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Ulster counties aim to hit ground running in league

Five Ulster counties will bid to get off the mark in style when the opening series of matches in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League are staged tomorrow.

Derry are expected to be without their Slaughtneil contingent when they play host to Carlow in Division Two, while Down face a demanding away trip to Kilkenny.

Yet even though they will be somewhat understrength, the Oak Leafs would appear to have sufficient resources to claim an early brace of points.

And there is an Ulster derby clash between Antrim and Armagh which is certainly calculated to get the competition off to a lively start.

Both teams can call upon a ration of experienced players, although home advantage could well favour the Saffrons.

In Division Three, Tyrone are confronted by a daunting mission against Kerry.

In the All-Ireland Post Primary Junior 'A ' semi-final at Ballycastle today, the local Cross and Passion College side will take on Ursuline College, Thurles (1.00pm).

Cross and Passion coaches Elaine Dowds and Una Kelly are hoping that their side can maximise home advantage against their visitors, who boast a rich camogie tradition.

In the All-Ireland Post Primary Junior 'C' semi-final, St Pius X, Magherafelt will face Borrisokane Community School at Newbridge today (3.00pm).

The St Pius side contains several particularly talented players, including the likes of Erin O'Neill, Claire McCartney and Grace Mulholland.

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