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Scariff/Ogonnelloe handed toughest draw in bid to retain McMahon Cup

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*Scariff/Ogonnelloe’s Amy Barrett in action. Photograph: Caroline O’Keeffe

Reigning Clare and Munster camogie champions, Scariff/Ogonnelloe have been handed the toughest draw possible as their attempts to retain the McMahon Cup get underway.

In an unforgettable 2019 campaign, Scariff/Ogonnelloe won their first ever Clare senior camogie championship. Their journey to get back to the summit could not be more difficult as they learned their fate for this year’s campaign on Monday night.

They have been drawn in Group B alongside Inagh/Kilnamona whose bid to win four championships in succession was ended by the East Clare side last year, reigning league champions Truagh/Clonlara and current Senior B champions Sixmilebridge.

After winning promotion from the intermediate ranks last year, St Josephs Doora/Barefield will fancy their chances in Group A. Four time champions Kilmaley, Kilkishen/Bodyke who relegated Clooney/Quin last year and 2019 beaten finalists Newmarket-on-Fergus await them.

Six teams will face off in the intermediate championship. Each side is to play each other with the top four at the end of five rounds advancing to the semi-finals. Clooney/Quin will be eyeing up a return to the top flight but must overcome Tulla, Feakle/Killanena, Whitegate, Éire Óg and Clarecastle/Ballyea to do just that.

Senior Championship:

Group A:
Kilmaley
Kilkishen/Bodyke
Newmarket-on-Fergus
St Josephs Doora/Barefield

Group B:
Inagh/Kilnamona
Truagh/Clonlara
Sixmilebridge
Scariff/Ogonnelloe

Round One: July 25th
Round Two: Aug 8th
Round Three: Aug 15th
Semi-Finals: Aug 29th
Final: Sept 12th

Intermediate Championship:

Tulla
Feakle/Killanena
Clooney/Quin
Whitegate
Éire Óg
Clarecastle/Ballyea

Round One: July 19th
Round Two: July 25th
Round Three: Aug 8th
Round Four: Aug 15th
Round Five: Aug 22nd
Semi-Finals: Sept 05th
Finals: Sept 13th

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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