Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Munster Minor A Camogie Final Reaction

Waterford’s provincial triumph came as no surprise to manager Kevin Barry who always believed in the potential of this bunch.
“We told them at the start of the year that we were either going to get to an All Ireland final or win a Munster championship and they got one of their targets. There’s no point talking to me lads, they won it, the talent is there!”

The core of the team know what it takes to win major honours. “A lot of them play ladies football so they’re used to winning All-Irelands. Then we’ve schools like St Angela’s and Carrick On-Suir who have All Ireland medals. When they qualified for the Munster final, we told them they were the first team ever; the heart of the team knew that they only had half the job done. When they came up on the bus today, they weren’t going to be beaten.”
Kate Lynch, Kaiesha Tobin and Annie Fitzgerald forced their way onto the senior team this year with four other minors among the subs. Barry expects more to follow. “Next year, there will be three or four more of those girls stepping up. Ciara O’Sullivan, Sarah Lacey, Abby Flynn and Keeley Corbett Barry are within touching distance of the senior panel. It’s good for the county. If you look at next year’s minor panel, I had them at under 16, I think they might be even better than that panel.”

Captain Shauna Fitzgerald described that winning feeling as “absolutely sensational”. It took a humungous defensive effort to deny Cork a Munster and All Ireland double. “We knew Cork would come out all guns blazing in the second half. In the last ten minutes, we were just scrambling for the ball in that back line and thankfully we came out with it. It was all hands on deck really.”
She was glad to have Gailltir team mate Kate Lynch in front of her. “She actually missed the All Ireland series because of illness so we didn’t have her. To have her back for the Munster championship was a huge addition to our team. We were missing our centre back because she was away on holidays so Kate had big boots to fill and she did it.”
Abby Flynn was another player that didn’t feature during the All Ireland campaign and her early brace lifted the team. “She’s a huge talent, a massive star for the future. Having her linking up with the other girls inside and seeing those two goals go in, settled us early on in the game but we knew we had to play on from there.”
In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged the dedication of the thirty squad members who all played their part in this success. “We started back in November and we were out in the snow, rain, you name it. Every single one of those girls were there, unless they had a genuine excuse. There was no missing out because of the weather. We fought hard and pushed each other at training between ball alleys, pitches and runs and it paid off today.”

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By Tomás McCarthy
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