As the Dublin Senior Camogie Championships gets underway tomorrow,we have a look at round one of the Senior 1 championship, the players to look out for, and the likely outcomes…

Lucan Sarsfields v St Vincents ,
Venue: 12th Lock,
Tuesday 9th Of September
Throw-In 6.30pm

What a game to kick off round 1 of the championship ! St Vincents have been agonisingly close over the last number of seasons to that elusive crown, and many feel this is the year that they will finally make the breakthrough. Standing in their way will be a youthful, yet very determined Lucan side who have made huge strides in senior camogie in recent years. St Vincents led by Ali Maguire from centreback will be tough to break down, and she’ll be ably assisted by Eimear McCarthy and the ever dependable Aine Woods. In attack is were they have showed a ruthlessness all season with Aine Fanning, Emer Dillon and Ashling Maher troubling the scoreboard all season long, they will take real watching.

Lucan have plenty of aces in their pack, Dublin senior pair of Mairi Moynihan and Clare Rigney will drive the Lucan girls from defence and the explosive Ali Twomey and Amy Conroy are sure to cause the Marino girls lots of problems. We expect a mouth watering tussle to open up the championship and feel Vincents experience will be enough to see them over the line.

Verdict : St Vincents

Raheny v St Oliver Plunketts ,
Venue: St Annes Park,
Tuesday 9th Of September,
Throw-In 6.30pm

Both teams go into round one with a point to prove, St Oliver Plunketts will be on a high after securing their passage back to Division 1 for 2015 and will be keen to show they mean business. Raheny on the other hand have had a poor league campaign by their own standards and will want to start the championship on a winning note.

Ciara Burgess, Aisling McDonald, Hannah Larmon and Lorna Twohig are the danger players for Raheny while Plunketts will look to the Carolan sisters and Aoife Bugler to supply their scoring threat. A tight tense affair is guaranteed and home advantage may just help Raheny record a tight win.

Verdict : Raheny

Naomh Mearnog v Ballyboden St Enda’s,
Tuesday 9th Of September,
Throw-In 6.30pm

Current champions Ballyboden St Enda’s make the long trip to Portmarnock to take on the local side. The southsiders will be keen to lay down a marker early on, and show that it will take something special to remove the title from their tight grasp.

The experienced Sile Ni Coitir is rock solid between the posts while out the field Sarah Nagle & Martha O’Donoghue will work hard to supply quality ball to the talented forward line that contains amongst others Anne Griffin, new Tipp recruit Jill Horan and Westmeath star Denise McGrath.

Mearnog’s have plenty of stars themselves, Dublin full forward Sarah Ryan returns to club action after spending almost a year out from injury, and along with Catriona Power, Andrea Fitzpatrick and Stef Carty will really put it up to the champs. Mearnog’s will test Boden but their strength in depth should see the current champions win out.

Verdict : Ballyboden St Enda’s

Naomh Brid v Na Fianna,
Venue: Russell Park,
Tuesday 9th Of September,
Throw-In 6.30pm

These 2 teams met in the first league game of the season and Na Fianna ran out comfortable winners. Na Fianna have a talented squad and will definitely be in the mix at the business end of this competition. Na Fianna’s team is built around All star goalkeeper Mags Darcy and their tough uncompromising defence, in fact Lucan’s Joelenne Hoary was the only player to raise a green flag against the Na Fianna rearguard throughout the league campaign. Elaine O’Meara , Ciara Berkley and Orlagh Egan are players who will take a lot of watching.

Naomh Brid will look to Grainne Quinn, Lorraine O’Connell, Elaine Duncan and Niamh Adams to lead this team if they are to cause an upset, however they need to get to grips with their opponents very early on or it could be a long night.

Verdict : Na Fianna

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