Round three of the Camogie championship in association with RTE Sport throws in on Saturday with more enticing games in store, including two double header fixtures at Cusack Park and Pairc Ui Chaoimh respectively.
Tipperary face Kilkenny in Nowlan Park at 3.15pm and following last weekend’s scintillating display against Clare, the Premier County will be aiming to record a memorable away win over arch rivals Kilkenny. Brendan Williams’s charges need a win to get their campaign back on track.
Meanwhile, the meeting of Clare and Galway in Cusack Park should provide plenty of entertainment as these two sporting rivals lock horns. Recent clashes between both have always been tight affairs and with Clare desperately needing a win, and buoyed on by home support, Galway face a tough assignment. Throw in at 5.00pm
Also, at 5.00pm Cork and Offaly meet ahead of the hurling qualifier round (Cork v Offaly).
Cork will be disappointed with last weekend’s lacklustre display away to Wexford and the arrival of an upbeat Offaly side, led by the superb Elaine Dermody, will pose stiff questions for Cork. In the final senior fixture, Wexford entertain Dublin in Wexford Park on Sunday at 2.30pm. Dublin are still searching for their first win of the campaign and despite highly impressive displays in the last two rounds, the Blues have been unfortunate not to collect points. Wexford will be keen to keep a clean sheet of opening round victories and JJ Doyle’s side will prove a tough test for Dublin.
In the Intermediate championship Kilkenny will be hoping to atone for last weekend’s defeat, against Galway, when they entertain Tipperary at Nowlan Park while a resurgent Galway side face Cork at Clarecastle at 2.30pm. Last year’s semi-finalists Limerick face Derry while Waterford (last year’s Premier Junior champions) face Antrim in one of the ties of the round. In the Premier Junior championship, Armagh will look to build on their opening round win against Roscommon, when they face Meath at home. Laois take on Down at 2.30pm in Rathdowney and sharpshooter Niamh Mallon will be one of the stars to watch out for. Roscommon need to kick-start their campaign against Kildare, one of the favourites for this year’s championship in Athleague while Offaly take on Tyrone at 2.30 in St Brendan’s Park, Birr.
There are a full round of fixtures in the Junior A & B championships on Sunday July 8th as League Division Four holders Dublin face Cavan, in one of the ties of the day in Ballyboden St Endas at 2.00pm; Wicklow face neighbours Meath in Arklow at 2.30pm while Kerry will be aiming to build on their win when they play Cill Dara at St Laurences at 2.30pm. Co-incidentally, last weekend’s debut by Kerry in the championship was the first time in over thirty years that the county fielded at adult inter-county level. Their game on Sunday will also feature as part of the Move Smart initiatives which are running at the St Laurence’s club for Move Smart Week from July 2nd to July 8th.
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*Pictured above: Elaine Dermody and Lorraine Ryan at the 2012 Championship Launch at the Etihad Skyline, Croke Park on Tuesday, June 19th.