When Galway take to the field on Saturday afternoon in
The Tribeswomen were one minute away from an All-Ireland final appearance in their æ09 decider before opponents Kilkenny dashed their hopes. A last minute raid by the Cats yielded a winning goal and a heartbreaking defeat for the Westerners.Kilkenny went on to contest the final against
This year, Galway manager Noel Finn who took over from Liam O’Donoghue, finds his side facing the charge of treble chasing
“”It will be a tough tough battle. Cork while struggling slightly in the qualifiers are an entirely different proposition when it comes to the knock-out stages. They will be ready for this match and our girls will need to be ready for them too. While we defeated them in the round robin fixture this time it will be entirely different. There is an All Ireland final place at stake,”” commented Finn.
Finn’s tenure at the helm has seen the Tribeswomen improve with each game; recording a solid league campaign before eventually bowing out to Kilkenny while in the round robin stages of this year’s championship they had crucial wins against Saturday’s opponents
“”This year we have introduced a number of last year’s winning Intermediate team as well as a number of young players which has brought the panel on. While it may sound clichÚd, it is a genuine team effort and each person has stepped up in all games while we have given them all plenty of opportunities.””
In the second decider, also at Nowlan Park, Wexford face Kilkenny in a repeat of this year’s National Camogie League Final which the Model County won by a point.
Ann Downey’s charges face a massive task and as one of the youngest teams in the championship, Saturday’s semi-final will be a test of their collective maturity.
“”Losing last year’s final was a massive blow to us and we have not looked beyond this weekend’s fixture. The girls have stepped up to the plate in the last year and this Saturday is a huge test for us. We lost to them in the league final and round robin stages so we are up against it on Saturday,”” commented
Wexford manager JJ Doyle pays little heed to their two previous encounters citing the experience of Kilkenny on the big stage and the lure of an All Ireland final.
“”It matters little that we beat them in the National League or in the robin round fixture either as this Saturday’s tie is an entirely different proposition. Our side are anxious to return to