Weekend Camogie Preview

Updated: Friday, 29 Jun 2012 17:16

Wexford welcome back Una Lacey
Wexford welcome back Una Lacey

It's week two of the championship, with Cork and Wexford the most enticing fixture.

Dublin v Offaly, O' Toole Park, Crumlin, 2:30pm 
Both sides are looking for their first points of this year's All Ireland senior camogie championship. Offaly started well last week against Galway but their challenge faded towards the end and manager John Troy will be looking for a more consistent display this time round.

Dublin, with home advantage and with a more experienced unit, including Louise O’Hara should collect the points.

Verdict: Dublin

Kilkenny v Galway, Nowlan Park, 3:15pm 
Galway travel away for a tricky assignment against a side buoyed by a good opening round win last week. Brendan Williams’s team included six debutantes with Kilkenny teenager Miriam Walsh bagging 1-04 out of 2-15.

Galway will be relying on their defence to hold firm and with players of the calibre of Orla Kilkenny, Brenda Hanney and Ann Marie Hayes, they should record a win. 

Verdict: Galway

Wexford v Cork , Bellefield, Enniscorthy 3:15pm 
Saturday’s meeting represents a repeat of this year’s League final (which Cork won) and neither side will want to concede any advantage. Wexford got off to a winning start last weekend while Cork came through a pulsating encounter with Clare.

Cork’s forward power will cause the Wexford defence some problems but the return of Una Leacy for the current title holders is a major boost.

Verdict: Wexford

Tipperary v Clare, Semple Stadium, 5.00pm 
Clare will aim to get their campaign back on track in order to secure a coveted semi-final berth on 18 August. Little separates these sporting rivals, but Clare’s greater experience, allied with the scoring threat of Chloe Morey and the power of Fiona Lafferty who hit 1-2 last weekend, should see them win out.

Verdict: Clare