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Laois camogie manager Franks speaks ahead of Leinster senior semi-final

This weekend sees the Laois adult camogie take a clasp at the  senior Leinster championship as they go up against Offaly in the semi-final.

Ahead of the game, we spoke to Laois manager Donal Franks about coming up against his native Offaly in the Leinster semi-final this Saturday.

Laois are in the intermediate league and championship, while neighbours Offaly compete in the senior ranks in both competitions.

“It’s a huge step up for us now. Most of those Offaly players have been playing senior for the last 10 years.

“The girls are looking forward to it though, it gives us good preparation for the All-Ireland championship,” said Franks.

Laois had a by for quarter-final while Offaly have one game tucked under their belt by defeating Wexford 4-12 to eight points, thus leaving them with home advantage for this game.
Franks said that Offaly already playing a competitive game does give them an edge.
However Laois have played challenge matches against the likes of the Kilkenny intermediate side to keep the games ticking over since the league campaign finished in March.

As for injuries, Niamh Dollard looks set to miss the game with her back injury, while doubts remain over Olga Parkinson, who broke her finger and did not play in the first round of the club championship for Camross.

Players doing the Leaving Cert are also out until after exams.

Nevertheless, Franks is hopefully to have players from the All-Ireland winning minor team integrate back onto the panel for the intermediate championship campaign after the Leaving Cert.

These include Clodagh Tynan, Alice Walsh, Molly O’Connor and Kirsten Keenan.

The Leinster semi-final between Laois and Offaly is on this Saturday, May 18 in St Rynaghs GAA Pitch, Offaly at 3pm.

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