Saturday 17 February 2018

Cronin's rebels eye cats' test

CAMOGIE: Treble-chasing Cork got their Gala All-Ireland Senior Championship campaign off to a winning start with a four-point victory over arch rivals Tipperary at Semple Stadium last weekend.

Denise Cronin's charges dominated throughout and despite a late rally by Tipperary in the closing stages, they held on to record a 1-16 to 0-15 win.

Ace attacker Gemma O'Connor, who took up a midfield role against Tipp, hit five points (four from play) to pick up the Gala Performance Award.

The Rebelettes' sights now to turn to Kilkenny, who make the journey to Pairc Ui Rinn for round two of the Senior Championship.

Ann Downey's side had three points to spare over Galway and she will be anxious for her charges to repeat their early season league display against the Leesiders.

Wexford -- one of the favourites for All-Ireland honours -- begin their campaign against Dublin on Saturday evening at Wexford Park. JJ Doyle's charges, this year's league champions, should have enough to defeat the Dubs.

Among the remaining ties, Tipperary and Galway meet in Ballinasloe and should serve up a thriller.

Irish Independent

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