Friday 30 September 2016

Fixtures for the weekend

Published 05/08/2016 | 15:42

13 July 2016; Ladies Gaelic Football are set to Change the Record. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick ODonovan, T.D. launched the 2016 TG4 All Ireland Championships at Croke Park as the LGFA President, Marie Hickey announced that TG4 and the LGFA were joining forces to attempt to set a new attendance record for the TG4 All Ireland Championships. The previous record of 33,000 was set in 2001 when Laois played Mayo. The LGFA President also urged supporters of the game to start looking inwards to support the game rather than criticising a lack of media coverage. Pictured at the launch are, from left, Sarah Rowe, Mayo, Niamh McEvoy, Dublin, Ciara Murphy, Kerry and Ciara McAnespie, Monaghan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
13 July 2016; Ladies Gaelic Football are set to Change the Record. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick ODonovan, T.D. launched the 2016 TG4 All Ireland Championships at Croke Park as the LGFA President, Marie Hickey announced that TG4 and the LGFA were joining forces to attempt to set a new attendance record for the TG4 All Ireland Championships. The previous record of 33,000 was set in 2001 when Laois played Mayo. The LGFA President also urged supporters of the game to start looking inwards to support the game rather than criticising a lack of media coverage. Pictured at the launch are, from left, Sarah Rowe, Mayo, Niamh McEvoy, Dublin, Ciara Murphy, Kerry and Ciara McAnespie, Monaghan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Here are the fixtures for this weekend's All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship

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FIXTURES (All 2.0 unless stated)

Saturday, August 6

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship

Cavan v Laois, Birr, D McEnery.* TG4 live

Kerry v Waterford, Birr, 3;45, M Kenny.*TG4 live

 

Sunday, August 7

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship

Down v Wicklow, Fingallians (Dublin), C McManus.

Limerick v Clare, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, K Delahunty.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship

Derry v Carlow, St. Treas PS, Ballymaguigan, G Chapman.

Antrim v Longford, St Paul’s, Y Duffy.

 

ONE TO WATCH

Saturday August 7

TG4 All Ireland Senior Football Championship - Kerry v Waterford, 3:45, Birr.

The second game in the Birr double-header is a fascinating all-Munster tussle. Kerry and Waterford have already met in the province, when the Kingdom prevailed but, since then, Division 3 champions Waterford sensationally knocked out premier side Armagh in the preliminary round.

The Decies won the All-Ireland intermediate title last year, they never say die and, when they hit form, are more than a match for anyone. Not only do they have quality forwards like Aileen Wall, Katie Murray and Grainne Kenneally but they’ve got arguably the best place-kicker in the women’s game right now in Maria-Delahunty.

But Kerry are extremely seasoned senior outfit who, after a lot of injuries, are back to full strength now and, allround, are physically stronger. They beat Cork twice this year and were disgusted to then relinquish their Munster championship crown to them in the provincial final so they’ll be on a mission.

Aislinn Desmond and Caroline Kelly lead their defence, Bernie Breen and Emma Sherwood make up a very strong midfield and, upfront, Kerry have potential match-winners in Louise Ni Muirchearthaigh, Sarah Houlihan and Laura Rogers. Waterford’s top defenders like Michelle McGrath and Mairead and Linda Wall will need to really be on the top of their game to hold them out.

The prize is a quarter-final against Monaghan. Form and tradition is with Kerry but this Waterford side never give up until the final whistle.

Verdict: Kerry.

 

The Ladies Football Championship Final will take centre stage September 25th. Be there to show your #SeriousSupport.

 

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