It’s refreshing to listen Cathal Murray talk about the honour of being selected to handle the fortunes of Galway Camogie at level.
He has missed a beat this year, with come in at the end of the 2018 National League campaign.
The results are there for all to see. In the physical conditioning, in the strategic nous and training, in treating the players as elite athletes, even be that in supplying post-training meals or even the utilisation of cutting-edge performance analysis tools like dwell GPS trackers, in the fact that those particulars have added up to appearances in both Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior and Intermediate Camogie Championships finals on Sunday.
They remove explanations too, providing the message that what they’re doing is really important and they are worthy of high performance training although teams enhance. That has undoubtedly had a role to play in the psychological improvement we’ve witnessed. And with each recovery from a trying situation, the impression only becomes stauncher.
Having garnered now and league honours with a double date in Croke Park, things couldn’t be going much better.
“They can go a good deal better hopefully if we win the two of them,” notes Murray, accurately. “But the goal at the beginning of the year was supposed to get two teams into the All-Ireland closing. The intermediates were beat by Cork last year in the semi-final and (the seniors) were defeated by Kilkenny. We wanted to go a step further this season to make a little bit of progress anyway.”
Murray was manager of Sarsfields hurlers if once their effort finished, he stepped to the fold but relinquished that role.
“If you are going to do the job which that you need to do it correctly. The Camogie was constantly going to win this conflict.”
That’s saying something, provided that Sarsfields is his own team that he played for them in an All-Ireland final at Croke Park at the end of his debut season in March 1998, also was player-manager as soon as the East Galway outfit garnered his last county name four years back.
“What attracted me is you are getting the opportunity to be managing the Galway senior team. It is a massive honor to control your county. And I would understand the Camogie scene and these girls have been there or thereabouts in the last few decades. There was talent that is huge there.
“I saw it as a significant challenge, go in and see how it went. The five weeks was tough because we came through the year. However, looking at it in this year’s standpoint, it was fantastic to get them five months because you knew an awful lot. The players heard an awful lot about us. You n’t started from scratch. We knew where we had to change matters.
“It was fantastic to go back in November and December and begin a suitable pre-season. You’d that understanding of exactly what went on. And you also learn an awful lot.
“We treated the league seriously. We wanted to win each match. It was a excellent confidence booster. We were under stress daily. We had led at the start and Cork got level right back. They had a huge breeze behind them in the second-half. It was very important we did not lose this match. We got a draw. We simply built a bit of momentum from the and won the league.”
That provided proof for exactly what they were doing any thought that they might be playing well was dispelled by their mix of fluidity and settlement in Cork’s defeat.
“Our job is to make certain we’ve got the most professional setup,” he continued. “Give the girls a stage which they have to carry out. We attempt to do everything that we can do in reason.
“The strength and conditioning is one area where we’ve concentrated on. We did not believe we were as healthy as we needed to be. We were not physically as strong and we put an awful lot of effort into in December and November.
“Robbie Lane is fulltime strength and conditioning now in Galway, appearing following minors, intermediates and seniors. That’s tremendous for us. He has put in a gigantic effort. We are a good deal more strong. We’re a whole great deal fitter. That is revealing in our outcomes.
“It was a huge operation against Cork. I believe its best portion was we surrendered a goal early in the first half. Our response to this was brilliant. We always talk about that you will have reverses but you want to reply in the approach. It’s great that our response was great. A group goes in their shell and minding a more points. We reacted and our response was quite good.
“In all the matches this season they responded. The second-half (of the quarter-final) against Waterford. At the league final against Kilkenny if Kilkenny came back into a couple of things we pushed on. From the Cork game it was a large thing. We’ve got confidence. Winning breeds confidence as well.”
The intermediates have completed their end of the bargain and Murray has had a few days joining the duties. The adventure of being player-manager, where he needed to handle assign roles and different procedures should endure .
He has had to abandon some intermediate games early and he wasn’t stressing, though he hadn’t believed the logistics of Sunday if this conversation occurs.
“It is precisely the identical thing we’ve done all of the time. Whenever you are with the Intermediates you’re concentrating on the Intermediates. When you’re with the Seniors you’re concentrating on the Seniors. That is the thing. You need to keep the two separate. It’ll bring its own problems but it’s a great problem to have.”
In Terms of the event, Murray is full of praise for Kilkenny:
“Try and receive a functionality is the major factor for us and hopefully that’ll be good enough to attain it. That is what we are seeking to do. We beat them in the league.
“The large match was that the championship round this year. They beat on us and came to Athenry. We have been beaten by them ’16; we have been beaten by them in’17 in the category. They beat us last year this year, and they have beaten us . That’s five wins-in-a-row in the five championship games.
“They’re a terrific team. They have forward; it is being flown by the likes of Katie Power Denise Gaule . Davina Tobin and Grace Walsh are just two of the greatest defenders in the game. They have enormous players.”
Murray understands that he could not have asked any more from them at the last 11 months and he has though. The greatest examination is currently.
Galway are ready.
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