Carton and Rockett give the Déise lift-off to breeze past Dubs
Beth Carton has been Waterford's key attacker since bursting on to the scene as a 17-year-old in the Déise's All-Ireland Intermediate-winning season in 2015, and now the De La Salle destroyer is getting the kind of support that can take the senior side to another level.
Niamh Rockett earned an All Star nomination along with Carton and this year has found another level befitting her status as captain.
Rockett excelled in the home side's 1-11 to 1-5 defeat of Dublin at Walsh Park on Saturday, scoring a goal and two points.
Her trademark industry and aerial ability was to the fore as well and with Carton slotting eight points, Waterford were able to pull away late on.
Manager Donal O'Rourke had high praise for the duo, and was satisfied with the result, if not all aspects of the performance.
"That's what we expect out of them," said O'Rourke. "They're leaders of the team, we demand that out of them every day, but in fairness to them, they're like two good 'postgirls', they always deliver.
"A win is a win. We didn't hurl brilliantly today, but we're happy to get out of here with two points and that's all that mattered."
Rockett, whose brilliant half-volleyed goal on the run came with the teams level, after Kerrie Finnegan had struck the net for Dublin in the first-half, revealed the difficulty in processing last week's events, when Waterford were leading by four points late on before the abandonment of their game with Tipperary due to an injury to Premier star Nicole Walsh.
"It was touch and go there until the goal in the last 10 minutes," Rockett declared. "We always knew we were going to come into a good fight with Dublin, so it was great to win, especially with the way last weekend went.
"I was talking to Nicole during the week and she said she was okay, she had a concussion and hopes to be back soon. It's very hard for both teams, you're so psyched up and you prepare for all eventualities, draw, lose, win and to come away with nothing is hard, but we'll look forward to meeting them again and they're always up for a good match."
Another key feature of the tie was the excellence of Waterford legend Trish Jackman, who only returned to the county colours after a three-year absence against Tipperary and was playing just her third competitive game of camogie in over two years.
Elsewhere in Group 2, All-Ireland champions Cork cut loose after going in at the break level with Tipperary on 0-10 to 1-7 at CIT, with Megan Ryan goaling for the visitors.
Tipp only managed a point in the second-half, as Cork plundered 2-10, the goals coming from Julia White and a late penalty by the brilliant Chloe Sigerson, leaving it 2-20 to 1-8.
Clare got off the mark by the skin of their teeth after Meath illustrated their increased competitiveness before falling just short, by 0-12 to 0-11 at Páirc Táilteann.
Jane Dolan hit seven points for Meath as they drew level entering injury-time, but Mairéad Scanlon's fifth point and another by Chloe Morey enabled the Banner girls to hang on.
In Group 1, league champions Galway translated a six-point interval lead into a 3-15 to 0-6 triumph over Offaly in Lusmagh. Catherine Finnerty bagged two goals, while the outstanding Ailish O'Reilly also found the net.
Kilkenny annihilated Wexford by 7-28 to 0-6 at Bellefield. Katie Power helped herself to a hat-trick of goals, while Miriam Walsh nabbed a brace. Anne Dalton and sub Michelle Quilty also raised green flags.