Offaly's club camogie championships takes centre stage this week
The HQPhysio.com Junior and Senior camogie championships will start this weekend in Offaly with 2017 champions St.Rynaghs facing Birr in the opening round.
The first round of the championship has created some very interesting affairs including repeats of last year's senior semi-finals.
St.Rynaghs will be hoping to build on last year's success of their first ever senior title at home in Banagher against neighbours Birr. Tullamore and Shinrone will also go head to head in Shinrone.
Current junior champions Lusmagh/Drumcullen travel to St. Cillians in their opening game and to add to this some of the Lusmagh contingent have never played St.Cillians in senior championship before.
Kinnitty and Kilcormac/Killoughey will meet again as these sides met in the group stages last year with Kinnitty winning the game with six points to spare. Kinnitty's win put Kilcormac/Killoughey into the junior championship.
Naomh Brid and St. Sinchills will enjoy a bye round on June 30. Both of these teams failed to register a win last year and will be eager to change this stat in 2018.
There also has been some high profile managerial appointments to teams in the last twelve months with Ken Hogan taking charge of St.Cillians. Hogan has had plenty of success with hurling teams and he now turns his hand to camogie in a bid to bring St.Cillians to their first senior title.
Shinrone have also changed their management team with Catherine Byrne and Tipperary legend Deirdre Hughes, who was selected on the team of the century in 2004, being appointed. Byrne was a selector with John Troy with the Offaly senior team when they reached the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final and won an All-Ireland with the Offaly junior squad as selector with Joachim Kelly and Ger Fogarthy.
St.Cillians v Lusmagh/Drumcullen, Saturday June 30th at 7pm in Carrig.
Shinrone vs Tullamore, Saturday June 30th at 6pm in Shinrone
St.Rynaghs vs Birr, Saturday June 30th at 7:30pm in Banagher.