Murray delighted as Cork camogie team begin the league with solid win over Galway

Murray delighted as Cork camogie team begin the league with solid win over Galway
Cork manager Paudie Murray. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

IN what was an impressive start for an opening league game and only back training a week, Cork manager Paudie Murray was obviously content with how his charges acquitted themselves.

A 0-13 to 1-3 victory over Galway was a fine league opener, especially with Aoife Murray, Rena Buckley, Eimear O’Sullivan, Gemma O’Connor and Katrina Mackey sitting out though Amy Lee, Leanne O’Sullivan, Meabh Cahalane, Finola Neville and Linda Collins did well as their replacements.

"Yeah, I suppose we’ve very little done for the 14th of January and you’d have to be happy with it. 

"The main thing for me during the National League, particularly after winning the All-Ireland last year was the attitude of the players. 

"We certainly don’t want players getting carried away with themselves and I thought that side of things was very, very good. 

"There’s a nice positive vibe in the dressing room which is very good."

Cork settled after five minutes, and after that Galway were chasing the game with some good inter-play and movement particularly in the forward line.

Paudie agreed: "There is a good buzz about them and 13 points today with the rain that has fallen over the past number of days you’d have to be happy with it. 

"We want a couple of players to be putting their hand up again this year and that’s what we’ll be looking for during the league."

So, is that the main goal of this league campaign?

‘’Yeah, we’ve always gone that way with the league. If we can get two players out of the league it’ll be a success. 

"I think we got three last year so three and two would be five players which would be good for the future of Cork camogie’’.

Will Cork have their full All-Ireland championship team available this year? Have there been any retirements? 

"No not at the moment and we hope that’s the way it’ll stay," he smiled. 

"We’ve Wexford away next weekend so that’s a nice trip for us but look, if we can keep moving, particularly up front, if our forwards don’t remain static, that’s key."

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