The highs and lows of Derry clubs in 2017

Thursday, 4 January 2018

The highs and lows of Derry clubs in 2017 thumbnailIt proved to be another memorable year for the Slaughtneil club who completed the ‘double treble’ by winning county and Ulster titles in football, hurling and camogie. Wk52011

CLUB football in Derry is in a healthy state considering how they have performed in Ulster for the past few years.
The Ulster club senior title has come to the county four times in the last five years and clubs from the Oak Leaf county contested the three provincial hurling titles.
Here, correspondent Bernie Mullan casts an analytical eye over the fortunes of the county's various clubs, beginning with the top division...
Division One
Slaughtneil: Everything has been said that can be said about Slaughtneil who have won the last four Derry titles and three of the last four Ulsters. In February, they will be contesting three All Ireland semi finals in camogie, hurling and football.
Even when playing well below full strength they finished just a point behind Division One league winners Coleraine but had the highest scoring average.
With nine dual players they won their fifth successive hurling title and also retained the league title. The frightening thing for their opponents is that they are still a generally young team and look set to be around for some time yet. While they have not been great at underage level they still have a handful of good players in each of their teams.
Coleraine: The Eoghan Rua's had a great season winning every competition open to them except the senior championship. There they were caught by two early goals against Ballinascreen and never recovered at Owenbeg. They have a lot going for them and will still be a strong force next year.
They might need an injection of youth and give the performance of their under 18 team there is some very good talent coming through.
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