by Lauren Flynn
Galway face Dublin this Saturday in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final.s The game will be played in the famous Páirc Uí Chaoimh with throw-in at 7.15pm. Galway come into the fixture having had an impressive start to the Championship campaign in Group 1. The Tribeswomen finished with three wins against Clare, Waterford and Limerick and only dropped points to a strong Kilkenny side.
We caught up with Galway star Heather Cooney as they prepare for a tough clash against Dublin
Q. Galway have had a strong group campaign, how would you describe yoru Championship so far?
"We’re really looking forward to the Quarter-Final this weekend, it’s great to still be involved in the Championship at the business end of the season. So far, we’ve gotten through the group stage and were unlucky to come across our first defeat in our last match against Kilkenny, but we won’t dwell on it, it’s something we’ve learned from and now all our attention is focused on the challenge of Dublin."
Q. How has the team been preparing as you get ready for what promises to be a tough game against a strong Dublin?
"Yeah, we’ve looked back at our last game against Kilkenny and we’ve had time to reflect on it and learn from it, but we’ve parked that now and we're moving on. We’re back training now, putting the heads down and working as hard as we can to get the best out of ourselves ahead of playing a strong Dublin team. We know how good they can be but we’re just focusing on ourselves and our own agenda ahead of the game."
Q. You mentioned that you’re a teacher, how do you manage to balance work and playing Camogie for both your Club and County?
"I suppose being a teacher I’m technically one of the lucky ones in that I have the summer to focus on my Camogie essentially. During the summer it's ideal because I don’t have to worry about prepping for school, training and the gym like I would in the winter and spring months. It can be difficult to manage both but over the years I’ve learned that being organised is the only way to make your life easier, so I try to be as organised as I can."
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Finals
Saturday August 4th
Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Tipperary v Waterford
Referee: Owen Elliot (Antrim)
Galway v Dublin
Referee: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)
*Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game.
Students/Senior Citizens: €5
Under 18s: €3
Tickets can be purchased online from www.tickets.ie and from selected Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide
Tickets will also be available to purchase at the ground on the day of the match.