Champions Cork overpower Galway
All-Ireland champions Cork registered a 0-13 to 1-03 win over Galway at the Cork Camogie Grounds as the Littlewoods Camogie League Division 1 got off to an early start.
Despite high-profile absentees in new captain Aoife Murray, Gemma O'Connor and Rena Buckley, Cork fielded a very experienced line-up, whereas Galway were without their large Sarsfields contingent and talismanic Niamh Kilkenny.
Orla Cotter scored seven points and Amy O'Connor hit four from play for the hosts, but it was the visitors who got off to the better start under new manager Tony O'Donovan, with Ailish O'Reilly goaling after Rebecca Hennelly and Cotter had exchanged frees.
Cork remained undeterred, however, and four consecutive points put them in front at the break by 0-5 to 1-1.
It was all Cork in the second-half. O'Connor found the target twice more and though Aoife Donohue kept Galway in touch with two points, Paudie Murray's team won through.
Kilkenny are pursuing a third league title in a row and produced a strong second-half display to emerge with a 1-13 to 1-3 win over Clare in Clonlara.
It was an extremely cagey opening, but a fortuitous goal by Chloe Morey, followed by a magical point, helped them into a 1-3 to 0-4 lead at half time.
Aoife Doyle, Miriam Walsh, Anne Dalton and JulieAnn Malone were among the scorers as Kilkenny raised the tempo after the resumption. In contrast, Clare were unable to cause any discomfort.
A Linda Bolger goal in the final act snatched a 3-10 to 2-12 victory for Wexford over Tipperary at The Ragg. The home team had held the upper hand for the majority of proceedings and two goals from the returning Sarah Fryday had them in a strong position.
Limerick launched a late fightback to overturn a six-point deficit and secure a 2-12 to 2-12 draw against Dublin at Mick Neville Park.
Elsewhere, Waterford's experience told as six points from Beth Carton, three from Kaiesha Tobin and a goal from Lorraine Bray propelled them to a 1-12 to 0-6 success over Meath.