Waterford camogie captain Niamh Rockett hopes her side can cement their development over the last three seasons by advancing to the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior championship semi-finals this weekend.

The Déise won the intermediate championship in 2015 but struggled in their first two senior campaigns, winning just one game in '16 and none in '17.

But they reached the quarter-finals in 2018 and again last year, progress Rockett hopes they can build against Tipperary - the team that beat them in '18 - at Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday.

 "The last few years we have gotten to quarter-finals, and thankfully this year we have again, but we would really love a breakthrough," she told RTÉ Sport.

"Although you might feel you're getting better, there’s no real progression in at the moment, so we’re really looking forward to putting a good game against Tipperary.

"There has been good rivalry between the two teams the last couple of years, there would only ever be a couple of points in it.

Rockett is dreaming of a return to Croke Park for the first time since 2015

Waterford lost their opening game by seven points to last year's runners-up Kilkenny but bounced back to defeat Limerick by 2-15 to 0-09 and then Westmeath by 2-17 to 0-10 to claim second place in Group 2 - Beth Carton hitting 1-14 in last weekend's win.

Tipperary earned their quarter-final place with wins over Dublin and Clare in a three-team group.

"We played Kilkenny in the first round and it was a very tough game," Rockett reflected.

"We were disappointed with our performance, they beat us comprehensively in the end.

"Against Limerick, they put up a good fight for the first 30 minutes then we pulled away.

"When you get to the knock-out stages, it's all very tough teams, Cork, Clare, Tipperary and ourselves, with Galway and Kilkenny gone straight through."

"On our panel it’s so competitive at the moment that anyone could be in. There’s a good mix of girls that are really pushing for places."

Rockett says she is "definitely for" the new rules currently being trialled by the Camogie Association, and was particularly impressed by Rebecca Hennelly, whose two double-point sidelines helped defending champions Galway get past Cork last weekend.

"Two points for a sideline, you don't see it often enough in camogie so it is an incentive," she said.

"Rebecca Hennelly’s points were both from the 45, which was unbelievable. We were saying we hope we don’t give away any sidelines if we meet Galway in future!

"Dropping the hurley is a tough one at the moment for referees - has the hurley been pulled out of their hand or have they dropped it?

"For a forward, it's a lot easier to score (a goal) from a handpass but it kind of takes the skill out of the game, and camogie players are very skillful, we want to showcase it.

"I’m definitely for things flowing more and more physicality."

Watch the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship quarter-finals live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 12.30pm Saturday with highlights on The Sunday Game, RTÉ2, 9.30pm