Formguide holds as Tipperary, Kilkenny and Limerick secure victories - Daragh Ó Conchúr
There were no upsets in the weekend Liberty Insurance senior camogie championship, though underdogs Waterford, Offaly and Wexford made life difficult for the winners across the three games that were contested.
The sun beamed down on Nowlan Park for a double header and the action in the Suir-side derby between Tipperary and Waterford was no less hot as a brace of goals at the start of each half did the business for the Premier County. They prevailed by 4-11 to 2-14 in the Group two fixture held at the Kilkenny venue.
Having only scored a point in the second half last week in their defeat to Dublin, Tipperary were under the guidance of interim manager Niamh Lillis for this one, following the decision of Bill Ryan to step down during the week due to health reasons. They shot into an early lead thanks to two quick goals. Ereena Fryday batted in the first before Megan Ryan added a second.
For Waterford, Annie Fitzgerald took the initiative and played a key role in bringing the Déise ladies back into it after influential Tipp dual star Orla Dwyer went off injured. The Waterford centre forward was fouled for a penalty after a superb run driving run, with Beth Carton stepping up to finish off the opportunity. Fitzgerald herself goalled on the half time whistle to give Waterford an unlikely 2-6 to 2-5 lead.
The second half began in similar fashion with Fryday finding the net directly from the throw in and then Grace O’Toole quickly following with a fourth green flag. Cait Devane showed both bravery and exquisite skill to assist O’Toole for what seemed like it would be a critical score, despite absorbing a heavy tackle after delaying the deft hand pass in the build-up.
Carton lead the fightback for Waterford, landing six second half points but unlike the first period where they were reeled in, Tipp held out. Cáit Devane had the final say with two of the final three scores to ease them over the line for their first victory.