Slaughtneil Camogs collect Carroll Cup
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Slaughtneil (Derry)..............1-10 Sarsfields (Galway).............0-11
THE Slaughtneil year of success rolls on as they became only the second Ulster team to collect the Carroll Cup since the inception of the competition back in 1964. Rossa of Belfast were the other Ulster team to go all the way in 2008. A record attendance witnessed an Ulster team winning the AIB All-Ireland Camogie Senior Club Championship for only the second time as Slaughtneil came out on top after a ding-dong battle with Sarsfields of Galway, a county that had taken this title nine times.
When you beat the champions of two camogie powers like Tipperary and Galway, there can be no disputing just what an achievement this has been for the girls from Carn.
It is a first success for a Derry side and further torment for Galway, as it represented a fifth consecutive final defeat for the county's representatives.
An aggregate of 6,123 came through the Croke Park turnstiles and for the finals to attract a highest attendance ever while the games were also being streamed bore testimony to an increasing appeal.
Slaughtneil's presence undoubtedly had a lot to do with that - the club having secured an historic three-timer at senior level in Ulster while the footballers are also in an All-Ireland final on St Patrick's Day.
This had extra resonance though as joint manager Thomas Cassidy had passed away just before the drawn Ulster final, having been the leading light in the development of camogie and hurling in the club.
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