Ladies Camogie Championship Preview
The best was saved for first last weekend as Newmarket-on-Fergus received a timely validation of their potential when holding off Kilmaley by 1-13 to 1-8 in Tubber on Friday evening. Having slumped to five consecutive final defeats, the Blues dismissed any nagging doubts of their current health and will now look to build upon that display when facing Kilkishen/Bodyke in Fr. McNamara Park on Saturday at 1pm.
While it’s only the second round of five, it’s already sink-or-swim time for Kilkishen/Bodyke who crave a response after shipping the biggest defeat of the entire opening round against Scariff-Ogonnelloe.
The 2019 county and Munster champions can put one foot in the semi-finals if they can quash St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield’s enthusiasm in what is the Parish’s championship bow at Clare Camogie Headquarters on Saturday at 5pm.
At Intermediate level, having negotiated their way past Whitegate by three points, Clooney-Quin face another obstinate opponent in neighbours Tulla who arguably should have taken all the opening points from Clarecastle/Ballyea last Saturday. Tulla will host the derby showdown in Dr. Daly Memorial Park on Saturday evening at 5pm while an hour earlier in Corofin, the home side take on Clarecastle/Ballyea with both sides gunning for their first win.
Buoyed by their impressive start, Éire Óg make the trip to Whitegate for what promises to be a much closer affair on Saturday at 12.30pm.
Snr Championship Rd 1 Group A
St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield a bye
Intermediate Championship Rd 1
Clooney-Quin 2-12 Whitegate 2-9;
Éire Óg 2-14 Corofin 2-4;
Clarecastle/Ballyea 1-10 Tulla 1-10
Jnr A Championship Round 1
Inagh-Kilnamona a bye
Jnr B Championship Rd 1 Group A
Parteen 4-11 Sixmilebridge 0-6
Clooney-Quin 2-7 Feakle-Killanena 1-3
Jnr C Championship Rd 1
Whitegate 1-10 Cratloe 0-8
Clarecastle/Ballyea 6-4 Banner 0-0
by Eoin Brennan