Eoghan Rua turn attention to All-Ireland title

 

Eoghan Rua boss Joe Passmore and Grace McMullan celebrate after the 2011 All-Ireland Intermediate camogie final

With their Ulster Intermediate Camogie title successfully retained, the attentions of Eoghan Rua now turns to the retention of their All-Ireland crown, but they face a long wait.
The Derry champions successfully defended their provincial title with victory over Ballycran last weekend on a 3-12 to 1-6 score line, but with the All-Ireland semi-finals not scheduled until February, Joe Passmore’s girls face into a few months of tough winter training. However, the experience of last year’s All-Ireland campaign makes the manager sure that they can successfully bridge the gap once again.
“We’ll take four to six weeks off completely now from collective training, and we’ll start to step things up in collective training again around the middle of December. It’s a big ask from the girls, it’s a tough time of year that you’re asking them. It’s difficult to manage, it’s effectively two seasons, but having been there last year and having learned from it I think we’re in a healthy position.
“Last year, we consulted with the likes of Lenny Harbinson about how St Gall’s got over the winter, and I’d have asked advice from people like Paddy Tally as to how we could go about getting ourselves in the best position possible for the All-Ireland push. It’s a chance for us to get a bit more conditioning work done, to take things up another few levels, and see where we can go from here.”

 

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