BY NIALL SHERRY
Early start for Dowling’s ladies
Very Ireland Camogie League
Clare vs Kilkenny
TEG Cusack Park, Ennis, Sunday 19th Feb
(Throw-in 12 noon)
Our All-Ireland winning camogs are back in action this weekend as the Very Ireland league gets underway. Brian Dowling’s panel make the trip to Ennis to take on John Carmody’s Clare team, as the stripeywomen seek to get off to a winning start in 2023.
No doubt manager Dowling will use the early stages of the league campaign to try out some new players as he seeks to build on a successful 2022. Having beaten Cork in last season’s All-Ireland final, the Kilkenny team were rightly the winners of many individual accolades post season, including Dowling, who was named PwC Camogie Manager of the Year for the second time.
The Cats had 8 players selected as All-Stars and also Miriam Walsh collected the PwC GPA Camogie Senior Player of the Year award. Windgap’s Densie Gaule collected her SIXTH All-Star award and you wouldn’t bet against her making that a magnificent seven this season.
Kilkenny are placed in Division 1A of the league this year alongside Cork, Galway, Dublin, Tipperary and Sunday’s opponents Clare. They face another road trip, to the Capital to face Dublin while our ladies will enjoy home comforts with games against Galway, Cork and Tipperary.