Ashbourne Quarter-final: MICLimerick V NUIGalway on Thursday in Martinstown (Limerick) at 7pm
Newly promoted Ashbourne side Mary Immaculate College Limerick take on NUIGalway tomorrow night in a winner takes all affair for the final one of two spots in the Ashbourne weekend.
MIC have had a very successful championship campaign with only a single loss in their Group to current semi-finalists and 2015 finalists UL. In their opening round, the Limerick based college scraped a one point win over UCD on home turf to gain their first points before the Christmas break. The Camogie stronghold University Limerick were next on the agenda for MIC. A 3-14 to 1-8 loss to the 2014 Ashbourne Champions was their only loss in the championship games as they turned their focus to University Ulster Jordanstown in . Determined to grasp a Quarter-Final spot, MIC overcame UUJ with ease with 22 point victory and a home semi-final spot finishing second in their group.
NUIG on the other hand haven’t had the same luck in their championship games. Drawing a tough group with UCC, DCU and WIT, The 2016 hosts of the competition will be hoping to reach the Ashbourne Semi-finals in their own backyard. NUIG lost out marginally to top of Group team B UCC in their first championship game before Christmas by four points. Another tough encounter with WIT in NUIG saw the home side lose to the reigning Ashbourne champions by six points as the South East side found the net twice in the final five minutes. After two losses NUIG’s hopes of qualifying looked slim, but in an exciting encounter in DCU, the Galway University booked their quarter-final spot tying with DCU on a scoreline of DCU 2-11 v NUIG 3-8.
For some this will be their last camogie game of the year and others their final Third Level Camogie game, the stakes are extremely high as the days are number for the Ashbourne Weekend. NUIGalway will be hoping to compete in their home Ashbourne competition while MIC will be on the hunt for silverware for the second year running. Both sides will have worked tirelessly over the past week to prepare for their quarter-final which is expected to be a very physical skillful game.