Kelly relishing challenge
Offaly camogie manager Joachim Kelly is acutely aware of the huge challenges facing his young side as they take on Kilkenny in the opening round of the Division 2 camogie National League this Sunday at Lisdowney.
"It will be a step-up for our panel. After winning the Junior All-Ireland last year this will be a new experience for the side and we are excited at the prospect of competing in the Intermediate championship and what Division 2 offers us," commented Kelly.
Kelly, now in his third year, will be looking for top performances from captain and midfielder Marian Crean, Michaela Morkam and Sheila Sullivan against a Kilkenny side which boasts a wealth of talent from a succession of All-Ireland winning minor teams.
Meanwhile, last year's Junior All-Ireland finalists, Waterford, face Wexford in their opening tie and manager Andy Moloney will hope that Soaring Star recipients Aine Lyng and Karen Kelly can inspire his side to victory.
In the remaining Division 2 fixtures, Cork play Derry and Tipperary face Antrim, with both games taking place in Dublin while Down take on Limerick. In Division 3 action, Laois face Dublin in Portlaoise, Kildare entertain Ros-common and Meath face Armagh.