Camogie results – A full line up of fixtures in the Liberty Insurance Camogie championship saw several counties book their semi-final places with an impressive Wexford really nailing their championship credentials to the mast in Wexford Park.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship
Wexford have all but assured themselves of a place in the semi-final of the senior championship after an extremely impressive victory over Cork in Wexford Park. First half goals from Katrina Parrock and Brid Gordon put them in the driving seat and despite a Cork resurgence in the second half lead by Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey, Wexford held on for a 2-14 to 1-11 win. With Dublin to come in the last round Wexford will top this group and are one step away from Croke Park.
Galway got their campaign back on track with an expectedly comfortable victory over a Dublin side whose challenge failed to fire in Athenry on Saturday. This leaves them with a final round encounter with Cork which unless Dublin spring a major surprise against Wexford will decide who finishes second in the group and lands the easier of the two quarter final opponents from group 2.
Offaly got the win they needed to keep their knockout hopes alive but not before they were made to fight to the finish by an ever improving Derry side for whom Grainne McGoldrick shot nine points. Tina Hannon scored seven in response for Offaly who finished the strongest to put themselves in with a great chance of reaching the quarter finals for the second year running. They will fancy their chances of beating Tipperary and looking at the makeup of the rest of the fixtures this should be enough.
Kilkenny dispatched misfiring Tipperary with minimal fuss at the Ragg. Michelle Quilty and Shelly Farrell hit the goals for the Cats who are looking very strong at the moment. With Clare and Derry to come in the final rounds it won’t be a major surprise if they finish the group stages with a 100% record and they will be very hard to stop towards the end of the summer.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship
As expected Limerick were too good for Galway in Athenry but they were made to sweat as Galway lead by 0-6 to 0-4 at half time having enjoyed the aid of a strong wind in the first half. Limerick finished strong to book their semi-final spot with the goal coming from Caoimhe Costello midway through the second half.
Kildare kept their hopes alive with an impressive 3-15 to 2-9 win over Tipperary. Suzie O’Carroll was their main attacking threat again with Jenny Grace taking the fight to them on the Tipperary side. Presuming they will beat bottom side in Antrim in the final round this win has set Kildare up with a winner takes all tie against Galway on the 20th of July to decide who will progress alongside Limerick.
Meath didn’t have it all their own way in group 2 with a much improved Wexford restoring some pride following their capitulation against Kilkenny in the previous round. This win keeps Meath’s hopes of a second consecutive semi-final appearance alive but the remaining fixtures against Cork and in form Kilkenny will be a huge test and it just might be beyond them this year.
To use a worn out cliché the tie of the round was a game of two halves. The form team of the intermediate championship Kilkenny flew out of the blocks and lead comfortably at half time in Callan. But Trish Jackman lead Waterford were never going to lie down against their neighbours and dominated the second half, their spirited comeback falling short however as Kilkenny held on to win by 2-9 to 1-6.
Mathematically no one is assured of a semi-final place just yet in this group but it is looking like Kilkenny will top the group with Waterford plenty good enough to claim the second spot.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Junior A Championship
The semi-final line up is now decided in this championship with both games going as predicted on Sunday. Carlow had far too much class for Dublin while Offaly outscored Meath in a game that went exactly as the formbook predicted. This means that Carlow will face Offaly in what is sure to be a hotly contested all Leinster clash while neighbours Kerry and Limerick will meet for the fourth time this year. Kerry were victorious in the group stages of the league before they drew the final in Abbeydorney with Limerick edging the replay in Newcastle West to claim the division 4 crown. This championship is sure to have an exciting finale.
Last week I gave my predictions on all the games and can report an 80% strike rate with Offaly and Wexford’s wins in the senior championship being the only blot on my card!