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Clare used all their nous and experience to gain a share of the spoils against Tipperary. Photograph by John Kelly

Rebel game a bonus shot for Clare with others to come


It seems a little too soon to revisit such an epic Munster Final showdown a fortnight ago but perhaps the reparation process can be accelerated by another bout between Clare and Cork on Saturday.

Being Clare’s fifth weekend of championship action in-a-row, an already war-weary Banner side had to use all their experience and nous to take what could be yet prove a valuable share of the spoils against Tipperary last Saturday.

However, a lack of freshness against the Rebels is a much more daunting task as Cork’s perennial challenge for All-Ireland honours has built up a much more experience and deeper senior squad than most to be able to contend with their own hectic schedule.

It means that despite an unflinching determination and unquestionable spirit, it’s all about how Clare approach their latest trip to Cork as with Aoife Power, Alannah Ryan and Orlaith Duggan fully back in the mix along with a free weekend for the juniors, it does provide extra support to their well-tested flagship side.

In truth for all their massive strides demonstrated in 2022 so far, garnering anything out of their return sojourn to Páirc Ui Rinn would be arguably Clare’s greatest achievement to date.

A win isn’t entirely necessary as with three knock-out places up for grabs, how Clare fare against Dublin, Wexford and Waterford will ultimate decide their fate, making this one a veritable bonus shot.

Whatever happens on Saturday though, at least there can’t be any extra-time.

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Round 2
Cork v Clare
at Páirc Ui Rinn Cork,
Saturday 5pm
(Ray Kelly, Kildare)

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