Talbot Collection backing Wexford
The Talbot Collection marked the beginning of their third year of sponsorship of the Wexford Senior camogie team on Tuesday in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford.
Dick Walsh, General Manager, Talbot Wexford and Lisa Carmody, Sales and Marketing Manager, welcomed everyone and enjoyed a chat about the upcoming season.
Dick expressed The Talbot Collection's delight in supporting one of the leading teams in camogie. 'I'm delighted that we can lend our support once again to the Wexford Senior camogie team. The ladies are going from strength to strength and The Talbot Collection is backing them all the way in 2016,' he said.
The Talbot Collection consists of five hotels: Talbot Wexford, Talbot Carlow, Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Midleton Park Hotel and Oriel House Hotel in Cork.
County Chairperson Ailish Whitty is looking forward to the 2016 season and working with the Board's valued sponsors, The Talbot Collection. It is an important partnership, being a Wexford business supporting Wexford camogie.
The sponsorship deal is entering its third year and the Camogie County Board officials are very proud to be backed by the prestigious firm again in 2016. Senior players Katrina Parrock, Una Leacy, Stacey Kehoe and Eimear O'Connor were present and keenly anticipating the beginning of the inter-county season.
Una Leacy, who recently returned to club action with Oulart-The Ballagh after a long injury lay-off, outlined that the target this year is to get the league off to a winning start and build momentum going forward. Katrina Parrock echoed that sentiment, seeing the league as a platform to improve, before heading on to championship in June.
Stacey Kehoe regards each team Wexford will face in the league as being tough, with the competition becoming fierce approaching championship, and no game to be taken lightly. Fresh from their recent exciting club semi-final against Milford, Stacey is simply looking forward to getting back into the county scene having been with Oulart-The Ballagh and hopes to get the league off to a winning start.
Una Leacy's recovery from a cruciate injury last year and Mags D'Arcy's return to action following hip surgery will bring balance and experience into the squad, with competition for places fiercely hotting up.
Young players are also expected to be blooded during the upcoming league campaign.
Last year, Wexford saw two young players break into the Senior team from Minor ranks, as Laura Brennan and Una Sinnott became regular starters.
There are a number of young players within both the Intermediate and Senior panels who are keen to progress into the Senior starting 15.
Both Una and Stacey identify club colleague Louise Sinnott as being one to watch, while Katrina feels Chloe Foxe of St. Martin's is worth keeping an eye on in 2016.
The John Kelly and Matthew Flynn-O'Connor-managed side will open their league campaign with a home game against an ever-improving Clare, while they will then take to the road to meet Tipperary, a team making great strides forward in under-age ranks in recent years.
Wexford will then enjoy home advantage against Dublin, before hosting league titleholders Galway a week later. The group stages will then conclude with a trip to Offaly.
The league is sure to be a closely-fought campaign with players in each county striving to nail down starting positions ahead of the championship in June.
Wexford camogie would like to extend sincere thanks to The Talbot Collection for their continued support and hope that the partnership will yield some silverware and a return to Croke Park in September.
League fixtures: February 21, home to Clare; February 28, away to Tipperary; March 13, home to Dublin; March 20, home to Galway; March 27, away to Offaly.