All Ireland Camogie Championships Previews- Galway stand between seniors and semi final berth, While U16s hope to continue winning run with Limerick test
by PRO on the 13th of July 2016
Saturday 16th July 2016
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 2
Kilkenny vs Galway
Venue: Freshford 2.30pm Referee: Owen Elliott (Kilkenny)
The Kilkenny senior camogie team will hope to make it four wins from four and secure a semi final place when they entertain Galway in Freshford on Saturday in a repeat of the league final in May.
Both sides are heading into Saturdays contest undefeated Kilkenny recording wins over Derry (5-24 to 2-03), Dublin (2-12 to 0-10) and Tipperary two weeks ago (1-21 to 0-11). Galway are joint top of the table with the Cats on nine points with the host having a better scoring advantage. Galway began their campaign with a hard fought victory over Tipperary (1-13 to 1-10), Dublin (5-09 to 1-07) and Derry (2-14 to 0-01) last weekend.
A victory for either side on Saturday will secure the semi final berth where a loss will mean a quarter final place. A draw will be enough for Kilkenny to progress through as they have the better scoring advantage.
The last time the sides met was in this year’s League final in Thurles where Kilkenny emerged victorious on a 2-07 to 0-07 score line with goals from Anna Farrell and Julieann Malone proving the decisive scores. Both sides will be going into the contest in high spirits and it could boil down to which defensive line is able to get on top as both sides contain very potent forward divisions. This game has all the hallmarks of being a classic encounter and one that could go right down to the wire.
I feel Kilkenny are building great momentum and are after building on their league final victory and may edge the contest on Saturday, but I expect a real tough battle, but a game not to be missed.
Saturday 17th July 2016
All Ireland U16A Camogie Championship Group 1
Kilkenny vs Limerick
Venue: John Locke Park, Callan 2.30pm Referee: John McDonagh (Galway)
The Kilkenny under 16 team will hope to make it two from two when they entertain Limerick in Callan on Sunday.
The Leinster Champions began their campaign with a good opening round victory over Waterford on Friday last 2-14 to 1-10. Kilkenny put in an inspiring second half display after being tied with Waterford 1-04 to 0-07 at half time.
Limerick on the other hand will be disappointed going into the contest after suffering a loss in their opening game to Dublin 4-10 to 1-05.
Kilkenny will be fully aware that Limerick will be going into the contest hoping to bounce back from that defeat.
Kilkenny are building great momentum all year and I expect them just to prove that bit too strong for Limerick on Sunday and should claim their second victory of the campaign.
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