There were no surprises in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship this week as the knock-out stages start to really take shape with Laois edging the game of the weekend against Down.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship
Clare V Kilkenny – Cusack Park, Ennis
Kilkenny had to overcome a spirited second half come back from Clare before prevailing on a 1-13 to 0-12 scoreline in Ennis. Leading by four points at half time Kilkenny looked home and hosed when Aisling Dunphy goaled just after half time but the dismissal of Denise Gaule gave Clare hope and despite the six point contribution from placed balls by Chloe Morey the Banner girls came up short. Next up for Kilkenny is the visit of Derry and they should finish the group unbeaten. For Clare it is a final round game against Tipperary who are yet to put any points on the board and if they can win they will be in the quarter final.
Tipperary V Offaly – The Ragg, Thurles
Elaine Dermody was once again Offaly’s leading light as Tipperary’s slim slim chances of making the last six evaporated at The Ragg. Tipp, showing signs of improvement as the year goes on, actually led by a point with twenty minutes to go, but a strong Offaly finish saw them home in the end. Tipperary face Clare in the final round while Offaly have tosit and wait for Kilkenny to do the expected and beat Derry, ensuring them of a place in the quarter-finals for the second year running.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship
Limerick V Tipperary – Kileedy
Not much to say about this dead rubber. Limerick took control early and lead all the way with Aoife Sheehan and Rebecca Delee doing most of the damage. Next up for them is a semi-final against Munster rivals Waterford.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship
Laois V Down – Rathdowney
I predicted a cracker in my preview of this game and so it turned out. Sara Ann Fitzgerald top scored for Laois with 1-4 while the combined scoring exploits of Mallon and McGourty weren’t enough for Down to scrape home. I expect both teams to have a huge say in the destination of this championship and with Laois winning 3-12 to 1-17 on Sunday I’m sure it would be a great game in Croke Park if they did meet in the final in September.
Roscommon V Dublin – Oran
I predicted that Dublin would have too much in the tank for Roscommon and so it proved with the sky blues winning comfortably by 2-14 to 1-7 to keep their 100% record intact. This is shaping up to be the most competitive of all the championships and any of the top three teams could take the silverware in September.
Westmeath V Armagh
Armagh conceded this game to Westmeath.
So this week I got five of the six games right but next week it might not be as easy with Cork v Galway and Clare V Tipp both very hard to call while the Junior A semi-finals could go either way. Another great weekend of camogie is in store.