result of a 0-11 to 0-5 win over Inniscarra in the semi-final.
They will face the considerable task of attempting to dethrone an all-conquering Slaughtneil side that kept their three-in-a-row dreams alive with a typically resilient 0-8 to 0-4 defeat of Ardrahan in the Donaghmore Ashbourne grounds.
In their semi-final outing, ferocious work rate and a trademark all-action effort by Shannon Graham buttressed Slaughtneil’s latest triumph. Graham hit two points from play, while Tina Hannon and Siobhán Bradley also split the posts as the Robert Emmett’s moved into a three-point lead by the 10th minute.
Slaughtneil have been in similar positions before however and once again found the wherewithal to grind it out, winning all the key battles and making little of facing the wind. Pointed frees by Hannon and Louise Dougan, and another score from play by the effervescent Graham saw them advance to what is quickly becoming their second home, Croke Park.
Hannon was awarded player of the match in last years final as she continues her successful reign as a Derry girl.