It’s a huge day for the Myshall Camogie team on Sunday as they look to be crowned All Ireland Intermediate Champions.
They take on Eglish at 1.30pm in Croke Park.
Myshall Captain Niamh Quirke says they will be up against it but says it’s a great honour for her to leading her club out in Croke Park on Sunday.
“Yeah surely is. Just can’t believe now we are in the final. It’s been a long journey and we are absolutely delighted to be here and really looking forward, it’s going to be a great day, and please god we can all play well and get the win”
“We know that they(Eglish) are a young team, they are very fit, they like to run at us I think. There is a good tradition of Camogie up there as well, so they are quite similar to us in that way so we are not taking them for granted or anything, we are going to be up against it when we get there”
Myshall player Breege Nolan says Niamh Quirke is a most worthy captain of the Myshall Team.
Breege says that victory for Myshall would be a win for every Camogie player within the county.
“My biggest wish is to see Niamh standing up on the stand with the cup and that’s just something we have been dreaming about since the start and she is a very worthy captain and she has put in such hard work over the past few years and I wouldn’t like to see anyone else lifting up the cup”
“It drove Carlow Camogie on and it put us on the map and we are here now to kind of give Carlow Camogie another boost to show that it’s not just the county that can do it, that there is clubs in Carlow that are worthy of winning in Croke Park so we are hoping to do that for every Camogie player in the county”
Myshall Camogie Player Mairead Doyle says the close defeats to the Kilkenny Champions over the past two years have drove them forward this season.
She 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. 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”
“He (Niall Williams) 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”
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.
Speaking ahead of the game, Mary says the girls were doing their own personal training during the time away from the playing field….
“Ah it is like. 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”