Offaly prepare for camogie league opener against Tipperary

The Faithful ladies looking for success in 2018

Justin Kelly

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The Offaly camogie team head to Tipperary this weekend for their opening game of the season.

Under new management in the shape of Mike Wall and Adrian O’Sullivan, Offaly will be hoping to collect two points come Sunday evening.

The last time Offaly and Tipperary met was the final round of the Liberty Insurance Senior championship when Tipperary won and knocked out Offaly​ last July​.

The squad has seen some changes in the intervening six months with Siobhan Flannery, Tina Hannon​, Lorraine Kenna ​and Grace Teehan all unavailable for the league campaign.

Flannery is overseas with the army, Hannon is still involved with Slaughneil in the club championship​, ​Teehan is unavailable from illness​ and Lorraine Keena is also missing from the panel having done her ACL last summer.

To add to the list, 2017 captain Jean Brady will also be missing ​due to​ a knee injury​ picked up before Christmas​ but will​ be hoping to​ feature in some part of their league campaign.

There also has been some great introductions to the panel such as St.Rynaghs Kate Kenny who dominated in last year's senior county final, Birr’s Alanna Roddy who lined out as centre back for the junior team last summer and Tullamore’s Sarah Walsh, also a member of the victorious Leinster junior squad.

With the league starting over a month earlier to follow in the steps of the GAA calendar, Offaly returned to training before Christmas and trained on a number of occasions in the state of the art training ground at Faithful Fields.

Tipperary come into the game on the back o​f​ a​ one point​ loss to Wexford last weekend meaning the premier county are under pressure for a win in a bid to progress to the knockout stages of the league.

Fixture: ​Littlewoods Ireland Camogie league Division 1: Tipperary vs Offaly Sunday Janurary 21st at 2pm in The Ragg, Tipperary.

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