Cork v Galway, Pairc Ui Rinn, 2.30pm
This is a crucial tie for both teams as the group stages come to an end.
Cork have a clean bill of health and much will depend on the performances of Aisling Thompson, Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery and Gemma O’Connor against a Galway side that have re-grouped since their opening round defeat to Wexford.
Lorraine Ryan captains Galway from wing-back, while Niamh McGrath and Brenda Hanney spearhead the attack.
Dublin v Wexford, Parnell Park, 2.30pm
Wexford have blitzed through the group stages and Helena Jacob’s charges have looked impressive to date.
Ursula Jacob, Kate Kelly and Josie Dwyer are three key players in an experienced unit and Dublin face a very tough outing. Expect Wexford to collect the points.
Clare v Tipperary Sixmilebridge, 2.30pm
Clare need a win to be in with a chance for a place in the knock-out stages. They put in a strong performance last weekend against Kilkenny but missed crucial scores, ultimately ending in a four-point defeat.
Colm Honan’s side boasts a clean bill of health. Tipperary, a young side led by Sabrina Larkin face a daunting prospect.
Kilkenny v Derry, Clara, 2.30pm
Kilkenny have a 100% record to date and with Ann Dalton, Leanne Fennelly and Jacqui Frisby all performing well, the Cats should collect the points on Saturday.
Derry line out without influential midfielder Sinead Cassidy, who is getting married Saturday afternoon. Her loss will be significant against an experienced Kilkenny outfit.