Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Preview 9th of July

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Launch of the 2015 Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship Season, Croke Park, Dublin 16/6/2015 Pictured at the launch of the 2015 Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship season in Croke Park on Tuesday, June 16th were: C‡it Devane of Tipperary, Limerick's Sarah Carey, Derry's Grainne O'Kane, Kilkenny's Kate McDonald, Wexford's Shelley Kehoe, Annette Ni Dhathlaoi, Head of Marketing Liberty Insurance, Cork's Ashling Thompson, President of the Camogie Association Catherine Neary, Galway's Sarah Dervan, Offaly's Sheila Sullivan, Dublin's Elaine O'Meara, Clare's Carol O'Leary. This yearÕs championship throws in on June 20th with title holders Cork beginning the defence of their crown against Galway as part of a double header fixture with the GAA Leinster Senior Hurling semi-final meeting in OÕConnor Park, Tullamore. Following the success of last yearÕs Our Game Your Game campaign which aimed to change the perception of the game of camogie, it returns for Championship 2015. This season, it will feature the stories of inter-county players Ashling Thompson, Briege Corkery (Cork), Katie Power, Edwina Keane, (Kilkenny), Niamh McGrath, Sarah Dervan (Galway), Caoimhe Costelloe, (Limerick), Mary Leacy (Wexford) with unique imagery and content on digital and print unveiled throughout the summer season. Our Game Your Game 2015 will tell the stories of inter-county camogie players, conveying the power and athleticism of the game and the dedication, commitment and ambition of its players. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The penultimate round of the Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship takes place this Saturday at 2.30 across all venues. Cork, Kilkenny and Galway all remain unbeaten and will definitely make 3 of the quarter and semi-final places. The remaining 3 places should be all but decided come Saturday evening .

Group 1
Wexford vs Cork
Innovate Wexford park

Cork have shown no signs of the slow start they displayed in last year’s championship and have defeated comfortably all those put in front of them so far. They look likely to push on and secure the semi-final spot with one round to play.

After a surprise 3rd round defeat to Offaly following on from the reverse score line in the Leinster final, Wexford regrouped with a fine win over neighbours Waterford last weekend and will be hoping to take the scalp off top of the group cork and ensure a quarter final place. Home advantage could prove key.
Verdict: Cork

Limerick vs Offaly

Offaly ladies run at top spot derailed last weekend after a series of positive displays as they suffered their first defeat at the hands of Cork. They will look to bounce back after that heavy defeat against a determined Limerick side and secure second spot in the group.

Limericks excellent season continued last weekend as they were 7 point winners against Clare thanks to 1.10 from Niamh Mulcahy .They will need her at her brilliant best again if they are to overthrow Offaly. This match up could prove to be game of the weekend .
Verdict: Offaly

Waterford vs Clare
Walsh park

In a bottom of the group clash, winless Clare and Waterford meet in the hope of gaining some consolation after disappointing campaigns. Clare’s ability to curtail Waterford’s Beth Carton and Trish Jackman will prove key if they are to cause an upset against last year’s promotion winners.
Verdict: Waterford


Group 2
Tipperary vs Dublin
The Ragg

After spirited displays for both in the opening rounds, Tipp and Dublin will be very disappointed with last week’s results falling to 14 point deficits against Kilkenny and Galway .
When these two teams met in the final game of the league ,a league semi-final spot was on offer and Tipperary prevailed easily 2.12 to 1.06. Once again the prize for the winner is huge with the victors all but securing a quarter final spot while the losers will exit the race. Expect a battle in The a Ragg!
Verdict: Tipperary 

Galway vs Derry
St.Brendans Park ,Loughrea

Winless Derry travel to Loughrea knowing anything less than 2 victories in their 2 final games will see them exit the championship.
Galway will look to continue their 100% record in group 2 and set themselves up for a top of the group clash next week with Kilkenny. Ailish o Reilly was the hatrick hero last weekend as they blitzed Dublin early on 3.05-0.02 and they will look to once again spring from the blocks and put Derry to the sword.
Verdict: Galway



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