By TJ Mills via www.kilkennycamogie.com
Saturday 20th August 2016
Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final
Kilkenny vs Kildare
Venue: MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. 2.30pm Referee: Eamon Cassidy (Derry)
The Kilkenny Intermediate team will hope to join their senior counterparts and secure a place in the All-Ireland intermediate final on September 11th when they take on Kildare in Nenagh on Saturday.
The Cats backed up victories over Tipperary (5-18 to 0-11), Antrim (6-11 to 3-07, and Wexford (3-11 to 0-05) with a victory over Laois on Thursday last (2-14 to 0-11).
Kildare similarly are having a good run of form and recorded three wins out of there four games. They began the campaign with a 1-13 to 0-10 point victory over Galway. In their second game they suffered a 0-12 points to 0-06 defeat to Cork. They bounce back from this defeat to record a substantial 7-14 to 0-05 points victory over Down. They ensured there place in the semi finals with an impressive 2-15 to 2-09 victory over Meath in their final group game.
Kildare will go into the clash hoping to secure a place in the final for the second year in succession having being edged out by Waterford in last year’s decider. Kilkenny will hope to qualify for the final after a year’s absence having last contested the encounter in 2014 where Limerick just proved too strong.
The last time the sides met was in this year’s league where the Lilywhites edged out the Cats 0-14 points to 1-06. Kildare have a very talented forward division and Kildare will have to keep an eye on Susie O’Carroll Melissa Lyons and Cliodhna MacSweeney. Similarly the Kilkenny forward division are in terrific form and have racked up some impressive score lines.
I feel this game will be a cracking encounter and I don’t expect much to be between the sides at the final whistle. I feel Kilkenny are building up good momentum and might just have that bit too much for Kildare on Saturday but I expect a real tough tussle that could go right down to the wire.