Ger Kinane… Littlewoods Ireland Division 1 League: The Story So Far

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Littlewoods Ireland Division 1 League:

The Story So Far

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This weekend sees the final round of group games played in both group 1 and 2 of the Littlewoods Ireland Division 1 League. In group 1 Cork sit pretty at the top of the table with their semi-final spot secured. They have been impressive form so far this year with 4 wins from 4 but will face their toughest test on Saturday against Kilkenny in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.

Kilkenny look to be certain of a semi-final spot with a much better score difference than their nearest rivals Tipperary and Wexford however they will go in search of a win to be guaranteed of a semi-final spot. For Cork they will be looking to banish the memories of their final defeat to the Cats with a victory. Wexford and Tipperary still have a slim chance of taking the second semi-final spot in the group if they record a win and Cork beat Kilkenny. They will also need to greatly improve their score difference.

Tipperary had a disappointing opening round defeat against Kilkenny. There were much improved against Cork and led for much of the game but Cork finished the strongest to claim victory. Since then they had two encouraging albeit narrow victories away to both Wexford and Dublin. A third victory on the trot against Waterford on Sunday will be a satisfactory league campaign.
Beth Carton has been the star for Waterford in their league campaign so far. Despite only one win so far (against Dublin) they have proved tricky opposition for all teams so far and a close game is in prospect in the Ragg on Sunday against Tipperary.

Both sides will meet again 2 weeks later in the first round of the Munster championship. Dublin have had a difficult league so far with no wins from all their 4 games. They have been improving though and only lost by a single point against Tipperary.

They will look to finish the league on a positive with a good performance against Wexford. With Wexford still having a chance to qualify they will be determined to take all 3 points in Wexford Park. They already have had an impressive win over Kilkenny and Waterford but suffered defeats to Cork and Tipperary.

 

Group 2

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Limerick and Galway will meet this weekend both secure in the knowledge of a semi-final spot secured. Galway are currently on top spot thanks to a superior score difference but both teams will be very pleased with their league campaigns to date with 3 wins each. Galway have looked very impressive considering they have being without the Sarsfields contingent who reached the All-Ireland club final. An exciting battle should prevail with players on both sides looking to impress their management team and nail down a starting spot for championship.

Offaly and Clare are in a similar position after the opening 3 rounds of the league each having being defeated by Limerick and Galway while recoding a win against Meath. In what should be a tight contest both counties will seek a win to boost confidence ahead of championship and take 3rd spot in the group. For Meath it has been a tough introduction to division 1 league as they suffered 4 losses in all 4 of their games. Preparation will now have turned to the Intermediate championship and taking the positives from competing at the highest level in the league.

Full Fixtures:

Saturday April 1st

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 1

Fixture: Kilkenny v Cork | Venue: MW Hire Training Centre, Kilkenny | Throw-In: 2.30pm | Referee: Ray Kelly

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Division 1, Group 2

Fixture: Galway v Limerick | Venue: Duggan Park, Ballinasloe | Throw-In: 3pm | Referee: Liz Dempsey

Fixture: Offaly v Clare | Venue: St. Brendan’s Park, Birr | Throw-In: 1.30pm | Referee: Cathal Egan

Sunday April 2nd

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 1

Fixture: Tipperary v Waterford | Venue: The Ragg | Throw-In: 2pm | Referee: Fintan McNamara
Fixture: Wexford v Dublin | Venue: Innovate Wexford Park | Throw-In: 2pm | Referee: Owen Elliott

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