Booming underage section is producing top camogie players for Inniscarra

Booming underage section is producing top camogie players for Inniscarra
Inniscarra goalscorer Claudia Keane drops a dangerous ball into the square against Courcey Rovers. Picture: Larry Cummins

FOR the third year in a row Inniscarra got their hands on the Cork Senior Camogie Championship title.

As recent years have showcased, the Cork Camogie championship is a right battlefield in its own right.

To win one at present is a significant achievement, let alone three in succession. That just shows the sheer drive and will to win there is in Inniscarra right now.

Katie O’Mahony was awarded the Reardens Bar player of the match accolade as a consequence of her brilliant efforts in the decider.

“Yeah it’s great. Still on the buzz from it, it’s hard to believe we have won three in a row. Winning three is a bit mad for us.

“It is very evident that the Cork championship is very open every year. We came in at the start of the year and I’d say we weren’t favourites to win it again.

“There is teams that would love to be in our position. We can’t believe it still at the moment.”

This Inniscarra dressing room and players are a highly motivated crop.

Their desire to succeed is there for all to see. They have 18-time All-Ireland title winner with Cork in Rena Buckley within their ranks.

This current Inniscarra side is the epitome of what she was like as a player in the Rebel jersey. The Mid Cork side are a close-knit bunch and set their standards high.

They may have won title number three in a row, but it was one which was desired just as much as their previous two successes.

For players such as O’Mahony, it is a dressing room which is a privilege to be apart of.

“We have girls with great experience. The likes of Rena Buckley, Niamh McCarthy, Aileen Sheehan all playing with Cork and winning All Ireland’s at senior level with Cork.

“So that helps us along and at the moment we are used to winning.

“We have had new girls coming up from underage.

“They are giving us another buzz and are giving us the will to win.

“There is young girls that have phenomenal drive and determination at training, just to try and make the team.

“They just want to be winning as well, so it’s great.”

The Rearden's Player of the Match Award for the camoge final Katie O'Mahony of Inniscarra with parents Frank and Betty. Picture: Larry Cummins
The Rearden's Player of the Match Award for the camoge final Katie O'Mahony of Inniscarra with parents Frank and Betty. Picture: Larry Cummins

Next on the agenda will be in the Munster Championship.

They only had a remarkable 22 hours to prepare for their provincial exploits last year.

With a greater preparation spell this time around, Inniscarra will be keen to have a right rattle off the provincial championship.

“There is a real buzz around the parish now at home and it is great to have the two weeks.

“We had our celebrations over the weekend. We are back training now again.

“So it just gives us a good chance for preparation and a good chance at maybe going a little bit further and maybe getting to a Munster final.”

They will face Ahane of Limerick in the Munster semi-final, a game that will take place on Sunday, with a throw-in time of 2pm out in Ballyanly.

“There is a lot of people looking forward to it. It is a huge thing to be going on in the club. There is not many clubs in the country that get big semi-finals like that on in their own club.

“So we are privileged that way.”

The journey which Inniscarra as a club have been on over the last number of years is incredible to say the least. O’Mahony hopes what this side have achieved will leave a legacy and inspire the younger generations of girls in the Inniscarra area.

“We won our first county in 2010. I was on that team as well. I will never forget the day I won my first County inside in CIT.

“It was probably the best memory I’ve had on a camogie match.

“As a member of Inniscarra camogie club in general, we also have our own camogie pitch in Inniscarra.

“That was huge for us. There is huge work going on there. We have a massive underage and the involvement around the club is unreal and hopefully, these wins will make bigger and better things for Inniscarra as a club as well.”

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