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The big questions will be asked on Saturday in the Gala All Ireland senior camogie championship with some of the top guns in action – Galway travel to take on Wexford, while titleholders Cork journey to Nowlan Park. All four teams are unbeaten, and while the Purple and Gold and the Westerners are confident of semi-final spots, the incentive is maximum points. This would mean a penultimate meeting with the second place team in the other group.


Wexford are already the National League champions and now they want to regain the O’Duffy Cup, which they won in 2007 after 32 years. Mary Leacy skippered that team, and she reports all is well ahead of the Galway visit.


“”We are training very hard. When we won the league we were concentrating more on stamina and fitness but since then we have concentrated on stick work and first touch with (trainer) Eddie Flynn. We had the first round of the club championship last weekend and everyone came through, so it is all systems go.


“”There is a lot of competition for places. Noeleen Lambert and Catherine O’Loughlin are back from their travels – Catherine is an All Star – and both are being made to fight for their positions. Katrina Parrock is another; she did her Leaving Cert and is pushing hard for a place.””


Galway chalked up a big score against Clare two weeks ago. Although without top-scorer from 2008 Jessica Gill, Veronica Curtin and Aisling Connolly amassed 3-12 between them. That says much about their forward talent, something that Liam Donohgue’s charges might not have had last season.


Elsewhere, the entertainment in Nowlan Park will be provided by champions Cork who take on Ann Downey’s Kilkenny. The Cats are on a roll following victory over Tipperary and all eyes will be on them to see if they can secure one more win, which would position them nicely ahead of their final game against Dublin.


However, Cork are as strong as ever. Denise Cronin has an extensive panel to choose from, which should include Sile Burns, Briege Corkery, captain Amanda O’Regan and Gemma O’Connor.

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