Minors hope to regain All Ireland Crown
by PRO on the 21st of April 2015
Minor A All Ireland Championship – Sighle Nic an Ultaigh
Kilkenny vs Tipperary (Saturday)
Venue: (St Brendan’s Park, Birr, 2.30pm) Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)
The Kilkenny minor camogie team will hope to claim back the All Ireland minor title for the first time since 2013 when they take on Tipperary in St Brendan’s Park, Birr, at 2.30pm on Saturday.
Kilkenny are unbeaten this season and followed up group wins over Clare, Wexford, Tipperary and Cork with a comprehensive semi final victory over reigning champions Limerick 3-11 to 0-06 in Birr on Saturday last. Kilkenny are in terrific form this season and will hope this form will continue for one more game the most important of them all the All Ireland final. Kilkenny have a strong defensive line of Kirsty Maher who is rock solid between the post all year, Roisin Phelan, Eilish Regan, Miriam Bambrick Sarah Kent, Kellyann Doyle, Katie Nolan, Laura Murphy. They back this up with a pacey midfield paring of Laura Murphyand Michelle Teehan. They have a forward line that would put fear into any back line in the country that consists of Sarah Walsh, Jenny Clifford, Marguerite Hoynes, Jenny O’Neill, Ciara Phelan, and Edel Coonan. The real advantage that this Kilkenny team has this season is that they have a very strong bench that contains very experienced players of the calibre of Aoife Norris, Ciara Murphy, Chloe Blackmore, Eimear Corr, Roisin Breen, Aoife O’Carroll, Mia Griffin, Deirdre Purcell, Megan Walsh, Aoife Farrell, Laura Greene, Eimear Donnelly, Sophie O’Dwyer, Nicole Garvey, Laura Tennyson, Heather Doyle, Shannon Doyle, Caoimhe O’Shea, and Tara Leacy. In the era where the game is evolving to be more than just 15 players on any giving day a strong bench is very important to call on.
So what about Tipperary. Well as with any Tipperary team in an All Ireland final they will not lie down and will be prepared for battle. Tipperary recorded wins over Clare, Wexford and Cork and only suffered one lost in there group games and that was against Kilkenny where the Cats edged them by two point in The Ragg 2-05 to 1-06. They recorded a comprehensive victory over Galway last Saturday where they defeated the tribe’s women 2-17 to 0-08 points. They have a very dangerous full forward line of Grace O’Brien, Niamh Treacy and Orla Dwyer that the Kilkenny backline will have to keep close tabs on.
This game has all the hallmarks of a cracker and one that will go right down to the wire. On paper I think Kilkenny are a stronger all round team and I feel they will shade it on Saturday and claim title number six.
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