National League preview
AFTER suffering defeats in the opening round of the National Camogie League, the Kilkenny seniors and intermediates will be looking to bounce back on Sunday.
The seniors host Clare, while the intermediates play Tipperary. Both teams must win to maintain their league prospects.
Brendan Williams’s charges will be hoping for a substantial improvement performance wise following their 17-point loss to Cork. The availability of Ashbourne Cup winners Katie Power, Michelle Quilty and Shelly Farrell should ensure a much stronger starting line-up.
However Clare, who gave Kilkenny a searching test in Nowlan Park in the championship last Summer, will be stern opposition to the black and amber as they finally get their league campaign underway.
The Banner are a progressive force in camogie, having reached three All-Ireland minor finals in succession (2008 to 2010). They lost out to eventual champions Tipperary by just one point last year.
Clare beat Tipperary during the championship round-robin section, displaying a growing indication of their improvement as a camogie outfit.
Kilkenny’s intermediates lost to Cork in the opening round (2-8 to 2-5). They displayed resilience in abundance, coming from 11 points down with 15 minutes left. At the end of play they were somewhat unfortunate not to have grabbed a result.
However, the fight back will be a massive source of encouragement. They can feel confident of achieving victory against Tipperary on Sunday.
Victory for the seniors and intermediates will get their league prospects back on track. Lose, and their hopes of silverware in Spring will rapidly diminish.