Senior Camogie Championship Preview | The battle to dethrone Newcastle West begins as the championship kicks off this Saturday

Newcastle West get their Senior Camogie Championship title defence up and running this weekend with a full fixture list of games.

The return of the Nevilles Jewellers Senior Camogie Championship is finally upon us and the first round promises to provide the public with some cracking fixtures this Saturday evening.

Eight teams will do battle to claim the crown, with Newcastle West entering as the defending champions as the defeated Killeedy 1-9 to 0-8 last November in a repeat of the 2020 final.

However, a new season means a new start and each side competing in the championship this year will look to prove their worth and believe they can pip NCW or Killeedy from making it four-in-a-row between them.

This year’s newest side Cappamore are back to the big-time after their short absence as they were victorious in the Intermediate Camogie Championship and will be looking to make up for lost time.

Each team will have three group games in the championship with the top two from each progressing to the semi-finals.

The second round takes place in a fortnight’s time, the third on September 3th with the group stages concluding on September 17th. The semi-finals are to take place on Sunday October 2nd.

The fixtures for round one of the Senior Camogie Championship are as follows:

Group 1

Ahane v Killeedy

Saturday 20th of August 6:30pm in Ahane

2020 champions and last year’s finalists Killeedy will be looking to go one better this year as they get their season underway against Ahane. The 2021 final loss would have been a tough pill to swallow and Killeedy’s Karen Mullane believes her side are hungrier this year because of it.

On the other hand, Ahane are the most recent team not named Newcastle West or Killeedy to get their hands on the championship after their triumph in 2018. The fixture is a repeat of last year’s semi-final, where Killeedy were comfortable winners but Ahane will have extra motivation in what’s set to be a cracking opener.

Crecora-Manister v Cappamore

Saturday 20th of August 6:30pm in Crecora

Intermediate champions Cappamore will be looking to get off on the right foot as they make their awaited return to the Senior Camogie Championship this weekend against Crecora-Manister. It took a final replay for Cappamore to get back to the heights of Limerick camogie and they will be looking to cement their place there.

Their opponents Crecora-Manister endured a frustrating 2021 championship as they failed to make it out of their group and they will be looking to rectify their performance this year. The two sides have met each other a handful of times at Intermediate level but higher standards will be required at this level in what’s set to be an intriguing battle.

Group 2

Newcastle West v Bruff

Saturday 20th of August 6:30pm in Newcastle West

The Nevilles Jewellers Senior Camogie championship is Newcastle West’s to lose this year, as they begin their second title defence in three years. The side were unsuccessful to retain it in 2020, but will look to prove their worth as champions this season as they raise the curtain on their season against Bruff.

Bruff will be no push-over however, as they embark on another journey in the SCC. Last year’s championship was short-lived for the side returning to the top tier, with Newcastle West ensuring the side wouldn’t make it out of their group but Bruff will be out for revenge and look to shock the champions.

Granagh-Ballingarry v Na Piarsaigh

Saturday 20th of August 6:30pm in Granagh-Ballingarry

2021 semi-finalists Granagh-Ballingarry will look to build on their previous efforts as they welcome Na Piarsaigh in their opening fixture. It was eventual champions Newcastle West that sent the side home last year but player Mags Lynch believes the sides ‘work-rate and confidence’ will be important if they look to progress.

Na Piarsaigh will be looking to get revenge on the side that sent them crashing out of the championship last season, as they aim to put a disappointing 2021 campaign behind them where they only had the chance to play two games.

Watch the full preview on this week’s episode of Treaty Talk from 35:43.

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