Captain Leacy plans renewed model push
Wexford attacker Una Leacy has vowed to put the crushing disappointment of last season behind her as she prepares to lead her side out against Dublin this Sunday in the opening round of the Division One National Camogie League.
Leacy, an All-Star winner in 2007 reveals that a poor run of form plus niggling injuries forced her to re-consider her commitment to the game after the Wexford defeat to Cork in last year’s Gala All-Ireland semi-final.
“”Our season was really disappointing to be honest. After winning the league we felt that we could push on from there. Against Cork in the All-Ireland semi we were leading at half-time but failed to perform in the second half and they ran out winners by around five points. I was not happy with my own performance at all and this year I want to improve and push on from it and get my playing confidence back again.””
It will be very much a family affair for the Oulart-the-Ballagh attacker on Sunday afternoon as older sibling Mary lines out in defence while their mother, Margaret, a nominee on the Camogie Centenary team will be leading the support from the stand.
Former Wexford hurler JJ Doyle takes charge of the side following the departure of 2007 All-Ireland winning manager Stellah Sinnott and he welcomes back last weekend’s victorious WIT Ashbourne trio Ursula Jacob, Katrina Parrock and Stacey Redmond while twin attackers Linda and Lisa Bolger as well as Ciara Storey, daughter of Martin, will hope to get their first competitive start.
Meanwhile, last year’s All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny face Tipperary on Sunday and manager Ann Downey will hope that the recent Ashbourne and Purcell finals and a raft of post-primary fixtures will not adversely affect her team’s opening performance. Jill Horan captains the Tipperary side for the year and they will be anxious to record an early season victory over their close rivals while Galway take on Clare in the remaining Division one fixture.
In a busy weekend for camogie, Division Two action sees Wexford and Galway intermediate sides play Down and Waterford respectively; Tipperary play Kilkenny while Cork take on Antrim. Joachim Kelly’s Offaly will hope to record another league victory over northern rivals Derry. In Division Three, Laois will aim to extend their winning run against Kildare; Roscommon face Meath and Armagh play Dublin. Division Four side Westmeath make the journey to London while Tyrone entertain Carlow in Brocagh.