THE popular proverb ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’ is the ideal description of 2014 for Limerick camogie according to Limerick intermediate captain Fiona Hickey.
“Fingers cross a win on Sunday would be just the perfect end to the perfect year,” the Granagh-Ballingarry defender told LeaderSport.
Already this season Hickey has seen Caoimhe Costello and Noreen Barry lift All-Ireland trophies for Limerick but.
“The minor and junior wins were brilliant but I think everyone knows that Sunday is the big one. We all have put so much work into it over the last two years that I just don’t know what would happen if we lost. We lost last year but I think everyone said that it was going to be a building block for this year,” outlined the corner back.
She added: “it’s unreal to think that some girls can win all three championships”.
The confidence of Limerick camogie is high and Hickey hopes that can carry them to glory.
“I can remember watching the minors with so much pride. It was so unreal to see Limerick a minor A All-Ireland. I just ran into the field to Caoimhe (Costello) and was delighted for them. We won two All-Ireland U-16 B titles but that was nothing compared to the standard that they are playing now,” she explained.
“Last year when we looked to the sideline there was a lot of inexperience - this year we have so many options and that gives you such confidence. There are people on the bench that we know can make a big difference. They (minors) are the ones pushing on the senior players and I think that is the first time that has happened in Limerick. In other senior county’s that is the way it is all the time but it’s only now in Limerick that the young players are playing important roles,” said the teacher.
But losing last year’s final to Galway has only heightened the ambition for this Sunday.
“Last year when we lost everyone of us agreed that we wanted to get back there. We have now put two years work into his,” said Hickey.
“We performed ok in the senior league and maybe if we were up senior championship the girls might have been a little young but next season everything would be ready for us to be at that level.”
Limerick play Kilkenny’s second team in Sunday’s final, but the captain warns against any complacency.
“When you look that we have 30 girls on our panel and I can easily see another 15 that could play and then you think we are an intermediate county. Well imagine what it would be like in a senior county… so when you look at it like that, there will be no one taking anything for granted on Sunday.”