Seniors to host the Cats
The Antrim Seniors return to Glen Dimplex Senior All Ireland Championship action on Saturday when they host Kilkenny in Dunloy at 2pm.
The team have made a good start to their All Ireland campaign with a win and a draw on their travels and they will now hold home advantage in their remaining three fixtures.
Saturday’s opponents, Kilkenny went all the way to win the All Ireland as recently as 2020 so this will be a major test for Elaine Dowds and the team. The results so far have been positive for the Saffrons with senior status almost secured already but Kilkenny are in the small group at the very top of the sport who people expect to be there or thereabouts when the competition reaches the business end.
Winning the All Ireland last September was an important step for Antrim and they have taken to the elite level well but Saturday’s game is the sort of thing the players will have been thinking about when the dust settled after their success at Croke Park. In sport, you want to take on and compete with the best and the Saffs have earned the right to do that and with home advantage, they will be well supported as they go about this next challenge.
Kilkenny are coming up to Dunloy in good form having recorded two comfortable wins so far. They started with a trip to Down and ran out 1-23 to 1-10 winners before hosting Limerick and winning 1-21 to 0-6. Their main threat so far has been Denise Gaule who has recorded 21 points while Mary O’Connell and Aoife Doyle have scored their goals.
While our defenders will be doing their utmost to limit the threat of the Kilkenny forwards, their defenders will be aiming to reduce the impact that our forwards can have on the game. So far Roisin McCormick is the top scorer with 1-13 but she has been well supported by Aine Magill (2-3), Caoimhe Wright (1-5) and Caitrin Dobbin (1-4).
There’s little doubt this will be a tough game for the Saffrons but Antrim have more than earned the right to be here. Being in the Senior Championship is a great achievement but when you have momentum you want to keep pushing forward and confidence will be high among the Antrim team so why not try to take a big scalp along the way?
Being at home brings many advantages, with the team not having to worry about travelling and playing at a pitch they train on regularly but the biggest advantage of all is the noise of the home crowd. This team have been exceptional over the last few years and they continue to take Antrim Camogie to a level that it hasn’t been at in a long time. That is worthy of a big support and we have no doubt that come 2pm on Saturday, Dunloy will be a sea of Saffron as our excellent support gets behind the team once again.
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