By Mark Casserly
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 1
Galway 1-16 Clare 0-09
An early goal from Niamh Hannify helped Galway to a 7 point win in Tuam. The hosts under new manager Cathal Murray always seemed in control, with player of the match Niamh Kilkenny starring. Things got even worse for Clare as they were reduced to 14 when Eimear Kelly was sent off late on.
Limerick 0-11 Kilkenny 2-18
After an even 1st half, goals from Miriam Walsh and Michelle Quilty in the 2nd period helped Kilkenny to a 13 point win. Limerick’s Niamh Mulcahy helped give the hosts a 2 point lead in Bruff at the break. However, Kilkenny were a different team after the interval with captain Shelly Farrell and Meighan Farrell among the scorers for the Noresiders.
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 2
Cork 1-19 Wexford 0-07
Cork began the defence of their All-Ireland title with a comfortable 15 point win at Páirc Uí Rinn. Despite being without the retired Rena Buckley and Orla Cotter, who recently got married, the hosts led by Ashling Thompson and Orla Cronin sealed the win thanks to a Katrina Mackey goal.
Dublin 3-14 Offaly 3-09
In a thrilling game, David Herity’s charges ran out eventual 5 point winners at Parnell Park. Gráinne Quinn and Siobhán Kehoe netted for Dublin in the 1st half and helped put them 8 ahead at half-time with Offaly’s Sarah Harding grabbing a goal. That lead went up to 10 in the 2nd half, with 2 Offaly goals, including a penalty from Siobhán Flannery, helping to reduce the deficit for Mike Wall’s side.
Tipperary 6-14 Meath 0-10
At The Ragg, Meath’s 1st senior game ended in disappointment as two 2nd-half goals from Cáit Deavane helped Tipp to a resounding 22 point victory.
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