Leinster Final Previews- Offaly and Meath stand between Kilkenny and Leinster crowns.
by PRO on the 1st of June 2015
Leinster Senior Championship
Kilkenny vs Offaly (Sunday)
Venue: (Nowlan Park, 4pm) Referee: Ray Kelly
The Kilkenny senior camogie team will hope to claim back the Leinster championship title for the first time since 2013 when they take on Offaly in the final on Sunday in Nowlan Park at 4pm. Kilkenny eased their way into the final with a 3-18 to 1-08 victory over a brave Kildare in Newbridge while Offaly followed up a opening round win over reigning champions Wexford with a victory over a up and coming Dublin side in the semi final. The last time the two sides met, Kilkenny eased past Offaly in there All Ireland Championship round game last season. Offaly are under the new management of former hurling great Barry Whelehan. His side struggled to find their feet in the league where they only recorded one victory over Tipperary in their opening game, but are after striking a good vein of form in the Leinster championship. Offaly have very talented players among their ranks with Siobhan Flannery, Arlene Watkins, Cailin Fitzgerald and Niamh Larkin all capable of causing a headache for the Kilkenny defence. In saying this I feel the Kilkenny team will have too much for the Faithful County on Sunday and should claim back the Leinster championship crown.
Leinster Intermediate Championship
Kilkenny vs Meath (Sunday)
Venue: (Nowlan Park, 2.15pm) Referee: Jenny Byrne
The Kilkenny Intermediate team will hope to claim the Leinster crown when they take on Meath in the final in Nowlan Park on Sunday. The Kilkenny side are in good vein of form this season under the new management team of Mick Wall, Ger Walsh and Seamus Kelly. They bounced back from the disappointment of losing a league semi final in extra time to Laois with a good replay win over Wexford 4-08 to 2-07. In the first game it didn’t look good for the Kilkenny side trailing by four points with less than five minutes to play, but the side showed the brilliant battling qualities that they displayed all year to force the draw and then claim a replay victory with an outstanding display. Meath similar to Kilkenny needed a draw to overcome Laois in the semi final. The last time the sides met was in the opening round of the league where the Kilkenny side defeated the Royals 1-07 to 0-03. It has all the hallmarks of being a cracker of a game, but I feel Kilkenny will have a bit too much for the Royals and with the addition of some the victorious minor All Ireland wining team will be a formidable force in the All Ireland series.
Your support for both sides on Sunday would be appreciated.
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