Cork Ladies captain Amy O’Shea’s column

What a great bunch of girls 1 to 30. Everyday I look forward to leading them out on to the field and I am filled with pride as I look back on Saturday in Parnell Park.

When the final whistle sounded it was a great feeling of elation. To have won yet another League title and the first Silverware of 2011

Of our opponents I have to say Laois will certainly be a team to watch come the Championship. The disappointment on their faces after the final whistle will be their motivation going into the Championship. The game itself was played at a very fast pace and I think both sides were exhausted after the tough 60 minutes.

At half-time it was all square with both sides scoring 2-05 and when the second half resumed it was score for score with nothing separating the teams. It really wasn’t until 10 minutes to go that Cork put some daylight between the teams. However Laois posed a constant threat up front and were unlucky kicking a few wides.

The introduction at this stage of Ger O’Flynn and Ciara O’Sullivan brought fresh legs and experience into the side

In the lead up to the game there were many awkward questions asked about the way last season ended for us and were we able to bounce back also could we be motivated to win. As I thought about these questions a quote came to mind “Out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow’s will” (I’m sure the same applied to Women).

It was certainly this wills that kept us on the road until now and ultimately won the game for us on Saturday.

I don’t think anyone can explain in words the feeling that occurs minutes after that final whistle. It makes the training hard work and sacrifices well worth it. To be able to share that moment with the girl’s, management, your family and supporters, I really think there is no better feeling.

For me a year ago such success was only a dream and seemed impossible and there are times now when I have to pinch myself to believe Saturday in Parnell Park really happened.

We have a week off now to heal the knocks and bruises. We look forward to championship on the back of a very tough and closes fought league.

Our first game is against Clare who won the Division 3 league also on Saturday and congratulations to them.

Roll on the Championship


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