Weekend camogie championship previews

Updated: Friday, 04 Jul 2014 13:18 | Comments

Galway were disappointed to lose to Wexford and will be looking to see off Dublin
Galway were disappointed to lose to Wexford and will be looking to see off Dublin

Saturday 5 July

Group 1
Galway vs Dublin, Kenny Park, Athenry, 3.15pm

Galway should get their campaign back on track against a Dublin side who suffered a heavy opening round defeat to Cork.

Aislinn Connolly has returned to the Galway side, and along with Niamh McGrath at centre forward and Brenda Hanney, they pose a strong threat to the Dublin rearguard.

Tony Ward's side were disappointed to lose out to Wexford in the opening round, conceding a late goal and point.

With an away trip to Cork to come, points are crucial in the race to the knockout stages. Expect a rejuvenated Galway side to record a win.

Verdict: Galway

Wexford vs Cork, Wexford Park, 3.15pm

Wexford sit top of the table after their opening win against Galway and there were enough signs exhibited on that day to suggest a team that is intent on All-Ireland honours.

Kate Kelly and Josie Dwyer were impressive and Ursula Jacob was a constant scoring threat.

Cork, under Paudie Murray, had an easy win over Dublin and Wexford will test their championship credentials.

The Mackey sisters, Katrina and Pamela, Jenny O’Leary and Orla Cotter are key performers, but Wexford at home should collect the points.

Verdict: Wexford

Group 2
Offaly vs Derry, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, 1.30pm

Offaly must win against Derry to keep their championship hopes alive.

They suffered an agonising two-point defeat to Clare last weekend and Aiden Franks’s charges will need to be in top form against a Derry side featuring talents such as Karen Kielt, Sinead Cassidy and Meabh McGoldrick.

Much will depend on Elaine Dermody at full-forward and Michaela Morkan at centre-back. Offaly’s greater championship experience should see them through, but only just.

Verdict: Offaly

Tipperary vs Kilkenny, The Ragg, 3.15pm

Kilkenny opened their 2014 championship with a comprehensive victory over Offaly and they face a very young Tipperary side on Saturday.

Graham Dillon’s charges should collect their second win of the round robin series, leaving them in a strong position for a semi-final spot.

Verdict: Kilkenny

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