Preview: The return of the Division 1 Camogie league

The Camogie calendar begins once again this Sunday with 2015 league champions Galway defending their crown to the ‘Premier County’. 

The Irish Daily Star National Leagues resumes for its sixth year this Sunday with ten games taking part around the country. 

In group one of the Division One league six teams will battle it out for a league semi-final spot with only two teams progressing from the group. A lot of teams are under new management for their 2016 campaign, with Paudie Murray of Cork one of the few remaining manager staying on from last year.

Fixture Venue Throw-In Referee
Offaly v Dublin TBC TBC Éamon Cassidy

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In a repeat of last year’s Leinster semi-final, Offaly host Dublin in Offaly. The Faithful are under new management of Adrian Clancy and Mick Murray following the departure of Barry Whelan late last year. With no win under their belt during last year’s championship campaign Offaly will be hoping for a very different 2016. Under the new guidance of hurling stronghold names of Danny Sutcliffe and David Herity, Dublin will be hoping to go that one step further following the coin toss fiasco which left them playing a play-off facing Clare and an All-Ireland Quarter-final against Wexford over three days. 

Fixture Venue Throw-In Referee
Wexford v Clare TBC TBC Ray Kelly

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Winners of that quarter-final, Wexford host Clare in what will be one of the many tight affairs over the weekend. Travelling across country Clare will be hoping to repeat their form of 2014 and reach the Division 1 final once again. Wexford will be hoping to get their spot also in the league final given the ‘Yellow Bellies’ haven’t made a league final appearance since 2013. With both sides fielding a number of recent Ashbourne champions, this game will be tough to call. 

Fixture Venue Throw-In Referee
Tipperary v Galway The Ragg 2pm Cathal Egan

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Tipperary face a daunting task against current league champions Galway on home turf on Sunday afternoon. Both sides boast of prosperous underage success and will be hoping that these talented players will transfer onto their respected senior sides. Galway will have their sights on back to back league titles, with their loss last September to Cork sure to be their biggest motivation. In recent years Tipperary are hot on the heels on Cork in the Munster championship and the ‘Premier County’ will be hoping to reach the knockout stages of the league.

Irish Daily Star National League Division 1 Group 2

Fixture Venue Throw-In Referee
Kilkenny v Derry Conahy Shamrocks GAA 2pm Owen Elliott

 

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Derry will be forced to make the long trek from Derry to Kilkenny in hope for their first points. New leadership of Paddy Mullally and WIT Ashbourne managers Connor Phelan and Ann Downey for Kilkenny will be hoping their expertise can take Kilkenny all the way.  The last time these sides met in the league Kilkenny came away with a twenty point victory, Derry will need to have a lot more work done this time round for the encounter it may be another whitewash. 

Fixture Venue Throw-In Referee
Limerick v Cork TBC TBC John Dolan

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In group two, newly promoted Waterford enjoy a bye for their first round while Limerick host the All-Ireland Champions Cork in an All-Munster clash. Manager Paudie Murray is hoping to steal back the title as Division One league champions and will hope this will shape the path for three All-Ireland’s in a row for the ‘Rebels’. Now an established Senior team, Limerick will be very optimistic of this years league campaign to qualify for the league semi-final while Cork 

 

Sunday February 21st

Irish Daily Star National League Division 1 Group 1

Fixture Venue Throw-In Referee
Offaly v Dublin TBC TBC Éamon Cassidy
Tipperary v Galway The Ragg 2pm Cathal Egan
Wexford v Clare TBC TBC Ray Kelly

 

Irish Daily Star National League Division 1 Group 2

Fixture Venue Throw-In Referee
Kilkenny v Derry Conahy Shamrocks GAA 2pm Owen Elliott
Limerick v Cork TBC TBC John Dolan

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