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Weekend Camogie preview

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Brenda Hanney has been in good form for Galway this season
Brenda Hanney has been in good form for Galway this season

Saturday 18 August

Cork v Galway, Nowlan Park, 2.15pm

Cork were bidding for three All Ireland titles in-a row back in 2010 before coming undone at the semi-final stages to Galway, following a dramatic replay.

The tables have now turned and this time, Galway are bidding for their third successive All-Ireland final appearance, in hot pursuit of an elusive All Ireland title but with a resurgent Cork side standing in their way.

Paudie Murray’s charges were beaten earlier this year by Galway in the round robin stages while the Connacht side enjoyed a 100% record.

Much will hinge on the performance of the Cork defence against a Galway forward line which has Brenda Hanney and Martina Conroy in great form, and Aislinn Connolly deadly from placed balls.

Cork’s Jennifer O’Leary is one of the aces in their pack and along with Katrina Mackey, Anna Geary (defence) and Gemma O’Connor in midfield, Cork will pose serious questions of Galway.

Verdict: Galway

Wexford v Offaly, Nowlan Park, 4.15pm

Offaly are undoubtedly the story of the Championship, scorching up the ranks from Premier Junior champions in 2009 to contesting an All-Ireland Senior semi-final just three years later.

John Troy has moulded an energetic and determined side who face their greatest test yet, as they take on the current All-Ireland champions.

Wexford will be wary of their Leinster counterparts, while Offaly will relish a crack at the Model County.

Huge performances will be required from Michaela Morkan and Elaine Dermody up front, as well as Offaly centre-back Lorraine Keena.

Wexford’s greater experience, the potency of Ursula Jacob in the forwards, and the commanding presence of Catherine O’Loughlin and Mary Leacy in defence should see JJ Doyle’s side through.

Verdict: Wexford

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