Dilworth and the Inniscarra camogie team led the way on Leeside

Dilworth and the Inniscarra camogie team led the way on Leeside
Inniscarra vice captain Niamh Dilworth fires over a point from a free against Courcey Rovers. Picture: Larry Cummins

THE CURRENT group of camogie players out in Inniscarra place very high standards upon themselves.

The Mid Cork side are a solid operating unit, as was shown by their seven players in the Reardens All-Stars team of the season.

They were also the club where the winner of the Rearden’s Camogie Player the Year, Niamh Dilworth, comes from as well.

It is safe to say with absolute certainty that Dilworth had a truly brilliant campaign in the Inniscarra jersey.

She assumed over the free-taking duties for her side also and was exceptional at score taking, from a variety of different angles right across the pitch.

The work-rate of Dilworth means that she very frequently provides a massive contribution on the pitch for Inniscarra from play.

“This year we’ve had a new bought into Inniscarra and they have instilled great confidence and belief within us that we could win.

“It is a great accolade to accept on behalf of the team. We have had a fantastic year this year. We will enjoy the training now over the winter and look forward to the match in January.”

As Dilworth alludes to. next on the Mid Cork girls journey will be a pursuit at the All-Ireland title. After suffering national final heartbreak in Croke Park back in 2011, with a number of the players involved that day still apart of the current setup, Inniscarra would dearly love to secure All-Ireland glory.

“We were there in from our 2010 campaign. That day we lost. So hopefully this time we can push on and get there.”

Shana Kavanagh, Sheila Walsh, Niamh Dilworth and Treasa McCarthy, captain of the Inniscarra Camogie team. Picture: Gerard Bonus.
Shana Kavanagh, Sheila Walsh, Niamh Dilworth and Treasa McCarthy, captain of the Inniscarra Camogie team. Picture: Gerard Bonus.

Inniscarra come into this game off the back of a Munster title success.

Given the outrageously short turnaround in 2017 between winning the County and heading into Munster, it must have been great to Dilworth and her teammates to have time to have a proper crack in their provincial challenges this time around.

Dilworth adds: “I suppose in the last two years, the team haven’t had any time to prepare properly for the Munster championship.

“This year we had two weeks to prepare. That really stood to us for Munster.

“Going through the Cork championship, we had a few tough matches.

“Heading into the Munster semi-final and the final, those matches really stood to us.”

Inniscarra are an outfit that have gotten the balance well between youth and experience.

That was very much evident in their successful retention of the Cork camogie title, while they also managed to pick up the Munster crown for the second time in their history.

“There is a lot of young players, especially the likes of Claudia Keane coming onto the team and scoring 1-1 in a Munster final.

“It really showed the depth and strength of our panel.”

Inniscarra will be hoping that strong panel will be a major weapon in their armoury to take into their All-Ireland quest.

Next up for the Mid-Cork side is the national semi-final, where they are set to face Leinster Champions St Martins from Wexford early in the new year.

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