Following on from their 2-11 to 0-15 win over Limerick in last weekend’s Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Waterford have a chance this weekend to make history and qualify for the knock-out stages of the Senior Championship for the first time if they defeat Clare.
Speaking on this week’s Sportsgirls Podcast Camogie expert Ger Kinane admitted that Waterford have surprised her this year: “They slipped in under the radar a bit. They had a bye in the first round, suffered two defeats then and I didn’t see them as potential third place finishers in that group. I suppose Clare and Limerick was a massive game and when they drew that I thought that was the game that would decided third.”
The win over Limerick came with an interesting but somewhat unwanted stat for the Deise. Ger said: “It was the third game in a row that they had a player sent off. Maybe that’s something they need to look at. They can’t afford to go down to 14.”
Ger commented on Waterford manager Donal O’Rourke and how he has changed their fortunes and turned them into a team now on the brink of creating history: “Donal O’Rourke is a very popular manager and he’s brought a real professionalism to them. Waterford made the step-up from Intermediate. I suppose it has taken them this long to get up to the pace of Senior Championship.”
A win on Sunday would see them advance to the quarter-finals of the championship. Ger said: “They are in a great position going into their final game against Clare and a win could see them qualifying for an All-Ireland quarter-final which would be brilliant.”