Friday 17 November 2017

Old order of Wexford and Cork face stiff test – Geary

CAMOGIE Donnchadh Boyle

WITH the camogie championship set to throw-in today, Cork star Anna Geary insists this will be the most open competition in years.

The Rebelettes begin their campaign away to Tipperary at The Ragg this afternoon (throw-in 1.0) and even though Cork and Wexford have shared the roll of honour since 2005, Geary wouldn't be surprised if the winner came from the chasing pack this year.

"To say that is an open championship this year really is an understatement because there are plenty of teams there that are perfectly capable of getting into the All-Ireland final," Geary said.

"Kilkenny beat Wexford in the Leinster championship, which people might not have thought would happen at the start of the year.

"You see then the likes of Dublin and the amount of work that they are doing at underage levels and it is starting to pay dividends, with them beating some of the more traditional teams."

All eyes are on Wexford after they dramatically reinstated JJ Doyle at the helm for the start of the championship. And while Geary's Cork edged the Slaneysiders in the league final, she's expecting them to be a different proposition now.

"They have young players like Stacey Redmond and Shelley Keogh coming in and filling some spots," she said. "But things evolve in any county set-up and just because you are in transition doesn't mean you are going to be any weaker."

Geary enjoyed a memorable last 12 months, with success on the club and county scene, but she is hungry for more.

"I've been lucky, with the club (Milford) winning the All-Ireland back in March and then going on to captain Cork to the National League and Munster championship," she said.

"Those are the things people say that dreams are made of but it's into the business end of the season now and hopefully we can get over Tipperary because we can't be looking any further than that."

Irish Independent

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