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Wexford and Cork battle for Division 1, while Derry and Meath meet in Division 2

Updated: Friday, 04 May 2012 16:33

Wexford and Cork go at it again on Sunday in Semple Stadium
Wexford and Cork go at it again on Sunday in Semple Stadium

Irish Daily Star Division 1 final

Cork v Wexford, Sunday, 2pm

Wexford are bidding for a four-in-a row of League titles, while Cork are aiming to secure their first since 2007.

The Model county are dominating the camogie landscape at present and this match offers another opportunity for them to re-affirm their foothold over their fiercest rivals.

Cork will be anxious to re-assert their authority and their emphatic display over Galway in this year's semi-final displayed a steely determination and focus to climb back to the top.

For Cork to prosper, much depends on the performance of their younger charges such as the Mackey duo, Pamela and Katrina and captain Julia White.

As ever, the ever dependable trio of Gemma O'Connor, Jennifer O'Leary and Rena Buckley will also be crucial for the Rebels.

The clash of Buckley and Wexford sharpshooter Ursula Jacob is one of the key points of the game, as is the duel between Anna Geary and Wexford centre back Mary Leacy.

Wexford, despite naming All Stars Una Leacy and Claire O'Connor on the bench, boast an experienced side.

However, scores have been difficult to come by in the last number of games with Ursula Jacob relied upon to pull them through and a greater return will be expected from corner forward Katrina Parrock and wing forward Kate Kelly.

Cork's greater hunger could provide them with the extra edge on Sunday, but they face a formidable battle against the current title holders.

Verdict: Cork

Irish Daily Star Division 2 final

Derry v Meath, Pairc Tailteann, 2.45pm

Meath have made remarkable strides over the last number of years, annexing the Division 3 crown in 2011, and they are now within reach of Division 1 camogie, provided they can match the challenge of a resolute Derry side this Sunday.

Jane Dolan captains the Royals and her performance at centre forward and that of Kristina Troy at centre back are pivotal for success.

Derry's Grainne McGoldrick lines out at centre forward and the Eoghan Rua club-woman is one of the side's key lynchpins along with midfielders Grainne McNicholl and Aileen McCusker.

Verdict: Meath

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