Munster Senior B Post-Primary School Camogie Championship Final
Coláiste Muire, Ennis v St Mary’s, Nenagh (Tipperary) @ Caherlohan, Thursday 7pm
(Joe Mulcahy, Limerick)
COLÁISTE Muire Camogie Captain Tierna Hegarty is determined to make it third time lucky when it comes to facing Tipperary opposition in a Munster Final this Thursday evening, reports Eoin Brennan.
Having already suffered defeat with the Ennis school in the Munster Junior C version against Cashel Community School in 2019 before an even more agonising reverse for her club Inagh-Kilnamona against Drom & Inch in the delayed 2020 provincial senior club decider only two months ago, the Leaving Cert student is eager to redress the balance when leading her side out for a Munster Senior B Final showdown against St Mary’s Nenagh in Caherlohan tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm.
“Luck wasn’t on our side in those finals but hopefully this one can provide a good start to the year and that we can keep on going.
“It’s a great honour to be captain, particularly of this team because since 1st Year, I’m still playing with the same girls so for us to be in a Munster Final in what is our last year makes it extra special.
“We have worked hard and I think from corner-back to corner-forward, the competition for places is just unbelievable at the moment. It means that the work-rate is extremely high and the progression from the start of the year to now has been phenomenal. The last match against Laurel Hill was the best match we have played this year so hopefully we can continue that on Thursday evening.”
Tierna does already possess a provincial senior schools medal, having been part of Coláiste Muire’s 2019 Munster and All-ireland Senior D winning team, despite only being in 2nd Year.
Having benefitted from the guidance of the more experienced girls throughout that memorable run as well as her successful debut adult season for Inagh-Kilnamona in 2020, the captain has been attempting to do likewise for the more junior members of the Coláiste’s current panel over the past few months.
“Playing with older girls was a big step for me but they brought me through and hopefully I can provide some assistance and help to the younger girls on our squad because they have really added to the team.
“Their skill and speed only spur us on even further so hopefully things can work out on Thursday.”
Amidst continuous uncertainty regarding the format of the Leaving Cert as well as COVID, Tierna is much more confident about camogie and more pointedly, her side’s ability as they make their final preparations for Thursday’s showdown with St Mary’s Nenagh.
“It will be tough but we have full confidence in our own side as no matter what happens in a match, the heads never go down and the girls just keep on going.
“All we can do is play to the best of our ability so if we can do that, hopefully it will be enough to get us over the line.”