GALWAY camogie manager Noel Finn is hopeful his perfect record in All-Ireland finals will continue when his side face Wexford in tomorrow’s senior decider at Croke Park.
Galway have not won the senior since their only All-Ireland title in 1996 and while they have endured many disappointments since, Finn has enjoyed plenty of success.
The Galway boss boasts a perfect record in All-Ireland deciders having won two intermediate and one junior crowns and he is confident his charges will be rewarded for the year’s hard toil with their second O’Duffy Cup success.
“The girls have worked hard all year and have put in a great effort. We started back at the end of January and it has been a long time but hopefully on All-Ireland final day they’ll get their reward,” he said.
But after watching Wexford’s semi-final victory over Kilkenny and already having encountered – and defeated – them in the round robin stages of the championship, Finn is aware of the challenge ahead.
“We played Wexford in Athenry earlier in the competition but meeting them in the final is a different ball game. The intensity will be a lot higher and everyone will be at peak fitness for an All-Ireland final.
“The group matches were fine but you always knew that you had another chance if you got beaten; the next day it is winner takes all.
“I was impressed with them in their semi-final against Kilkenny. I thought they were awesome to be honest; the way they moved the ball and found their players was excellent. They never really looked to be in trouble and you always figured that they had enough to win easily.
“They have won the league and are in the All-Ireland final and any team that does that deserves respect.
“They will enter the game as favourites and rightly so.
“They are league champions and are the form team. But we have to match their intensity and stick with them and if we can do it we are in with a right shout.”
Players’ names on jerseys
TOMORROW’S Gala All-Ireland camogie finals represent a first for the sport.
Senior finalists Galway and Wexford along with intermediate contenders Offaly and opponents Wexford will have the names of their players on their jerseys. They will correspond to the team lineouts contained in the match programme.
Uachtarán Cumann Camógaíochta Joan O’Flynn commented: “Sunday’s innovation of incorporating players’ names on their All-Ireland final jerseys is a specific effort by the Camogie Association to further promote our star players to the public and the media. It also adds to the status of the jersey and makes it a unique memento for each individual player.”