“I’m delighted for Cora”…Tipp All Ireland Winner Mairead Morrissey

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This week’s SportsGirls Podcast features Tipperary Ladies stalwart Mairead Morrissey. In an honest and frank discussion Mairead talks about about all things Ladies Football, gives her opinion on Cora Staunton’s move to Australia and Colm Cooper’s much talked about Testimonial Dinner.
It has been a fantastic year for Tipp Ladies who remained undefeated as they won Division 3, the Munster Intermediate title and then the All-Ireland. According to Mairead their aim at the start of the year was to claim all three titles.

She said: “We did set out funny enough to win all three competitions. We said we’d take one step at a time. We were going for the league first and hopefully we’ll get there, then the Munster. Obviously the All-Ireland was the main goal and that was always at the back of your mind as the year went along.”
Having guided Tipp to success in 2008, Shane Ronayne was back again this year and Mairead was full of praise for him and his management team: “We had an excellent management team. We had Shane Ronayne as the manager, Alan O’Connor, Elaine Harte and also Tony Smith. The main thing was they really complemented each other. They were a very good mix.”

Something that Mairead mentioned during the chat was that Tipp only trained at weekends at the start of the year: “What we did was we trained on a Friday and a Sunday up to May and then at the beginning of May obviously we started training midweek. We would’ve had our programmes to do during the week. We weren’t flogged earlier in the year, we were fresh and it definitely worked.”

Tipp Ladies will play Senior football next year and they will not be found wanting: “The differences between Intermediate and Senior is the physicality, the speed of play and maybe the movement of the ball. We have been doing a bit of work on that this year. Shane has a plan in his mind; it wasn’t just a one year plan. He’s building a team and is looking forward to senior,” said the Tipp player.

With Cora Staunton making the move to play Australian Rules football Mairead believes that more players will make the move from Ireland in the future. She said: “I’m delighted for Cora. This week’s SportsGirls Podcast features Tipperary Ladies stalwart Mairead Morrissey. In an honest and frank discussion Mairead talks about about all things Ladies Football, gives her opinion on Cora Staunton’s move to Australia and Colm Cooper’s much talked about Testimonial Dinner.
It has been a fantastic year for Tipp Ladies who remained undefeated as they won Division 3, the Munster Intermediate title and then the All-Ireland. According to Mairead their aim at the start of the year was to claim all three titles.

She said: “We did set out funny enough to win all three competitions. We said we’d take one step at a time. We were going for the league first and hopefully we’ll get there, then the Munster. Obviously the All-Ireland was the main goal and that was always at the back of your mind as the year went along.”
Having guided Tipp to success in 2008, Shane Ronayne was back again this year and Mairead was full of praise for him and his management team: “We had an excellent management team. We had Shane Ronayne as the manager, Alan O’Connor, Elaine Harte and also Tony Smith. The main thing was they really complemented each other. They were a very good mix.”

Something that Mairead mentioned during the chat was that Tipp only trained at weekends at the start of the year: “What we did was we trained on a Friday and a Sunday up to May and then at the beginning of May obviously we started training midweek. We would’ve had our programmes to do during the week. We weren’t flogged earlier in the year, we were fresh and it definitely worked.”

Tipp Ladies will play Senior football next year and they will not be found wanting: “The differences between Intermediate and Senior is the physicality, the speed of play and maybe the movement of the ball. We have been doing a bit of work on that this year. Shane has a plan in his mind; it wasn’t just a one year plan. He’s building a team and is looking forward to senior,” said the Tipp player.

With Cora Staunton making the move to play Australian Rules football Mairead believes that more players will make the move from Ireland in the future. She said: “I’m delighted for Cora. It’s a brilliant opportunity for her and she’s been a loyal servant for her club and county over the years. She fully deserves it. I played International Rules Football with her 10 years ago. It is something that is going to happen in the future.”

Another hot topic lately has been Colm Cooper’s Testimonial Dinner and the reactions it has brought. Mairead gave her own take on it: “ I’d be a massive supporter of the Gooch and I say fair play to him. I don’t think people should be criticising him. He’s after given his life to Gaelic Football. I think he’s dead right to go ahead with it. He’s giving some of the money to charity and back into the clubs.”

To find out more about Mairead Morrissey and who she rates as her toughest opponent, what rule she’d change in Ladies Football and her fall-out in 2014 with then Tipp manager John Leahy give the Podcast a listen.It’s a brilliant opportunity for her and she’s been a loyal servant for her club and county over the years. She fully deserves it. I played International Rules Football with her 10 years ago. It is something that is going to happen in the future.”

Another hot topic lately has been Colm Cooper’s Testimonial Dinner and the reactions it has brought. Mairead gave her own take on it: “ I’d be a massive supporter of the Gooch and I say fair play to him. I don’t think people should be criticising him. He’s after given his life to Gaelic Football. I think he’s dead right to go ahead with it. He’s giving some of the money to charity and back into the clubs.”

To find out more about Mairead Morrissey and who she rates as her toughest opponent, what rule she’d change in Ladies Football and her fall-out in 2014 with then Tipp manager John Leahy give the Podcast a listen.

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