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GALWAY OPEN AGAINST CLARE IN O’DUFFY CUP RACE

The Camogie Association have announced the 2018 Championship Fixtures at senior, intermediate and minor level and Galway begin their quest for a first All-Ireland title since 2013 when they host Clare on the weekend of June 9th/10th.

After successive semi-final defeats, new manager Tony O’Donovan will be hoping to bring the Tribeswomen one step further and reach the All-Ireland Final in Croke Park on Sunday, September 9th.

Their second outing is also a home fixture when they meet Waterford on June 16th before travelling to Limerick two weeks later.  After two losses to Kilkenny in the 2017 league and championship, the maroon and white will get their chance to exact some revenge when they travel Noreside on July 21st.

With three teams qualifying for the knock out stages, Galway will be expected to advance and unless they win the group, they will be in All-Ireland quarter-final on August Bank Holiday Sunday (6th) with the semi-finals scheduled 12 days later.

Reigning champions Cork begin their title defence against seven-time winners Wexford while newly promoted Meath start with a trip to Tipperary.  Dublin and Offaly complete the sextet in Group Two.

At intermediate, Galway also have a home opener when Tipperary visit on June 16th.  With only two semi-final places up for grabs, all games will be hotly contested.  Galway travel north two weeks to face Antrim before meeting Kildare, 2017 junior winners Westmeath and Kilkenny.  The other group contains Carlow, Cork, Derry, Down, Laois and Wexford.

Galway are the reigning All-Ireland minor champions and begin their quest to retain that crown when they travel to Kilkenny on February 17th.  Lorraine Larkin’s charges then have three games on consecutive weeks in March with their first home game on St. Patrick’s Day against Wexford.  Cork and Dublin complete their programme as they aim to reach the semi-finals on April 14th.  The final is scheduled for April 28th.

 

Senior Championship Fixtures

Round 1: Galway (home) vs Clare – Sat/Sun June 9th/10th

Round 2: Galway (home) vs Waterford – Sat/Sun June 16th/17th

Round 3: Limerick vs Galway (away) – Sat/Sun June 30th/July 1st

Round 4: Kilkenny vs Galway (away) – Sat/Sun July 21st/July 22nd

Quarter-Finals: Monday, August 6th

Semi-Finals: Saturday, August 18th

Final: Sunday, September 9th (Croke Park)

 

Intermediate Championship

Round 1: Galway (home) vs Tipperary – Sat/Sun June 16th/17th

Round 2: Antrim vs Galway (away) – Sat/Sun June 30th/July 1st

Round 3: Kildare vs Galway (away) Sat/Sun July 7th/8th

Round 4: Galway (home) vs Westmeath – Sat/sun July 21st/22nd

Round 5: Galway (home) vs Kilkenny – Sat/Sun August 4th/5th

Semi-Finals: Saturday, 18th August

Final: Sunday, September 9th (Croke Park)

 

Minor Championship

Round 1: Kilkenny vs Galway (away) – Sat/Sun February 17th/18th

Round 2: Galway (home) vs Wexford – Saturday, March 17th

Round 3: Cork vs Galway (away) – Saturday, March 24th

Round 4: Galway (home) vs Dublin – Saturday, March 31st

Semi-Finals: Saturday, April 14th

Final: Saturday, April 28th

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