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Antrim must make strong case for the defence when Kilkenny come calling in All-Ireland Camogie Championship

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Hotshot: Roisin McCormick will need to be in top form for Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Hotshot: Roisin McCormick will need to be in top form for Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

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Hotshot: Roisin McCormick will need to be in top form for Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Antrim face a daunting assignment in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship today when Kilkenny will be their visitors at Dunloy (2pm).

The Leinster outfit carry considerable forward power which is embodied by Denise Gaule, Mary O’Connell and Aoife Doyle but the home team are not short on scoring talent as Roisin McCormick, Aine Magill, Caoimhe Wright and Caitrin Dobbin all appear to be in top form.

The Antrim defence, though, will face a torrid examination from the visitors’ attack but if they can manage to contain their movement and cohesion then the home side might just be in with a chance of creating an upset.

Down also face a difficult task today when they travel to Athenry to meet Galway (2pm), the current league and All-Ireland champions.

In the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship, Derry face a stiff test against Kilkenny at Freshford (5pm) but the anticipated return of Aine McAllister to their attack should bolster the Oak Leaf side’s scoring power.

In the All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship, Armagh will host Roscommon at the Athletic Grounds (5pm), while Down will take on Antrim at Attical (5pm).

On the ladies’ football front, Tyrone will travel to meet Laois at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise tomorrow in Group D of the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship.

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Tyrone will enter the fray bolstered by that win over Sligo last weekend and will again look to players such as Emma Jane Gervin, Chloe McCaffrey and Niamh Hughes to bring their finishing skills into play.

Victory here would lift the Red Hand girls into a comfortable position as the intermediate series begins to hot up.

In All-Ireland Junior Championship Group A, Fermanagh face London in what is a must-win game for them.

The Erne outfit lost ground through a defeat last weekend and will need to have Blaithin Bogue and Eimear Smyth in top scoring for  tomorrow.

Also in the Junior Championship, Antrim will travel to Bruff to take on Limerick, while Derry will host Carlow at Celtic Park.


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