The Tipperary senior team will launch their Littlewood's Ireland National Camogie League division one campaign on Sunday, February 2 against Limerick at the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick (throw-in 4pm) - this clash will form the second part of a double header; Limerick will take on Galway in division 1A of the Allianz National Hurling League at 2pm at the same venue on Sunday. Meanwhile Tipperary manager Bill Mullaney has announced the joint-captains of both the Premier County's senior and intermediate teams.
Aoife McGrath (Drom & Inch) and Cáit Devane (Clonoulty-Rossmore) have been installed as the joint-captains of the senior side while Claire Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill) and Sabrina Larkin (Shannon Rovers) have been named as the joint-captains of the intermediate team.
The Tipperary senior camogie team joint-captains Congratulations to Aoife McGrath (Drom & Inch) and Cáit Devane (Clonoulty-Rossmore).
The Tipperary intermediate camogie team joint-captains Claire Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill) and Sabrina Larkin (Shannon Rovers).
Tipperary have been drawn in group two of division one in the Littlewood's Ireland National Camogie League alongside Limerick, Galway and Dublin. The Premier County are away to Limerick on February 2, home to Dublin on February 23 and away to All-Ireland champions Galway on March 8. Meanwhile Kilkenny, Clare, Offaly, Waterford and Cork will battle it out in group one. In division two the Tipp intermediate team will face Dublin (home) on February 9, Laois (home) on February 23 and are away to Antrim on March 8.
Tipperary's 2019 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship came to a conclusion at the semi-final stage when the Premier County lost to Kilkenny (3-12 to 2-21). Tipp battled their way into the semi-finals when the Premier County beat Limerick 1-10 to 1-5 in the quarter-finals. Tipperary lost their opening game during the group stage of the 2019 championship to Cork (1-8 to 2-20), but the Premier County bounced back to register four successive wins over Waterford (4-11 to 2-14), Clare (2-12 to 1-7), Dublin (1-11 to 0-9) and Meath (0-15 to 0-11) and duly progressed to the knock-out stage of the competition. In the 2019 Munster championship Tipperary beat Waterford in the provincial semi-finals (2-23 to 1-8), but lost the decider to Cork (2-10 to 3-17).
In 2019 the Tipperary senior team did not progress to the knock-out stage of the Littlewood's Ireland National Camogie League, but the intermediate side beat Kilkenny (0-14 to 0-8) in the division two final. Last year the intermediate team lost the Munster Intermediate Camogie Championship final to Cork (1-8 to 1-12) before losing to Galway in a subsequent All-Ireland semi-final (2-5 to 2-9).
2020 CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
In the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship the Premier County will face Clare (away) on June 13, Galway (home) on June 20, Westmeath (away) on June 27 and Wexford (home) on July 11.
In the All-Ireland intermediate championship Tipperary will take on Laois (away) on June 13, Kilkenny (home) on June 20, Derry (away) on July 4, Meath (home) on July 11, Cork (away) on July 18 and Antrim (home) on July 25.
TIPPERARY MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Tipperary senior and intermediate camogie teams are both guided by an identical management team which is led by manager Bill Mullaney (Newport-Ballinahinch). The teams are coached by Eddie Costello (Drom & Inch - Eddie is also an S&C coach), Dinny Ferncombe (Holycross-Ballycahill) and Brian Kennedy (Foynes, Limerick) while Carmel Bradshaw (Ballina) and Mary Howard (Cahir) are both selectors. Carmel Bradshaw also performs the role of logistics manager. Kevin O'Connor (Kinnity, Offaly) works as a strength and conditioning coach with the players while Kellie Byrne (Holycross-Ballycahill) is the team physiotherapist. Maggie O'Grady (Thurles Sarsfields) takes responsibility for video analysis while Peter Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) is the equipment manager and the kit man is Kevin Bourke (Drom & Inch).
FULL TIPPERARY PANEL
The 49-strong panel of Tipperary players who are currently busy preparing for the start of the Littlewood's Ireland National Camogie League campaign reads as follows: Clodagh Quirke, Cáit Devane, Emer Loughman, Sarah Fryday, Casey Hennessey (all Clonoulty-Rossmore), Grace O’Toole, Thea Curtin, Emma Flanagan (all Newport-Ballinahinch), Sabrina Larkin (Shannon Rovers), Róisín Howard (Cahir), Ciardha Maher, Ciara McKeogh, Ciara Houlihan, Jenny Grace, Emily Morrissey (all Burgess-Duharra), Andrea Loughnane, Laura Loughnane, Nicola Loughnane, Karen Kennedy (all Thurles Sarsfields), Ereena Fryday, Beth Ryan (both Knockavilla Kickhams), Mary Ryan (Moneygall), Roseanna O’Donnell, Jean Kelly, Aoife Butler (all Éire Óg Annacarty), Claire Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill), Mary Burke, Aoife McGrath, Eimear McGrath, Miriam Campion, Niamh Treacy, Niamh Long (all Drom & Inch), Laura Shinners (Kilurane MacDonagh's), Grace O’Brien, Hazel McAuliffe (both Nenagh Éire Óg), Caoimhe Purdue, Karin Blair, Aine O’Dwyer, Orla O’Dwyer , Nicole Shelly, Sorcha Ryan (all Cashel), Ciara Ryan (Silvermines), Clodagh McIntyre (Lorrha), Sarah Delaney (Boherlahan), Shauna Quirke, Margaret Quigley (both Toomevara), Nicole Walsh, Julieanne Burke (both Borris-Ileigh) and Aisling Sheedy (Portroe).
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