Kilkenny and Cork have been the leading teams in Camogie for the past few years, sharing most of the major prizes.

The Cats beat the Rebels in the 2018 League final, with Cork getting revenge in the All-Ireland final.

The 2019 campaign gets underway this weekend - can anyone upset their dominance? Here we give you all you need to know abut the first round of Division 1 action.

Sunday 20 January
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1

Group 1
Kilkenny v Clare, Callan, 2.0pm

The reigning champions open their Division 1 League campaign with a testing fixture against the Banner County. The Cats are bidding for a fourth consecutive Division 1 League title this year, with manager Ann Downey still at the helm. Kilkenny will have home advantage in their opening two fixtures, so they will be hoping to make use of this when their campaign gets underway.

Clare will enter the new season under new management, with Ger O'Connell taking the reins. They will be looking to improve on last year's form where they didn't manage to escape the group stages in either League or Championship. It will be a big test for the visitors.

Offaly v Limerick, St Rynagh’s, 2.0pm

Tipp's Casey Hennessy with Sarah Walsh of Offaly

An interesting battle as Offaly take on Limerick in their Group 1 opener. The home side will be hoping for a change of fortunes from their League campaign 12 months ago when they failed to register a single from their fixtures. They welcome last year's semi-finalists Limerick, where they will be hoping to upset their Munster opponents.

Declan Nash will bring his Limerick side to the Faithful County having reached the semi-final stage in each of the last four League seasons so they will be looking to go that one step further in 2019.

Group 2
Tipperary v Cork, The Ragg, 2.0pm

Tadhg Scannell son Briege Corkery in the O'Duffy Cup after Cork's 2018 All-Ireland win

Tipperary endured a disappointing League campaign last year which saw them claim just one victory and fail to progress from the group stages. However, their Championship form was much better and if they can carry that into the League this year they will cause opponent problems. Defender Clodagh Quirke will captain the Premier County and her experience will be key as they come up against the Rebel firepower this weekend.

Last year’s beaten finalists will feel they have a point to prove in this year’s League campaign, having lost consecutive League finals to Kilkenny. However, the reigning All-Ireland Champions, who are led out by Paudie Murray (manager) and Gemma O’Connor (captain), will still be seen as the team to beat and they face a tough opener in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.

Wexford v Waterford, Enniscorthy, 2.0pm

The Deise's Niamh Rockett

Two wins in last year’s League campaign wasn’t enough to help Wexford escape the group stages and they will be hoping that this year they can turn their fortunes around. New management always brings new optimism into a team and the home side will hope that will bring the added lift needed to progress to the latter stages of the competition.

Similar to Wexford, Waterford also managed a group stage finish 12 months ago, finishing in third place and losing out on progression through score difference to Limerick. A maiden All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final appearance will bring added confidence to the side which features sharp shooters such as Niamh Rockett and Beth Carton.

Fixtures:
Sunday, 20 January
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 1

Kilkenny v Clare, John Locke’s GAA, Callan, 2pm, Cathal Egan (Cork)
Offaly v Limerick, St. Rynagh’s GAA, Banagher, 2pm, Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 2
Tipperary v Cork, The Ragg, 2pm, Ray Kelly (Kildare)
Wexford v Waterford, St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy, 2pm, John Dermody (Westmeath)