The development of Camogie in Ulster was advertised in no uncertain terms, with the province set to provide all the contestants in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate and Premier Junior Camogie Championship Finals on December 5.
To the fascinated observer looking on from the sideline, without attachment to either of the protagonists, last year's Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final between Cork and Galway was one for the ages.
Clare produced their best performance in a number of years before fading very late on against Cork in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Saturday and Alannah Ryan is already looking forward to next season.
A 42nd minute goal by Karen Kennedy gave Tipperary the vital breathing place and ensured a place in the last four of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships for the third consecutive season, with champions Galway lying in wait.
The GAA's disciplinary system has been called into question by the Roger Casements club in Coventry after one of their players was subjected to racial abuse from an opponent during the Warwickshire SFC semi-final last month.
The race for the O'Duffy Cup heats up this weekend as Clare, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford will battle it out live on RTÉ Two, in the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Finals.
Clare manager Ger O'Connell has pointed to the leadership provided by the experienced players in his squad as the pivotal factor in his squad bouncing back from the precipice of another group stage Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship exit.
Galway manager Cathal Murray was delighted to defeat Cork by 0-15 to 0-12 to secure a Semi-Final berth in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship but had plenty of praise for the vanquished outfit.
Two spectacular sideline puck conversions by Rebecca Hennelly, worth two points each, proved the difference as Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie champions Galway secured direct progress to this year's Semi-Finals as Group 1 winners, after defeating Cork by 0-15 to 0-12 at Pearse Stadium.
There was nothing at stake in terms of extending the season beyond today this weekend but Wexford and Offaly served up a treat in their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Group 1 tie at Bellefield in Enniscorthy, before the Model County prevailed by 1-15 to 1-13.
Cork manager Paudie Murray is looking on his side's top-of-the-table Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Group 1 clash with champions Galway as an educational exercise for many of his charges.
Player of the match, Niamh O'Dea revealed that a desire to show the "real Clare" fuelled a tremendous second-half rally to give Ger O'Connell's crew a 1-18 to 1-7 triumph over Dublin at Fr McNamara Park on Saturday.
A brace of first-half goals from Niamh Hanniffy and a peach from Aoife Donohue on the first half were the highlights as Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie champions Galway swatted understrength Offaly aside with ease at a rain-sodden Pearse Stadium.
Clare secured a quarter-final berth in this year's Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship at Dublin's expense as they prevailed by 11 points in Fr. McNamara Park this afternoon, 1-18 to 1-7.
Orlaith Duggan says that Clare will focus on a fast start and what they can bring to the party rather than the opposition ahead of their all-or-nothing Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Group 3 clash with Dublin at Fr. McNamara Park on Saturday (2pm).
Two goals from Niamh Rockett gave Waterford their first triumph of the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship and set up a winner-takes-all clash against Westmeath on Sunday week with a place in the Quarter-Finals up for grabs.
Westmeath were brought back to earth with a bump by a ruthless Kilkenny, who almost assured themselves of a place in the Semi-Final of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship as a result of the 6-23 to 1-7 victory at John Locke's GAA grounds in Callan.
With all the talk of a new normal, Down have the comfort blanket of a familiar normal, as they prepare for a humdinger of an Ulster derby against Derry to get the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship under way.
Maintaining consistency is always difficult when drawing from a minute pool of players, with success often followed by periods of distressing downturn due to the unavailability of even a handful of key operators.