So, its round two of the Liberty Insurance Camogie championship and here’s a look ahead to this weekend’s mouth-watering ties.
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 1
Limerick v Cork, Kilmallock, 2.30pm, Referee: John Dolan
Cork will have been disappointed to fall to Galway in the final few moments in last week’s opening tie, conceding four late points with the Tribeswomen winning out 1-11 to 0-12. Ashling Thompson, Briege Corkery and Orla Cotter were extremely influential and a repeat of the same will be required this weekend against a very ambitious Limerick team.
Joe Quaid’s charges began their senior campaign with an impressive 1-12 to 1-08 win over Offaly. Niamh Mulcahy was deadly accurate from placed balls and will have a big influence on Saturday’s tie while the performances of Aoife Sheehan and Caoimhe Costelloe are also crucial.
Offaly v Wexford, St Brendan’s Park, Birr, 2.30pm, Referee: Owen Elliott
A crunch tie against Leinster neighbours awaits Offaly who will be keen to get their campaign back on track, after falling to Limerick last weekend. Siobhan Flannery and Tina Hannon hit 0-6 between them with Arlene Watkins chipping in a goal. More of the same will be required this weekend against Wexford who begin their All Ireland senior championship campaign.
Wexford are captained by Shelley Kehoe and her performance and that of team stalwarts Mary Leacy and Ursula Jacob will be key plus keep an eye out for up and coming star Una Sinnott.
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 2
Kilkenny v Clare, St. Lachtain’s GAA, Freshford, 2.30pm, Referee: Karl O’Brien
Kilkenny at home, and buoyed up by last weekend’s 3-13 to 1-10 win over Dublin will prove a tough challenge for Clare who are minus a number of last year’s panel, including Eimear Considine. Carol O’Leary skippers the side and she will have to draw on all her experience to lead her charges against a Kilkenny side eager to avenge the pain of last year’s All Ireland defeat.
Tipperary v Derry, The Ragg, 2.30pm, Referee: Peter Dowd
Tipperary have been in transition the last number of years, but a conveyor belt of under-age talent and success has gradually made its way to their senior ranks. Their narrow defeat to All Ireland champions Cork in the Munster Camogie Final will have proved valuable as they commence their campaign.
Cait Devane, skippers the side from centre forward and her experience is crucial. Derry, will be led by Meabh McGoldrick and Sinead O’Kane as they also begin stage one of the All Ireland championship.
Sunday June 28th
Liberty Insurance Junior A Camogie Championship
Clare v Meath, O’Garney Park, Sixmilebridge, 2.30pm, Referee: John Horgan
Clare and Meath face a tough challenge this season with Kerry and Carlow tipped as the strongest contenders in the Junior A championship. Home advantage will swing it for Clare who will be aiming to collect their first win in this year’s campaign.
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