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Sunday 21 January 2018

Macken-led Limerick on final charge

While their male counterparts may be enduring a torrid spring, Limerick's camogie fortunes appear to be on the rise with this year's senior team poised to reach the Division Two National League final, provided they can overcome the stern challenge of Wexford this weekend.

The Munster side have this year been boosted by a conveyor belt of underage talent and the return of a number of experienced players to the side, particularly Vera Sheehan.

A one-point winning margin over Down in their opening league encounter, followed by a draw with All-Ireland Junior finalists Waterford, has set Phelim Macken's charges up nicely for a crack at silverware.

Opponents Wexford have been racking up the scores and Limerick's defence will need to be in top form to curb the threat poised by Ciara Storey, Ciara O'Connor and twin attackers Lisa and Linda Bolger.

Down take on Galway in the remaining fixture and Galway's greater experience should see them through.

Meanwhile, it's All-Ireland Junior Colleges final weekend with St Brigid's, Loughrea taking on Loreto, Kilkenny in the 'A' decider in Toomevara on Saturday. Brigid's are looking for their first title against the defending champions.

The 'B' final sees the pairing of first-time finalists St Flannan's, Ennis, and St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, in Rathoath. Both games throw-in at 2.0. Presentation College, Thurles, and Grennan College, Thomastown, play in the 'C' Final at 1.0 at Nowlan Park.

Irish Independent

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