This weekends TG4 Championship Previews

This weekends TG4 Championship Previews


MEATH are aiming to dish out some capital punishment on Saturday
when they face reigning champions Dublin in the TG4 Leinster Ladies
SFC semi-final at Ratoath.

The Royals, who have never reached an All Ireland Final let alone
won the Brendan Martin Cup, are widely tipped to break Dublin’s
provincial dominance this year and Geraldine Sheridan’s side
will enter Saturday’s clash as favourites having already
beaten their neighbours during the round robin section.

If the likes of Mary Sheridan, Gillian Bennett and All-Star Geraldine
Doherty can click in attack, then the Royals should advance to
a Leinster decider.

Dublin, who struggled in the early half of the year and were
relegated from Division One in the National League, seem to have
rediscovered their form in recent weeks but they remain weakened
by the decision of over half a dozen of last year’s players
to opt off the panel this season.

Dublin’s All Star Captain, Mary Nevin is upbeat going into
the match despite being rated as underdogs.

“We were bitterly disappointed to lose to Meath three weeks
ago but we have put in a lot of work this week and we have watched
the video of the Meath game several times and we are really confident
of putting in a strong performance at the weekend. The minors
coming in have helped to strengthen the squad also and they were
really unlucky to lose to Cork last week so I’m sure they
will add to the team.”

SUNDAY, July 16th, 2006

TG4 Leinster Senior Championship semi-final, Laois v Kildare;
Stradbally; 2.00pm

In the second Leinster semi-final, Laois will face Kildare in
a repeat of the Suzuki Division Two National League final from
earlier this year which was won by the O’Moore County. Laois
have home advantage in their favour this Sunday and after an impressive
win over Meath recently, they should have too much firepower for

Laois will be hoping that Mary Kirwan continues her hot streak
in front of goal as she scored 2-8 in the demolition of Meath
and 1-8 in last week’s defeat of Kildare.

Saturday, July 15th

TG4 Munster Senior Championship semi-final, Waterford v Kerry;
Fraher Field, Waterford; 6.00pm

Down south, Michael Ryan’s Waterford face Kerry in the Munster
semi-final at Fraher Field on Saturday evening with All-Ireland
champions Cork awaiting the victors in the decider.

Waterford, five time All-Ireland Champions, will look to the
experienced Mary O’Donnell for inspiration. The sides met
in the round robin section with the Kingdom emerging victorious
by the minimum.

Sunday, July 16th

Armagh v Tyrone; Mullaghabawn; 3.00pm

Armagh, who comfortably beat Donegal in the quarter-finals, face
rivals Tyrone on Sunday afternoon in what should be a gripping
encounter. Armagh have been in superb form since winning the Junior
title last October and are many peoples tips to follow in the
footsteps of Joe Kernan’s men and to go and claim the Ulster

Armagh captain Bronagh O’Donnell said, “We’re
really looking forward to the match, this will be our third championship
game so we feel like we’re on a bit of a run especially having
played so well against Donegal. We’ve improved a lot since
we last played Tyrone in January but I’m sure they have too
as they are always there or thereabouts when it comes to the Championship.
This will be our first home game of the Championship so hopefully
we will have a large home crowd to support us.”

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Down v Monaghan; Downpatrick; 3.00pm

Monaghan, who last reached the All Ireland final in 2002 when
they lost to Mayo, will be favourites to beat Down in the second
semi-final, which takes place in Downpatrick at 3.00 on Sunday.

Monaghan will be without Christina Reilly, Catriona McConnell,
Isobel Kiernans and Catriona Brady who have all been lost to injury
while Down have a full squad to pick from with former Antrim camogie
representative, Kerrie O’Neill expected to make her debut.



TG4 Leinster Senior Championship semi-final

Meath v Dublin; Ratoath; 2.00pm

TG4 Munster Senior Championship semi-final

Waterford v Kerry; Fraher Field, Waterford; 6.00pm


TG4 Leinster Senior Championship semi-final

Laois v Kildare; Stradbally; 2.00pm

TG4 Ulster Senior Championship semi-finals

Armagh v Tyrone; Mullaghabawn; 3.00pm

Down v Monaghan; Downpatrick; 3.00pm

TG4 Ulster Junior Championship

Cavan v Antrim; Breffni Park; 3.00pm

Fermanagh v Monaghan; Lisnaskea; 2.00pm

Ulster Under-16 Championship

Down v Derry Downpatrick 1.30pm


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