Playing All Ireland champions Kilkenny a tough opener for new Dublin Senior Camogie manager Adrian O’Sullivan and his squad
A new season begins and new Dublin Senior Camogie manager Adrian O’Sullivan couldn’t have asked for a tougher opening match to begin his reign as his Dublin side travel to the Marble City to face All Ireland champions Kilkenny.
Although it’s only the start to the season this is maybe exactly the acid test the new manager will welcome as it will give O’Sullivan and his management team the chance to run the rule over the players at their disposal against the best team in the country and gauge at what level they are at and where they might need improvement.
The team named for tomorrow’s opening Division 1 clash contains plenty of familiar names to followers of the senior team.
Faye McCarthy takes the keepers jersey and Dublin will look to take advantage of the St Judes players long puck-outs particularly with the new quick restart rule.
In the backline former Captain Eve O’Brien returns to the squad after being unavailable for selection last season. St Vincents Gráinne Quinn plays in the pivotal centre half-back position and will be flanked by Emma O’Byrne from Good Counsel and Captain Hannah Hegarty from St Judes.
O’Sullivan has gone with Emma Flanagan from Lucan Sarsfields and Na Fianna’s Roisin Baker in the Dublin midfield.
Up front stalwart Aisling Maher is named at left half-forward and will be joined in the forward unit by the Couch sisters Jody and Gaby, Niamh Gannon, Aoife Walsh and Kerrie Finnegan.
Tomorrow’s games takes place in John Locke Park in Callan with the game starting at 2pm. The game will be played behind closed due to current restrictions but you can follow all the action on the Kilkenny Camogie YouTube channel via the link below.
Dublin Senior Camogie Starting 15
1. Faye McCarthy (St Judes)
2. Orla Gray (Na Fianna)
3. Eve O’Brien (Na Fianna)
4. Muireann Kelleher (St Vincents)
5. Emma O’Byrne (Good Counsel)
6. Grainne Quinn (St Vincents)
7. Hannah Hegarty (C) (St Judes)
8. Emma Flanagan (Lucan Sarsfields)
9. Roisin Baker (Na Fianna)
10. Niamh Gannon (St Judes)
11. Jody Couch (St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh)
12. Aisling Maher (St Vincents)
13. Gaby Couch (St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh)
14. Kerrie Finnegan (Faughs Celtic)
15. Aoife Walsh (St Judes)
Dublin Senior Camogie Substitutes
16. Rosie Kenneally (Naomh Mearnóg)
17. Aine Woods (St Vincents)
18. Aisling Carolan (St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh)
19. Aoife Whelan (Castleknock)
20. Caragh Dawson (St Judes)
21. Deirdre Johnstone (St Vincents)
22. Ellen McGovern (St Vincents)
23. Issue Davis (Kilmacud Crokes)
24. Julia Buckley (Kilmacud Crokes)
25. Laura Quinn (Lucan Sarsfields)
26. Leah Butler (St Judes)