THE ladies of Cork and Wexford camogie are no strangers to each other in recent times, having already met this year in competitive games on a number of occasions, but undoubtedly this Sunday’s encounter in the All-Ireland senior camogie final is the most important fixture thus far.
The Rebelettes drew first blood in this year’s league final, with manager Paudie Murray’s side denying the Leinster ladies of recording their fourth consecutive Division One title in May.
However, it was Wexford’s time for revenge in the earlier stages of this year’s championship, with JJ Doyle’s girls defeating Cork by five points in Enniscorthy. His side are now on course for the coveted three-in-a-row, but defeating Cork will be no easy feat.
Doyle spoke to the Irish Examiner ahead of this Sunday’s fixture, and explained that the opportunity to emulate the success of the Tipperary ladies in the early 2000’s and claim the three-in-a-row isn’t high on their list of priorities.
“I’ll be 100% honest, it’s an irrelevance for us because all we can control is what happens on the field on Sunday,” the Wexford boss continued.
“Girls will look back when they’re retired in 10 or 15 years time at what they’ve done in their careers but they’re not looking back now saying, ‘well, we’ve won two’ because if we don’t win on Sunday then the last two are irrelevant, they’re no good to us.”
Meanwhile, Cork boss Murray admitted to the Irish Examiner that the aforementioned clash in the championship was a truer reflection of both teams, in the lead-up to this Sunday’s All-Ireland battle in Croke Park.
“If you look at the league final, I think we were certainly six or seven weeks down the road training-wise compared to Wexford, so I don’t think Wexford will read too much into that,” he said.
“I think the outing in the championship probably gave people more of an idea where we were at against them.”
Injuries to key players on both sides (Cork captain Julia White and Wexford star Una Leacy) have brought huge concerns for both sets of management, with Leacy declared fit to play in Sunday’s encounter. White, on the other hand, is ruled out, with the Douglas student a huge loss for her side.