Fionnuala Carr looks ahead to this week’s crunch third level fixtures
Championship fever takes hold in Third Level Camogie this week with the beginning of the Ashbourne and Purcell Championship fixtures. Defending champions WIT play host to NUIG at 1.00pm while 2011 beaten finalists UCC welcome UCD to the Mardyke for a 7.30pm throw in. In the Purcell Cup Athlone IT take on NUI Maynooth.
Home advantage could have a big impact on the outcome of both Ashbourne fixtures this week. UCC are very much a new team this year under the management of Shirley Maloney. Despite losing nine of their starting panel from last year they still have plenty of talent in their ranks led by
WIT are no strangers to Ashbourne Cup’s having won the last three in a row. Under the stewardship of Helena Jacob and with players such as Katrina Parrock, Denise Gaule and the return of Katie Power after a long injury layoff they will be favourites to land this year’s title as well. NUIG enter this year’s competition as an unknown quantity under the management of Seamus Hennessy, Kevin O’Grady and Richard McNicolas. Offaly senior star Michaela Morkan is the lynchpin of their defence and
Prediction: Home advantage should see a win for both WIT and UCC.
WIT –v- NUIG
Date and Time: Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm
UCC –v- UCD
Venue: Mardyke Arena
Time: Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm
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