Galway must step it up when they face the Cats

The Galway senior camogie team will be given a good indication of their current form when they take on Kilkenny in round six of the All-Ireland championship on Saturday in Duggan Park (4pm ).

The Cats had a hard-fought 2-15 to 2-08 win last Saturday over Clare at Nowlan Park and they join Galway, Wexford and Cork on eight points from five games.

The only defeat for Ann Downey’s side in their five outings was when they went down 1-14 to 1-09 against Wexford.

Galway had a superficial win last weekend when they defeated a youthful Dublin side, 2-18 to 0-6, in the capital.

Team captain Brenda Hanney was industrious at full-forward and Veronica Curtin notched 1-03.

After two wins on the trot against Offaly and Dublin, Noel Finn’s charges will face Saturday’s challenge with a reasonable degree of confidence. However the ladies will be aware that Kilkenny will be a big step-up in quality compared with what they have faced in the past fortnight.

Kilkenny have a very good record against Galway having defeated the westerners in eight of their last 10 league/championship clashes since 2006. The most recent clash between the two teams was on in April when Veronica Curtin struck a late winning point as Galway came out top 0-14 to 2-7.

Meanwhile, the two counties will clash in the All-Ireland minor semi-final on Sunday. Galway, the defending champions, are favourites to emerge successful in a repeat of last year’s semi-final clash. On that occasion Rebecca Hennelly scored a superb winning individual point to give Galway a deserved 1-14 to 2-10 victory.

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