By Paul O’Donovan
Despite the large gap on the scoreboard at the end of this game, the Westmeath senior camogie team turned in a very spirited display against last year’s All Ireland finalists Galway.
This opening round game of this year’s All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was played in sweltering heat last Saturday afternoon in Kenny Park, Athenry, Co. Galway. In fact weather records suggested that Athenry was the hottest part of Ireland last Saturday with temperatures reaching 30 degrees which made the Westmeath girls efforts even more creditable.
Galway led by 2-8 to 0-3 at half time but a spirited second half revival saw Darren McCormack’s side bounce back. Indeed, if Megan Dowdall had been able to convert a 40th minute penalty it would have left the visitors trailing by just seven points, but Dowdall’s penalty was saved and Galway raised their game to run out comfortable 17 point winners in the end.