A total farce
Wexford await opponents
Published 28/07/2015 | 00:00
Wexford are one step from what would be considered the minimum acceptable achievement of an All-Ireland Senior camogie semi-final, and they should go looking to accomplish that goal this Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined at the time of writing.
Much of the focus the last few days has been on the drawing of lots rule between Dublin and Clare to decide Wexford's opponents. With objections in place from both counties Sunday evening about the method of tie-breaking, there is still a chance that the quarter-final clash could be delayed.
Away from the drama, Colm McGee's players have had an up and down year to date, but a solid 0-13 to 0-10 victory over old foes Cork last time out has given the Slaneysiders renewed energy and belief, with the side putting in hard graft in training preparing for their next opponent since.
That work has been helped by the return to training, on a limited basis, of Ursula Jacob.
The Oulart-The Ballagh clubwoman has missed all the round-robin games after breaking her finger in club action. It is, however, yet to be determined whether her recovery is far enough along to see her take her place on the field.
Karen Atkinson, a real figure of strength in defence, has also missed all of her county's group games.
Like her clubmate Jacob, Atkinson is also back training but again her involvement in the quarter-final clash is very much up in the air.
Mary Leacy, on the other hand, has been an ever-present in the four championship games so far this season but her participation in training has also been limited with a hand injury.
Very little keeps the imposing centre-back off the field so it would be a big surprise if she didn't make Saturday's game.
Lisa Bolger returned from a long-term injury with a substitute appearance last time out on Leeside and she will be pushing for a start, as will Eimear O'Connor who did not play any part against Paudie Murray's side.
Mags D'Arcy, who is a long-term absentee, Shauna Sinnott who is travelling, and Una Leacy, who has had her knee operation and now must go through rehab on the injury, are all out of consideration.
Rarely have Wexford had such upheaval within the squad in recent years and that further emphasises how impressive the victory against Cork was two weeks ago. However, it's no good achieving one big win and falling to a lesser opponent next time out, and McGee and his side will be aware of the potential banana skin that lies in wait, whoever the opponents end up being.
With Kate Kelly and Katrina Parrock both in good form in recent weeks, and the defensive system employed by McGee working well against Cork, Wexford still should have plenty in reserve to make it to the semi-finals.
There is very little separating potential opposition Dublin and Clare at the moment and neither of those sides should have the quality to be within a couple of goals of Wexford when, and if, the full-time whistle blows on Saturday afternoon.