ALL-IRELAND and Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 champions Kilkenny got their season off to the perfect start with an overwhelming victory over neighbours Tipperary at the MW Hire Training Centre in Kilkenny on Saturday afternoon.
Tipperary, who had gone so close to beating Wexford in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final, stood toe-to-toe with their vaunted opponents for the opening 20 minutes but Ann Downey’s charges gradually imposed themselves and when Jenny Clifford found the net just before half time, it opened up a five-point gap, 1-7 to 0-5.
That sucker-punch was augmented by another, in the form of a Michelle Quilty goal soon after the resumption and despite the best efforts of Nicole Walsh, the gap continued to increase.
The Noresiders have a powerful forward line and they recorded a couple more goals from Katie Power to secure an emphatic success, with the score finishing 4-13 to 0-8.
Reporting by Daragh Ó Conchúir