It has been a long season for Juliette Murphy, Reena Buckley and the Barrett sisters, Aisling and Linda but one which has been richly rewarding. After the Rebels’ five in-a-row success over Dublin last month, the quartet quickly turned their attentions to the domestic front and helped guide their home outfit to a 12th Cork title.
But the players aren’t the only one serving a few masters. Coach Mossie Barrett began the year steering Cork to an All-Ireland JFC title; tomorrow he takes charge of the Cylda Rovers team who face Valley Rovers in the Cork Premier IFC final.
But you wouldn’t hear him complaining. “It’s tiring work but I love every minute of it. When your teams are winning it’s not too bad, but you look forward to a break when it finally comes,” Barrett says.
Last week Barrett witnessed the Kerry outfit hammer Waterford’s Ballymacarbery (4-18 to 1-6) and was left with plenty of food for thought.
“Because of Cork’s dominance of the All-Ireland series and the fact that the Munster Club title has been won for the last six years by Cork teams, we will probably be favourites going into the final. However having seen South Kerry in action last week, if we show any semblance of complacency against them, we will be punished.”
“Their forward division is excellent, and our defence will have to be on their toes from the start to win. There is no room for error here.”
And of course Cork v Kerry rivalry adds additional spice to the fixture.
“Ladies football in Kerry is very strong. Don’t forget that they won 10 All-Ireland titles in-a-row some years back and like their men, nothing would give them greater pleasure than to beat Cork in a final. We have the same panel of players from the Cork final to pick from. Gemma O’Connor wasn’t available for that game as she was on army duty in Chad. There are unlikely to be any changes.