Cork and Meath will contest the Intermediate final in a first time affair. Cork will be hoping for double success on the day while Meath will be looking for their first Intermediate title.
Ger and Ann Marie discuss various talking points in this week’s ‘Up for the Match’ Camogie Special. An area Ger Kinane highlighted is Cork’s high scoring in previous games.
‘Cork will look back on the Intermediate final last year and think that they could have won it. They have been putting up huge scores this year. They bet Derry 2:11 to 7 points and they came down from Senior last year. For Cork to win by that much, it was impressive’
‘The game could come down to the midfield battle. Meath struggled in this area against Kildare. It is an area Cork are strong in. Meath will have to be stronger to supply ball into Jane Dolan.”
Saving players for the Senior game
Ann Marie highlighted a negative aspect of Corks tactic last year. Paudie Murray took off some players to keep them for the Senior game. Kinane highlighted, ‘Libby Coppinger was taken off last year with 40 minutes gone and we seen her introduced in the senior game. It probably would have effected the intermediate team. Maybe they are wondering if they left their strong players on it could have been different’
I don’t think that will happen this year. Looking at the programmes, the intermediate goalie is senior sub goalie with the seniors and Finola Neville is a senior sub. They seem to have separate panels. I don’t think that mistake will happen this year. I believe they will go all out to win this year’s championship.
Ger Kinane praises a developing Meath side and believes they will bring a lot to this All Ireland final. ‘Meath won the Junior in 2012 and have been doing well. They have been operating in the Division one league but they did not have success. The topped their group in the championship and they have serious players’
Ann Marie highlighted the great form Cork are entering this All Ireland final in. Despite Meath’s championship run and talented forwards both camogie experts believe that the experience and hurt from last year will drive Cork over the winning line.
Listen from 4.09 to the girls talk about key players on both sides, talking points heading into this All Ireland final, their predictions and reasons why.