A: St Brigid’s College Callan v Portumna CS (Sat)
Defending champions St Brigid’s have benefitted from a tough semi-final replay against Christ King,
B: Blackwater CS Lismore v St MacNissi’s, Garron Tower, Antrim (Sat)
Tremendous credit to two schools that have battled their way from the C Grade last year. All Ireland C winners Blackwater are highlighting the rise of camogie in
St MacNissi’s who were beaten by Lismore in the C semi-final in 2008 are eager to amend. They are availing of the expertise of hurling coaches in the Cushendall club as well as Johnny McIntosh who is trainer of the Down hurling team.
C: St Colm’s Draperstown v
Many of the St Colm’s panel have experienced success at All-Ireland level in Feile with Ballinascreen & Swatragh and Derry U-16’s. However, they know it will take a big performance to put one over on the Cats.
Grennan College Thomastown overcame Mercy of Waterford to get to this final. Aine Lannon, goalkeeper Grace Clarke, Megan Farrell giving them the edge. This Derry/Kilkenny clash is hard to call – no doubt though, both schools will give it everything to move to the B level.
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The Premier girls scraped a one point win over Clare last Sunday, and while they were fortunate to escape with the win, they will fancy their chances at home. Michelle Shortt and Trish O’Halloran plus Claire Grogan, Jill Horan should ensure victory.
This is the Slaneysiders first outing and having bowed out earlier than they would have wished in 2008 many expect a stern challenge from the 2007 All Ireland champions. Ursula Jacob and Una Leacy remain the twin threat up front where they should have too much firepower.
CLARE V KILKENNY (Sun)
Kilkenny are building a strong team. The 2008 All Ireland intermediate winners, plus several U16 and minor titles provide the nucleus. Ann Dalton, Colette Dormer and Leann Fennelly are showing good form. If they win, they will be made to work hard for it.