Galway secured their spot in Sunday’s Glenn Dimples All-Ireland Intermediate Camogee Final (2 p.m., live on RTÉ2) by winning every single game against opponents Cork, but one gets the sense that it was a bit Came as a surprise.
After a massive squad overhaul this year, they would have been upbeat after losing to Antrim, only a senior team in the Littlewoods Ireland Division 2 League.
With Cork, Derry, Meath, Kilkenny and Wexford in Group 2, they were undoubtedly given an easy draw in the championship and capitalized on, scoring 11–97 and scoring just 41 points in five games.
She showed a lot of character to oust a hardened Meath unit by four points in the semi-finals at UPMC Novalan Park last Saturday and here she is, an hour away from leading her youth team to the Jack McGrath Cup, with captain Lisa Casserly.
“When everyone starts pre-season, the end goal is always to get to Croke Park, but I think for us there has been a lot of player turnover since last year, so our main goal was just to get to the minors. . ., try and get a structure and we really only took one game from that time,” Caesarly explains.
Olwain Rabbitt, Clara Hickey, Eli Hesson and Niam McInerney were all members of the Galway team that lost to Cork in the All-Ireland Minor final in March.
He added real energy and confidence to the squad and said so much that as they cruised through the group, they stemmed from Aoife Minogue’s brilliant second-minute goal concession, from the first half to fashion 3–9. Recovered. 2-8 win with second half goals from Laura Kelly and Rabbit.
“We knew going down there would be a big challenge. You can see the scoreline difference between our group games and the other side. They had a one point, two point difference in their group.
“We started well in our group campaign and went on with the score, but when we went down there, it was definitely a different game. Math hit us in the first half. We didn’t score against the whole campaign and it was an early goal but we learned a lot from it. We were not perfect by any means. There was a lot to learn from the game but we definitely needed that tough challenge.
“We just stuck to our game. We knew he would get his purple patch but we were just hoping we could get the ball down the other end, get some scores and keep going. ,
Casserly has been a member of the Intermediate Panel since 2017 and was called up to the senior squad two years later, which included two All-Irelands as a sib. She, Ciara Donohue and Tara Rutledge are the only survivors of a two-point loss to Westmeath in the 2019 All-Ireland Intermediate Finals, although long-serving Rutledge – an All-Star nominee in 2010 as a teenager – went through Injury is ruled out.
“I think this year we need to step up and we’ve given the girls the attitude that All-Ireland doesn’t come very often,” said Cassarly about the growing responsibilities of leadership in such a young set-up. Told.
“Cork is going to be a phenomenal team. They’ve run a great campaign themselves. That’s why we’ve been able to get the girls off the ground in 2019 and give them the perspective of being on the other side. This is not the side you want to be on.” We definitely have an appetite for older girls to try to step out of line this year for sure.”
Rutledge’s absence due to a cruciate ligament injury is a setback, but Casarelli Portumna is more aware of the player’s personal disappointment. That said, Routledge is likely to be very visible and certainly audible on Sunday.
“She will be a big loss, but I feel for her, because she has given so much to this intermediate team. She is going to catch every ball. If you look at the match against Meath, she goes up and down the sideline, There was no cruciate or any cruciate. She caught every ball with us and next Sunday she will definitely do the same and I hope we can get it on the line for her as well.”
After losing his hold on the O’Duffy Cup, the following day had to be parked quickly, with the intermediate semi-finals taking place. They did so to speak of the professionalism of the players involved and the excellence of the manager, Cathal Murray, who saw Westerners only as consistent in their inconsistency, being the most regular winner (four out of seven) of national titles. changed in form. Sarsfield held Man’s four full seasons at the helm, mid-way through 2018. As well as two All-Ireland and two leagues at senior level, Murray also made the Intermediate to two All-Ireland finals.
“It was a huge disappointment but the credit goes to our management team. Obviously things didn’t go according to plan on Saturday, but he had to fix his head and get back on the bus with us on Sunday.
“The senior girls have been so supportive. The minute that match was over, they were messaging us and pushing us. We are a unit in Galway and have been near Kaithal since his arrival. Galway Camogee is Galway Camogee, be it Senior or Intermediate.
“Kaithal has brought Galway Camogee to the next level. His professionalism, the way he carries himself and with the two teams, is unbelievable. The talent in Galway and the competition for a place on both teams is unbelievable. When you go down to training, sometimes you look and you won’t know whether you’re looking at a senior or an intermediate team, depending on the set-up. He has every management in both the trainings. He has really brought a lot to Galway Camogee.”
Caesarly hasn’t taken the traditional route to Croke Park. She was not a prodigy from an early age, instead focusing on football. She was a member of the national team that reached the semi-finals of the U19 European Championships in 2014, along with cork star, Amy O’Connor. ROI and Arsenal hero, Katie McCabe was another ally.
He enjoyed playing Camogie for Blinderin, and after taking some time off from football, his grandfather asked him to actualize Camogee for a year in order to maximize his potential in that field. And he didn’t regret it for a second.
However, the 26-year-old remains keenly interested in football and was surprised at the rise in profile and standard, watching recent television coverage of the European Championships. Camogee has had the same improvement, she notes, and while you always want the graph to move upward at a faster rate, the women’s game is eyeing in the right direction, she says.
“I keep track of it and even for our own Irish girls, there is talent and a lot of them are playing overseas and you can see what (ROI manager) Vera Pow is in the team. They’re playing in September (against Finland). Tickets sold out in a record time of 30 minutes. It’s a big token for the girls and they’re playing great football. The standard has definitely come to the fore. Sorry to miss out on Euros but their World Cup qualifying campaign is going well.
“It is good to watch and it was very different when I was playing. Even the coverage they get. It’s just splendid. And also for camoji. More and more people are talking about it and about women’s sports in general. It’s definitely arrived and it’s great to see. ,
With Caesarley at the fore, it could be Galway who will be the talk of Croke Park on Sunday.