The winner is the loser that assesses defeat the ideal. While much was created at the build-up into the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final of Kilkenny litany of beats Galway have experienced their own run events.
There was a sense in the wake that the Tribeswomen felt that a number of the criticism they had obtained for not making it to the September party was brutal and were inspired by it.
It was evident from talking to dynamo Aoife Donohue, that the Galway players claimed they had suffered every bit as much heartache as their Kilkenny counterparts and they had no intention of enduring.
“There is enormous belief in this team” said Donohue.
“Everyone trusts each other from the category. We’ve been there. We’ve dropped. There’s a few of the women have dropped four or three All-Irelands, we have been beaten in semi-finals.
“We have been on the other side of it too and I think that it’s about time we got a little credit today we have gotten on the internet. What a savage team.”
Another motivation that is obvious was the sight of stricken colleague Tara Kenny unable to take her position after having a cruciate knee ligament injury in their final training match, 10 days before what would have become her athletic life’s biggest day.
“We played a panel match Thursday week. A chunk came in between her and Ailish (O’Reilly). Tara just slipped. Went for a scan the following day. Cruciate gone,” explained Donohue.
“It clearly had a huge effect on the band but we mentioned we were planning to go out and win for Tara and since Sarah (Dervan) said on the measures (in her victory speech), she had been the 16th woman who drove us over the line. I can not picture how it was for her to watch to the sideline.
“But that is the strength that’s in the panel. Players come in and have an effect. Catherine Finnerty stood up, she’s lots of energy and legs and she stayed going until the final whistle.”
Dervan was that the captain however there were several survivors from Galway’s last triumph in 2013 and that stood .
“There’s leaders all around the pitch, and” continued Donohue. “Kilkenny went and got a score, Niamh Kilkenny comes straight the pitch up and then throws the ball over the bar. We had them all.
“We knew we’d a great chance coming up. We beat Kilkenny in the League Final, you will find two things in it Athenry (at the very first round of the Championship when Kilkenny prevailed) and we all believed we didn’t carry out that day.
“(Manager) Cathal (Murray) said if we had been at the match with 10 minutes we’d come out the perfect side and thankfully that’s occurred.”
Donohue has been a revelation for a midfielder, with won an All-Star as an inside.
“I’ll play anywhere,” she explained. “I do not care as long as I’m on the group. If this was the place for me to play with and Galway were going to win and I didn’t mind in any way. I’ve played there for your club. But I’ve been outside and in last year. Even in the last few moments I went wing-forward and Ann Marie Starr came .”
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