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Sunday’s All Ireland senior camogie club semi-final between Oulart-the-Ballagh and Cashel is one of the most eagerly anticipated games in this season’s championship. The Tipperary outfit are aiming to take a big step towards adding to their 2007 All Ireland title, while the Wexford girls are appearing for the first time at the penultimate stage.

Driven on by a bleak summer, inter-county wise, Wexford star Una Leacy says her team are raring to go.

“”Certainly, it would be a great boost for Wexford camogie if we could get passed Cashel. But, they are a star-studded side and we know only too well their talents. We have played against the likes of Claire Grogan, Emily Hayden and Una O’Dwyer numerous times.

“”But, we are really looking forward to this game as we haven’t been down this road before, so it is a whole new experience for us. We are lucky to be playing at home, which is a plus. We had a 14 point win over Freshford in the Leinster final and they have been the dominant force in the province for the past number of years.””

Along with Una and her sister Mary, Ursula and Helena Jacob are other quality players with the Purple and Gold. Ciara Storey, daughter of former winning captain Martin, lines out in defence. The Slaneysiders can also call on some of the Wexford Division Two winning league side.

Cashel had a trouble-free passage through Munster and only two weeks ago knocked Cork representatives St Catherine’s out of the race. Their list of county players is vast, and Oulart will have to keep a close watch on class forwards Grogan and Hayden who are firing on all cylinders.

Elsewhere, Athenry are looking to atone for last year’s semi-final defeat when they meet Ulster champions Loughgiel in Ballinasloe. No doubt, Therese Maher and Regina Glynn who picked up All Star awards last weekend will be the ones to watch for here.

There is also keen competition in the All Ireland junior club semi-finals where Road Roads of Roscommon entertain Derry side, Lavey. In the other decider, four times Leinster winners and All Ireland champions for the past three years, The Harps of Laois can expect nothing easy from Waterford side, St Anne’s Dunhill.




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