Sportstalk’s Ger Kinane believes Kilkenny’s experience will be the difference on Saturday when they take on Galway in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie semi-final in Semple stadium.
She said: “Kilkenny are experienced; they’ve been here before. They definitely want to get back to an All-Ireland Final”
The two sides met recently in the group stages of the championship with the Cats coming out on top in a tight game. Kinane wonders what Galway can do to avenge that result and get to an All-Ireland Final: “The big thing here is what can Galway do to get to an All-Ireland Final? They fell at this stage last year when they lost to Cork. they’ll look back over that game last year; they didn’t start well and then put in unbelievable second half. They were unlucky not to beat Cork.”
Kinane is expecting a tough contest and believes the area of the field where the game will be won or lost is the Galway half-back line up against the Kilkenny half-forward line: “It’s a massive game and I’m really looking forward to it. I think the big thing is going to be the match ups. I think whoever wins the battle in the Galway half-back v Kilkenny half-forward line will determine which side will finish up on top. Looking at the Kilkenny half-forward/full forward line Galway will be really up against it to curb them. There’s going to be serious players on show for both sides.”
The former Tipp player is tipping Kilkenny to win the game and book a place in another All-Ireland Final: “I think I’ll just go with Kilkenny. Galway changing their manager this year; probably only finding their feet now and finding their best 15. I think they need to build on the development and momentum of this year. I tip Kilkenny to win this by three or four points.”
She did however make a bold prediction for next year: “If Galway can hold on to your manager. I think next year could be their year.