Antrim to face Cork in Division Two semi-final as Camogie Association announces new championship sponsor
THE draw was made yesterday for the semi-finals of this weekend’s Littlewoods Ireland Division Two camogie league and last year’s beaten finalists Antrim will play Cork.
This is the same Cork team that inflicted the only defeat on the Saffrons as they made their way to the All-Ireland Intermediate title last summer. Cork beat Galway in the league quarter-finals last weekend.
The other semi-final will feature Waterford against Wexford, who defeated Kilkenny on Sunday last.
The Division Two final will be played as part of a double-header with the Division One final between Cork and Galway in Croke Park on Saturday, April 9.
Antrim, Wexford and Waterford will all play in the All-Ireland senior championship later this spring. The senior, intermediate and Premier junior championships were launched yesterday in Croke Park with a new sponsor Glen Dimplex who announced a five-year deal with the camogie Association.
Glen Dimplex are an Irish-headquartered international manufacturing group that specialises in innovative low-carbon electric heating and ventilation solutions and is owned by the Naughton family
The draws for all three championships were made at the launch by Rowena McCappin, Head of External Relations and Engagement, Glen Dimplex and Camogie Association President Hilda Breslin.
Two Ulster teams, Down and Antrim, will feature in the senior championship for the first time in more than four decades and the pair were drawn in the same group along with All-Ireland champions Galway, last year’s beaten semi-finalists Kilkenny and Limerick and Offaly who play each other in the Division One relegation play-off next weekend.
The other senior group features Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Clare and Dublin with the top team from each group automatically qualifying for the semi-finals to be held in Croke Park in July. Second and third in each group will progress to the quarter-finals while the bottom team in each group will play each other and the loser drops into the Intermediate championship next year.
After successive wins in the Intermediate championship, Derry is the only Ulster county remaining in that competition and they were drawn in Group Two along with last September’s beaten finalists Kilkenny, Meath, Cork, Kildare and Premier Junior winners Wexford.
Armagh lost last season’s Junior final to Wexford and find themselves as top seed in Group One with Roscommon and second teams from Antrim, Down and Limerick, while Division Three league finalists Cavan are in with Mayo and second strings from Tipperary, Clare and Waterford.
The 2022 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Camogie Championships commence on the weekend of May 21/22 and will culminate in a triple-header of All Ireland finals at Croke Park on Sunday, August 7.
Glen Dimplex Senior All-Ireland Championship
Group One: Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Dublin, Clare
Group Two: Galway, Kilkenny, Down, Antrim, Offaly
Glen Dimplex Intermediate All-Ireland Championship
Group One: Westmeath, Galway, Carlow, Laois, Dublin, Kerry
Group Two: Kilkenny, Meath, Derry, Cork, Kildare, Wexford
Glen Dimplex Premier Junior All-Ireland Championship
Group One: Armagh, Roscommon, Antrim, Limerick, Down
Group Two: Tipperary, Clare, Mayo, Cavan, Waterford