At the start of every year it’s ever player’s ambition to play for their county in an All-Ireland final and be one of the lucky few who have gotten the chance to climb the steps of the Hogan stand and lift the Brendan Martin Cup a native of Tullamore Co Offaly who organised Ladies Gaelic Football games in the early 1970s, and then went on to become the first treasure of the newly founded Ladies Gaelic Football Association.
This weekend is no different as defending champions Dublin who are chasing a three in a row will go head to head with Galway who are making their first appearance in the All-Ireland final for fourteen years while on the other hand it’s been fifteen years since they last claimed the Brendan Martin Cup. The history between Galway and Dublin in All-Ireland finals is the one that is un heard of as it will be only the second ever meeting between the two counties with their very first encounter spanning all the way back as 2004 on that day the tribes women came out as worthy winners, since then Dublin have contested seven All-Ireland Final’s winning on three of those occasions with their win Twelve months ago against Cork proving to be significant in front of a record attendance of 50,141 spectators.
Speaking to Sports talk after the semi-final win over Cork, Dublin’s Niamh Mc Evoy was quick to praise her fellow team mate Caoimhe who was an inspirational substitute and got a great goal
“Ya she’s amazing you know she’s so young and extremely positive when she gets on the ball like she is very treating going forward you know she doesn’t hold back she’s been incredible for her club and thankfully she been able to bring that in for us this season and she shows no fear fair play to her and I’m absolutely delighted for her today”.
As for Galway it will be their fourth time playing in an All-Ireland Final with their success coming in 2004 which seems so long ago, speaking to Sports Talk after their semi-final win over Mayo Mairead Seoighe and Olivia Divilly.
Olivia said “we’re delighted it was our first time playing in Croke Park so its great to get another day out”
While Olivia’s team mate Mairead emphasized on the team effort which got them over the line
“Am I suppose look we knew it was going to come down to the wire you know no matter what the score line but at any point in the game I supposed everyone just trusted in the process and what we had every girl that came in there the girls pushed at training like it goes way beyond what happened out there in the pitch today and I suppose just everyone gave a hundred percent and look we’ll need to knuckle down again you know and wipe the slate clean and go again for the next round”.
All that reminds is we know who will contest the final all this is left to know is where will the destination be for the Brendan Martin Cup for the next twelve months.