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Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 previews


GROUP 1

Galway v Clare, Athenry, 2pm

The 2019 Division 1 League champions get their campaign under way on home soil this Saturday as they welcome the Banner County to Athenry. With no conclusion to last year's league campaign Cathal Murray’s side remain the current holders of the trophy, and will no doubt be strong contenders once again this year.

It is always a daunting task facing the champions in week one, but those thoughts will be far from the mind of the Banner County players when the sliotar is thrown in.

They will be led out this year by captain Clare Hehir and with players of the quality of Chloe Morey, Aine O’Loughlin and Niamh O’Dea, they have the talent and potential to cause trouble to any opposition.

Verdict: Galway


GROUP 2

Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 2pm

A very tasty battle lies ahead in the opening round as the Rebels welcome their Munster counterparts Tipperary to Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Cork are without a Division 1 League title since 2013 despite being a dominant force in camogie over the last number of years.

They carry the perfect blend of youth and experience and are certainly a side to watch out for throughout the campaign.

Tipperary stormed out of the blocks in the Division 1 League in 2020 and were the team that everyone was talking about before the pandemic halted the campaign. Injuries hampered their Senior Championship semi-final showdown six months ago, but they showed in the early parts of the year how strong they can be when they have a full-strength team on show.

Verdict: Cork


GROUP 3

Kilkenny v Dublin, John Lockes GAA, Callan, 2pm

The team from the capital will provide the first competitive challenge for the All-Ireland Senior champions who are no doubt full of confidence and raring to go for another year.

The last time Kilkenny entered a league campaign as reigning champions was back in 2017 where they went on to claim the Division 1 League title, so they will be hoping for another repeat of those fortunes this year.

Dublin face a very difficult opening round fixture against a county that has won three Division 1 League titles in the previous five campaigns. It will be an important test of character for the Dubs who will need to take as many of the chances that come their way while also trying to keep six clinical Kilkenny attackers at bay, a tough feat for any county.

Verdict: Kilkenny


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FULL LIST OF FIXTURES

Division 1, Group 1

Galway v Clare, Athenry, 2pm. Referee: John Dermody (Westmeath)

Division 1, Group 2

Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 2pm. Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)

Division 1, Group 3

Kilkenny v Dublin, John Lockes GAA, Callan, 2pm. Andy Larkin (Cork)

Division 2, Group 1

Antrim v Down, Roger Casements GAC Portglenone, 12pm. Eamonn Cassidy (Derry)

Division 2, Group 2

Tipperary v Cork, Drom & Inch GAA, 2pm. Barry Nea (Westmeath)

Kerry v Galway, Lixnaw GAA, 2.30pm. Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Division 2, Group 3

Wexford v Kilkenny, Bellefield GAA, Enniscorthy, 2pm. Gavin Donegan (Dublin)

Division 2, Group 4

Dublin v Westmeath, O'Toole Park, Crumlin GAA, 2pm. Owen Elliot (Antrim)

Meath v Kildare, Meath GAA Centre of Excellence, Dunganny, 2pm. Mike Ryan (Tipperary)

Division 3, Group 1

Down v Armagh, Mayobridge GAA, 2pm. Bernard Heaney (Meath)

Division 3, Group 2

Limerick v Clare, Kilmallock GAA, 2pm. John Horgan (Cork)

Waterford v Carlow, Kill GAA, 2pm. Kevin O’Brien (Limerick)

Division 4, Group 1

Tyrone v Antrim, Páirc Éire Óg an Charraig Mhór, 2pm. Alan Doheny (Laois)

Cavan v Wicklow, Kingspan Breffni, 2pm. Enda Loughnane (Galway)

Division 4, Group 2

Kildare v Louth, Manguard Plus Kildare GAA Centre of Excellence, 2pm. Conor Quinlan (Galway)

Roscommon v Mayo, Ballyforan GAA, 2pm. Aaron Hogg (Clare)


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