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The Antrim vs Meath match has the potential to be a classic with Antrim Captain Kelly Maybin admitting that they know little about their opponents.
“”It’s fair to say we don’t really know that much about Meath but we’re fully prepared for the challenge and have been working hard. Obviously we know it won’t be an easy match, Meath will be strong opposition and we know it will be a tough, competitive match,”” she said.
Maybin is confident her side can get their Championship campaign off to a winning start saying: “”Like all the other sides involved we’re looking forward to getting the Championship started, these are the matches you want to be playing in. We’re fully prepared for the game and I’m confident we can come away with the win.””
Meath ækeeper Emily Mangan could find herself having a busy afternoon with the scoring threat of talented young stars Shannon Graham and Emma McMullan but Antrim will need to be weary of midfielders Kristine Troy and Lizzy Oaks as they dictate most of the play for Meath.
Down and Dublin promises to be a mouthwatering game, with the introduction of eleven new faces on the Dublin team and Down manager Joe Baldwin admits that today’s match will be a lot different to the National League encounter between the sides: “”The team that they announced has eleven new players so it’s a different ball game. We always knew that it was going to be a different challenge as this is Championship but because of the new faces we have to be even more focused. I’m confident that my side can get the result but at the same time weary of
Baldwin however believes that his side is fully prepared for Championship season saying: “”We been working hard in training and we’re really looking forward to getting the Championship campaign started and the prospective challenges that come along with it. We have everyone fit and a full panel to select from so we’re ready in that regard. Hopefully we’ll get the campaign off to a winning start.””
Down will be boosted by the news that both Captain Lisa McCrickard and Maireen McAleenan have recovered from injury to take spots on the bench.
“”The good news is that Lisa (McCrickard) has recovered from the injury she sustained against
Both Tyrone and
Gala Junior Championship æ
Down vs Dublin Clonduff GAC, 5pm
Meath vs Antrim Kiltale, 2.30pm
Gala Junior Championship æNancy Murray Cup’:
Westmeath vs Tyrone Cusack Park Mullingar, 7pm