There is a full day of fantastic football in store at Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday. Kilkenny make a welcome return to the Leinster championship when they face Carlow in the Junior decider at 12:00pm, this is followed by the Royals clash with Wexford in the Intermediate decider and finally Westmeath will hope to end the dominance of the mighty Dublin in the senior decider at 4pm.
Sunday, July 9th
TG4 Leinster Junior Championship Final
Carlow v Kilkenny, Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park 12:00pm
The Leinster Junior Championship Final will see an improving Carlow side take on a Kilkenny team that are something of an unkown quantity following their return to championship football after a prolonged absense in recent years.
Carlow will be very pleased with their progress throughout their Lidl NFL Division 4 campaign that saw them reach the knockout stages. Kilkenny are at the very early stages of development and whilst they might struggle against a more experienced Carlow side they will be determined to give a good account of themselves.
TG4 Leinster Intermediate Championship Final
Meath v Wexford, Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park 2:00pm
The meeting of Meath and Wexford could provide one of the better matches this weekend. Meath have improved since they returned to the Intermediate ranks this season and they will feel that they are more than capable of coming away with the Leinster Championship. There is some pressure on Wexford ahead of this final as they will be expected to come away with a win after their unbeaten Leinster campaign to date. Clara Donnelly has been one of the form players in the country this season and with forwards like Fiona Rochford and a strong midfield including Bernie Breen and Kellie Kearney Wexford will feel that they are in a good position to capture their first silverware of the season and perhaps have an eye on even greater prizes on offer later this Summer.
TG4 Leinster Senior Championship Final
Dublin v Westmeath, Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, 4:00pm ***This match will be streamed live on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5_2iOh8Aaw***
Westmeath now stand in the way of a 6th TG4 Leinster Senior Championship title in a row for Dublin. Westmeath have enjoyed a great season to date as they recorded an emphatic Lidl NFL Division 2 Championship win after a replay against Cavan. They have shown some great improvement this season and have developed a great cutting edge up front where Ciara Blundell, Leona Archibold and Laura Lee Walsh are all very capable of taking any scoring chances that come there way. Maud Annie Foley and Karen McDermott will hope to control the action in the centre of the field to ensure that their dangerous forwards will have enough possession to get those vital scores. Dublin showed their class as they easily disposed of a good Laois team in their Leinster Semi Final. The defending Champions will not take anything for gratned though as they face a difficult proposition against Westmeath. The return to fitness of Sinead Goldrick has been a massive boost to her county and she should help improve an already strong defensive unit for whom Olwyen Carey has been particularly impressive. Dublin’s forward unit have yet to hit their top level of performance but with dangerous players like Sinead Aherne, Carla Rowe, Nicole Owens and Noelle Healy in their ranks they are sure to cause Westmeath plenty of problems. The performance of Niamh McEvoy could be a key factor for Dublin, when the ball winning forward performs well then Dublin tend to perform well, should she produce a big performance on Sunday it could be a magificent 6 for the champions.