INNISCARRA camogie manager Kevin Murphy is looking forward to another senior county final on Sunday against Courcey Rovers in Castle Road.
Having been involved with the senior team in the club for the last five years he has seen the club win three senior county title in a row but he has also experienced the heartbreak of losing out in last year’s final to Sarsfields.
He is a very experienced mentor who has been involved in the GAA all his life, having worn the colours of his beloved Inniscarra since a young age.
He knows success doesn’t come easy. Kevin is the first to admit how lucky his side are to be contesting the final after having to battle with all their might to hold off the huge challenge of Glen Rovers in their quarter-final outing and then St Finbarr’s in their semi-final where they came away with a goal victory in both games.
“We are thrilled to have got over the line in both games and be in another final and to be honest we know how lucky we are to be here.
“Both St Finbarr’s and Glen Rovers pushed us to the limits and could easily have force extra-time up to the very last puck of both games and we had to call on all our resources to see us through.
“We won both games by a goal and it shows just how close the game in this championship have been, we have had to call on all our experience to make it to the final but now we are there we are concentrating on the job in hand and the challenge Courcey Rovers will pose.”
The job in hand is a big one and having lost out in last season’s final to Sarsfields Inniscarra know the challenge they are facing as Courcey Rovers bid for their first senior title.
“Courcey Rovers are a good team, they were in the final two years ago and they will have learned a lot from that, they have beaten good team to reach this final and they are there on merit.
“They were excellent in their quarter-final against St Catherine’s and the semi-final outing against Douglas and we know it will take a huge effort from us to take the title.”
Playing in their fifth final in a row is a huge achievement for Inniscarra, they lost out last year as their bid for four in a row was quenched and Kevin acknowledges the hurt from that defeat will hopefully drive his side on.
“Yes it was hard to lose out last year in the county final but Sarsfields were hungry for success and no doubt Courcey Rovers will bring the same challenge on Sunday but hopefully we will have learned from losing out in last year’s final and go one better this year.”
Kevin knows his charges will battle to the finish and has every confidence in their ability.
“We really have had to fight to reach this final but in the games we didn’t panic we simply held the heads and kept working away and it came right for us.
“The experience in the sides helps as well and with players such as Rena Buckley, Treasa McCarthy, captain Katie O’Mahony, Joanne Casey, Rosie O’Mahony and Niamh Dilworth there leading the way the younger ones responded well.”
Looking back on the championship Kevin expressed huge satisfaction at the whole competition. It has been a great championship and there have been some excellent games that were all very close and it is good for the game to see this.”
The Inniscarra conveyor belt of players keeps producing excellent young players and again this year has been no exception with a few younger players stepping up again to join the senior panel and with the clubs Junior B team contesting the county final on Saturday it a busy weekend.
“Yes it great to have so many players in the club and to bring a few of them through each year to the senior panel and I suppose they keep the rest of them on their toes and keep the pressure on them.
“The junior B team are in the final as well and all the games have stood to them and we are looking forward now to what we hope will be a successful weekend for our club.”
On Sunday Kevin is join by fellow selectors former Cork and club star Irene O’Keeffe, Martin Murphy, Joe O’Herlihy and coach Ger Dinan as they bid to bring the title back to Inniscarra.