Kilkenny’s Michelle Teehan knows there’s work to be done this week but having seen her side dispatch Wexford on Saturday, the James Stephens’ clubwoman is focused on the task in hand over the next seven days.
Speaking to Martin Quilty for Scoreline and KCLR after Saturday’s win, Teehan was determined in her resolve.
“We came here to do a job and we did it so we’re happy now to push on and focus on next week”, says Teehan.
“Before the game, we were eager to go out and play as a unit, that was our main aim. It definitely wasn’t “job done” at halftime. We were in the dressing room making sure that we wouldn’t slack off. It just kind of happens, the way the game was, it was hard to stay pushing on the whole time but we did enough to get what we needed.”
“When we’re playing as a unit and doing the same things right, that’s when we’re at our best. This just gives us something to work on, that we couldn’t do it for the whole sixty (minutes). We’ll definitely be looking at that in training and trying to push on for the semis.”
For the semi-finals, it’s the first time in the history of the camogie championships that the semi-finals will take place in Croke Park, thanks in large part to the refixing of Kerry and Tyrone in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-final. On that, Teehan is delighted.
It’s never a bad day when you get to Croke Park so we’ll be looking forward to it – delighted to have it up there on the big stage.
It is Cork who awaits Kilkenny in the semi-finals in a repeat of last year’s draw as Tipperary and Galway go head-to-head at the penultimate stage once more.
The same four sides have contested the last four semi-finals with Tipperary the only one not to advance to a final. Could 2021 be their year at long last?
Read Kilkenny manager Brian Dowling’s thoughts on the game here.