Camogie stars set for semi-finals

The next few weeks are crucial for both the Senior and Intermediate camogie teams as they look to cement their spots in the All-Ireland finals on September 14.

The next few weeks are crucial for both the Senior and Intermediate camogie teams as they look to cement their spots in the All-Ireland finals on September 14.

Both sides enter their semi-final bouts in flying form having reached this stage of competition undefeated.

The senior camogie team will take on reigning Champions Galway in there All-Ireland semi-final on August 23.

Kilkenny ran through their group games undefeated and looked very impressive in the process.

They opened their campaign with a win over Offaly 5-16 to 0-8 points. They followed this up with wins over Tipperary, 2-21 to 0-07, Clare 1-13 to 0-12, and Derry 4-16 to 1-05.

The Cats have shown impressive form throughout the campaign and look hungry to beat Galway having lost to them in last years decider.

The sides most impressive feature has been the ability to amount large tallies. Their total of 9-54 in their group games had meant that they’re scoring prowess has blown all opposition away.

The forward lines are in very impressive form this year and with the likes of Denise Gaule, Aoife Neary and Leann Fennelly in top form, they will cause problems for the Galway defence. Kilkenny’s strength is having players all over the field capable of taking their own scores. Collette Dormer, Aine Connery, and Ann Dalton have all been prominent this campaign.

The Kilkenny full back line of Mairead Power, Kate McDonald, and Jacqui Frisby were very strong throughout the year conceding only one goal in their four games. They will hope to keep this figure intact for the Galway game.

Their no-nonsense approach has ensured the safety of the goalmouth throughout the year. This is going to be a very tough game for Kilkenny as Galway will be determined to hang on to their crown.

Galway will bring a substantial scoring threat and Kilkenny will have to keep tabs on Niamh McGrath, Emma Kilkelly, and Aislinn Connolly who are the Westerners biggest scoring threats.

The Intermediates face a tough challenge when they face current Leinster champions Kildare in Dr Cullen Park on Saturday at 3:30pm.

The team has vastly improved from their league performances and the addition of the Ballyhale Shamrocks players Mags Fennelly, Catherine Connolly, and Edel Frisby have made Kilkenny a very formidable force.

The attacking ability of Megan Farrell, Anna Farrell and Orla Handrick will cause all sorts of problems for the Kildare defence.

This Kildare side are also very impressive having only suffered one defeat against Limerick in their opening round game.

They will bring a serious scoring threat into this tie, and Kilkenny will have to be on their guard.

Kildare will be very capable of taking advantage of any lapses in the Kilkenny defence.