2011 All Ireland Camogie Championship in association with RT+ Sport
Saturday June 25th
Clare v Tipperary, 1.00, Cusack Park, Ennis, Karl O’Brien, (Dublin)
Tipperary are on a roll following two comprehensive early round victories. Tipp manager John Lillis will have been impressed with the form of Jill Horan, who hit 1-3 from midfield in last week’s encounter. Teenage attacker Sarah Fryday is growing in stature with each match, notching up 1-2 against Offaly with the ever reliable Clare Grogan hitting 0-6 (0-3f). Lillis will be expecting more of the same against a Clare side, who narrowly lost out to Galway in the closing stages. The Banner need to win and with home advantage they may pull it off. However, Tipp’s greater firepower should see them collect the points.
Dublin v Offaly, 3.00, Portmarnock, Alan Lagrue, (Kildare)
Dublin, despite two opening round defeats, have been showing signs of improvement and will fancy their chances for Saturday’s tie. Both sides will be anxious to collect their first win of the season with Offaly, falling to Tipp and Kilkennny respectively. Joachim Kelly’s side will be once again depending on Elaine Dermody for the bulk of their scores and Michaela Morkan at centre back to shore up the defence. The concession of goals has proved damaging for Offaly, but with Dublin struggling to come up scores, the visiting side may have enough to collect the points.
Wexford v Kilkenny, 5.00, Wexford Park, Eadhmonn Mac Suibhne, (Dublin) * Highlights on RT+ The Sunday Game
Wexford got their campaign back on track last weekend with a morale boosting win over a re-emerging Cork side. Goalkeeper Mags D’Arcy pulled off a crucial save in the dying moments, and she will need to keep her defence well marshaled against a Kilkenny attack which racked up 2-12 last weekend. Aoife Neary, Michelle Quilty and the mercurial Ann Dalton will be the ones to watch. Wexford supremo JJ Doyle will be relatively pleased with his attacking options and their pace and power may prove too strong for Kilkenny. Captain Ursula Jacob hit 0-8 with Katrina Parrock and Una Leacy, also leading the way against Cork. Wexford, in front of a home crowd and against their near rivals should collect the points.
Sunday June 26th
Galway v Cork, 5.00pm, Pearse Stadium, Owen Elliot (Antrim)
Cork won’t lack for motivation against Galway this weekend. Little has separated the sides on previous occasion with Galway defeating the former All Ireland champions, in last year’s semi-final after a dramatic replay. The Rebels narrowly lost out last weekend to Wexford and will be doubly intent on securing the points this time around.
Galway, with Therese Maher now operating at centre back and Sinead Cahalan at full-back appear more defensively robust. Confidence is high in the Galway camp. A tight one to call, but Galway to sneak it by two points.