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'There's Mothers Whose Daughters Are Playing. They Would Have Played 30 Years Ago'

'There's Mothers Whose Daughters Are Playing. They Would Have Played 30 Years Ago'
By PJ Browne

Sarsfields won a thrilling Cork senior camogie final earlier this month, preventing Inniscarra from winning a fourth title on the bounce in the process.

As they scored three goals in the three-point victory, the north Cork city side bridged a 30-year gap since their last title win.

"It was unreal," said Sarsfields player Niamh O'Callaghan at the launch of the AIB Camogie Championships.

It's just sinking in now. Before the match, the team ourselves, we wouldn't really have been thinking about the history that was involved.

Now, in hindsight, it's lovely to be able to bring back the cup to the people. There's mothers there whose daughters are now playing. They would have played 30 years ago.

There's been a lot of years there where there's been nothing really happening in the club, underage for us when we were younger. All the effort now that was pumped in is showing, which is great.

Sars went into the game as underdogs. For O'Callaghan - an All-Ireland Camogie Championship winner with Cork - beating a side of Inniscarra's quality made the victory even sweeter.

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"In a way, with your club, it's nearly more personal to a certain extent," she said.

"There's tradition, there's history involved - it's the same with Cork obviously, don't get me wrong - but I suppose you have the connections there with these girls that you would have played with since you were young.

"We've all come up through it together. Like that, you have family involvement, hugely. It's like a small community, a really close-knit community."

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Her side now moves on to the Munster semi-final where they will play Tipperary champions Drom and Inch.

"It's new territory for us," said O'Callaghan.

"We've never been there. For ourselves, we have nothing to lose in it really. We've set out and achieved our goal for the year and I suppose everything else now... it's not a bonus, we'll drive on and we'll give it our best shot.

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"It's not as if we're not taking it seriously by any means. We have the heads put down already, back training and focusing on Sunday. We're ready to go."

Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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