The winner is. While much was created into the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final of Kilkenny litany of defeats at the build-up from deciders, Galway have had their run occasions.
There was a sense in the wake it believed that a number of the criticism they had received over the years for not making it into the September bash was harsh and inspired the Tribeswomen.
It was evident from speaking to midfield dynamo Aoife Donohue, that the Galway players claimed that they had endured every bit as much shock and they had no intention of enduring .
“There is huge belief in this team” said Donohue.
“Everyone trusts every other in the category. We’ve been there. We have dropped up to Kilkenny lost. There is a few of the women have lost four or even three All-Irelands, we have been beaten in semi-finals.
“We’ve been on the opposite side of it too and I believe it’s about time we have a bit of credit now we’ve gotten on the internet. What a barbarous team”
Another motivation that is very obvious was stricken colleague Tara Kenny unable to take her position after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in their last training game, 10 days prior to what would have become the biggest day of her athletic life’s sight.
“We played a panel match Thursday week. A chunk came in between her and Ailish (O’Reilly). Tara slipped. Went for a scan the next day. Cruciate gone,” explained Donohue.
“It had a huge effect on the team but we mentioned we were going to go out and win for Tara and since Sarah (Dervan) stated up on the steps (in her victory speech), she was the 16th girl who drove us over the line. I can not picture how it had been for her to watch to the sideline.
“But that’s the strength that’s in the panel. Players come in and have a direct effect. Catherine Finnerty awakened, she has plenty of legs and energy and she remained going until the last whistle.”
Dervan was that the captain but there were a number of survivors from Galway triumph in 2013 and that stood .
“There’s leaders all over the pitch, and” lasted Donohue. “Kilkenny went and got a dent, Niamh Kilkenny comes straight up the pitch and then throws the ball across the bar. We had them all over the area.
“We knew we’d a good chance coming up. We beat Kilkenny in the League Final, there were two things in it Athenry (at the first round of the Championship when Kilkenny prevailed) and we all felt we did not carry out that day.
“(Manager) Cathal (Murray) stated if we had been in the match with 10 minutes to go we’d come from the ideal side and happily that has happened.”
Donohue has been a revelation as a midfielder, with won an All-Star as an inside .
“I will play anywhere,” she explained. “I do not care as long as I’m on the group. If this was the perfect location for me to play with and Galway went to win and I did not mind at all. I have played there for your club. However, I’ve been outside and in this past year. Even in the past couple of minutes I went wing-forward along with Ann Marie Starr came on.”
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