All eyes on senior draw
The draw for this year’s senior camogie semi-finals takes place on Saturday afternoon following the final round clash of Kilkenny and Cork in Jenkinstown.
All Ireland champions Wexford, beaten finalists Galway, Cork and Kilkenny are all safely through to this year’s double header fixture in Nowlan Park on August 13th with the pairings to be confirmed.
With both sides securing safe passage to the final four, Kilkenny manager Ann Downey and Cork supremo Joe O’Brien will be expected to keep their cards close to their chest for this weekend’s tie.
Kilkenny will be well briefed on their counterparts, with former Cork trainer Frank Flannery now amongst the Cats backroom team. The 2009 finalists faced a number of injury worries earlier in the season, but Downey’s side appear to be peaking at the right time. The upcoming appearance of Kilkenny’s minor side in this year’s All Ireland final will have given the county another boost, with a number featuring amongst the senior ranks.
Cork’s defensive record sees them sit top of the table and the return of Amanda O’ Regan to the full back slot with Rena Buckley at centre back has contributed to this. Up front, Sile Burns, Jennifer O’Leary and Katrina Mackey have proved an enormous scoring threat with the Rebels hitting over 16 goals this season.
Meanwhile, defending champions Wexford take on Dublin in Naomh Mearnog on Saturday afternoon with manager JJ Doyle expected to rest some key players. Galway face Tipperary, whose chances of a semi-final slot evaporated following their three point defeat to Cork last weekend. However, a tough encounter lies in store for Galway who will want to finish the round robin series on a winning note. Clare take on Offaly in their remaining tie with sporting pride at stake for both counties.