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Ladies Football Championship ready for Throw-In – SportsGirls preview the weekend’s games

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Deniese O’Flaherty joins Valerie Wheeler on this week’s episode to look ahead to the start of the All-Ireland Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships and to preview each group.

Here are Dee’s predictions on who will qualify from each group:

All-Ireland Senior Championship

Group 1
Donegal
Kerry
Tipperary
Verdict: In a tight group, Donegal to qualify with either Kerry or Tipperary(last year’s Intermediate champions)

Group 2
Cork
Armagh
Monaghan
Verdict: Cork favorites to qualify with Armagh, led by Aimee Mackin, to join them in the next round.

Group 3
Galway
Westmeath
Waterford
Verdict: Division 1 sides Galway and Westmeath to qualify although Waterford may cause another surprise (last year they defeated Cork in the Munster championship).

Group 4
Dublin
Mayo
Cavan
Verdict: Reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin to continue their great form with last year’s beaten finalists Mayo to continue their quest for the title.

All-Ireland Intermediate Championship

Group 1
Laois
Sligo
Longford
Verdict: Laois (Leinster intermediate winners) and Sligo to qualify with Longford possibly facing another relegation play-off.

Group 2
Tyrone
Wicklow
Offaly
Verdict: Tyrone (Ulster intermediate winners) and Wicklow to progress to the next round.

Group 3
Kildare
Wexford
Clare
Down
Verdict: In an evenly matched group, Kildare and Wexford to edge out Clare.

Group 4
Roscommon
Meath
Fermanagh
Verdict: Roscommon and Meath to progress ahead of last year’s junior champions Fermanagh.

All-Ireland Junior Championship

Group 1
Louth
London
Antrim
Kilkenny
Verdict: Louth should definitely progress with either Antrim or London joining them.

Group 2
Derry
Limerick
Carlow
Verdict: Last year’s beaten finalists Derry and Limerick to progress to the next stage.