Ladies previews: Dubs and Kingdom enter All-Ireland race

11 August 2017

Dublin's Noelle Healy with the Brendan Martin Cup.
©INPHO/Gary Carr.

 

Fresh from winning their respective provincial senior championships last month, Dublin and Kerry enter the TG4 All-Ireland series tomorrow with quarter-final clashes against Waterford and Armagh, respectively.

 

Saturday 12th August 2017

TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship – Quarter Finals **** live on TG4
Dublin v Waterford, 4.45pm, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny  

Dublin will return to action for the first time since their Leinster Championship victory but they will face a tough assignment this weekend against a battle hardened Waterford side. Waterford have already recorded victories over Kerry, Cork and Cavan this season and have refined their structures perfectly after those encounters. Dublin introduce Denise McKenna into their ranks releasing Niamh McEvoy to play in the centre of the field. The Dublin full backline marshalled by Sinead Finnegan will have their work cut out to limit the effect of the red hot inside forward line of Wall, Delahunty and Ryan. There will be little between these teams come full time but should Dublin’s forwards find their form it will require another huge effort from the Déise to deny them.

Kerry v Armagh, 6.30pm, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny **** live on TG4

There is little to choose between two counties that have both been on the verge of making the big breakthrough in recent years. Kerry will be buoyed by their Munster Championship victory and will be determined to maintain their momentum. Caroline Kelly and Aislinn Desmond will work hard to contain the threat of the Armagh forwards whilst Sarah Houlihan is their form forward. Armagh depend heavily on the dual threat of Aimee Mackin and Caroline O’Hanlon. O’Hanlon tends to the creator with Mackin grabbing the scores. Mairead Tennyson lines out at centre back and her experience along with that of Caoimhe Morgan will be vital if they are to limit the Kerry forwards effect. The winning of this match may depend on who wins the battle in the middle of the field, should O’Hanlon be allowed to have her usual influence it will be a major boost for Armagh but if Kerry can keep her out of the game then the Kingdom will fancy their chances of reaching the Semi Final.

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Quarter Finals – ET if Necessary
Meath v Clare, 1.30pm, Kinnitty, Offaly

Meath surprised many by winning the Leinster Championship semi final and they have again flown under the radar ahead of this vital match. Clare have been impressive again this season to date and will count themselves unlucky not to have won the Munster Championship. Momentum is with Clare but Meath have shown that they are a county that mean business this season.

TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship – Group A Round 2 – Result on the Day
Carlow v Lancashire, 1.30pm, Fenagh Training Centre, Carlow

Carlow had a great win over London in the previous round and will really fancy their chances of defeating Lancashire in the second round to all but guarantee their progression from the group stages.

TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship – Group A Round 2 – Result on the Day
Kilkenny v London, 2.00pm, Callan, Kilkenny

Kilkenny enjoyed their first TG4 Championship win against Lancashire last time out and will be determined to repeat the feat against British opposition. London did not live up to expectation when they lost at home to Carlow, this is a must win match for London who will expect to perform much better this weekend.

 

Sunday 13th August 2017

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Quarter Finals – ET if Necessary
Tipperary v Wexford, 3.00pm, Callan, Kilkenny 

Tipperary are the All Ireland Championship favourites but they will be more than wary of a Wexford team that forced them to a replay in the Lidl NFL Division 3 Final. The burden of expectation sits heavily on the shoulders of this Tipperary team who have some great young players like Aisling McCarthy and Aisling Moloney in their ranks allied with the experience of Samantha Lambert, Mairead Morrissey and Jennifer Grant. Wexford will relish the opportunity to have another crack at Tipperary and Anthony Masterson will have learned a lot from those matches to prepare his side for this clash. Clara Donnelly is a key player for Wexford from the centre of the field and Fiona Rochford will hope to have another big game against their rivals. There is nothing between these two teams which makes this an intriguing encounter and a big test for both.

TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship – Group B Round 2 – Result on the Day
Fermanagh v Antrim, 2.00pm, St. Pats, Donagh, Fermanagh

Fermanagh have held the upper hand over their Ulster rivals having already scored victories over last year’s beaten finalists in the Lidl NFL and ulster Championship so they will fancy their chances of doing so again.




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