The Laois camogie championships got underway at the weekend with games in both grades.
The top grade in Laois is called intermediate because it reflects the level the inter-county team play at and defending champions Camross got off to a winning start.
They were up against The Harps and enjoyed a 4-17 to 0-8 win in Round 1.
Sara Cuddy was the star of the show as the forward netted a hat-trick and added two more points while teenager Kirsten Keenan contributed eight points.
Joan Dollard led The Harps resistance with five points but they were no match for the pre-championship favourites who look well capable of making it back to back titles.
SCORERS – Camross: Sara Cuddy 3-2, Kirsten Keenan 0-8 (seven frees), Andrea Scully 1-0, Sile Burke 0-3, Aimee Collier 0-2, Lynda Keyes and Aoife Burke 0-1 each The Harps: Joan Dollard 0-5 (four frees), Teresa Bennett 0-2, Alice Walsh 0-1
CAMROSS: Niamh Dollard, Fiona Scully, Mairead Burke, Aisling Burke, Olga Parkinson, Sarah Ann Fitzgerald, Aoife Collier, Lynda Keyes, Clare Fitzgerald, Andrea Scully, Kirsten Keenan, Aimee Collier, Sara Cuddy, Sile Burke, Aoife Burke
THE HARPS: Miriam Dalton; Grainne Phelan, Elaine Spencer, Muire Fitzpatrick, Roisin Phelan, Rachel Bergin, Jade Bergin, Jennifer Cass, Joan Dollard, Alice Walsh, Sarah Broderick, Edel Costigan, Claire Brophy, Teresa Bennett, Aoife Phelan
In the other game, 2018 champions O’Moore’s lost out to St Brigid’s by 2-6 to 1-3.
This is a group phase and all teams will play each other once to determine the semi final pairings.
Meanwhile, history was made in the junior grade as Abbeyleix played their first ever game.
They were beaten by Naomh Eamann but will have games with Camross and Portlaoise to come in the coming weeks.
Intermediate Camogie Championship Round 2
The Harps v St Brigid’s
O’Moore’s v Camross
Junior Camogie Championship Round 2
Portlaoise v Naomh Eamann
Camross v Abbeyleix
Clough-Ballacolla v The Harps
O’Moore’s v St Brigid’s