Denise Gaule and Anne Dalton both described it as surreal, and though they were most likely were talking about celebrating among themselves, without family, friends and supporters, you wondered if the scars of so many Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Final defeats had caused them to wonder if they would ever get over the line again.
Relive all of the action from the knockout stages of what has been another incredible month of top quality Camogie in the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship!
Beforehand, talk of the impact of three consecutive Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Final losses, the five reverses in seven seasons, and for many of the players, six in seven appearances on the biggest stage, was batted away.
A 57th minute penalty goal by Denise Gaule sealed a deserved victory for Kilkenny to lay the ghosts of previous Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Final defeats firmly in the past.
Galway and Kilkenny will battle it out for the O’Duffy Cup under the lights of Croke Park this Saturday evening in the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championships Final.
When Tara Kenny walks out of the dressing room, jogs from the tunnel and sprints out onto the grass of Croke Park tonight, there may just be a temptation to smile and exhale a little sigh of relief, before resuming focus on what unfolds within the white lines and her job in nullifying the threat of the Kilkenny attack.
The sirens wailing on the other end of the line as Collette Dormer navigates her way through Waterford city traffic to find a spot to pull in and chat, are mercifully neither to lock her away nor provide urgent medical assistance.
For the second year running Galway and Kilkenny will battle it out to see who is crowned the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior champions in what will be a unique winter All-Ireland Final.
Galway and Kilkenny set for Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final this Saturday
The final trophy in the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championships will be presented this Saturday night under the lights of Croke Park when Galway and Kilkenny battle it out for the All-Ireland Senior Championship title
“It’s not about last year, it’s not about next year, it’s about 2020 to us” – Kilkenny’s Anne Dalton
Having three young children at home under the age of two ensures that Anne Dalton has had plenty to occupy her in the build-up to Saturday’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Final.
“We’re massively privileged, a lot of people haven’t had the opportunity to socialise like we did over the past couple of months” – Down’s Niamh Mallon
Focusing on the short-term proved the key as Down put a number of recent disappointments behind them to end a six-year wait for Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship silverware by winning the Intermediate title at Kingspan Breffni on Saturday.