Cork pass Tipp test thanks to clinical Cotter
All-Ireland champions Cork survived a stern examination from Tipperary to get their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 campaign off to a winning start, 0-10 to 0-7 at The Ragg.
Niamh Treacy capitalised on a loose clearance to give the hosts an early lead but All-Ireland final heroine Orla Cotter slotted the first of her six points to level and Linda Collins moved the Rebels in front.
Tipp were able to hold their own in the physical exchanges and Cáit Devane was accurate from placed balls, as they went in at the interval leading by 0-5 to 0-4.
The teams were level on 0-6 apiece entering the last quarter, with Cotter and Treacy providing the pick of the scores from play, but Cork showed why they are so difficult to overcome with Cotter setting up Libby Coppinger for a score and then slotting a close-in free, before Chloe Sigerson and Orla Cronin sealed the verdict.
Kilkenny got their bid for a fourth consecutive title off to a promising start but they too were pushed hard by a youthful Clare before leaving the John Lockes ground in Callan with the spoils, 1-9 to 0-7.
A Denise Gaule goal from a penalty just before the change of ends left it 1-6 to 0-3 but the Banner women refused to give in and restricted Ann Downey's charges to just three points after the resumption. Indeed, they won the second half, with Amy Keating converting four frees to give them plenty to build on in the remainder of the campaign.
Beth Carton, Waterford's first All-Star, scored nine points as Donal O'Rourke's side survived a Wexford third-quarter rally to prevail by 1-13 to 1-5 at St Patrick's Park in Enniscorthy.
Caoimhe Costelloe was the star for Limerick with two late points and nine in total as the Shannonsiders beat Offaly 1-12 to 0-13.