Armagh Camogs aim for greatness
THE ARMAGH camogs are determined to improve following last weekend’s All-Ireland junior championship victory over Westmeath. Captain Bernie Murray insists their goal must be to get to Croke Park.
Murray, who captained her team to victory, believes that goal is entirely achievable because she says they are already competing with Antrim and Down, despite the fact that those teams play at a higher level on the All-Ireland stage.
“We have played against those teams already, in challenge games and that, and there has not been much between us. We feel that we can compete with them. Our goal is to play at Croke Park. We have to stick together and keep working hard. We have to build our team but there are good players coming through. Our u-18 team won an All-Ireland title recently. I know there is more to come from this team.”
Armagh could count themselves fortunate to have had the chance to win an All-Ireland title. They needed a late score from Murray to draw the first All-Ireland final.
However, in the replay they played brilliantly during the second half to win the game. Manager Patsy Magee described it as the best half of camogie he had seen all year.
“We were absolutely delighted after the game because it meant that all the hard work had paid off,” said Murray.
“It meant so much to the team. We were lucky in a way, to draw the first game and we were disappointed with the way that we played. We knew that we had been playing much better this year.
“I was disappointed because I thought it was going to be the biggest day of our year, but it didn’t work out that way.
“Westmeath play a very physical game and we allowed them to play that way.”
Her manager Magee revealed that getting the team prepared for last weekend’s replay was easier than he expected. Just as Murray said, the team were hurting but they only used that to strengthen their resolve.
For Murray, the words of another Armagh legend gave her that final boost.
“Paul McGrane came in to talk to us on the Tuesday before the replay. He said to us that your career is over so quickly and you have to make the best of it. I am 25 and I don’t know how long I have left. He said that some of us are at the start, middle and end of our careers and you have to grab your chances and make the most of your time.”