Finola Neville relishing chance of achieving double glory

Finola Neville has two All-Ireland medals but has a chance to double that tally in the space of around three and a half hours on Sunday.

Neville has been a member of the Cork Senior Camogie panel in the past couple of seasons and is part of the squad bidding for a three-in-row in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship final at Croke Park.

But first the 23-year-old will play in the Intermediate final curtain-raiser and the prospect of winning a medal on the most famous of Gaelic Games fields is a mouth-watering one.

“It’s a lot sweeter if you’re playing,” agrees Neville. “You don’t have control over that of course and it’s an honour to be involved at all with All-Ireland-winning teams but playing is where you want to be, you want to be on the pitch and contributing that way. So it would be special.

“It’s an honour any day you put on a red jersey for Cork. Obviously, you want to be playing at the highest level you’re capable of but any day you’re playing for Cork, be it senior or intermediate, it’s a huge honour for myself and for my club to be representing them. When you’re putting on a Cork jersey, it doesn’t matter what level it is.

“Any athlete who is competitive in any way will want to be on the first team. I think that’s just natural for any sportsperson, to want to be at the top. But you take what comes and the year this year with the Intermediates has been unbelievable and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“It’s a huge opportunity and that has made it a bit easier not being on the senior team to be in the Intermediate Final this year. If you told me at the start of the year we’d be in Croke Park in the Intermediate final, you’d take that.”

Kilkenny will be Cork’s opponents in both matches and the St Catherine’s attacker is focused on the challenge posed by their Intermediate 15, who have racked up 17-69, at an average of 3-15 a game, en route to Croke Park.

“They’ve scored a lot of goals alright, put up huge scores. They seem to be very strong. I suppose they’ll be favourites going into the game. It will be a good challenge for us and we’re looking forward to that.”

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