St.Brendan’s Park Birr is the place to be this Sunday for anyone interested in the Camogie scene as Laois take on Westmeath and Dublin clash with Roscommon to secure a position in the Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie Championship Final on September 13th.
Laois v Westmeath, St. Brendan’s Park, Birr, 1.30pm, Referee: Fintan McNamara (Clare)
The first of the two semi-finals is a Midland affair. Both teams will be hoping to reach the final and win for the first time in history.
In the group stages of the championship Laois come into this game with a 100% record topping the group, including a comfortable win over ‘The Lake County’ in July. In their league campaign, Laois reached the league final after defeating Kilkenny in the semi-final after extra-time. On the day Laois fell short of Intermediate semi-finalist Waterford on a scoreline of 2-5 to 3-10. Laois have reached the All-Ireland final for the past two years and they will be hoping that it will be third time’s a charm should they overcome Westmeath in Birr.
Their opposition Westmeath finished fourth in the group stage following comprehensive wins over Armagh and Limerick in their championship campaign. After a poor league campaign which Westmeath also suffered at the hands of Laois (3-12 to 1-5), Westmeath will be hoping to turn the tables and cause an upset to reach an All-Ireland final position.
The last time these side met the final score was 5-19 to 0-1 in favour of Laois.
Dublin v Roscommon, St. Brendan’s Park, Birr, 3.15pm, Referee: Gráinne Coulter (Down)
The third time hoping to win the title of Junior All-Ireland champions will be Roscommon in the East vs West battle. Dublin will be hoping to close the gap of nine years without the junior camogie title, winning it back to back in 2005 & 2006.
This second semi-final hosts what should be a close encounter as Dublin were only defeated by top team Laois, while Roscommon defeated
Westmeath, Laois and Armagh. Dublin comfortably overcame ‘The Rossies’ by 10 points (2-18 to 2-8) in early July, and they will be hoping in the last month they have trained hard enough to narrow that score difference and maybe even book an All-Ireland final spot.
Dublin reached the Division 3 league final earlier in the year but were narrowly defeated by Carlow in the final. No doubt that Dublin will be more determined and will be on the hunt for silverware following this loss. On the path to that league final Roscommon were defeated by Carlow by six points (1-10 to 0-7).
This weekend hosts two great semi-finals in St.Brendan’s Park Birr all for an All-Ireland final position on September 13th.
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