Monday, 20th August 2018
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Waterford into quarter finals

Last weekend was a "red letter day" for the girls of the Waterford Senior Camogie team as a win in Ennis over Clare saw them secure a place in the All-Ireland quarter finals and a meeting with Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday 4th August.. Under the guidance of Donal O'Rourke and his management team this outfit has improved all year and after suffering a defeat to Kilkenny they have put back to back wins together against both Limerick and Clare to see them safely through to the last eight. Having beaten the Shannonsiders in Walsh Park it was a case of not suffering defeat to Clare and while the margin of victory was just two points (1-11 to 0-12) there was no denying but the Deise girls were the better team.

The game in Cusack Park began with Waterford very much on the front foor with Beth Carton leading the way once again. The opening goal from the De La Salle star came following great work by Dungarvan girl Kaiesha Tobin. The visitors continued to dominate as Clare failed to score for the opening twenty minutes before a Chloe Morey finally got them on the scoreboard. Indeed the Clare freetaker was extremely accurate and was much of the reason led by just three points (1-5 to 0-5) at the break. The young Sixmilebridge attacker brought Clare to within two points early in the second half although the Deise were off target with some chances. An off the ball incident saw Clare reduced to fourteen as Orlaith Duggan was red carded.

A couple of Beth Carton frees kept the Deise noses in front as the tension mounted in the final minutes as Niamh Rockett added a point. Leading by two points can sometimes be a dangerous lead but in this case Waterford held out for a win and a deserved place in the next knockout stage.

In the end Waterford perhaps should have led by more at the break and missed chances could have proven costly so that's something that they will, I'm sure, work on in the coming weeks.

After the game Waterford manager Donal O'Rourke expressed his pride in the way the team had responded when Clare came back at them and while he is looking forward to the quarter final the Cappoquin man will not be looking beyond that yet. He said there is a great spirit in the team and they had shown great determination and belief. This year has been all about progress and performance.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Next weekend will see the playoffs in the JJ Kavanagh Waterford senior Football Championship with a quarter final spot for the winner of each game.

The action kicks off on Friday evening (8.15pm) in Fraher Field with a real mounthwatering Clashmore/Kinsalebeg versus Dungarvan tie. The former who had four points in their group were 1-16 to 3-7 winners over Brickies last time out while the Old Boro put reigning kingpins Stradbally to the pin of their collar in in a 3-12 to 2-11 cliffhanger. Hard to call and it wouldn't surprise to see them level after sixty minutes.

On Saturday evening in Kill (7pm) an all Eastern affair featuring Portlaw and Gaultier. Both teams have seen differing fortunes in their last outings. Portlaw were successful over Ardmore (1-8 to 1-7) while the men from the Barony were beaten 2-16 to 1-9. This is a very hard call but will surely be a real close contest. Maybe Portlaw on the rise will get there by the odd point.

The third of the playoffs on Sunday in Fraher Field will see Kilrossanty face Brickies at 7.30pm. The latter have had a hugely disappointing campaign thus far but one win could change all that. Kilrossanty for their part have been team building over the last three years and won't want to let the opportunity slip. A win for Kilrossanty is on the cards but not guaranteed. Th final game of the series will take place in Fraher Field on Tuesday at 8pm featuring Rathgormack and Ardmore. Like Brickies the men from the "Big Strand" failed to land any points in their group stage while the men from the Comeragh were knocked off top spot by a four goal salvo from Ring. On recent form the vote goes to the Green and Reds.

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