It is refreshing to hear Cathal Murray discuss the honour of being selected to manage Galway Camogie’s fortunes at level.
He has missed a beat this season, with originally come in towards the conclusion of this 2018 National League campaign.
The results are there for all to see. From the physical conditioning, even in the strategic nous and training, in curing the players as elite athletes, be that in providing post-training meals or the utilisation of cutting-edge performance analysis tools like live GPS trackers, at the simple fact that those particulars have included up to appearances in both the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior and Intermediate Camogie Championships finals on Sunday.
Teams enhance but they also eliminate excuses too, bringing the message that they are worthy of high-performance training and that what they’re doing is really important. That has had a part to perform at the improvement this season, we’ve seen. And with each recovery from a the view becomes stauncher.
Having already garnered today and league honours with a date at Croke Park, matters could not be going much better.
“They can go a good deal better hopefully if we acquire the both of these,” notes Murray, accurately. “But the goal at the start of the year was to receive two groups into the All-Ireland closing. The intermediates were overcome by Cork last year at the semi-final and (the seniors) were conquered by Kilkenny. We wanted to go a step further this year to make a little bit of progress anyhow.”
Murray was manager of Sarsfields hurlers if he stepped to the fold but relinquished that role once their effort ended.
“If you are going to do the job which you need to do it correctly. The Camogie was always likely to win this conflict.”
That’s saying something, given that Sarsfields is his club, that he played for them in an All-Ireland final at Croke Park at the end of his debut year in March 1998, also has been player-manager when the East Galway outfit garnered his final county title four decades back.
“What attracted me is you’re getting the chance to be managing the Galway senior team. It is a enormous honor to control your county. And I would know the Camogie scene and these women are there or thereabouts in the past couple of years. There was enormous talent there.
“I viewed it as a big challenge, go in and see how it went. Since we just came in halfway through the 20, the five weeks we were in it last year was tough. But looking at it in the view of this year, it was brilliant to receive them because you knew an awful lot. The players learned an awful lot about us. You were not starting from scratch. We knew where we had to change things.
“It was brilliant to go back in November and December and begin a proper pre-season. You had that in-depth knowledge of what went on. And you learn a lot.
“We handled the league critically. We needed to win each game. It was a terrific confidence booster. We were under real stress that day. We had led at the beginning and Cork got right back level. They had a significant breeze behind them. It was really important we didn’t lose this match. We have a draw. We simply built a bit of momentum out of the and won the league.”
That supplied for exactly what they do, evidence and any thought that they might be playing too well, too premature was dispelled by their combination of fluidity and resolution at Cork’s conquer.
“Our job is to make certain we have the most professional set-up,” he continued. “Give the women a platform that they have to perform. We try and do all that we can do in reason, within budget.
“The power and conditioning is 1 area where we’ve really concentrated on. We didn’t believe we had been as fit as we needed to be. We certainly weren’t physically as strong and we place an awful lot of work into in November and December.
“Robbie Lane is fulltime strength and conditioning currently in Galway, looking after minors, intermediates and seniors. That’s huge for us. He has put in a gigantic work. We are a good deal more powerful. We are a lot fitter. Our results are being shown in by that.
“It turned out to be a enormous operation against Cork. I think the best aspect of it was we conceded in the first halfof the Our response to this was brilliant. We constantly talk about that you will have setbacks but you will need to reply in the very ideal way to them. It is great that our response was so good. A team concedes a couple more points then and goes into their shell. We reacted and our response was quite excellent.
“In most of the matches this season they reacted. The second-half (of the quarter-final) against Waterford. At the league final against Kilkenny if Kilkenny came back to a couple of points we pushed again. In the Cork game it turned out to be a huge thing. We have confidence. Winning breeds confidence too.”
The intermediates have finished their end of the bargain too and Murray has had blending the responsibilities. The experience of becoming player-manager, where he had to deal with mental procedures and assign roles should stand to him.
He has had to leave some games early and though he hadn’t considered the logistics of Sunday if this dialog takes place, he was not stressing.
“It is exactly the identical thing we’ve done all of the time. You are focusing on the Intermediates, Whenever you’re with the Intermediates. When you’re using the Seniors you are focusing on the Seniors. That’s the thing. You need to keep the two separate. It’ll bring its own problems but it is a great problem to have.”
As for the event, Murray is filled with compliments for Kilkenny:
“Try and find a performance is the principal thing for people and hopefully that’ll be good enough to acquire it. That is what we’re currently looking to do. We beat them in the match.
“The large match was that the championship round this season. They beat us and came down to Athenry. They’ve beaten us ’16; we have been beaten by them in. They beat us this season and they’ve beaten us . That is five wins-in-a-row in the previous five championship games.
“They are a terrific team. They have deep forward; the likes of Katie Power Denise Gaule is flying it . Davina Tobin and Grace Walsh are just a couple of the greatest defenders in the game. They have enormous players.”
Murray knows that he could not have asked any more from them and he has though. The examination is currently.
Galway are prepared.
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