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All You Need To Know Ahead Of The Camogie Finals

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Croke Park is the venue for the biggest day in the camogie calendar as Kilkenny and Galway go head-to-head to secure the O’Duffy Cup. 

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the busy day of camogie action.

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What’s on?

The All-Ireland junior, intermediate and senior camogie finals.

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What time is throw-in?

Junior final: Kerry v Limerick, 12pm

Intermediate final: Galway v Westmeath, 2pm

Senior final: Kilkenny v Galway, 4.15pm

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Where can I watch?

All three finals will be shown live on The Sunday Game on RTE 2 with coverage beginning at 11.50am.

Meanwhile, if you miss the action today, Sky Sports Arena will be showing the senior camogie final on Wednesday evening at 7pm with full commentary.

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Are tickets still available?

Tickets are on sale on matchday at the ground from Gill’s Corner and online from camogie.tickets.ie.

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Preview: Kilkenny v Galway

For the past three years, Kilkenny and Cork have been the final pairing but Galway tore up the script in the All-Ireland semi-final. The National League champions ended Cork’s dreams for three-in-a-row when they edged the thrilling contest by one point to secure their first final spot since 2015.

Galway have a balanced mix of experience and youth running throughout this team. In defence, the likes of Sarah Dervan and Lorraine Ryan have plenty of know-how when it comes to All-Ireland finals having being involved in the heartbreak of 2010 and 2011 while also experiencing glory in 2013. Another stalwart from those years is Niamh Kilkenny who continues to be a key presence at midfield.

However, fresh and fearless blood in the likes of goalkeeper Sarah Healy and Carrie Dolan, who scored five points in the semi-final, has added another element to this side.

Kilkenny will have much to prove having lost out to Galway in the league final and they will be hoping to avoid their third championship final loss in a row. Their character was tested by Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final but Kilkenny proved their mettle in the final quarter to see off their neighbours, despite conceding two late goals.

Michelle Quilty finished that game with a tally of 1-9, bringing her total this season to 3-23, and she is just one of a number of potent forwards alongside the likes of Denise Gaule and Anne Dalton who has been in stunning form this season, scoring 6-10. Joint captains, Meighan and Anna Farrell have also been dominating play in the middle third and are expected to have a major impact today.

Given their hurt of the past number of years, as well as their sheer firepower, you would expect Kilkenny to have just enough in their tank to overcome the Tribeswomen and reclaim the O’Duffy Cup for the first time since 2016.

Galway: Sarah Healy, Shauna Healy, S Dervan, T Kenny, L Ryan, E Helebert, H Cooney, A Donohue, N Kilkenny, A O’Reilly, S Spellman, C Dolan, N Hanniffy, N Coen.

 

About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter