TEAM captain, Aoife Murray is doubtful for Cork’s National League Camogie final with Kilkenny at Nowlan Park next Sunday.
The Cloughduv club player, one of the game’s most decorated individuals, is still troubled with a knee problem which forced her to miss the semi-final win over Limerick and, according to team boss, her brother Paudie, ‘she is a big doubt’.
“It will be a late decision on whether she starts or not. We don’t want to risk her if it heightened the problem but we’ll wait and see."
The final is, of course, a repeat of last September’s All-Ireland final classic when a last-gasp point from substitute Julia White secured the title for Cork and manager Murray is expecting another fierce battle between the old rivals.
“We are going into their own backyard to play them, they are in the NHL final as well so they’ll have all the support on the day but we are looking forward to it.
“Our preparations this season so far have been limited to an extent, we have had only 12 pitch sessions and we’d like to better prepared from that viewpoint.
“The weather was, obviously, a problem and the competition started much earlier than in previous years.
“But it is what it is now and this game will give us a good indication of where we are at.
“We would be happy enough so far but this will be a new challenge again against a team that will be out to atone for last September and who themselves are going for three league titles in a row."
Starting out on the campaign trail, Murray prioritised strengthening his panel and he is happy enough with how things have gone so far.
“Yes, that’s always the case every season, adding to your options and players like Linda Collins, Aileen Sheehan, Lauren Homan and Julia (White) have come in and done well.
“If Aoife is ruled out, Amy Lee will deputise in goal for us as she did in the semi-final win over Limerick and we should have a good blend in the team again.
"Obviously, when you reach any final, you go all out to win it and we certainly will but we’ll be looking at the performance too with regards to later in the year when we’ll be defending the All-Ireland crown."
Orla Cotter, Ashling Thompson, the Mackeys, Gemma O’Connor, Linda Collins, who scored 2-3 against Limerick, and the ever-green Gemma O’Connor should be to the forefront of Cork’s challenge as they bid for a repeat of last September’s sensational win in Croke Park.
The game has a 1.30 pm throw-in and is live on TG4, followed by the Kilkenny-Tipp hurling decider at 3.30pm.