2011 All Ireland Camogie Championship in association with RT+ Sport
The 2011 Camogie Reporter looks ahead to this weekend’s action and predicts the results…..
Wexford v Galway, 3.00, Bellefield, Enniscorthy, Mike O’Kelly, (Cork)
Wexford and Galway renew rivalries once again. The Leinster side outshone their Connacht rivals in last year’s All Ireland final while they most recently retained the League division one crown- again at the expense of the westerners. JJ Doyle, will have his charges well primed to make a positive start to this year’s campaign particularly in front of a strong home crowd. A win on Saturday is vital for Galway, primarily to dispel any lingering notions and to boost morale. However, Wexford’s greater firepower and more robust style of play, should see them secure the opening points.
Clare v Cork, 2.30pm, Clooney Quin, Eadhmonn MacSuibhne, (Dublin)
The clash of Munster rivals Clare and Cork is expected to throw up some interesting fare. Clare suffered managerial difficulties earlier in the season and will hope to have shaken off this setback in time for a formidable Cork outfit. While the bookies money may be on Wexford to retain the title, it would be foolhardy to write off Cork, a team with serious ambitions, boosted too by the return of Briege Corkery. Cork’s mental resolve and stronger panel should see them through.
Offaly v Kilkenny, 2.30pm, St Brendan’s Park, Birr, Karl O’Brien (Dublin)
Offaly, narrowly beaten by Wexford in the Leinster Senior Camogie final will be eager to snatch the points from their fiercest rivals. Kilkenny, under Ann Downey, have kept a low profile this season while Joachim Kelly’s charges have put in a solid league campaign. Home venue and a greater sense of hunger on the part of Offaly may be enough to take the points.
Dublin v Tipperary, 3.00, Naomh Mearnog, Owen Elliot (Antrim)
Dublin, under Denis Murphy is a team in transition and will need to display steely resolve during what is bound to be a tough championship. John Lillis, who took over the reigns in Tipperary, will be keen to lay down a marker.