Myshall Camogie Player Mairead Doyle says the close defeats to the Kilkenny Champions over the past two years have drove them forward this season.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Club Final, Mairead says that’s Sunday’s reward in an All-Ireland is just rewards for their efforts over the years.
“We have learned our lessons I suppose over the last number of years in the Leinster Intermediate”, says Doyle.
“We got beat by the Kilkenny Champions twice. It broke our hearts, it’s what’s driving us on. We knew that we had to tighten up that reins and train that bit harder and put more of an effort, and this is what we are doing and nothing is going to be easy, it’s not going to be an easy win either.
“Niall [Williams, manager] has a different style I suppose on how he plays and it’s a little bit different. We are getting where we need to go this year and it’s from the years of training we have put in over the past number of years, it’s not just this year.”
Meanwhile, Myshall selector Mary Nolan says that taking a break over the Christmas/New Year period helped recharge the batteries following a long year for the Inter-County contingent.
“It’s nice to get a bit of a break now. We have a few girls on the panel alright that play for their colleges so I mean they were doing their little bit as well like so it is nice to get a break.”
“I mean they were doing gym work, they were doing every kind of thing so whatever happens at the end of it all, they can’t say we didn’t put the effort in because every single one of the girls along with the management like is after putting in 100% and like it’s brilliant we have great support in Myshall, everyone is helping us out in anyway they can so it’s super.”
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