Friday 19 January 2018

Camogie: Cats peaking for last four

The all-Ireland semi-final draw takes place tomorrow afternoon following the final-round clash of Kilkenny and Cork in Jenkinstown.

Champions Wexford, beaten finalists Galway, Cork and Kilkenny are all through to the double-header fixture in Nowlan Park on August 13, with the pairings to be confirmed.

With both sides securing safe passage to the final four, Kilkenny manager Ann Downey and Cork supremo Joe O'Brien will be expected to keep their cards close to their chest for this weekend's tie.

Kilkenny will be well briefed on their counterparts, with former Cork trainer Frank Flannery now amongst the Cats back-room team. The 2009 finalists faced a number of injury worries earlier in the season, but Downey's side appear to be peaking at the right time.

The upcoming appearance of Kilkenny's minor side in this year's All-Ireland final will have given the county another boost, with a number featuring among the senior ranks.

Cork's defensive record sees them sit top of the table and the return of Amanda O' Regan to the full-back slot with Rena Buckley at centre-back has contributed to this.

Meanwhile, Wexford take on Dublin in Naomh Mearnog tomorrow, with manager JJ Doyle expected to rest some key players. Galway face Tipperary, whose chances of a semi-final slot evaporated after their three-point defeat to Cork last weekend.

Irish Independent

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