Sunday January 14th
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1
Cork v Galway
Cork had a strong League campaign in 2017 winning all of their matches on the way to the Final before losing to Kilkenny. This laid the groundwork for what would ultimately prove a fruitful Summer for the Rebels as they collected a record 27th All-Ireland title by gaining revenge over the Cats in September.
Galway performed strongly in their 2017 League campaign winning all of their matches in the group stage before losing to eventual winners Kilkenny in the Semi-Final. They then came agonisingly close to a place in the All-Ireland Final, losing the Semi-Final to eventual champions Cork.
Referee: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)
Venue: Cork Camogie Grounds, Castle Road
Tipperary v Wexford
After a strong League performance in 2017 Tipp were unlucky not to reach the Semi-Finals with 3 wins to their name. The Premier County progressed from the group stages in the All-Ireland Championship before exiting at the hands of Galway in the Quarter-Finals.
Wexford endured a tough 2017 League campaign finishing in fourth place in their group with just two wins to their name. Wexford regathered themselves for the All-Ireland Championship as they progressed from their group before suffering defeat to a strong Dublin side in the Quarter-Finals.
Referee: Andrew Larkin (Cork)
Venue: The Ragg
Clare v Kilkenny
Clare will be looking to improve on their 2017 League performance where they collected just a solitary win in the
group stages and then also failed to progress past the group stages in the All-Ireland Championship later in the summer.
They face a stiff test against reigning champions Kilkenny who’ll be looking to put the disappointment of September’s All-Ireland Final defeat behind them as they aim for three League titles in-a-row.
Referee: Cathal Egan (Cork)
Venue: Clonlara GAA
Limerick v Dublin
Limerick have performed well in the last three League campaigns, reaching the Semi-Finals on each occasion but have yet to make the breakthrough to reach a Final at any of those attempts. Their 2017 All-Ireland Championship campaign however proved disappointing with just a single win as they failed to make it out of their group.
The Dubs collected just a solitary win in the group stage of the League in 2017. However, a Summer to remember followed as they reached the All-Ireland Semi-Final before losing to Kilkenny as they firmly re-established themselves at Camogie’s top table.
Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)
Venue: Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale
Waterford v Meath
Waterford have continued to adapt well to life at Senior level and performed admirably in last year’s League campaign. However, na Déise struggled in the Championship where they failed to collect any points as they exited at the group stages.
The 2017 League campaign was a steep learning curve for Meath in their first year in Division 1 but one which ultimately proved fruitful for their All-Ireland Championship campaign which eventually saw them crowned All-Ireland Intermediate champions.
Referee: John Dermody (Westmeath)
Venue: WIT Carriganore
Sunday January 14th
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 1
Cork v Galway, Cork Camogie Grounds, Castle Road, 2pm, Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)
Tipperary v Wexford, The Ragg, 2pm, Andrew Larkin (Cork)
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 2
Clare v Kilkenny, Clonlara GAA, 2pm, Cathal Egan (Cork)
Limerick v Dublin, Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, 2pm, Ray Kelly (Kildare)
Waterford v Meath, WIT Carriganore, 2pm, John Dermody (Westmeath)