The camogie history between IT Carlow and St.Pat’s Drumcondra is a rocky one.
In 2013, A very strong and talented St.Pat’s demolished IT Carlow in the Fr.Meachair Cup after a comfortable nine point win in UL.
In 2014, Bragging rights when south as IT Carlow and St.Pat’s returned to the Fr.Meachair final after easing past their competition in Queen’s University Belfast.
ITC began the 2014 final strong, but a late comeback and shock to the black and red side see St.Pat’s push IT Carlow right up to the final whistle where they scraped a four point victory to claim back the title one year later.
Later that year the Fr.Meachair rivals met in the Division two league in the ST.Pat’s Campus. An early lead from the home side shocked the visitors as they comfortably lead the majority of the game finding the net on multiple occasions. A ten minute push from the Fr.Meachair Champions outstandingly managed a one point victory to progress in the Division two league.
For a third year in a row St.Pat’s and IT Carlow qualified for the Third Level Camogie Weekend away as faith brought the sides to meet in the semi-final for an all or nothing game for a final place. In a very exciting tip for tap game, both sides worked extremely hard to qualify for the final but a flurry of IT Carlow points and unbreakable defence narrowly gave IT Carlow the two point victory to reach the Fr.Meachair Cup final and retain back to back titles.
A reformed Third Level Camogie Championship meant the disposal of Sheild Finals and promoting a number of teams to each competition. IT Carlow and St.Pat’s were promoted to Purcell Cup as the dominating sides of the Fr.Meachair Cup advanced to the next level into the Purcell Championship ina group with 2014 and 2015 Purcell Cup finalists DIT.
A Division Two league encounter restored St.Pats faith as a 5-11 to 3-13 win got some payback for the Dublin College as they then qualified for the Division Two semi-final which CIT won by seven points.
This game is crucial for both of the two newly promoted side in hope to gain some points on the table to certify a place for the Third Level Weekend Away in NUIG for 2016. With the last win under St.Pat’s belt, The first round of the Purcell Cup hosted by IT Carlow tonight will be a very exciting affair.