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Presentation Thurles and Lorretto Clonmel in Action in All Ireland Finals this weekend

Saturday April 14 2018

Lidl All Ireland Post Primary School Senior A Final – (Result on the Day)

Loreto, Clonmel, Tipperary v Loreto, Cavan, 3.00pm, Coralstown/Kinnegad, Westmeath

The Lidl PPS senior A final is a novel all-Loreto pairing.

Loreto Clonmel, from county Tipperary, tackle their Cavan counterparts in what should be a cracking game at Coralstown/Kinnegad.

Both teams have come through a tough route to reach the prestigious decider, as Loreto Clonmel, who were beaten All-Ireland B finalists last year, claimed Munster A glory in 2018 after playing four games.

They defeated Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir (Tipperary), St Augustine’s, Dungarvan (Waterford), 2017 All-Ireland champions John the Baptist (Limerick) and Intermediate School Killorglin (Kerry) en route to the provincial title.

In the Munster final, Ava Fennessy scored 1-5 for Loreto but she was just one cog in an impressive wheel, as the likes of player of the match Kellyann Hogan, team captain Cora Maher, Niamh Martin and Sadhbh Hallinan also impressed.

Loreto were then pitted against highly-rated Leinster champions Scoil Chríost Rí (Portlaoise) in the All-Ireland semi-finals but a powerful second half display earned them a 3-14 to 2-9 win.

Fennessy helped herself to 1-8 with Anna Carey scored 2-2 as they upped the ante after half-time to book a place in the A final, and in their very first year in the highest grade.

Loreto Cavan, meanwhile, defeated Mount Lourdes Enniskillen (Fermanagh), Loreto Omagh (Tyrone), Coláiste Oiriall Ard Fea (Monaghan), St Ronan’s Lurgan (Armagh) and finally Our Lady’s Castleblayney (Monaghan) to claim Ulster honours.

In the All-Ireland semi-final against Presentation College Tuam (Galway), Aisling Walls scored three vital points after coming off the bench down the home straight.

This was a hugely-entertaining encounter but goals from Áine Reilly and Ally Cahill would prove crucial for the winners.

It’s a very first All-Ireland final appearance for Loreto Cavan in the senior grade – and the scene is set for an enthralling clash.

Lidl All Ireland Post Primary School Senior B Final – (Result on the Day)

Glenamaddy, Galway v Presentation, Thurles, Tipperary, 1.00pm, Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, Galway

Glenamaddy from Galway last won the senior B title in 2014 – and they’re back in another final.

Galway representation right across the board in the Lidl PPS finals is strong and Glenamaddy will be anxious to leave their mark by lifting silverware on Sunday.

Glenamaddy’s pedigree is strong, as they were also senior A winners in 2015, and it should have come as no surprise to see them make another bold quest for honours.

Hannah and Lynsey Noone were members of the Connacht team that landed the Lidl Interprovincial shield earlier this year and there’s big-day experience in the Glenamaddy ranks, as a number of players are proud holders of All-Ireland Senior A medals from three years ago.

Glenamaddy defeated Mount St Michael Claremorris in the Connacht final and that set them up for an All-Ireland semi-final with Our Lady and St Patrick Knock, Belfast.

It was a hard-fought encounter but crucially, Glenamaddy had a 2-5 to 1-2 advantage at half-time and they held out for a five-point win.

Having won the senior C title in 2017, Presentation Thurles are back in another All-Ireland final.

It’s been a remarkable run for Presentation, who followed in the footsteps of previous All-Ireland achievements in camogie, basketball, soccer and volleyball by winning last year’s title.

That winning team has remained pretty much intact and Glenamaddy will have to keep a close eye on players of the calibre of Casey Hennessy (2-4), Lauren McCormack (2-1) and Saoirse O’Meara (0-3), who all scored freely against Holy Faith Clontarf just over 12 months ago.

 En route to the All-Ireland final, Presentation defeated Christ the King (Limerick), St Flannan’s (Clare) and Ursuline (Waterford) to win the Munster title, before seeing off Loreto Mullingar (Westmeath) at the penultimate stage.


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